With artists from Haiti, South Africa, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Spain, Mozambique, UK, Cape Verde, Korea, Canada, India, Philippines, Czech Republic, and the United States, the Trinity International Hip Hop Festival celebrated its ninth year. The event’s main draw is the concert, but over several days there are lectures and workshops, films, dance, live graffiti art, and more. Continue reading 'Trinity International Hip Hop Festival Brings the Sun and the Noise'»
Category: global issues
Morgan Wienberg was unfazed by the cheers coming from the bar on the other side of Wood-n-Tap each time the Red Sox moved one base closer to the championship; without so much as a pause, she continued telling the Torah on Tap group about the work she has done in Haiti to reunite children with their parents.
Wienberg, originally from Whitehorse, moved to Haiti almost immediately after graduating from high school; while spending five months living in a for-profit orphanage, she began to notice the children there were being exploited and abused. When people would donate shoes, she said, there would be a big show about it, but after the donors left, the children would again be in their bare feet and the shoes would be sold for the personal gain of the orphanage’s owner. Continue reading 'Championing Human Rights'»
To celebrate the International Day of Peace on Saturday, Hartford’s Elizabeth Park will play host to the first Peace, Love, & Music Together festival.
Bells will be rung and drums will be drummed. West Hartford Yoga will lead a community meditation and yoga class. Then, there will be more drumming as part of a rally for peace.
Governor Malloy, West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka, and Connecticut State Senator Beth Bye are all scheduled to speak, along with Kenneth K. Guilmartin, the Founder and Director of Music Together.
Music Together, the sponsor, is a decades’ old music program for “babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, first and second graders, and the adults who love them.” Continue reading 'Peace, Love, and Music in the Park'»
Stephen Durham, the Freedom Socialist Party nominee for President in the 2012 general election, drove up from New York for the Thursday rush hour rally calling for Bradley Manning’s freedom. Continue reading 'Blowing Whistles for a Whistleblower'»
Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA) and Connecticut Immigrant Voices Coalition (CIVIC) sponsored a rally and festival in Bushnell Park this weekend, with the afternoon’s events including musical performances, dance, and the telling of personal challenges with the immigration experience. Continue reading 'Multicultural Festival Promotes Immigration Reform'»
Hartford joined hundreds of other cities in hosting a march against Monsanto and GMOs on Saturday. Continue reading 'Anti-GMO March'»
Vendors, organizations, and musicians gathered at the Riverfront Plaza Sunday afternoon to celebrate Earth Day. Continue reading 'Earth Day Celebration at Riverfront'»
On the National Day of Action for immigration reform, Hartford joined cities across the United States as people took to the streets downtown during evening rush hour.
The Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA) organized the event, with rallies at both the Old State House and State Capitol, and a march in between.
CIRA is comprised of many organizations including the ACLU of CT, African American Affairs Commission, AFT Connecticut, Apostle Immigrant Services, Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Brazilian Immigrant Center, Center for Latino Progress, Comunidad Inmigrante de East Haven, Connecticut AFL-CIO, Connecticut Center for New Economy, Connecticut Coalition to Stop Indefinite Detention, Connecticut Students for a Dream, Immigration Rights Task Force of the Unitarian Society of New Haven, Immigration Task Force of New York Annual Conference of United Methodist Church, International Institute of Connecticut, Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), Junta for Progressive Action, Latino Advocacy Foundation, MECha de Yale, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), New Haven Peoples Center, Oficina Católica de Justicia Social de La Arquidiócesis de Hartford, Seminarians for a Democratic Society, SEIU-32BJ, SEIU-State Council, Somos CT, Unidad Latina en Acción, UNITE HERE, and United Action Connecticut.
Cartoonist Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, one of the “Cuban Five,” was given two life terms in the United States for “conspiracy to commit espionage” and other various charges, while gathering information about groups possibly planning terrorism against Cuba.
On Thursday, March 28th the Broad Street Gallery (1283 Broad Street) will host an opening reception for “Humor from My Pen,” an exhibit of this artist’s political cartoons. The opening reception will be from 4:30-7:30pm.
March 30th offers another viewing time, from 1-5pm.
This is free and open to the public.