Hartford Rally and March Against Israeli War Crimes 7/31

Justice for Palestine, Free Gaza

Rally and March in Hartford! Thursday July 31

“No More Money for Israeli War Crimes”, Rally and Speakers, then a March in Hartford

First Presbyterian Church, Hartford, Connecticut

136 Capitol Ave, Hartford, Connecticut 06106

5pm – 6:30pm

More to be announced!

FB event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/811563892201615/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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Free Jane Doe Now! Fire Katz! Protest Outside DCF!

 

 

 

 

Free Jane Doe Now! Fire Katz! Protest Outside DCF! 

Wednesday, July 30 @ 5:30 PM
DCF Headquarters – 505 Hudson St., Hartford, CT

CT DCF’s torment of Jane Doe is far from over. On July 13, DCF ordered that Jane be moved to the CT Juvenile Training School, a locked facility for delinquent boys. DCF claims this happened as a result of an altercation with other girls at the Pueblo unit (the girls’ facility Jane was transferred to when released from prison), but all the girls were involved in the fight to the same degree – yet only Jane was punished by being transferred to a boys’ facility. DCF is responding to Jane’s status as an outspoken survivor of abuse at their hands and using her gender identity to punish her. The transfer occurred without her lawyers being notified, in the middle of the night. It occurred in spite of the original placement ruling by a judge, who articulated explicitly that Jane is NOT to go to CJTS. Jane feels unsafe and miserable, and her mental health is deteriorating.

We urge all of Jane’s supporters to converge on DCF headquarters and demand real #JusticeForJane. We are demanding that Jane be released from CJTS immediately, and that DCF Commissioner Katz – who has proven time and again to only care about her own reputation and not the basic dignity and safety of the most vulnerable kids in her care – be FIRED. We are continuing to demand the repeal of statute 17a-12, which allowed for Jane’s imprisonment and likely her illegal transfer to CJTS.

Join us! Car pools can be arranged; communicate on this page if you want to take part in that.

Click here for the Facebook event page 

Black Agenda Report on the Hartford Stadium fight

Banksters Demand Black Removal as a Condition of Urban Investment

Katrina left no doubt about the intentions of the folks who run this country, the financial class,” said BAR executive editor Glen Ford, speaking at a Socialist Action forum in Hartford, Connecticut. “The goal is to drastically reduce the Black populations of the cities,” because “the very presence of large numbers of Black people depresses the value of urban assets.” The mayor of Hartford, a mostly Black and Latino city, wants to build a $60 million baseball stadium as a centerpiece of development. However, such schemes are ultimately intended to bring in whites and displace Blacks and browns, as a “prerequisite” for substantial corporation investment in the future, said Ford, at Urban Hope Refuge Church.”

via Listen to Black Agenda Radio on the Progressive Radio Network, with Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey – Week of 7/21/14.

Chris Hutchinson’s Remarks from the “No Stadium Deal” march and rally

No Stadium Deal, People Before Profits!

by Chris Hutchinson a UPS Teamster and member of Socialist Action

Hartford Workers, the unemployed, and their families mostly Black and Latino, face a city government, billionaires like Josh Solomon, and banks that seek to disenfranchise and exploit the labor and resources of oppressed communities to line their own pockets. As it stands official unemployment in Hartford is 12.6% and if you factor in those who are no longer counted because they are demoralized and no longer looking for work we could nearly double that number. “African-American woman working full time, year round made just 64 cents for every dollar a white man made and Hispanic women made just 54 cents.” stadium proposal, that has been cooked up in secret by the mayor, Josh Solomon and their banker friends will only continue to entrench the severe income inequality that already exists in our city. Whether publicly or privately funded the stadium will be a boon for the banks and a bust for those living in Hartford.

 

In fact a recent New York Times article stated that it may be impossible to find any private backers at all. “To think they could even come up with a third of stadium costs is not possible,” said Miles Wolff, the commissioner of the Can-Am League and the American Association, two independent baseball leagues. “Ballparks don’t make money. That’s why they’re public facilities.”

The public-private partnership that the mayor is now considering is also a scam. It is a way to sneakily transfer costs back on to the public sector through off book accounting to make it look as though expenditures are lower than they actually are. The current economic and financial crisis was caused by the same policies of public-private partnerships as are currently being pushed on Hartford workers by the Mayor.

 

We’ve known about the corruption in the private sector and how they are less able to manage risk. Hartford working people need to stand together and say not another dime of our hard earned money to the banks. No more concessions to corporations. No more back room secret discussions by politicians and billionaires. We want open and democratic discussions regarding the economic decisions made in Hartford that are accountable first and foremost to the most oppressed in our community.

 

-Working people in Hartford do not need this stadium! We need our public schools like Martin Luther King Jr. fully funded and repaired.

 

– We need to End racist discrimination and oppression.

-We need Preferential hiring of Black, Puerto Rican, Latino, indigenous, LGBTQ and female workers to make up for centuries of marginalization from the better jobs.

– We need corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes and not hide behind loopholes and offshore accounts.

– We need a massive jobs program that puts all the unemployed and underemployed back to work with a living wage.

-We need to increase the minimum wage to be a livable wage.

 

If the Mayor and the billionaires are counting on the people of Hartford to roll over and accept without question their schemes and seedy deals they are dead wrong. We are going to come back again and again to city hall every time we get a whiff of a rotten deal that further disenfranchises and exploits a community that deserves to have a sustainable and beautiful life free of oppression.

No to this rotten stadium deal! No to the Secret Deals! No to the Billionaires! Forward for a Hartford that puts people before profits!

Community Marches and Rallies Against Stadium Deal in Htfd; Monday , July 21, Meet @ 4 pm

Hartford Community Marches Against the Stadium Deal

March and Rally to Oppose the Rock Cat’s Stadium Deal

 

Who: The Hartford Coalition to Stop the Stadium 

When: Today, July 21 

Where: 4 pm:  Meet at 1212 Main St in Htfd, the proposed site for a stadium

4:30 pm: March to City Hall, Htfd

5pm: Rally at City Hall
6-7 pm: Public Hearings at City Hall, 550 Main St

For more info, contact: Christopher.Hutch@gmail.com or 860.593.6392

By now, most people have heard about the proposed $60 million baseball stadium for DoNo Hartford.

  • We know the “deal was done” in secret negotiations for 18 months;
  • we know the “overcooked” numbers about jobs make no sense (see Jeff Jacobs’ Sunday Courant column); and
  • data from 25 years of baseball/stadiums proves they almost never benefit a city but instead create decades of debt service (see Noll & Zimbalist: Sports, Jobs & Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums) ;
  • and that a much needed supermarket complex got overridden by yet another big ticket development deal imposed by corporate interests and willing city “leaders”

Even if you’re not a Htfd resident, come out to lend your support and solidarity for the grassroots Coalition that is campaigning for a better deal for Hartford residents than a short-sighted baseball stadium.

STOP A BAD DEAL; CREATE NEW SOLUTIONS; DEMAND TRANSPARENCY!

Interview with Glen Ford on Detroit

Interview with Glen Ford of Black Agenda report who will be speaking in Hartford Thurs, 7/17  at the Urban Hope Refuge Church 136 Westland St., Hartford .  He and Stanley Heller talk about Detroit and Michigan as a whole where “administrators” run black majority cities, effectively disenfranchising blacks.   They also touch on Hartford and Newark and the sad state of the black leadership class.

Find the event with Glen on Face Book here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1501519740080487/