Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tell the State Legislature: Fair Taxes, Not Cuts!

Connecticut's state budget is now being debated in the General Assembly. Governor Malloy's proposal includes cuts to housing, nutrition, youth programs and more as a way to close the budget deficit. This is wrong and unnecessary.
In Connecticut, the richest state, the debate should not include cuts to low and middle income families struggling to make ends meet. State and local taxes falls most heavily on those with the lowest incomes. The wealthiest residents pay less than one-half the effective tax rate paid by almost everyone else. The budget should be balanced by making taxes fair for all, and requiring that the top 5% pay the same combined tax rate as the bottom 95%.
Connecticut needs about $1.3 billion in the coming year just to maintain services and meet pension and health fund obligations. The deficit is made worse by federal government budget cuts, which have placed more pressure on states.
The bottom line is that it is possible to generate the revenue necessary to meet the needs of the people of our state without cutting services while reducing the tax burden on most working families.
If households with incomes over $300,000 (the top 3 or 4%) paid the same tax rate as the rest of the people of Connecticut, it would raise an additional $2 billion a year in revenue. Measures advocated by members of the community-labor coalition Better Choices for CT include:
  • HB 5791, Corporate Accountability for Large Employers that pay poverty wages
  • Extend sales tax to services used by large businesses
  • Close other corporate loopholes and end corporate tax expenditures
  • Maintaining the scheduled EITC increase
  • Additional tax on portion of income over $500,000
  • Statewide equalization of automobile tax rates
These proposals would provide the revenue to meet the growing needs of our state, averting cuts to basic human needs, and avoiding further burdens on state workers. It would shift the tax burden to those most able to pay, and ease the critical tax and fiscal burden on many of our cities and towns.

Friday, February 6, 2015

People's World 41st Annual African American History Month Celebration


Indict the System - Life Matters for All - Let Us Breathe & Grow

HARTFORD Saturday, February 21 at 6:30 PM at King-Davis Center 77 Huyshope Ave
NEW HAVEN Sunday, February 22 Youth March 1:30, Program 4:00 PM at 37 Howe St

The 41st Annual African American History Month Celebration, "Indict the System - Life Matters for All - Let Us Breathe & Grow" will feature special guest Zenobia Thompson a long time social justice activist in St. Louis Missouri, who will share experiences from Ferguson and call for a movement to end police brutality and structural and institutional racism in our country.

Thompson, a retired nurse and health care activist, is a board member of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and participates with Jobs with Justice, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the Organization for Black Struggle. She was the first recipient of the Martin Luther King Award 37 years ago for leading the struggle to save Homer G. Phillips Hospital. She is a member of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA.

Hartford and New Haven events include a home made buffet. A donation of $5 or what you can afford is requested.

HARTFORD:
The celebration will take place on Saturday evening, February 21 at 6:30 pm at the King-Davis Labor Center, 77 Huyshope Ave. with remarks by Zenobia Thompson.

NEW HAVEN:
37 Howe Street
1:30 pm MARCH
"Hands Up, Hoodies Up, Jobs for Youth, Jobs for All!" Please join the New Elm City Dream and the New Haven YCL in a march honoring Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and all others lost to racist violence.  The youth say: "Come out and support the loved ones we've lost and the changes we are going to make." The march will begin and end at the New Haven Peoples' Center, 37 Howe Street.
4:00 pm CELEBRATION
Immediately following the march. The celebration will include remarks by Zenobia Thompson, drumming by Brian Jarawa Gray and presentations of prizes in the High School Arts and Writing Competition, "How Do We Achieve Justice for All?" highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and focusing on recent police killings of black youth across the country. Deadline for entries is February 12. Information at: ctpeoplebeforeprofits.blogspot.com or call 203-624-8664.

These events open the 2015 People's World fund drive in Connecticut. Your contribution toward the $2,500 goal for African American History month is much needed and appreciated to sustain this working class voice against racism and for equality. Read peoplesworld.org daily on-line and sign up to get the CT print edition.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

How Do We Achieve Justice For All?

African American History Month 2015
Arts and Writing Competition for High School Students
Sponsored annually by the Connecticut People's World Committee to remember the
lives and work of Dalzenia Henry and Virginia Henry who devoted themselves to the
young people of New Haven and to making a better future.

How Do We Achieve Justice For All?

"The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. " -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When the civil rights movement won passage of the Voting Rights Act fifty years ago in 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. said this was part of a continuing struggle to end the "triple evils of poverty, racism and war..."

The Voting Rights Act banned racial discrimination in voting practices by the federal government as well as by state and local governments. That goal has not been realized. In 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated the most important enforcement measures. Since then many states have enacted laws which makes it very difficult for eligible voters to exercise their democratic right to cast their ballots. These laws have especially hurt voters in African American and Latino communities.

With the peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 demonstrators demanding passage of the Voting Rights Act were brutally attacked by law enforcement officials. As a result, grassroots protests sprang up across the country. Today racial profiling of Blacks and Latinos and police killings of Black youth in impoverished communities have given rise to a national movement for fair and equal policing.

Express in artwork, poetry, essay or song:

Your vote is your voice. If your voice were heard what ideas would you present to local, state and federal government toward a bill of rights for fair and equal policing? What actions could you take to achieve justice for all?

Requirements + Art work – Paper size not larger than 12” x 18”
+ Essay, poem or song – Not longer than 2 pages

Deadline Entries must be received by 5 pm on Thursday, February 12, 2015
Name, address, phone, e-mail, age, school, teacher's name must be included

Submission Electronic: ct-pww@pobox.com
Mail: CT People's World, 37 Howe Street, New Haven. CT 06511

Prizes Gift certificates ($100 first place, $50 second place, $25 third place) and books

Presentation Prizes and recognition for all entries will be presented on Sunday, February 22,
2015 at 4:00 pm at the New Haven Peoples Center, 37 Howe Street, New Haven
during the 41st Annual African American History Month Celebration sponsored by
the Connecticut People's World Committee.

Information 203-624-8664 or e-mail to: ct-pww@pobox.com

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

People's World Amistad Awards / People & Nature before Profits

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, College & Crown Sts, New Haven CT

Celebrate the contributions of Meg Riccio (chief steward Local 35 Unite Here), Alberto Bernandez (area leader SEIU 32BJ)  and Daniel Durant (community organizer AFT CT), three wonderful leaders and role models who challenge economic and racial inequality, in the forefront to get out the vote for jobs, health care, union rights, immigrant rights, protecting our planet, and the needs of youth.  95th anniversary CPUSA.

TICKETS available at 37 Howe St, New Haven CT 06511 OR:

On-line:  http://www.shubert.com/presentations/current-season/co-op-events
Phone: 1-800-745-3000
Shubert Box Office 247 College St New Haven CT 06510.
$10.  Solidarity Ticket $25 (includes name in book)

ADBOOK 
Patron page & 2 tickets $250.  (8" x 4 7/8")
Full page & 1 ticket $150.  (8" x 4 7/8")
Half page $75  (4" x 4 7/8")
Quarter page $40  (2" x 4 7/8")
Deadline: Nov 21, 2014
Copy to: ct-pww@pobox.com
Checks to: CT People's World Committee  37 Howe St  New Haven CT  06511

FORMER AMISTAD AWARDEES HOST COMMITTEE:
Laurie Kennington, Sen. Ed Gomes, Rep. Edwin Vargas, Fatima Rojas, Mayor Toni Harp, Kurt Westby, Ald. Delphine Clyburn, Renae Reese, John Olsen, Carmen Boudier, Art Perry, Anna Montalvo, Gwen Mills, Alfred L. Marder, Juan Hernandez, Ald. Jorge Perez, Lois O'Connor,      Rev. Scott Marks, Sharon Palmer, John Harrity, Ald. Dolores Colon, Ald. Migdalia Castro, Blair Bertaccini, Teresa Younger

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Labor, religious leaders say "get on board the CT Climate Train"

Labor and religious leaders were joined by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy at Union Station to urge residents to get on board the Climate Train for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21.

Action on climate change is a "moral and scientific and political imperative" said Blumenthal, who hopes the rally will make "an indisputable statement that the people of America, people of faith, working men and women know jobs and the environment are not in contradiction.”

"It is not often with one legislative issue that millions of jobs are created and millions of lives are saved," said Murphy. Using fuel cell production in Connecticut as an example he said, "If we create the demand for renewable energy, we will create jobs."

Lori Pelletier, executive secretary treasurer of CT AFL CIO said the 200,000 member organization is proud to be part of this historic event to raise awareness for safety, health, job security and environmental security.

Initiated by the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs, the press conference highlighted mobilization by 13 labor organizations and several religious organizations. They are part of a large state-wide coalition of environmental, peace and community groups marching to insist the United Nations take immediate action on climate change.

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut said her members are going with the safety and future of the children they teach in mind. She thanked Governor Dannel Malloy and the senators for "advocacy and tenacity" with Metro North which won additional seats and discount fares for tickets purchased at www.CTClimateTrain.org.

The Roundtable was launched two years ago by CT AFL CIO and the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network to "address urgent concerns about climate change while creating good paying jobs in the state."

Rev. Dr. Ian Douglas, Bishop Diocesan, Episcopal Diocese of CT, Rabbi Joshua Hammerman of Stamford and Fatma Antar of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford/Berlin Mosque also spoke at the press conference.

Other union endorsers include CT Education Association, SEIU State Council, State Council of Machinists, CSEA/SEIU Local 2100, CT Alliance for Retired Americans, Council 4 AFCME, CWA Local 1298, Unite Here CT, UAW Region 9A, UE Local 243 and 32 BJ SEIU.