Bruce Rubenstein and Kennard Ray Photo taken by a Dunkin Donuts patron
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See the comments on the “Ban the Box: What does the law say?” article.
The abbreviated version: a document was read and misinterpreted, which is easy to do when only minimal information is provided. The person assumed to have done wrong asked to sit down and talk with the person who did the misinterpreting. An understanding was reached and opinions were changed.
That should not be an anomaly, but it seems we have a climate where the norm is for people to hold grudges and behave passive-aggressively. There are “community leaders” who, after all, model this exact kind of behavior.
Maybe it does not have to be that way. Maybe we can have grown men show a willingness to apologize and move on.
Liz Giannetta-Ramos and Dr. Monica Brase
“We’re a sanctuary school”
“Many people assume we don’t work hard”
“I have a dream that Burns won’t be known as the school with the lowest test scores”
“I dream that we can all walk down the street without being judged”
That was some of what the Leadership Students had to say during their presentations at the Burns Latino Studies Academy’s “Celebration of Transformation” last Thursday.
Besides sharing creative writing by Burns students, the school’s re-dedication ceremony featured speeches, storytelling, and a community Salsa lesson on October 17th, which was proclaimed by Mayor Segarra and City Council as “Burns Latino Studies Academy Day.” Continue reading 'Community Pride in Spotlight at School Rededication'»
Participants in Saturday’s Quality of Life Community Conversation were told by moderator Alice Leibowitz to “listen to understand” and that “no one needs to promote or defend their opinions,” but old habits die hard. Some people left early, others kvetched about the meeting model, and others ignored the process entirely. Even with resistance, there were residents who moved out of Debbie Downerville and into action. Continue reading 'Residents Guided Toward Solving Problems Through Community Conversations'»
There is something striking about September. While this summer provided plenty of opportunities to sit around and watch free films, as we head into fall, there are many chances to get up and move around.
- Back 2 Skool Block Party at Pratt Street: graffiti wall, body painting, dancing, 80′s and 90′s music, and live performances, plus a flea market. Noon until 6p.m. Free.
- Events at nightclubs typically do not make the cut, but we thought you’d might like to know that there is one more LGBT event to add to Hartford’s ever-growing list: PRIDE SUNDAYS at 7 Sins Lounge & Bar (76 Union Place). This is an LGBT dance night from 7p.m. until 1a.m. Tonight is the opening night. Besides having DJs, there will be LGBT films shown. The cover charge is $3. This is for grown folk only! Continue reading 'September 2013 Events'»
The Community Conversations aspect of the Quality of Life Initiative will begin this Saturday, later than was originally announced.
There will be three meetings for different segments of the city; this follows how the police department has divided Hartford into districts.
The first meeting is this Saturday, August 24th from 10a.m. until 2p.m. at Parker Memorial Community Center (2621 Main Street). This is for residents and stakeholders (churches, educational institutions, business owners, etc.) of the following neighborhoods, being considered “North District”: Blue Hills, Clay Arsenal, North East, North Meadows, and Upper Albany.
The meeting for what is considered the “Southern District” will be on September 7th, also from 10a.m. until 2p.m. This will be at the Pope Park Rec Center in Pope Park for the following neighborhoods: Barry Square, Behind the Rocks, Frog Hollow, Parkville, Sheldon-Charter Oak, South End, South Green, South Meadows, and South West. Continue reading 'Quality of Life Initiative Community Conversations to Begin'»
The Kabbalah House will be hosting a community meeting tonight (July 15) at 7 for anyone who wants to “meditate, yell, cry, reason, question, pray” or share their views on the Trayvon Martin case. Expect conversation about race, racism, justice, injustice, class, color divisions, and how to create serious change “beginning with our selves, our communities, and ultimately our society.”
Organizers have acknowledged the last-minute nature of this meeting and promise that other such conversations will be held at this venue in the future.
This will be outside in the garden, weather permitting. If rain, it moves inside. The Kabbalah House is located at 1023 Albany Avenue.
Blazing heat might not be our favorite thing, but the near-constant availability of free jazz performances all month long eases some of that weather-induced misery.
- Author Tessa Afsha will be launching her new novel, Harvest of Gold, at the Mark Twain House & Museum from 6-7 tonight. There will be Persian treats and tea served. This is free.
- The Frank Kozyra Group will be giving a free performance at Black-eyed Sally’s. Jazz Mondays are presented by the Hartford Jazz Society and Charter Oak Cultural Center. 8-11pm.
- Also at 8pm, the Hartford Jazz Orchestra performs at Arch Street Tavern. This is free.
HartBeat Happy Hour! Happy Hour is from 5-6pm. At 6, there will be a staged reading of Sarajevo Phoenix by Ellen Kaplan. Look, Hartford has lots of happy hours, but this one guarantees you will meet (or re-acquaint with) some interesting, three-dimensional folks. $5, cash only, at the door. This will be in the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue. Continue reading 'July 2013 Events'»
Prints created and produced by Hartford Prints!
Hartford Prints! has launched its Local Love campaign. The women behind Hartford Prints! have designed and printed five different posters promoting localism. They are distributing these to Hartford businesses for window display.
Rory Gale, one of the three sisters running this letterpress studio, says that from going business-to-business, she has learned Hartford has an astounding number of barber shops and beauty salons. Not all sections of the city have been reached yet, but Gale says she has already walked down several major avenues. Continue reading 'Love Local'»
If this TED Talk piqued your interest, you might want to stop by the community conversation, “Growing Urban Roots” on June 19th at Knox Parks Foundation, 75 Laurel Street.
Charmaine Craig, the Community Outreach Director of Knox Parks Foundation, and Jim Gooch, the Executive Director of Connecticut Farmland Trust, will be speaking on the impact of urban farming and community garden. Continue reading 'Growing Urban Roots'»