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Thousands at Second Annual Women’s March in Hartford Denounce Hateful Behavior

Hartford City Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez told the crowd to turn around and look at the building across from the Connecticut State Capitol, just on the other side of Bushnell Park. This hotel is where several dozen families from Puerto Rico relocated following the September 2017 hurricane. They have been there through FEMA’s Transitional Shelter Assistance program. Continue reading “Thousands at Second Annual Women’s March in Hartford Denounce Hateful Behavior”

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Meet Your City: Our Sharing Economy

Artwork by Miguel Jose Matos

 

Call it what you want — sharing, gifting, being neighborly — increasingly Hartford residents are showing interest in no-strings-attached giving, the kind you might not be able to write off on your taxes.

There are at least seven Little Free Libraries throughout the city that facilitate the giving and taking of books without time limits, late fees, or proof of identification. On Laurel Street (a few houses north of the intersection with Hawthorne Street) there’s a food pantry that operates similarly; anyone can donate food items and anyone can pick up, day or night, without any kind of hassle. It’s becoming less rare to find knit scarves and mittens tied to trees and fences downtown with messages encouraging people to go ahead and take them. Keep Hartford Warm collects and distributes winter clothing items to those in need.

Now, residents of some Hartford neighborhoods have another way to give and receive. The Buy Nothing Project, with its new group currently open to those living in Downtown, Frog Hollow, South Green, and the Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhoods, provides the opportunity for people to ask with no obligation to give. Jane Macy-Painter, the admin of this hyper-local group, says she learned about the Buy Nothing Project’s larger network “and realized there wasn’t one local to the city.”

On the surface it may seem like the group has a million rules, but what it comes down to is be local, be an adult, and give without expectation of anything in return — whether that means money or barter. Continue reading “Meet Your City: Our Sharing Economy”

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A Fascist By Any Other Name is Still a Shithole

On December 30th, I received a press release that gave me chills.

The sender declined to use his full name, and I responded that I have a policy of not running any material from people with white hoods covering their faces anonymous sources. There were no photographs attached, no evidence that anything actually happened. Without that, I wondered if what they stated was true or if a gutless troll was trying to get a rise out of me. Since the individual did not respond to my request that he validate his identity, I went on with my life. Until now.

Video has emerged:

By seeing that video, I have learned that the color of the hoods has changed, but the sentiment remains, embedded in dog-whistles. In this case, the fascists “European American men” grasped at any flimsy excuse to rally, and here, they contorted ongoing juvenile scribbles to suit their cause.

So, let’s look at their press release: Continue reading “A Fascist By Any Other Name is Still a Shithole”

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Scenes from the Sidewalk: This Message is Not for You

Spotted in Asylum Hill, about four feet above what would be eye level for a small dog.

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Scenes from the Sidewalk: It’s This Kind of Place

Spotted on some walls in downtown Hartford

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Access to the Arts Increases in 2018

One more cultural institution, in a partnership with the Hartford Public Library, is removing the barrier that keeps some city residents from enjoying live performances. Beginning January 8, you will be able to get free tickets to four shows at Hartford Stage this season.

You can view online which branches have available passes, but will need to go in person to check out the pass, which covers two tickets. Then, you have to call Hartford Stage to confirm seats.

Feeding the Dragon begins its run on January 11.

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