Eugene Debs Quote

Eugene V. Debs

“I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.”
Eugene V. Debs

Google Chrome Extension Replaces ‘Alt-Right’ With ‘White Supremacy’

Google Chrome Extension Replaces ‘Alt-Right’ With ‘White Supremacy’

“I don’t want this term to be sugar coated,” the creator said.

Lilly Workneh   Black Voices Senior Editor, The Huffington Post

“Alt-right” has become a household term in recent months as the movement threw its support behind Donald Trump.

But activists have warned that the phrase “alt-right” is simply a sanitized rebranding of “white nationalism” and conflating the two has dangerous implications.

That’s why a New-York based advertising professional, who is using the pseudonym George Zola, created a Google Chrome extension called “Stop Normalizing The Alt Right,” which automatically replaces all mentions of the “alt-right” with the phrase “white supremacy.”

Read more here.

12 Reasons Millennials are Over Church

12 Reasons Millennials Are OVER Church

Only 4 percent of the Millennial Generation are Bible-Based Believers. This means that 96 percent of Millennials likely don’t live out the teachings of the Bible, value the morals of Christianity and probably won’t be found in a church. This author goes deep to explain why.

From the depths of my heart, I want to love church.

 I want to be head-over-heals for church like the unshakable Ned Flanders.
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I want to send global, sky-writing airplanes telling the life-change that happens beneath a steeple. I want to install a police microphone on top of my car and cruise the streets screaming to the masses about the magical Utopian community of believers waiting for them just down the street.

I desperately want to feel this way about church, but I don’t. Not even a little bit. In fact, like much of my generation, I feel the complete opposite.

Turns out I identify more with Maria from The Sound of Music staring out the abbey window, longing to be free. Read more here.

FREE Construction & CNA Job Training Program

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Community Renewal Team (CRT) Capital City YouthBuild AmeriCorps program is currently recruiting young people from Hartford, between the ages of 18-24. The participants selected will have the opportunity to obtain their high school diploma and develop skills for success while pursuing a career in Construction or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  Participants who have their high school diploma, will work mainly on completing the training of their choice while developing their skills for success as they transition to employment, post-secondary education or additional training.

All selected participants have the opportunity to receive their OSHA-10 certificate, Home Builders Institute (HBI) PACT certification, CPR, CNA and ServSafe certification depending on their certification selection. All participants will be eligible for a stipend and incentives.

If you know anyone interested, applications can be picked up at CRT Youth Artisan & Technology (YAT) Center located at 1443 Main Street in Hartford.
If additional information is needed, please feel free to contact Cynthia Baisden via email at baisdenc@crtct.org.

Muslim President of Hartford NAACP

Muslim President of Hartford, Connecticut NAACP branch.

By Imam kashif Abdul-Karim                                                         Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford, Connecticut

In the year 2017 the Hartford chapter of the NAACP will be celebrating its one hundredth anniversary. It was founded in October of 1917 during a period when African Americans were fighting racism, lynching and segregation. The NAACP was often in the forefront for defending and protecting the rights of the African American people. The president of the Hartford chapter in the capitol of Connecticut is Imam Abdul Shahid Muhammad Ansari. There has been 35 presidents in the Hartford Branch and he is the 36th president in Hartford. He is serving his 4th and last term. He is the first Muslim Imam in Connecticut to hold the position of branch president and maybe the first Imam in the country. Imam Ansari was sworn into office for his last term on 12/16/2016. He was sworn into office by Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim, resident Imam of Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford. The ceremony began and ended in the Islamic tradition of Al Fatiha and Sura Asr. The receptive officers were also sworn in by imam Kashif and given a positive charge to go forward as leaders. The swearing in ceremony was supported by Connecticut State President; Scott Esdaile who encouraged the officers to move forward in the way of excellence. The history of the NAACP in Hartford was presented in a detailed power point presentation by Annette Shack.

After the historic installation of Imam Muhammad Ansari and the officers of the NAACP, Imam kashif met with Imam Ansari to gather his perspectives on the NAACP.

Imam Ansari began by talking about the importance of this year’s 100th anniversary and it being his major reason for wanting to remain another term. This is a historic time for African Americans in Hartford. His next term is for two years. He has already served for six years. He feels the most important accomplishment he has brought to the NAACP since 2010 was bringing youth into the organization. He said in 2010 most of the member were in their 60s and older. He’s been able to bring youth back to the NAACP.

As we look to the future He feels there is a need for the state branch under the new president elect Donald trump to prepare itself and the community for whatever comes because of Mr. Trumps rhetoric. He feels that we must prepare to do the things the NAACP was founded upon. He said “we must ready ourselves to fight for civil rights, justice and equality for all people.” He stated “we must wait and see what the new president elect actually does and respond in kind. The NAACP have done this historically. We were prepared when we were being lynched, etc. We should be able to prepare ourselves now. We were founded on principles fighting for people of color and we will continue to do that regardless of who’s in office. We have to meet the challenges.”

In terms of voter suppression, the imam said; “Voter suppression is an issue for the national office. It has been given great attention nationally but it’s not a local problem. The Governor in CT has helped to make it easy here in CT but we know it is a problem in some other states. The NAACP takes some of these concerns to the streets in terms of marches and protest. But the uniqueness of the NAACP is that these fights are also in the courts and in state houses. We have legal battles as well.”  Imam Ansari emphasized that the NAACP in Hartford had a wonderful registration and get out to vote campaign.

Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim mentioned that he believes Imam WD Mohammad was a Lifetime member of the NAACP, Yet many Muslims seem to be lackadaisical about getting involved with the NAACP. Imam Ansari responded by saying; “Imam WD Mohammad interest is what motivated me, made it all right” he continued “I am Muslim myself so I get people involved by doing so directly. I have reached out to Muslims directly to become members since I’ve been president. I realize there was a time when the Muslim community did not favorably see the NAACP. There also wasn’t an effort to bring the Muslim community in. There has however been a change. I’m an imam perhaps the first we know of here. The organization is more receptive now. The organization also has a desire to make the goals, missions, and objectives more present to the Muslim community and to others. Our communities collectively may find these are things we can support as well. The ideas we don’t support we should not get involved in but the projects we do support we should help in and try to make better. We should not find a conflict here. This is a way for us to identify with common concerns. Like education. We both believe all people should have equal access to quality and equal education. Education that is not inferior. This is a common principle we can agree with. As more Muslims become more knowledgeable about what the NAACP is really all about, the more Muslims will join and get involved.”

In closing Imam Ansari stressed the need for us to also move toward coalition building in Connecticut. He said “We should work toward building relationships and alliances with those who want the common good for all people. Muslims should find out where the local branches are meeting. The Muslims have a lot to offer any organization. If we’re practicing the religion and we’re sincere, then we should be wanting to change our environment. If we’re following the example of our prophet we will be a powerful influence in any organization. We’ll even find ourselves becoming leaders within the organizations, over committees we join. We can stand out in these venues by helping the good causes. We can make the organizations better.”

The community in Hartford thank Imam Abdul Shahid Muhammad Ansari for his contributions. We enjoy seeing him representing the NAACP in the churches, protests, legal and government settings. Although he is representing them, he is also representing us. Job well done. We pray his next 2 years are a continued success.

Bear’s Smokehouse Owners Raising Minimum Wage

Bear’s Smokehouse Owners Raising Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour For Most Employees

Kenneth R. Gosselin

Kenneth R. Gosselin     Contact Reporter     Property Line

White Jews Have A Duty To Stand With Muslims And People Of Color

White Jews Have A Duty To Stand With Muslims And People Of Color

White Jews Have A Duty To Stand With Muslims And People Of Color

Our current fears — which are new to some of us — are what many other people have been facing for generations.

Sarah Ruiz-Grossman    Associate Editor, The Huffington Post

There’s been a lot of (justified) outrage about anti-Semitism lately.

Over the past year, anti-Semitic tweeters have increasingly trolled journalists. Last week, Adam Yauch Park in New York City, named for a late Jewish member of the Beastie Boys, was defaced with swastikas. And on Monday, CNN hosted a TV news segment with a debate topic scrawled across the screen reading: “Alt-right founder questions if Jews are people.” Not to mention the countless other swastikas that have shown up across the country since the election.

All of this is appalling. But I take issue with our outrage ― or rather, not the outrage itself, but the selectivity of it…But what we must not do is act as though this hate is a sudden revelation, rather than simply a confirmation ― or an expansion, perhaps ― of the hate people of color, immigrants and Muslims have been at the receiving end of for generations. Read more here.

 

A new chapter for Hebrew HealthCare

A new chapter for Hebrew HealthCare

By Cindy Mindell  CT Jewish Ledger Online

WEST HARTFORD – In 1901, the Hebrew Ladies’ Sick Benefit Association first started collecting nickels to help the elderly indigent of Hartford. “The Handkerchief Brigade,” as those early fund-raisers were dubbed, would go door to door until they had enough money to build the Hebrew Ladies’ Old People’s Home on Wooster Street, the first of its kind in Connecticut. The institution would relocate twice – to Washington Street and Tower Avenue – before moving to its current location on Abrahms Boulevard in West Hartford in 1989.

What evolved into Hebrew HealthCare (HHC) would become a nationally recognized non-profit comprehensive geriatric healthcare provider over the next two decades. But with Medicaid reimbursement rates diminishing over time, especially in recent years, the nursing-home component of the not-for-profit HHC began to lose money at an accelerating pace.

In December, the nursing home was sold to National Health Care Associates (NHCA), a move that frees up HHC to focus on the other aspects of its non-profit work.  Read more here.

How You Can Help The Standing Rock Sioux Fight The Dakota Access Pipeline

How You Can Help The Standing Rock Sioux Fight The Dakota Access Pipeline

 

By Pax Ahimsa Gethen – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53199433

Here’s where to call, donate, volunteer or send supplies.

Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have been going on since the project was approved in July.

Hundreds of protesters have been arrested, and demonstrators and police have accused each other of violence. Law enforcement has used pepper spray, beanbag rounds, a water canon and a high-pitched sound generator meant to disperse crowds. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department has described the protests as an “ongoing riot” and says it uses “the force necessary to maintain control.” You may have joined other Facebook users checking in at Standing Rock. There’s more you can do to help ― without heading to North Dakota. Read more here.  Join with others in the United Church of Christ here.