Solitary confinement is “the most extreme form of punishment we have other than death,” Piper Kerman told the audience during the “Censorship and the Rights of Prisoners” talk on Monday.
Kerman was invited to speak at the Milton and Ethel Sorokin Symposium, a public education event of the ACLU of Connecticut, that is co-sponsored ad hosted by the UConn School of Law.
Kerman’s timing could not have been more appropriate. Right now, Connecticut has a juvenile housed in an adult facility in Niantic, where she is reportedly isolated from the population for 22-23 hours each day. That Jane Doe is in lock down without being charged for a crime has been overshadowed by the details of her needs as a transgendered youth.
Kerman, who did not spend time in solitary housing herself, did say that it is “not used for ‘the worst of the worst’” exclusively, but that isolation is “used as a disciplinary tool for low level infractions.” Continue reading 'Author of Orange is the New Black Speaks on Civil Liberties'»
Gown worn in “Adam’s Rib”
Whether or not women should “lean in” or close the “confidence gap” are debates of the moment, but this fretting should have been settled decades ago.
Do you or someone you know need help figuring out how to be a tough dame? Turn to Katharine Hepburn. She was:
- Sent home from school for wearing pants. Went back the next day wearing pants. How did she get the confidence for this? Mom (Katharine Houghton Hepburn) telling the school, basically, you leave the parenting to me, could not have hurt.
- Later, when the RKO studio tried to get her to stop wearing slacks, she made a point by walking out in her underwear.
- Did her own stunts, including when she was in her later years. Grew up in a house (133 Hawthorn Street) where the family had a zip line installed. Coincidence?
- Got busted in college for smoking in her dorm. Drove around Hartford without a license.
- Had a reputation for being prickly and defiant. . .
- Earned twelve Oscar nominations and won four of those times. Continue reading 'How to Become a Tough Broad in Six Steps and Three Pairs of Custom Made Shoes'»
As long as we have some plan…
This is posted in the West End.
Boundaries are important. Going to the actual ribbon-cutting of a playground sounded a lot like being a spectator in the Running of the Brides– chaotic and overwhelming. There’s just no reason to stand between dozens of young kids and a giant, shiny new toy. We decided to stay out of the children’s way, but stopped by Elizabeth Park earlier in the day to check out the new playground equipment.
The Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Playground is one of 26 playgrounds constructed as part of The Sandy Ground Project, Where Angels Play. Each playground serves as a living memorial to those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Continue reading 'The Purplest Playground is Open'»
The State Elections Enforcement Commission finally ruled on a complaint regarding the 2012 election in which several Hartford residents claimed that votes had failed to be recorded and registered, specifically, votes for third party presidential candidates Jill Stein and Stephen Durham.
During the investigation, the citywide recount resulted in an amendment of returns in districts 5 (United Methodist Church on Farmington Avenue) and 11 (United Way on Laurel Street). Continue reading 'Registrars of Voters Told to Be More Careful'»
The annual Greenhouse Spring Flower Show has begun! Continue reading 'Spring Flower Show'»
Wildaliz Bermudez kisses her husband, Ken Krayeske, possibly one last time before he rides a bed sled down the hill in Elizabeth Park.
You don’t need a branding campaign of any sort to get people out on a snowy Saturday afternoon. What you need is a good idea, being open to having fun, and the willingness to promote a little.
For the second year, Paul Spirito organized a successful Art Sled Derby that was completely free to attend, with expenses only being what participants chose to spend on sleds and materials. No waivers, no fuss.
Supporting the “Hartford Strong” sled team
The “Hartford Strong” team said they were about resilience.
Continue reading 'Second Annual Art Sled Derby'»