No Room at the Inn

Ethel Thompson and her family reached Hartford after midnight. She entered the Hotel Essex on Main Street and went to…

Why the Union Vote Counts

Will the union vote count on election day? For the last one hundred years it has, in Hartford and around…

Heroes & Anti-Heroes

For more than a year, the prison authorities would not allow Avelino Gonzalez-Claudio proper medical treatment. Then, a month before…

The Newsies Strike Back

The front page photo was startling, even to people who had lived in the city all their lives. On May…

Strange Fruit

What was the murder of Trayvon Martin if not a lynching? The definition of the word is clear: “an extrajudicial…

This Land is Your Land

In October 1944, weekend entertainment options for Hartford residents were limited. A family might take in the fall foliage, or…

Union Brew

In 1901, all Hartford saloons sold a glass of beer for a nickel. But if a thirsty man bought the…

Peace Work with a Union Label

“While this war was on, you appropriated billions for the war. How much are you willing to appropriate for peace…

Mechanic Street Obituary

Hartford’s Mechanic Street passed away in the early months of 2003; the exact date is not known. It was located…

One Big Union in Hartford

In a few rooms above Giolito’s Restaurant on Market Street, not too far from the Hartford Police Station, Sam Bernowsky…

The Peddler & the Shoemaker

What would have happened if Bartolomeo Vanzetti had found work in Hartford? He traveled to our city, probably in 1909,…

Malcolm X in Hartford

On the fall afternoon in 1963 when Malcolm X spoke at the University of Hartford, Trinity College student Ralph Allen…

The Tao of Danny

Some of the sayings of Danny Perez, union organizer.  Principles that signify the fundamental true nature of the organizing world. …

Art is a Hammer

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it” –Bertolt Brecht  …

May Day !

Forget Loyalty Day, Health Day, Moving Day.  May 1st is a celebration for working people all around the world, and…

Women of the Prison Brigade

On a cold winter morning in February 1919, the “Prison Special” pulled into the Union Place train station. Departing from…

Paul Robeson

It was called the “greatest mobilization of police in the city’s history.” But the event that brought out hundreds of…

Hartford’s City Mother

 The small plaque in the south corner of the State Capitol identifies the names of early 20th century Connecticut women…