• The CT People's World Committee Just Held Its Annual Amistad Awards With Support From Politicians, Unions

    December 13, 2023

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    The Connecticut People’s World Committee just held its annual Amistad Awards on December 9th in New Haven, marking the 104th anniversary of the Communist Party USA's founding.

    Connecticut State Rep. Robyn Porter offered “sincerest congratulations” to recipients of the Amistad Awards on behalf of the Connecticut General Assembly and Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas.

    The event, which was themed "It’s an Enough is Enough Moment, Time to Organize!”, honored CT State Senator Gary Winfield, who is described as a fearless defender of racial, economic and social justice; Stacie Harris-Byrdsong, who is the president of AFSCME Council 4 and is passionate about equity and economic justice; and Luis Luna, the Husky 4 Immigrants coalition manager who challenges "the very foundations of systemic oppression" and works towards a future of "justice and equity" for all.

    The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which encouraged members to attend the communist awards ceremony, wrote that the award recipients were "being recognized for their commitment to organizing priorities that address racial equity, climate change, voting rights and the common good."

    Source: 2023 People's World Amistad Awards Adbook

    This year's award citations were initiated by State Senator Gary Winfield and State Representatives Robyn Porter, Patricia Dillon, Alphonse Paolillo, Juan Candelaria, Roland Lamar and Toni Walker.

    The citations for awardees said, “Congratulations and thank you for being a catalyst for change in the ongoing struggle for a better and more inclusive society. The entire membership extends its very best wishes on this memorial occasion and expresses the hope for continued success.” 

    The documents were signed by President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, Speaker of the House Matt Ritter and Secretary of State Stephanie Thomas. 

    Senator Jan Hochadel and Barbara Vereen presented the award to Senator Gary Winfield who praised the Communist Party to the sound of thunderous applause.

    Everyone in attendance was well aware that the Amistad Awards are affiliated with the Communist Party... unlike past attendee Richard "Da Nang Dick" Blumenthal who denied knowing the Amistad Awards were run by communists who are struggling to "reject white supremacy and fascist hate" while fighting for the "right to end the war economy, for living wage jobs, health care and the right to choice, education, an end to systemic racism, discrimination and deportations, tax the rich, address climate change and for voting rights."

    The 2023 People’s World Amistad Awards Adbook features a very long list of communist supporters and sympathizers who purchased ads to help fund the awards, including labor and teachers unions, the Communist Party and many local clubs, activist organizations, professionals, churches and local businesses. See below for a list of supporters featured in the Adbook.

    Source: 2023 People's World Amistad Awards Adbook
    • UNIONS: 32BJ SEIU, Western CT AFL/CIO, Eastern CT Area Labor Federation AFL/CIO, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1336, Unite Here Local 34, AFSCME CT Retiree Chapter 4, Greater Hartford Labor Coalition AFL/CIO, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 1746, AFSCME Council 4, AFL/CIO, AFSCME Local 3194, Unite Here International Union, SEIU CT State Council, SEIU Healthcare, SEIU 1199 at Yale New Haven Hospital, Unite Here (Local 33, Local 34, Local 35, YURA, Local 217, New Haven Rising), CT Employees Union Independent (SEIU Local 511), CT Building Trades, Yale Union Retirees' Association (YURA), Hartford Service Workers, CSEA SEIU Local 2001, UFCW Local 371, AFSCME Local 269, CWA Local 1298, and CT State Council of Machinists.
    • EDUCATION: HFP 2221 Paraeducators; The Connecticut Education Association (CEA); Hartford Federation of Teachers Local 1018; CSU-AAUP (faculty members at CT State Universities); American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Connecticut; New Haven Federation of Teachers; Leslie Blatteau, President of New Haven Federation of Teachers; New Haven Retired Teachers Union (AFT Local NHFT 933R); People Before Profits Education Fund; Local 35 Federation of University Employees; and American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
    • COMMUNIST PARTY & LOCAL CLUBS: Communist Party USA National Committee, Connecticut Young Communist League, New Haven People's Center, Art Perlo Yale Workers Club, Valley Workers & Students Club, Fair Haven Club, Southeast CT Club, North Main Club, The Winchester-Newhall Club, West End Club (Hartford), The Dwight-Edgewood Club, The Beaver Hills Club, Mariana Braceti Club (Hartford), Meriden Club, Broad Street Club, Manchester Club, East Hartford Club, Asylum Avenue Club (Hartford), and Clay Hill Club (Hartford).
    • ACTIVIST ORGANIZATIONS: Make the Road Connecticut, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Connecticut For All Coalition, CT Roundtable on Climate & Jobs, Connecticut Alliance for Retired Americans, Recovery for All CT, Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective, and Greater New Haven Peace Council.
    • PROFESSIONALS: Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, PC; Ferguson, Doyle & Chester PC; Attorney Andrew Giering; Thomas Fortuna "The Tax Guy"; and State Rep. Josh Elliot.
    • CHURCHES: The New Growth Praise Center, The New Generation Christian Center, and Pitts Chapel Unified Free Will Baptist Church.
    • BUSINESSES: "The Street Soap Company", Merwin's Art Shop, Scribes Inc., Free2Spit Open Mic Karaoke, Ideal Printing Company, Creative & Innovative Designs, and TYCO Print.

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