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It is now 2022 and Garnet Oak Magazine as an organization has been in existence for a little more than a year. Born from the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic, flexibility, adaptability, and resilience are in the DNA of our publication. Just as the world, the United States, and the state of Connecticut have faced a series of cascading and overlapping crises, we, too, at Garnet Oak Magazine have contended with these challenges to the best of our ability.
We are still growing as an organization. Even under the best of circumstances that means that we must address logistical issues as we expand and explore different topics relevant to the struggle for liberation. The simultaneous struggles we are currently facing have only made our road ahead more challenging. Though we have experienced considerable production delays up to this point, we are far from giving up.
Rather, in order to better serve our mission of documenting Connecticut’s current events and politics from a left-wing perspective, we have chosen solidarity as our tool for our continued survival, just as it is the key to humanity’s continued survival.
We are pleased to announce that we have voted to become part of the Connecticut Democratic Socialists of America Communications Committee. This means that Garnet Oak Magazine is now considered an official part of the Connecticut DSA.
While this means there will be adjustments behind the curtain in how our organization is run, this changes nothing when it comes to our mission to deliver high-quality writing and art relevant to the interests and needs of socialists in Connecticut. It is with great excitement that we introduce our third issue of Garnet Oak Magazine, which marks a new stage of development for our publication.
Garnet Oak Magazine Editorial Board
News & Articles
Private Developer Seeks to Further Gentrify New Britain
A luxury apartment building is in the works in downtown New Britain. Local government and media present this as a good thing that will improve the community, but the fact is this is just further gentrification of a city home to many poor people.
CT First in Country to Pass Baby Bond Program
In July 2021, Connecticut became the first state in the country to pass a statewide baby bond program. It has many strings attached but is ultimately a step forward.
Hitting the Bricks: Thoughts From a New Canvasser
One socialist’s impressions on canvassing and the ongoing challenges facing renters in Connecticut.
Tenant Organizing and the Path to Power: A Personal Reflection on Socialist Organizing in 2021
Building a socialist mass movement depends on understanding our theory of change and critically reflecting on our successes and failures in its pursuit. With this in mind, we reflect on the 2021 tenet union building efforts in Central CT.
Landing On Our Feet: a CT DSA Year in Review
A retrospective on the 2021 efforts of DSA in Connecticut.
Will the Opioid Settlement Money be Hijacked Just Like the Tobacco Settlement Dollars?
The state of Connecticut is going to receive $300 million to help combat opioid addiction as part of a national $26 billion settlement with opioid manufacturers. Can our representatives be trusted to use that money for what it’s intended?
CT Media Deliberately Ignoring Palestine
Connecticut media outlets ignored widespread demonstrations for ending the apartheid of the Palestinian people. This was due in no small part to Connecticut’s arms industries and the lucrative contracts they have with the state of Israel.
Artist Interview: lionheART
A brief chat with lionheART, a Bridgeport-based art space and artist collective as well as a sampling of some of their featured paintings.
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