Frani Spivak photo
Doug Hardy and Christine Stuart (Frani Spivak photo)

As those of you in the news business already know, the hardest thing for a reporter to do is get away from the hectic schedule and take a break. However, I am thrilled to be marrying the man I love on Saturday, Sept. 1. Click here to read about our love story.

In order to finalize our wedding and honeymoon plans I will be taking a brief hiatus from publishingCTNewsjunkie.com. Publication will resume on Sept. 12. In the meantime, I’ve included a list of events below that I would have covered if I were around.

What: Protest and March from Immigration Court to Senator Lieberman’s Office

When: 8:00 am Friday 31 August, 2007

Where: in front of Immigration Court, 450 Main Street, Hartford

Background: At around 5:00 am on August 20, ICE agents raided the Zaim family home in Wallingford, CT, searching for Said Zaim-Sassi. They threw his mother-in-law to the wall. His terrified children woke as ICE shined flashlights in their faces, yelling profanities. They abducted Said in front of his traumatized family. Is he a killer? A rapist? A thief? No, he’s a man who has lived for his family and his community. In the 20 years he has lived in the U.S., Said has had absolutely no criminal record and has been completely compliant with immigration requirements. His work and charity have benefited many in his community. ICE has treated him and his family like criminals. His three kids and his wife, all U.S. citizens, don’t know when they will see him again. ICE’s actions, designed to instill fear in the community, rip families apart.

Community members and activists from throughout Connecticut will be in front of Immigration Court in Hartford on Friday August 31 to demand the release of Said Zaim-Sassi and other innocents like him in detention. We will not allow our neighbors, our friends, and our family to be treated like animals.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2007
St. James Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford
Come hear about the experiences of local,“hands-on” Peace-Maker, Chris Doucot as he leads a discussion after the film. Chris Doucot is a founding member of the St. Martin de Porres Catholic Worker community in Hartford, Connecticut. He has participated in or led more than ten peace campaigns in Bosnia and Iraq. In 1999, Chris spent an hour with Senator Joe Lieberman showing him photos of Iraqi victims of American foreign policy and discussing the impact of sanctions and bombings. In 2000, he brought a Courant journalist and photographer to Iraq for 2 weeks, resulting in a week of stories and photos in the Hartford Courant. Find out more about Chris and the Hartford Catholic Worker, go to: www.hartfordcatholicworker.org.

Admission:  Free and Open to the Public; Tax Deductible Contributions will be accepted and will benefit St Martin de Porres Catholic Worker Community and WHCPJ

Pot Luck Light Refreshments! Doors Open 6 p.m.; Film at 7 p.m. Call for more information:  860 985 0998 or 860 232 8993 or go to www.westhartfordpeace.org

HOPE OUT LOUD PEACE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 12 NOON
BUSHNELL PARK—HARTFORD

CT Coalition for Peace and Justice is the main sponsor of this peace and music festival (COW has endorsed this event). It’s a concert, rally, playground, remembrance, a day of inspiration for renewal and commitment.

For more information call (860)523-4823 or log on to http://www.hopeoutloud.org/

Sept. 11, 1 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building. Judiciary Committee hearing. Lawmakers will hear from experts in the criminal justice field regarding the three strikes law.