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CT Calendar: Anti-War Events


CALENDAR


1. Protest for Egypt
Saturday, February 5 · 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Hartford Capitol Hartford, CT
Help us protest on behalf of the Egyptian and Arab countries tomorrow at the capitol. We are demanding basic civil rights in Egypt and globally. Please try to make it, we need as much support as we can get. Help us express and sympathize with what the Egyptians and other citizens in areas of unrest are going through
contact: Doha Elsayed

2. Hear Barry Sanders, author of The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism
Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7 pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church
679 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06119-1895
For more information call: 860 478 5300
Sponsors list in formation: West Hartford Citizens for Peace and Justice, the Greater New Haven Peace Council, CT United for Peace, CT ANSWER, Middle East Crisis Committee.

3.  Injustice in Palestine; Eyewitness Account; Powerful Poetry
Hear Chris Doucot, Just back from the Occupied West Bank
and Remi Kanazi, Palestinian American Poet
Saturday, February 12
3 p.m.
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center
605 Main Street, Middletown, CT
Middle East Crisis Committee

4. Program and Mobilizing Meeting for the CT Antiwar Movement: Prepare to build local actions on March 19, and the national action on April 9!
2 pm. Hear Maggie Zhou--Massachusetts scientist and UNAC activist who took a No War No Warming resolution to the global climate justice talks in Cancun--on why our very survival depends on connecting the struggle against the wars and global warming  into a powerful movement.
3 pm. Major gathering to plan coordinated activity to build March 18; April 9; Bring the War Dollars Home campaigns in Hartford, Danbury, Bristol, and New Haven; responses to the McCarthyite congressional hearings against Muslim Americans; Israeli Apartheid Week, and Stop the FBI Harassment. We will have thousands of full color flyers and stickers for April 9 available at this site. 
Sunday, February 20
Church of the Holy Trinity
381 Main St, side door and upstairs
Middletown, CT
Sponsored by CTUP, West Hartford Citizens for Peace and Justice, MECC, ANSWER and others.  
CALL 860 478 5300 FOR MORE INFO. 

5. Regional Organizing Conference for Stop FBI Repression
Date:  Sat, 2011-02-19 12:00 - 17:00
Organized by:  Committee to Stop FBI Repression
Location: New York, NY

For more information, call (national) 612 379 3585; (local) Sean at 860 357 8724
6. Save the Dates!  Maureen Murphy, Managing Editor of Electronic Intifada who has been subpoenaed for the witch-hunting Grand Jury in Chicago will be in the region from March 3-5 to speak at Harvard.  Plans are gelling for her to speak in CT on Friday night March 4 or Saturday night March 5.
7. Saturday March 12:  Public Forum to build support for Hartford City Council resolution to Bring the War Dollars Home and send buses to the national April 9 demonstration in NYC.  For more info call Hutch at 860 680 6314.
8. Monday evening, March 14: Hartford City Council hearing and vote on Bring the War Dollars Home. Be there.
9. ANSWER called local actions against the war.  CT ANSWER is seeking permits for a New Haven march on Saturday, March 19. For more info call Chris Garaffa at 203 803 9066.
10. Greater New Haven Peace Council invites you to join in organizing a full month of daily (March 15 to April 15 - tax day) public vigils/protests/tabling in New Haven to call for an end to the wars and to re-direct resources to local needs. They  propose that different groups/organizations each take responsibility for only one day (Sun., or Mon., or Tues., etc.) each week to be at the location and time of their choosing with the theme: The Endless Wars Are Killing U.S.: Fund Jobs, Human Needs and the Environment. For more information call Henry Lowendorf at 203 389 9547.
11. April 9 NYC!!!  National antiwar march begins at Union Square! For demands, endorsers, and downloadable flyers, visit www.nationalpeaceconference.org.

WE DEMAND Bring U.S. Troops, Mercenaries and War Contractors Home Now: Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan! End the sanctions and stop the threats of war against the people of Iran, North Korea and Yemen. No to war and plunder of the people of Latin America, the Caribbean,Africa and Native People! End U.S. Aid to Israel! End U.S. Support to the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and the Siege of Gaza!

WE DEMAND trillions for jobs, education, social services, an end to all foreclosures, quality single-payer healthcare for all, a massive conversion to sustainable and planet-saving energy systems and public transportation and reparations to the victims of U.S. terror at home and abroad.
WE DEMAND an end to FBI raids on antiwar, social justice, and international solidarity activists, an end to the racist persecution and prosecutions that ravage Muslim communities, an end to police terror in Black and Latino communities, full rights and legality for immigrants and an end to all efforts to repress and punish Wikileaks and its contributors and founders.
WE DEMAND the immediate end to torture, rendition, secret trials, drone bombings and death squads.
WE ARE DEDICATED TO A WORLD
OF PEACE AND JUSTICE.
All Out April 9, 2011

UNITED NATIONAL ANTIWAR COMMITTEE (UNAC)

UNAC, P.O. Box 123, Delmar, NY 12054; phone 518-227-6947

SPCT Joins QLF to Protest Discrimination in Middletown

 



The SPCT was proud to stand tall with the members of QLF and the Middletown LGBTQ community to demand amends from the owner of the Middletown coffee shop, Javapalooza.  The owner has developed a reputation for using hateful speech and harassing workers and customers alike. On Sunday, Jan 30th, approximately 75 supporters showed up in Middletown to conduct a teach-in inside the coffee shop and set up a picket line outside to inform the general public about the incident and our demands for amends from the owner.  The protest was well received by the patrons and general public on the street.



You can read more about this event and the groups involved at:

http://queerliberationfront.us/2011/01/20/know-your-rights-direct-action-teach-in-at-site-of-anti-queer-assault-in-middletown-ct-jan-30th-noon/


and

http://queerartist.wordpress.com/


The Socialist Party of CT denounces all forms of discrimination and stands in solidarity with any group that feels that they're being unfairly treated due to their physical, mental, religious, sexual or other attributes.

"This Earth is for everyone. That is the demand." -Eugene Debs

 

Hartford: Meeting for Resolution to Bring War $ Home!

______ Need Money? End the Wars!
A call for a meeting to pass a citywide resolution to Bring the War
Dollars Home Now!

Unemployment, housing, access to education and health care are all
issues that deeply affect the city of Hartford. 

2010 census data shows that Hartford has the highest poverty rating in
Connecticut at 31.9%. Nationally, the poverty rating is 14.3% and is
based on a 2 parent, 2 child household with an income of $21,756. 

While the income gap grows the federal government continues to take
hundreds of millions of our tax dollars from the City of Hartford to
be used for the wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

War spending has had a devastating impact on the city. Communities of
color in Hartford have been hardest hit. Our city is represented by a
population that is 41% Latino and 38% African American/West Indian
population. Unemployment for people of color is over 40% and when
employed make only 60 cents for every dollar made by white workers. 

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Queer Youth Assaulted / Direct Action @ 12PM on Jan 30th!!

Queer Youth Assaulted At Javapalooza in Middletown / Join QLF For Direct Action @ 12PM on Jan 30th!!
Queer Liberation Front recently received the following message from the mother of a gay 18-year-old in Middletown, CT. In late December, her son was physically and verbally assaulted at a local coffeeshop by the owner and kicked out of the establishment. He's not completely out of the closet and wishes to remain anonymous, so their names have been omitted from the letter she sent us.
We're thinking about doing a direct action on Sunday January 30th @ 12PM where we get a group of at least 20 queers and allies to go into Javapalooza with rainbow flags, queer shirts, etc and all immediately buy coffee. We'd proceed to have a "teach-in", a kind of "know your rights" info session, and at the end present the owner with a letter signed by all of us, demanding a public apology and a show of good will towards the queer/LGBT community.

We are also going to contact media for this event and use that to put pressure on the police to further investigate this complaint, as well as past ones.
If interested in learning more about this and/or participating in our action, please contact Aaron via phone, email, or Facebook.
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Background
It was Saturday, December 18, 2010, 6:00pm-ish and my son went into Javapalooza with his two friends, a male and female. He and his friends go into Javapalooza often and hang out. He is eighteen years old, a mellow kid and so are his friends - a really good group.
My son had the end of a Dunkin Donuts drink with him and the three of them were sitting at a table. This is when the owner, Neil Zimmerman, yelled over to them from behind the counter, because he knew ****'s friend. He said "doesn't your friend know about our policy?" The kids thought that he was joking. He then told **** that he couldn't have a Dunkin Donuts' drink in his establishment and that he would have to either put it in another cup or throw it away. So, **** finished the last sip, threw it away and sat back down at the table.
This is when the owner came out from behind the counter and walked over to the table. **** and his two friends were in shock because they thought that he was joking. The owner then grabbed **** by the shirt and said something similar to "don't you listen" or "are you some kind of wise ass" and told him to get out. **** grabbed his coat that was next to him and proceeded to leave, all while the owner, who was following him out, was calling him a dick-sucking faggot.
****'s friends followed and this continued outside. He called him a faggot more times and I know that at one point, **** told him to "take his fucking hands off of him". When they got to the sidewalk outside, they were exchanging words, and ****'s friends were in between them, telling **** to walk away.
**** called me to tell me what happened, wondering if he should go to the police (he was so angry). I told him to wait until we came home and told him that we would talk about what action we should take. We decided that he should go to the police, so it would be on record, and I thought that his actions were illegal.
**** and his dad went the next a.m. to the Middletown Police and told them what happened. They told me that the police officer was very nice, listened to everything that **** had to say, and asked him to re-inact what happened and **** told them in detail what happened. As soon as they told the officer where this happened and who it was, they were not surprised because they had other complaints regarding this man. The officer said that they would go talk to the owner, see what his side of the story was and tell him that this wasn't the first complaint that they had on him.
Since then, I've called the Middletown Chamber of Commerce to get something on record and they referred me to the head of Consumer Protection at the Middletown Town Hall. I don't have his name in front of me but he was very nice, took all of the information and asked me if he could call the Middletown Police to see what actions they had taken. He also told me that he was concerned because the police had other complaints on file and that the Dept. of Consumer Protection didn't know of any. He took my name and address so I am expecting a letter from him, following up.
I also called the CCHRO [CT Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities] to file a complaint and they were terrible. I was told "well, you know how teenagers are", "you only know one side of the story", "well, if he was asked to leave, then he should have left", "it's like going into Macdonald's with a Burger King Bag","what are you looking for, a year's worth of free coffee"? I will not be contacting them again.
So, that is where we're at. It's a little tough because **** doesn't want his name out there - he's not quite ready for that yet, but he's legally an adult, etc., etc., etc.
Is there any oversight when it comes to a public establishment? Or is it trying to get the word out so people don't step foot in Java? The Middletown Press would have done an article but they couldn't without using ****'s name, which I understood. It was the editor who suggested that I call the CCHRO, thinking that there would be consequences for the owner and my son's name wouldn't be out there for everyone to see.

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SPCT Statement

 

The Socialist Party of Connecticut has received information from our friends in the Queer Liberation Front (QLF) that the owner of the Javapalooza coffee shop in Middletown has engaged in repeated anti-LGBTQ behavior at his establishment. During the most recent episode in late December, a gay youth was physically and verbally assaulted, and kicked out of the establishment. Anti-gay insults were directed at the victim by the owner.

The QLF, the SPCT and other supporting organizations will engage in a direct action at Javapalooza on Sunday January 30th at 12:00 PM. The plan is to have a group of at least 20 queers and allies enter Javapalooza with rainbow flags and queer shirts, and all immediately buy coffee. Once coffee is purchased the group will hold "teach-in" and subsequently present the owner with a letter signed by the group, demanding a public apology, and a show of good will towards the LGBTQ community. The media will be contacted and informed of the event. The purpose of the action is to put pressure on the police, who are aware of the problem, to further investigate this and other similar complaints.

The SPCT is dedicated to the abolition of male supremacy and the class society, and to the elimination of all forms of oppression, including those based on sexual preference. The SPCT stands with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning people for liberation and full and equal participation in society. LGBTQ people deserve the same rights of marriage as heterosexuals, including the right to adopt children. LGBTQ people who chose to enter the military should have every right to live openly without penalty or harassment, and have every right that their heterosexual peers have.

The SPCT invites all to join with our LBGTQ brothers and sisters in this action and strongly protest  homophobic and violent behavior.

 

Socialist Party of CT Denounces Obama Tax Plan as "Class Warfare from Above"

Socialist Party of CT Denounces Obama Tax Plan as "Class Warfare from Above"

Amidst the worst recession since the Great Depression, with persistent "official" unemployment rates of 10% and real unemployment rates closer to 20%, the Democratic President has again shown the true colors of our "democracy;" cash rules. Plain and simple, the two-party corporately owned political system will do nothing to help the working class majority of America; the dying middle class which is daily joining the ranks of the impoverished.  Record rates of home foreclosures, massive federal debt, record unemployment, 50 million without healthcare and the best they can come up with is a tax break for the top 1% of our population? This in addition to astronomical military budgets and endless wars abroad. We find this sickening and will continue to stand tall offering a real alternative; democratic socialism. Only when real democracy is in place will the real interests of the vast majority of Americans , those who must work for a living, be realized.

The Socialist Party stands for a fundamental transformation of the economy, focusing on production for need not profit. So-called fair trade is meaningless as long as the world economy is dominated by a few massive corporations.

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