Photo by Christopher Brown
At 6:00 sharp on Wednesday, August 27, a crowd of about 60 filled the sidewalk at the corner of Albany Avenue and Main Street as organizers waited for a few more expected people to arrive for a protest against the the recent tasing and arrest of Hartford teen Luis Anglero, Jr. Within the next few minutes, the demonstrators grew to about 75 and some Hartford Police personnel had joined them. Chief James C. Rovella, flanked by uniformed officers, approached the group and spoke with organizers, indicating that they intended to walk with the group. When organizers replied that they would prefer not to have the chief and the officers in their midst, he acknowledged hearing their wishes, but stated that he was going to walk along with the group anyway.
The demonstrators walked north along the Main Street sidewalk, chanting in call-and-response style, “He posed no threat-” “-they tased him!” “Drop the charges-” “-now! now!” They crossed main street near the Clay Arsenal fire station and walked south across Albany Avenue as HPD officers held up traffic for them. They continued south on High Street to the Public Safety Complex and filed into the lobby. Continue reading 'Hartford Demonstrates Against Use of Force'»
The 60-foot-high sculpture created from 2,000 pounds of illegal firearms is already in the Bushnell Park field near the stage but is not due to have its tarp removed until 1pm on September 3, 2014. What’s under wraps right now are two hands shaking. Continue reading 'Temporary Art to Be Revealed Next Week'»
Luis Anglero, the 18-year-old who was tased on Tuesday, August 19th, has been charged with breach of peace and interfering with police, both misdemeanors.
David McGuire, the staff attorney of the ACLU of Connecticut, issued a statement on the incident that occurred at Albany and Garden: “The video [posted on media sites] raises questions about why the officer in this case chose to use the Taser, and those questions demand a thorough and impartial investigation.” Continue reading 'Taser Use to Be Investigated'»
Thursday’s No More Fear!
forum is designed to unite the community against violence and seek solutions. Panelists are expected to discuss the causes and effects of violence, from non-fatal shootings to homicides. Various organizations will be on hand to connect residents with resources in the community.
Lew Brown and Anthony Griffin with be co-moderating the event. Speakers will include Henrietta Beckman from Mothers United Against Violence; Stephen Palmer of Good Soil Entertainment Ministry; Kevin Outar, who does community outreach for Father Works with the Village for Families and Children; Damaris Reyes-Goodman from Project Longevity; and Sergeant Steve Austin of the Hartford Police Department. Each will speak for a few minutes, then the public will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Continue reading 'Thursday: Community Forum on Violence Prevention'»
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'»
This weekend’s Gun Buy Back Program at the Johnson Stewart Community Center on Martin Street resulted in getting 21 pistols, 26 revolvers, three rifles, five shotguns, two derringer pistols, and one flintlock pistol out of the community. Two of those firearms had been listed as stolen in the National Crime Information Center.
Deputy Chief Brian Foley says that this was the first of many local gun buy back events in the area. Continue reading '58 Firearms Collected on Saturday'»
The Hartford Police Department is collaborating with Mothers United Against Violence, 100 Man Movement, and We Works Coalition to host a gun buy-back event at the Johnson Stewart Community Center on Martin Street.
Hartford residents who turn in working firearms will be issued gift cards in varying amounts determined by the type of weapon: handguns, $200; shotguns, $50; and rifles, $50. Continue reading 'Gun Buy-Back Scheduled for July 19'»
Nelba Márquez-Greene speaking at forum hosted by Trinity College on Thursday
“Tell the truth, shame the devil.”
Nelba Márquez-Greene explained that a woman from Glory Chapel — a church she used to attend — would say this during services.
Márquez-Greene said she was going to be doing much of that during her presentation A Professional and Personal Perspective on Trauma and Recovery at the Building a More Peaceful Connecticut: Tools, Models and Initiatives that Promote Non-Violence forum hosted by Trinity College on Thursday.
Márquez-Greene, founder of the Ana Grace Project of Klingberg Family Centers, is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She alternated between speaking as a professional, and speaking from personal experience. Her daughter, Ana Grace, was one of the Sandy Hook shooting victims in 2012.
The Ana Grace Project’s purpose is to promote love, community, and connection for every child and family, Márquez-Greene said. Part of that is addressing trauma, which does not only appear following natural disasters or shootings, she said, but also when one experiences poverty, racism, and insecure housing. Continue reading 'Forum Discusses Models for Non-Violence'»
Gun violence conversations have increasingly focused on mental health issues, shifting the dialogue away from the realities facing our urban youth who are at risk of being exposed to gang culture and its repercussions. To bring the conversation back to these points, Connecticut Against Gun Violence (CAGV) and Project Longevity hosted a screening of Shell Shocked in an effort to raise awareness and build support for Project Longevity, a new, targeted initiative focused on eliminating group-related violence in urban neighborhoods.
Shell Shocked examines the environment that contributes to gun violence and then explores solutions that helps break the cycle of poverty and violence among urban youth. Realizing the need for a dialogue that bridged the gap between the many people and institutions impacted by violent crime, Director John Richie sought to expose the realities of living in New Orleans, where every African-American child he was working with had been touched by gun violence.
Following the screening, Richie led a panel discussion among Tiana Hercules, Project Manager of Project Longevity, Hartford; Ron Pinciaro, Executive Director of CT Against Gun Violence; Reverend Henry Brown; and Sergeant Steven Austin of the Hartford Police Department.
The panel focused largely on the role of Project Longevity in addressing violent crime in an era marked by widespread access to firearms and strong opposition to gun control efforts from pro-gun lobbyists. Longevity, the Obama Administration’s community-policing approach to prevent gun violence, sends new federal grant dollars to urban neighborhoods, targets repeat criminals who are most at-risk of being a victim or perpetrator of gun violence, and offers an ultimatum: accept a comprehensive package of social services meant to help those who wish to break the cycle of violence and gang activity – or “receive the full attention of the law” the next time any violence occurs, even if those targeted were not directly involved in the crime. Continue reading 'Project Longevity: Targeting Gun Violence in Hartford'»
The roadside memorials and prayer vigils serve a purpose no doubt, but neither gets at the root of violence.
This morning, the faith-based PICO National Network’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign brought a more radical message to Hartford.
“If a black kid on this side of Hartford got shot,” Teny Gross suggested, treat the situation the same as if “the president of Trinity [College] got shot.” Continue reading 'Lifelines Not Pipelines'»