The Connecticut People's World Committee announced that it will honor three individuals, including CT State Senator Gary Winfield (D-New Haven), at the annual World Amistad Awards in December.
The theme this year is, “It's An Enough Is Enough Moment! Time to Organize!”
The committee's letter said, “People's World is honored to present the Amistad Award to three wonderful allies and working class champions. Together they represent the kind of unity, solidarity and vision needed to build the movement that can transform our country to put people, peace and planet before profits.”
This is the same organization that honored U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal in December 2021.
He subsequently denied knowing that Connecticut People's World was a Communist organization, even though Amistad Awards announcer Lisa Bergmann said, "This is a beautiful tribute from all of our labor leaders honoring how important the Communist Party is in our movement..." right before turning the mic over to Blumenthal. It wasn't until video of the event surfaced in the press that he denied knowing the group was comprised of Communists.
Of course it will be a lot harder for Senator Winfield to deny knowing that he's receiving an award from the Communist group, especially after Blumenthal's very public denials.
It's also not Winfield's first time at an Amistad Awards ceremony, either, having appeared in 2009 with then-director of the Working Families Party, Jon Green, to present an award to Art Perry, a director at the Service Employee International Union (SEIU).
Winfield is described by the Communists as, "a fearless defender of racial, economic and social justice, always in the forefront with groundbreaking legislation toward equity and a better life for his constituents and all working class people in our state and nation."
He's not the first Connecticut politician to receive an award from Connecticut People's World.
Blumenthal presented an Amistad Award to State Senator Julie Kushner (D-Danbury) in 2021. Kushner subsequently denied knowing that the People's World was a Communist organization, just like Blumenthal.
Jan Hochadel (D), who is running for State Senate in the 13th district (Meriden and Middlefield), is a 2020 awardee. Hochadel served as President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Connecticut, and previously as Executive Vice President of CT AFL-CIO.
Rob Baril, the President of SEIU District 1199 New England, was honored for "leading the fight for protective gear and resources for nursing home caregivers, largely Black and Latino women, taking on the healthcare industry, and bringing forward union leaders of color."
Baril's SEIU comrade, Kooper Caraway, was recently seen showing solidarity with Hamas terrorists, and getting cheered on by his comrades in the labor movement.
Former Senator Toni Harp (D-New Haven from 1993 to January 7, 2014) who resigned following her election of Mayor of New Haven in 2014, was also honored by People's World.
At this time, however, it remains unclear whether Winfield plans on attending the awards ceremony.