Anne Cubberly’s creations — the fish and bird — could be seen in Downtown on Saturday. Cubberly is a 2013 Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant recipient for her production Night Fall, coming in October. Her giant puppets make appearances at cultural events throughout the year, including recently at the Latin World Rhythms Festival. Continue reading '(Almost) Free Saturday'»
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.
The Sandy Hook Run for the Families 5K reached its registration capacity of 15,000 participants. The event’s website says that today’s 5K was “not about running. It is about life: honoring the memory of precious lives lost through tragedy and celebrating the gift of life. It is about uniting in hope for the future.” Continue reading 'Sandy Hook Run for the Families'»
Down at the Legislative Office Building on February 14th, the One Billion Rising event — speeches and a flash mob — called for an end to violence against women. Governor Malloy, stopping here after speaking at the March for Change, said “this is a day of important rallies.”
Malloy drew the connection between anti-bullying initiatives in schools and the efforts taken to curb domestic violence, along with other forms of violence against women.
Among the participants in the One Billion Rising flash mob were students from Miss Porter’s School.
Cathy Malloy, also asked to speak at the event, said, “we want everybody to wake up.”
Last year, over 57,000 individuals were served by domestic violence programs in Connecticut.
This was not only a call to stop domestic violence. It was also a demand to end rape and sexual assault. Continue reading 'One Billion Rising'»
A few hundred cyclists took part in the annual Discover Hartford Bicycle Tour, in spite of the rain on Saturday morning. Here they are, before any flat tires or spills:
The American experience in Jamaica is typically limited to visiting resorts.
The documentary Life and Debt explores what happens behind the scenes at these resorts, along with how globalization has affected the rest of the island.
This film, released in 2001, will be shown at the Charter Oak Cultural Center at 7p.m. on January 26, 2012.
“We been there all this time and they kicked us right out the door,” said Eddie Williams, a 20-year employee of Capitol Cleaners who has spent eighteen of those years working inside of the Hartford Courant building.
Williams is one of the janitors whose last day of work will be this Friday, due to the lost contract.
Razmik Hovannis and Anna Hit — also cleaning staff at the Courant and members of SEIU 32BJ — looked grim about their futures. Hovannis has worked ten years in the building and has been employed with Capitol Cleaners for 20 years; Hit has been with them for nine.
Although not ideal, the next move has been to try to secure their jobs at the building by applying for work with Pressroom Cleaners, the new cleaning contractor. Wojciech Pirog, a union delegate and representative for members employed by Capitol Cleaners, says the janitors have applied for work with with the new company, but have so far heard nothing. Continue reading 'Mourning Job Loss'»