This performance will open with a panel discussion by Hartford community scholars and activists at 7 p.m. in Auerbach Auditorium. Susan Pennybacker, Director of the Hartford Historical Project at Trinity College, will provide the audience with a historical sketch of the city. Others who will discuss their work in Hartford are Edna Negrón Rosario, the Southern New England regional director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and a member of the University’s Board of Regents; Lorenzo Jones, community organizer for Create Change; and Chris Allen-Doucot, co-founder of the Hartford Catholic Workers House.
Christopher J. Doucot
Chris is a co-founder of the Hartford Catholic Worker community which operates the St. Martin De Porres and St. Brigid Houses of Hospitality where he has lived and worked since 1993. At the Catholic Worker Chris and his community provide shelter for homeless persons, furniture for fire victims and formerly homeless persons, food and children's activities. This work is done with an eye toward bringing together urban and suburban, white, black and Puerto Rican, rich, middle class and poor members of our society. The Catholic Worker also works to reduce violence in our world by resisting war and arms making and in our neighborhood by helping to keep kids out of gangs, intervening in domestic disputes and other interventions.
Lorenzo began his organizing career as an intern in UCAN's Internship Program for African American and Latino Organizers in 1995. He is now an instructor and supervisor for new interns in the program. In 1997, Lorenzo was nominated and selected to be one of the "Change Agents" in the national leadership development program sponsored by the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C. Lorenzo provides technical assistance and training to members of the Problem Solving Committees in each of the neighborhoods of Hartford as part of the Comprehensive Communities Partnership (CCP) of the City of Hartford.
Currently, Lorenzo is the lead organizer for Create Change. Create Change organizes
people in our communities to have a voice in defining what resources are needed
to make our communities healthy. Create Change believes in organizing community
residents to address issues that would encourage citizenship and increase Social
Capital. The issues currently being targeted include:
· A Drug Court in Hartford with sufficient services for referrals
· An end to the Crack and Powder Cocaine Sentencing disparities
· A reintegration analysis for inmates that will be released
· Community based re-entry programs that support ex-inmates and their families
· An end to prisoner exportation to out of state facilities
· Protection from HIV/AIDS & other sexually transmitted diseases in prison facilities
A long-time educator, Edna Negrón is presently a trustee and served on the Hartford Board of Education from 1972 to 1994. During those years, she was an active voice in bilingual/multicultural education issues and served as Principal of Dr. Ramón Emeterio Betances Elementary School in Hartford. Her programs have been utilized as national models for several educational efforts. From 1990 to 1993, Negrón served in the Connecticut General Assembly, representing the 6th Assembly District. Prior to joining PRFAA, Negrón was Assistant Vice President for Community Affairs and Corporate Giving at the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hartford, and received her M.S. in Education from the same institution. She is on the Board of Regents of the University of Hartford and holds an honorary doctorate degree from Trinity College.
(Bio taken from: http://www.prfaa.com/eng/regionaloffice.asp?m=191&a=164&nt=179&sc=ct)
Susan Pennybacker was born in New Haven in 1953. She has taught in the history department at Trinity College since 1983. She is an urban historian who is completing a second book on transatlantic racial politics and the 1930s, due to come out in 2005. For more than 10 years, she has directed the Hartford Studies Project at Trinity. The Project just received a grant form the Roickefeller Foundation to complete a community documentary film project on Hartford 1969-present, which started in 2000.