This Week at Amistad

THIS WEEK/ESTA SEMANA

We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” – Dorothy Day

<<THURSDAY/JUEVES 2/27/14, 6:00PM – Canvassing for the People’s response to “Hill to Downtown;” contact us for more information/Escrutinio de la respuesta del pueblo a la “Colina a Downtown,” haz contacto con nosotros para recibir más información.>> CANCELED/CANCELADO

SATURDAY/SÁBADO 3/1/14, 10:00AM-12:00PM @Neighborhood Housing Services, 333 Sherman Ave. – Gardening Workshop: Soils, Compost, and Mulching, hosted by the New Haven Land Trust/Jardinería Taller: Los suelos, compost y mantillo, organizada por el Fideicomiso de Tierras de New Haven. Click here for more information/haz clic aquí para leer más.

DOMINGO 2 DE MARZO A LAS 3:30PM @la Escuela de Fair Haven, 164 Grand Ave – Trilogía para Juan Rulfo. Una obra de teatro que no se pueden perder! Inspirada en los cuentos de Juan Rulfo. La obra será en español y es completamente gratis. Los asientos son limitados. Llamen y reserven sus asientos: 203-606-3484Haz clic aquí para leer más sobre el director, los actores y la obra de teatro.

EVERY WEEK/TODAS LAS SEMANAS

M-F/L-V – Breakfast/desayuno 7:30-8:30AM, Lunch/almuerzo 12:00-1:00PM

W 9:00AM – AmEN (Amistad Emancipation Network) meeting to discuss the proposed amendments to the New Haven park ordinance, and their implications for those experiencing homelessness. Reunión para discutir las propuestas de enmienda a la ordenanza parque New Haven, y sus implicaciones para las personas sin hogar.

W 6:00PM – evening prayer/oración de la tarde

Th/J – 9:00AM Bible study/estudio Bíblico; 9:30-11:00AM Give & Take/Dar y Recibir

<<F/V – 5:30PM @Gourmet Heaven, 15 Broadway – Boycott Gourmet Heaven/Las manifestaciones contra Gourmet Heaven>> SUSPENDED until further notice/SUSPENDIDO hasta nuevo aviso

Su/D – 2:00PM @Trinity Church, New Haven Green – Chapel on the Green, followed by lunch/Capilla en el Parque, seguido de un almuerzo

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Updates from ULA

Photo courtesy of Cora Lewis, New Haven Independent

Photo courtesy of Cora Lewis, New Haven Independent

Gourmet Heaven owner arrested

After months of protest, the city is starting to move on the pressing issue of wage theft. Read all about it here:
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More news from ULA:

Domingo 2 de marzo a las 3:30 pm en la Escuela de Fair Haven, 164 Grand Avenue
Una obra de teatro que no se pueden perder!
Inspirada en los cuentos de Juan Rulfo
Director: German Jaramillo
La obra será en español y es completamente gratis. Los asientos son limitados. Llamen y reserven sus asientos. 203-606-3484

Did you know that this year, when the Connecticut legislature raised the minimum wage, they also reduced the pay rate for waiters and waitresses, under pressure from restaurant lobbyists? Unidad Latina en Accion trekked to Hartford in thickly falling snow to testify before the legislature. Read more on the New Haven Speaks blog –>

Edgar Javier Marin returns to court Feb. 26

More than 900 people have signed the petition to stop Javier’s deportation. If you haven’t signed it, click here now!
Javier went to immigration court last week, and ICE refused to give him a bond. He is still detained, and returns to court tomorrow. Javier’s family and friends have been busy all week visiting the offices of Senator Blumenthal, Senator Murphy, Congresswoman DeLauro, and the Consul of Ecuador to seek their support. We want the Connecticut state’s attorney to reopen Javier’s criminal case so that he can clear his name, and we need the politicians to make that happen. La lucha sigue!

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Update on anti-drone actions in Syracuse

From www.peacecouncil.net:

Hancock 17 Drone War Crimes Resisters’ Verdict Is In
All found guilty of  disorderly conduct but acquitted of trespassing; Order of Protection extended 2 years; Judge decides to send a message

On Friday, February 7, Town of DeWitt Court Judge David Gideon found twelve of the Hancock Drone War Crimes Resisters guilty of disorderly conduct, but acquitted them of trespassing.They had gone to Hancock Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, NY, on Oct. 25, 2012, to bring a Citizens War Crimes Indictment to the base and symbolically block the gates. Their nonviolent action had called for an end to drone warfare.

Saying, “At some point this has to stop,” the judge gave the defendants the maximum sentence – 15 days in jail (starting immediately) and a $250 fine with a $125 court surcharge. He also imposed a two-year Order of Protection, prohibiting the defendants from going to the home, school, business or place of employment of Col. Earl A. Evans, Commander of Hancock’s mission support group. Considering that the defendants had never met or knew of him before their arrest, it is clear the intent is to keep people away from the base. Defendant Rae Kramer stated, “No person on the base was intimidated by us, that is clear. But the end result is to deprive me of my 1st Amendment Rights.”

In their sentencing statements, the defendants spoke from their hearts and minds. Some reaffirmed their legal duties as citizens to stop war crimes. Clare Grady said, “We went there to stop the war crimes. That was our intent.” James Ricks hoped the judge would “sentence us to community service to investigate the war crimes they are committing at the base.” Judy Bello said, “The people suffering are so significant. It requires a persistent response,” and argued that the international law argument is indeed valid. Mark Scibilia-Carver quoted the Pope saying “violence is a lie,” and “Faith and violence are incompatible.” Mark Colville challenged the Court, stating, “This court has been found guilty of stopping it’s ears to the laws that are in place to protect life. This court has been found guilty of stopping it’s ears to the voices of the victims of the drones.”

The defendants were prepared for whatever sentence the judge imposed. In the words of Ed Kinane, “Any penalty this court can impose on me is trivial compared to the death sentences imposed on the drone victims.”
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Of the five defendants not sentenced, one, Elliott Adams, is to be sentenced later. Two others had their cases dismissed on technical grounds, and the remaining two had plead guilty earlier.

The defendants are part of the Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, which seeks to educate the public and Hancock Air Base personnel about the war crimes perpetrated in Afghanistan with the MQ-9 Reaper Drone piloted from Hancock Air National Guard Base. See upstatedroneaction.org.

Video of the sentencing and sentencing statements will be available soon at www.peacecouncil.net.
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Defendants who were sentenced:

  • Judy Bello, Rochester, NY
  • Daniel Burgevin, Trumansburg, NY
  • Mark Colville, New Haven, CT
  • Clare Grady, Ithaca, NY
  • Mary Anne Grady Flores, Ithaca, NY
  • Martha Hennessy, New York, NY
  • Brian Hynes, Bronx, NY
  • Ed Kinane, Syracuse, NY
  • Rae Kramer, Syracuse, NY
  • James Ricks, Ithaca, NY
  • Mark Scibilia-Carver, Trumansburg, NY
  • Patricia Weiland, Northampton, MA

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This week at Amistad

BREAKING NEWS: Proposed anti-homeless park ordinance withdrawn!!

On January 28, Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden told the New Haven Register that he was considering seeking leave to withdraw the legislation. (Read more here.) On January 29, New Haven Alderwoman Jessica Holmes told us in a public meeting that any new legislation should come from a working group where homeless and low income people and those who work with them are represented.

This is a step in the right direction, but it is only the beginning! We have made it clear that any conversation about the New Haven Green needs to center the voices and needs of homeless and low-income people. The time is now to move that conversation forward and talk about the kind of inclusive, economically just community that we are really trying to build.

This Wednesday, join us for lunch on the Green as we model that community. We will raise our voices in song, bless and break bread together, and provide a space for people to speak out about their experiences. Together, we will begin to dream and practice the beloved community and true justice that our campaign against this ordinance has been trying to create.

>>>WEDNESDAY/MIÉRCOLES 2/5/14 12:00PM @New Haven Green<<<

Sing-In, Soup-Up and Speak-Out: Defending the New Haven Green and Building Power for the People – details here./Canta, almorza, y movilízate: Defendiendo el New Haven Green y construyendo poder para el pueblo – detalles aqui.

EVERY WEEK/TODAS LAS SEMANAS

M-F/L-V – Breakfast/desayuno 7:30-8:30AM, Lunch/almuerzo 12:00-1:00PM

W 9:00AM – AmEN (Amistad Emancipation Network) meeting to discuss the proposed amendments to the New Haven park ordinance, and their implications for those experiencing homelessness. Reunión para discutir las propuestas de enmienda a la ordenanza parque New Haven, y sus implicaciones para las personas sin hogar.

W 6:00PM – evening prayer/oración de la tarde

Th/J – 9:00AM Bible study/estudio Bíblico; 9:30-11:00AM Give & Take/Dar y Recibir

F/V – 5:30PM @Gourmet Heaven, 15 Broadway – Boycott Gourmet Heaven/Las manifestaciones contra Gourmet Heaven

Su/D – 2:00PM @Trinity Church, New Haven Green – Chapel on the Green, followed by lunch/Capilla en el Parque, seguido de un almuerzo

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This week at Amistad

“The legal battle against segregation is won, but the community battle goes on.” – Dorothy Day

WEDNESDAY/MIÉRCOLES 1/29/14 12:00PM @Amistad Catholic Worker House – Lunch with Jessica Holmes, chair of the New Haven aldermanic legislation committee/Almuerzo con Jessica Holmes, presidente del comité de legislación de los concejales de New Haven.

SATURDAY/SÁBADO 2/1/2014 11AM-5PM @New Haven Public Library, Wilson Branch, 303 Washington Ave. – Screening of “The Hill,” a documentary about our neighborhood. Find more information here./Proyección de “The Hill”, un documental sobre nuestro barrio. Encuentre más información aquí.

EVERY WEEK/TODAS LAS SEMANAS

M-F/L-V – Breakfast/desayuno 7:30-8:30AM, Lunch/almuerzo 12:00-1:00PM

W 9:00AM – AmEN (Amistad Emancipation Network) meeting to discuss the proposed amendments to the New Haven park ordinance, and their implications for those experiencing homelessness. Reunión para discutir las propuestas de enmienda a la ordenanza parque New Haven, y sus implicaciones para las personas sin hogar.

W 6:00PM – evening prayer/oración de la tarde

Th/J – 9:00AM Bible study/estudio Bíblico; 9:30-11:00AM Give & Take/Dar y Recibir

F/V – 5:30PM @Gourmet Heaven, 15 Broadway – Boycott Gourmet Heaven/Las manifestaciones contra Gourmet Heaven

Su/D – 2:00PM @Trinity Church, New Haven Green – Chapel on the Green, followed by lunch/Capilla en el Parque, seguido de un almuerzo

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Gourmet Heaven boycott update

From Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA):

Photo campaign today: Take your photo with a message for the owner of Gourmet Heaven. Upload it to Facebook and tag “Gourmet Heaven” and hashtag #BoycottGHeav . Yalies will be on Cross Campus today from 1 – 4 pm to snap your photo!Facebook event here

 
Picket today: 5:30 pm outside 15 Broadway … It’s important to turn out because …
 
Guess what?? The management is passing out phony flyers to customers. See our response below… Very funny Mr. Cho! We need volunteers to pass flyers outside Gourmet Heaven on a regular basis … please contact us!
 
On www.ulanewhaven.org A new video in which one of the fired workers says “Hello students … I want to ask for your help!”  And a pamphlet by Yale students that answers your questions such as “Isn’t this a matter for the Department of Labor?” “Are the workers comfortable with all this?” Check it out!

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The “Owning Yourself and Your Labor” Blues: an Amistad Mash-up

Around Amistad lots of songs can be heard from the radio, over laptops or smartphones, or being hummed by people as they work. Protest songs are another variety of music that are often sung and/or composed at the house. Greg Williams (Amistad intern and Yale Divinity Student) is currently working on some protest songs concerning the New Haven Green. When Mark Colville is not at a protest, he is often found blasting his tunes in the kitchen as he makes his famous rice and beans. One of the many songs on Mark’s playlist is the song, “Against Th’ Law,” words by Woodie Guthrie and music by Billy Bragg. Now I too have my own “greatest hits” that I play when prepping for lunch in the kitchen, and one of my favorites is the song “Sixteen Tons,” attributed to Merle Travis (1946) because he recorded it – although there was a version of the song by George S. Davis written in the 1930’s, and so Davis is most likely the author.

It just so happens that with all the music that wafts through the halls at Amistad, at any given moment you might have a song stuck in your head that plays itself on a loop until another song gets stuck there. Last night at 3 o’clock in the morning I woke up suddenly with not one, but TWO songs stuck in my head, the aforementioned “Sixteen Tons”, and “Against Th’ Law.” A few lines of one would play, and then a couple of lines of the other, then one song would start and would dovetail right into the other song. This mixing of songs is called a “mash-up.” But, “Why these two songs?” I wondered. They are as different as can be, right? The more I thought about the songs the more I realized that they are more similar than we might think.

 “Against Th’ Law” is a song about the restrictive laws in Winston Salem that criminalize almost anything, but also laws that are disproportionately enforced if one appears to have no money and/or live out on the street. “Sixteen Tons” is a classic song about Kentucky coal miners before there were unions who were preyed upon by the companies they worked for. Not given living wages, many ended up in debt to the company they worked for and essentially became indentured servants.  What occurred to me is that together these songs speak to an insidious oppression when municipalities and companies use their power and influence to control a vulnerable population, a population without a union, without advocates, and without money. The method of control varies, in “Sixteen Tons” it is predatory lending while in “Against Th’ Law” it is fascistic legislation that leads to police harassment, fines, and ultimately jail. So whether one is a Kentucky coal miner or a person who lives on the street, the desperate need to own one’s own body and labor is clear in both songs. There are perhaps even more ways that these songs relate that I am too sleep deprived to fully articulate so I will simply leave you with my mash-up of these two great songs to allow you to find more connections for yourself.

The “Owning Yourself and Your Labor” Blues, a mashup by Sarah Raven

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