Thursday, November 29, 2018

People's World Amistad Awards Highlight Unity and Struggle

"United in Struggle for a Better World -- Unidos en La Lucha por un Mundo Mejor," is the theme of this year's People's World Amistad Awards to be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church, 425 College Street, New Haven.
The event will bring people together from around the state to celebrate the awardees and stand in unity against policies of hate, division and fear that threaten democracy and our future.
It is being held at the church in solidarity with Nelson Pinos who has been living there in sanctuary for one year so as not to be separated from his family under threat of deportation.
The Awards will be presented to three women who are fierce warriors in the forefront demanding workers' and immigrant rights, social justice, peace and equality for a better and sustainable world. They are:
-- Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, first Latina candidate for state wide office in Connecticut and SEIU union organizer representing child care workers.
-- Shelley Davis, president of the Hartford Labor Coalition and AFT Paraeducators who is a leader for the rights of public sector union members and the people they serve, especially the youth.
-- Louise Simmons, acclaimed social work educator and labor-community social justice activist who was a City Councilperson in Hartford (People for Change Party), and has led many racial and economic justice organizations including chairing the board of Connecticut Center for a New Economy.

Special recognition will be given to Chaz Carmon, director of Ice the Beef Youth, for his extraordinary talent and dedication to provide opportunities for young people in the performing arts.

Performances will be offered by Son Jarocho, Ice the Beef and St. Lukes Steel Band.
Following the program a reception / community potluck will be held in the church to raise funds for Nelson and his family. Those attending are invited to bring a dish if they like.
The annual Awards are presented to allies by the Connecticut People's World Committee on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of the Communist Party USA.
The event page on Face Book is named "People's World Amistad Awards 2018" For more information e-mail to: ct-pww@pobox.com




Saturday, November 24, 2018

United in Struggle for a Better World
Unidos en La Lucha por un Mundo Mejor

People's World Amistad Awards

Anniversary Rally & Greeting Book, December 8. 2018 at 4 pm

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This year's People's World Amistad Awards will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church, 425 College St, New Haven. We come together "United in Struggle for a Better World - Unidos en La Lucha por un Mundo Mejor."
We are excited to announce this year's awardees Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, Shellye Davis and Louise Simmons. Three women on the front lines resisting the policies of white supremacy, hate, division and fear that threaten democracy and our future. Three fierce warriors in the forefront demanding workers' and immigrant rights, social justice, peace and equality for a better and sustainable world.
The Awards will take place on Saturday, December 8 at 4 pm at the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church at 425 College Street, New Haven.
A solidarity tribute will be made to Nelson Pinos and his family in sanctuary at the church since last November. Special recognition will be given to Chaz Carmon director of Ice the Beef Youth for his extraordinary talent and dedication to provide opportunities for young people in the performing arts. St Lukes Steel Bank will perform. A reception will follow.  It is a community potluck to benefit Nelson Pinos and family.  Bring a dish if you like.
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman made history as the first Puerto Rican candidate for Lt Governor in Connecticut. An SEIU union organizer representing child care workers, her passion for justice began as a child and touches communities everywhere.
Shellye Davis is president of the Hartford Labor Coalition and co-president of the Hartford Federation of Paraeducators affiliated with AFT Connecticut. She is a leader for the rights of public sector union members and the people they serve.
Louise Simmons is an acclaimed educator and labor-community activist. She was a City Councilperson in Hartford (People for Change Party), has led many racial and economic justice organizations and has chaired CT Center for a New Economy board.
The annual Awards are presented to allies by the Connecticut People's World Committee on the occasion of the 99th anniversary of the Communist Party USA. We come together in hope and unity as increased economic and racial inequalities, climate change and war give rise to new organizing by youth, low-wage workers and the 99% toward a society that puts people and planet before corporate profits.
In Solidarity,
People's World Amistad Awards Committee


Reconocimientos 2108, 
El Mundo del Pueblo
Unidos en la lucha por un mundo mejor
Sabado, 8 de Diciembre de 2018 a las 4:00 pm
Iglesia "First & Summerfield Methodist Church" 
425 College St New Haven
Reciben el premio:
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman
Primera candidata originaria de Puerto Rico para "Lt Governor" y además dirigente sindical de SEIU
Shellye Davis
Presidenta de la coalicion laboral de Hartford y "AFT Paraeducators"
Louise Simmons
Educadora aclamada y activista comunitaria pro justicia laboral y social

Reconocimiento especial: 
CHAZ CARMON, Ice the Beef Youth
Tributo solidario para:
NELSON PINOS quien continua en santuario y a su familia
Cena comunitaria para apoyar a Nelson, y su familia, por favor traiga un platillo!

Presentacipn artística de St. Luke's Steel Band
$10 o lo que usted pueda aportar
  Info: ct-pww@pobox.com  
FB: People's World Amistad Awards 2018  https://www.facebook.com/events/1903466866615512/
Organizado por el Comité "CT People's World" en el 99 Aniversario del Partido Comunista USA

Thursday, August 30, 2018

SEPT 8: Thousands of Doors for Justice - New Haven

Activists across the country know that 2018 is one election year we can't afford to sit out, with our most fundamental values of justice, equality, and dignity on the line.

That's why we're gathering together in solidarity on September 8th for Thousands of Doors for Justice (TDJ).

TDJ is a day of action for activists and volunteers across the state to step up and fight for issues of economic, racial, social, women's, environmental, and immigrant justice.

Advocates will take action in many forms, including knocking on doors, making calls, registering voters, training volunteers, recruiting new activists, and more. As a broad spectrum of volunteers and organizations, we will each contribute in the best ways we can and embrace our collective struggle.

NEW HAVEN:  New Haven Peoples Center 37 Howe Street.  Doors open 8:45 am.
9 am Gather.  9:30 - 10 am: Livestream with Linda Sarsour and local sepakers.  10 am: Information sharing from organizations present before heading out to the streets.
Contact:  peoplescenter@pobox.com

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Great Debaters with guest speaker Edward Carson

https://www.facebook.com/events/2157442214543589/

Solidarity Film Series at the New Haven Peoples Center
THE GREAT DEBATERS
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Special Guest Speaker:
Edward Carson, Boston Club CPUSA

Denzel Washington portrays Melvin Tolson a teacher and sharecropper organizer in segregated Texas in the 1930s. His students break racist barriers and win a competition with Harvard. Based on a true story. Released 2007.

New Haven Peoples Center 37 Howe St New Haven 06511
Free admission Refreshments

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Poor People's Campaign Launches Non-violent Direct Actions

Holding signs and banners calling for an end to poverty, over 100 union, faith and community leaders marched from the Legislative Office Building at the state capitol in Hartford down the street to Capitol Avenue on Monday, May 14.

Sixteen people carried their banners into the street and locked arms, blocking traffic, in the first of six weeks of nonviolent actions across the country organized by the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

The 40 days of protest reignites the poor peoples' campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was organizing when he was assassinated while supporting striking sanitation workers fifty years ago.

Under the leadership of Rev. William Barber coalitions have formed in 39 states to fight systemic poverty and racism, ecological devastation and militarism and the war economy.

Fast Food workers in the Fight for 15, teachers union leaders and faith leaders were among those who took part in the civil disobedience in Hartford. As they blocked the street police arrested them one by one and loaded them into two police vehicles.

This campaign may have been inspired by historic events fifty years ago,” said AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel, who previously taught in the state's technical high schools. “Yet, in 2018, we're witnessing the lessons of non-violent, civil disobedience across the country, from West Virginia to Arizona and Oklahoma to Puerto Rico. Union members are putting themselves on the line — and winning."

"They’re winning not just for themselves — they’re winning justice for their students, their patients, the residents they serve and their communities,” Hochadel concluded in a speech prior to taking arrest along with several of her union colleagues.

Our commitment is to keep our issues front and center in the public discourse.  No more will we allow statewide elections to happen without real dialogue regarding the poor, the disenfranchised and marginalized.”  says Bishop John Selders, Tri Chair of CT Poor People’s Campaign and director of Moral Monday CT, the state's campaign coordinator.

Protests will be held each Monday through mid-June. For information visit poorpeoplescampaign.org