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  1. furbirdsqueerly
    April 24, 2014

    Steve have you seen this. A birthday party for Sam Colt. Its going to be a hell of a year. Thinking up a response but don’t want to get thrown off the birthday page too early in the game.

  2. aalpert
    October 28, 2014

    This site is now listed on the Blogroll and Links at InZaneTimes.

  3. Jill Friedman
    February 4, 2015

    Are you familiar with Claudette Colvin’s story? My friend, Phil Hoose wrote about her. She was the teenager who was arrested for not going to the back of the bus, 9 months before Rosa. Wonderfully written….I couldn’t put it down.

    • Wendy
      July 11, 2015

      Hi Jill, In reference to Claudette Colvin,” she ” was the person who gave MLK the idea of the bus boycot ” two years later.” MLK used Rosa Parks because she was a secretary in his office. Claudette moved to New York and earned her health/nurse degree. I think she also had two sons. She stayed out of the news and wanted to live the quiet life she deserved.

  4. Clifford Hankton
    October 31, 2015

    Thank you Steve, for preserving the voice of Hartford Conn. Black youth. The message is an old one. Take the fight to the streets in a peaceful manner, Black lives will change our cities and Nation. Love conquers all.

  5. Gabel -Brett Carolyn
    March 29, 2017

    When is your next walking tour? I would love to join one!
    Thanks for all your great work,

  6. Albert DiChiara
    April 2, 2018

    Steve, I am interested in the political activities of Blacks and Puerto Ricans in Hartford in the 1970s through the 1990s. I am especially interested in the more radical groups such as the Young Lords and the Black Panthers. My research is on the sell out of the neighborhoods from 1960 until now. I am using theory from the state-corporate crime literature as well as the politics of urban space. Can you steer me in a few directions in terms of textual material or individuals I can interview?

    Thanks, Al

    • Steve Thornton
      April 3, 2018

      Hi Al- it seems that the archive links aren’t working. I checked back to the Trinity College page, same problem.( I’m sure Prof Jack Daughtry can provide you with better links. Re. Radical Hartford activities: the Young Lords did not have a Hartford presence but a similar group did (People’s Liberation Party). I have a story about them on my site. See also the book by José Cruz (Identity Politics). The Puerto Rican Socialist Party had a strong presence in the 1970s. Contact Edwin Vargas (he is in the phone book). Everything I know about the Panthers can be found my three articles. Hope this helps. Keep me in n touch, Steve

  7. Steve Thornton
    April 3, 2018

    ALSO- a great source is UH News Liberated Press, available at University of Htfd.

  8. Pearline Begg
    October 7, 2018

    Sorry wrong email

  9. John Rybczyk
    February 9, 2019

    Do you have any information on the Negro baseball team the Florida Hobos, when they came to Middletown Ct, in the early 40’s and three of the players Earl Baker, Curly Ready and Fletcher Henry stayed and played for the Middletown Giants.

  10. Steve Thornton
    June 13, 2019

    Sorry for the delay in my response! I wish I had some info on the Hobos but I don’t. I hope you’ll be writing about it!

    Steve Thornton

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  12. James J. Connolly
    September 5, 2019

    Steve, this is Jim Connolly, we know each other from Irish northern made in other contexts. I need your assistance in finding an expert lawyer to stand up for the political and related rights of public school teacher here in Connecticut. This schoolteacher is running for the Town Council and is starting to experience static from the superintendent about running for office.

  13. Bruce Rubenstein
    September 26, 2019

    Hi Steve This October 8th is the 50th anniversary of the days of rage weatherman action… interested in discussing it?

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