“Why isn’t the mayor here?”
That was the first question asked by an audience member, before the official time for questions began — before anything really began — at the Business for Downtown Hartford’s “Candid Conversations” event. Continue reading 'Conversations with the Candidates: Impressions'»
With talk turned to race and the police, we thought it time to look at who is getting arrested in Hartford.
Any time data is used, it is necessary to explain what it does not tell us.
This map is based on arrests of adults from December 9-19, 2014. It includes what is reported in the Hartford Police Department’s arrest log; thus the information is only as accurate as what is listed there. Continue reading 'Who Gets Arrested for What, Where'»
Unemployment has not been a new topic of conversation in the city, but on the day of the big vote, there was a lot of talk about what might give Hartford a much-needed economic boost. Too many people struggle to provide for their basic needs, for their families.
Meanwhile, on that same day, ten individuals were arrested for doing their jobs. Continue reading 'Crackdown on Jobs'»
Audience watches as Alicia Chiang, Owusu Darko, Raykwon Kerr, and Sean McCarthy unveil the app they created for TheaterWorks
The Mobile Apps for Hartford Program, Professor Ralph Morelli said, was about “getting students to see their power when they learn to code.”
Those twenty students from across Connecticut also earned stipends this summer.
Five teams created six apps (a fancy term for program) during a six-week session at Trinity College. At the end of the program, students learned that they would be able to keep the tablets that were on loan to them during July and August.
One team created a mobile version of the TheaterWorks website, consulting with the client to figure out which information needed to be included. This app provides details on the current schedule, information on how to reserve seats, driving directions, and even recommended restaurants within six blocks of the Pearl Street venue. Freddie McInerney, the Communications Director for TheaterWorks, said she was “awesomely impressed” by the students and the process.
A team working with the Old State House developed a Hartford Area Tour app designed to help visitors learn about and find forty sites they have designated as “iconic.” The students explained that they learned a little about copyright law in the process, finding that they actually are not able to just take photographs that they find on Google. This forced them to go out to each site and take photographs so that they would have images to use. Continue reading 'Students Create Apps for City of Hartford and Cultural Institutions'»
Jane Doe‘s transfer to the Pueblo Unit of the Solnit Psychiatric Center in Middletown during June — following months of being housed at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison — might have seemed like the end of the fight, but ten people gathered outside of the Department of Children and Families headquarters on Wednesday to demand justice for the teen.
On July 12th, Jane Doe was allegedly part of an altercation involving four females. A letter issued on July 23rd by the Office of the Child Advocate states that all those girls were restrained and were described in DCF records as hitting each other and staff. Only Jane Doe was transferred to the boys’ unit of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School to be in isolation. Continue reading 'Another Rally for Jane Doe on Hudson Street'»
Ray, a veteran who served in Iraq, Guantanamo, and Afghanistan, said the United States is good about sending help overseas, but when people are “in crisis” here, they are told to wait quietly. The marine said he was injured by an IED in Afghanistan. He has ongoing medical needs, he said, and was told to get on a two month wait list for treatment here.
Besides illustrating how the system is broken, he was at Saturday’s Justice for Jane Doe Rally “on behalf” of his cousin, Jenny, who he said was murdered in Brooklyn for no reason other than being who she was, a young trans woman.
Connecticut holding “Jane Doe,” a young Latina in near-solitary confinement, was the uniting issue of the event, even if protestors disagreed about which element of her case has been most outrageous or responsible for her predicament.
Two weeks ago Governor Malloy issued a statement that Jane Doe should be moved from the adult correctional facility to another setting. Several speakers at the rally, which began in front of DCF’s Central Office on Hudson Street, said they wanted to make sure that Malloy would make good on his promises. Continue reading 'Rally for Jane Doe Outside DCF Headquarters and State Capitol'»
A colleague confides that another employee has been making inappropriate comments toward her. The perpetrator drops creepy notes under her office door and shows up in the lounge when she’s there. He stares while she eats her lunch. She asked him to stop, but this behavior has continued and it seems to be getting worse. Now, he is sending emails and hanging around where she parks in the lot. She’s distraught, so you offer to help by looking for the handbook. Surely, it will explain how to manage this uninvited and unceasing behavior. You scour the college website only to come up empty-handed. The student handbook contains some language, but it’s unclear if this applies to faculty too. It’s late at night and you are desperate to help this friend feel safe. Another institution in the college system does have its student and faculty guidelines posted online, and while incomplete, it gives a momentary sense of hope. But then, we agree, it’s possible that none of those policies apply to where she works. Reporting this to Human Resources seems more and more like a hassle to her, what with no apparent policy.
“An Act Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus,” promises to add consistency across colleges and universities in Connecticut. It may not require colleges to publish its guidelines, but once a victim discloses or reports, he or she will be informed of that institution’s obligations moving forward.
Though it’s been described as a “sexual assault bill,” it covers far more ground. For those who work in higher education, this is one more measure that helps to ensure safety in the workplace, as the policies cover all college and university employees, not only students. Continue reading 'A Safer Workplace'»
Photo by Nichole Guerra / Art by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Passersby near the Charter Oak Cultural Center may have noticed some new literature posted around the neighborhood on their commutes within Hartford this week. Without context, the pieces appear to be nothing more than isolated and vague quotes, commanding the reader to show respect to an unknown author for an unknown reason, but they are really part of a larger, nationwide movement to bring awareness to what is more commonly becoming known as street harassment.
Street harassment – the unwelcome honking, cat-calls, or other unwanted advances that women, and even men, experience when walking from point A to point B – is one form of harassment that society has begun to accept as an unavoidable fact of life. If we haven’t been on the receiving or giving end, we have at least witnessed it first-hand or know someone who has experienced its unsettling effect. Speaking out against it is viewed as futile, and those outspoken few who do respond could be inviting more unwelcome advances, often times more aggressive and dangerous. Continue reading '“Stop Telling Women to Smile” Stops in Hartford'»