Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Struggle for Democracy and Equality Continues

People’s World 42nd Annual African American History Month Celebration
The Struggle for Democracy and Equality Continues:
We Charge Genocide Petition” 65 Years Later

HARTFORD Saturday, February 27 at 6:30 PM at King-Davis Center 77 Huyshope Ave
NEW HAVEN Sunday, February 28 at 4:00 PM at Troup School 259 Edgewood Ave

The 42nd Annual African American History Month Celebrations, "The Struggle for Democracy and Equality Continues: 'We Charge Genocide Petition' 65 Years Later" will feature special guest Jarvis Tyner who will address the movement to end structural and institutional racism in our country.

Tyner is author of the preface to the newly re-published book “We Charge Genocide” and the pamphlet “Black Lives Matter” which was issued last year. The book will be available for purchase and signing. Jarvis Tyner is a lifelong fighter for equality. He is coordinator of Black Radical Congress in New York. He is a national leader of the Communist Party USA and currently is chair of the New York State CPUSA.

A donation of $5 or what you can afford is requested.

The celebration will take place on Saturday evening, February 27 at 6:30 pm at the King-Davis Labor Center, 77 Huyshope Ave. with remarks by Jarvis Tyner and a home made buffet dinner.

Note the new location! Due to lack of space to accommodate everyone at the Peoples Center, the event will be held at Troup School, 259 Edgewood Ave. The Troup School Choir will perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Jarvis Tyner will deliver keynote remarks. There will be drumming by Brian Jarawa Gray and performance by Ice the Beef Youth. Children's drawings from Martin Luther King Day at Peabody Museum: “What can make our country better for everyone?” will be on exhibit. Refreshments will be served. Canned goods will be accepted for Troup School Parent Resource Center.

Presentation of prizes in the Arts and Writing Competition Grades 8 to 12 will open the event. Students were asked: “What lessons can we learn from the Reconstruction era as we approach the elections of 2016? How can we overcome divisions and build unity so we can end voter suppression, stop police killings and guarantee a future for everyone filled with jobs and opportunity?” Submissions must be received at 37 Howe Street by 5 pm on Thursday February 18. Details are available at: or call 203-624-4254.

These events open the 2016 People's World fund drive in Connecticut. Your contribution toward the $2,500 goal for February is much needed and appreciated to sustain this working class voice against racism and for equality. Read daily on-line and sign up to get the CT print edition

Friday, January 8, 2016

People's World African American History Month Competition

African American History Month 2016
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.

What Lessons from Reconstruction Era for 2016?

150 years ago at the end of the Civil War, the election of 1866 ushered in the period known as Reconstruction. Poor whites in the South came together with formerly enslaved Africans and free Blacks to elect legislators who for the first time provided public education and a measure of equal justice. Within a decade, these governments were overthrown by Ku Klux Klan (KKK) terror and federal government betrayal.

Express in artwork, poetry, essay or song:

What lessons can we learn from that period as we approach the elections of 2016? How can we overcome divisions and build unity so we can end voter suppression, stop police killings and guarantee a future for everyone filled with jobs and opportunity?

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 18, 2016
Name, address, phone, e-mail, age, school, teacher's name (where applicable) must be included

Submission Electronic:
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 28,
2016 at 4:00 pm at the New Haven Peoples Center, 37 Howe Street, New Haven
during the 42nd Annual African American History Month Celebration sponsored by
the Connecticut People's World Committee.

Information 203-624-4254 or e-mail to:

Friday, December 18, 2015

Hundreds of Janitors Rally in Stamford for a Fair Contract

As December 31 Deadline Nears, Janitors Say Employers’ Proposals Fall Short of a Fair Deal

STAMFORD, N.Y.— Hundreds of office building cleaners took to the streets of Stamford today to rally for good jobs as the deadline approaches on the current contract between 3,500 local cleaners and the Hudson Valley/Fairfield County Contractors Association.

“We’re not going backwards, we’re going forwards!” exclaimed Alberto Bernardez, 32BJ Assistant Supervisor in Connecticut, in front of Government Center in Stamford late this afternoon. Within a few minutes, some 200 janitors carrying signs and blowing whistles were turning his words into deeds, marching through downtown Stamford at rush hour to raise their voices for a fair contract by December 31. 

In negotiations since November 18, the contractors have not yet proposed the kind of fair wage increases or the necessary support of health benefits, pensions and dedicated sick days that the janitors need.

“We have fought hard to organize the union and get the benefits we have,” said Leonel Arenas, a Stamford cleaner and member of the bargaining committee. “We’re not going to surrender our benefits or our commitment to a fair wage increase, and today we’re out here to let the contractors know there’s little time left to accept that!”

The workers were also warmed on the drizzly evening by supporting words from State Senator Carlo Leone and State Representatives Terry Adams and Chris Perone.

“I stand behind these workers’ demand for a good contract, with fair wages and benefits,” said Senator Leone. “Stamford workers should make a wage that allows them to survive in our city.”

Stamford cleaners currently earn a wage of $14.80 an hour, and work at approximately 240 office buildings and facilities in the area, including the BLT Financial Center, the Royal Bank of Scotland Building and University of Connecticut. The negotiations are part of a series being held across the East Coast this fall, covering over 70,000 office building janitors.

With more than 145,000 members in 11 states and Washington DC, including 4,000 members in Connecticut, 32BJ is the largest building service workers union in the country.

32 BJ Press Release - Posted by Tom Connolly

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Amistad Awards to be held December 6

This year's Amistad Awards will be presented by the People's World on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm at an anniversary rally in New Haven at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, 177 College Street on the theme "Justice for All. In Solidarity with Black and Latino Youth. Stop the Right-wing Attacks."
Jill Marks, Ciro Gutierrez and Cindy Harrity, three grass roots leaders and organizer, will receive the awards.
Special recognition will also be given to Edie Fishman marking her 80th year as a grass roots leader for justice since joining the YCL at age 14.
A cultural program in solidarity with Black and Latino youth struggling for survival, jobs and education will highlight the event. 
The annual awards are presented to allies by the People's World on the occasion of the 96th anniversary of the Communist Party USA.

Jill Marks stepped up this year as an organizer with New Haven Rising. She was elected in the September primaries to represent Ward 28 on the New Haven Board of Alders, as part of the labor-community alliance majority. She is mother of six, choir director of her church and has worked alongside her husband Rev. Scott Marks for many years.
Ciro Gutierrez is a member leader of SEIU 32 BJ in Hartford. He is now on the negotiating committee in a key labor battle covering 2,000 building service workers, part of national contract negotiations. He has fought for justice for immigrant workers and janitors for many years. He immigrated from Peru, became a citizen and raised three children here.
Cindy Harrity organized for Communication Workers of America 1298 for ten years until her recent retirement due to health. She got involved in the fight for workplace fairness over health insurance as a part-time worker. She has since organized around the country and supports husband John Harrity's work as president of the CT State Council of Machinists.
Tickets are $10. Ticket and adbook information is available at or call 203-624-4254 or e-mail
People's World Amistad Awards and Celebration
                                      Anniversary Rally & Greeting Book, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 4 pm
Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, 177 College St, New Haven

E-mail formatted copy or text: or mail to: 37 Howe St, New Haven, CT 06511
Deadline for formatted copy or text: November 21, 2015

Centerspread & 4 tickets    $500      (8” high x 10.5” wide). - center two pages of the book
Patron page  & 2 tickets     $250      (8” high x 4 7/8” wide) - special placement in the book
Full page   & 1 ticket          $150      (8” high x 4 7/8” wide)
Half page            $75        (4” high x 4 7/8” wide).
Quarter page      $40        (2” high x 4 7/8” wide).
Name                   $15

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Charleston massacre demands renewed struggle to uproot racism

Thank you Midge Purcell for this call to action:
Terrorism has always been used against the black community; the paterollers during slavery, the rise of the KKK, police violence on the streets of Ferguson and Baltimore, and for the second time in my lifetime against worshipers seeking the word of God. Our community resists and fights back. It is in our DNA. We always have. We will again. The question is who will join us? It is time for a national movement against racism in every city, village and town in this country. The future progress of this country demands it. The violence inflicted on black men, women and children - physical, psychological, social and economic- must stop. We want peace, jobs and justice.