This weekend, in Hamden and New Haven respectively, there will be two events focusing on compassion and justice.
On Saturday, July 22 is the Third Annual Compassionfest from 10-5 at Whitneyville Commons, 1253 Whitney Avenue in Hamden. The mission of this festival is “to unite like-minded people that believe in the values of being just, kindness, equality and compassion. We’ll gather for delicious vegan food and cruelty-free product providers, local artisans, inspiring performers, musical acts & healing workshops for all ages.” Admission is free. The rain date is Saturday, July 29.
On Sunday, July 23, from 12 to 4:30, is the MLK Sit-In in the grassy area on MLK Boulevard, across from the Sherman/Tyler Parking lot, near Ella T. Grasso Blvd. in New Haven. This is part of a nationwide event observed on streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr. to honor him and continue the fight against local, national, and international violence, hatred, and oppression against vulnerable communities.
There will be a large canvas where attendees can write and/or draw their vision of racial and social justice. Participants will be given the opportunity to make posters and peacefully display them in the area. There will also be racial and social justice organizations tabling, face-painting and artistic activities for children.
The schedule is:
• 12-2pm: Poster-making, art activities, tabling
• 2-4pm: Speakers, performers
• 4pm: Community Reading of excerpt from “I Have a Dream” speech
• 4:15pm: Wrap-up and Call for Action