Sunday, November 4, 2012

People's World Amistad Awards "CT Rising - We are all the 47%!"

CT Rising We are all the 47%!
Amistad Awards and Youth Performances

Sunday, December 2 at 4 pm
Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, 177 College St, New Haven

Music by MIKATA Salsa and Latin Jazz, Bill Collins, youth performance
People's World Amistad Award recipients
Sen. Toni Harp champion for the needs of working and poor people, for the Freedom Trail, and in principled support of funds for restoration of the Peoples Center
Kurt Westby CT Director of SEIU 32 BJ, organizing and building leadership among low-wage workers to strengthen labor's voice in politics and at the bargaining table
Fatima Rojas
, Unite Here Local 217 organizer, on behalf of immigrants and all workers inspiring grass roots participation for equal rights and social justice

Greeting book and ticket information: 203-624-8664 or e-mail

Hosted by Connecticut People's World on the occasion of the 93rd anniversary of the Communist Party USA

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Please forward this info to your groups -- thanks

Hiroshima Remembrance and Call for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Monday, August 6th

Quaker Meeting House --144 South Quaker Lane--West Hartford, CT 06119

Pot Luck Picnic begins at 5:30 pm  ---  Program begins at 6:45 pm with

Music, Speakers and ends with Candle-Lighting Ceremony at 8 pm.

For more information call  (860) 561-1897
Posted by Tom Connolly

Wednesday, July 11, 2012



Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman joined the 1199 Union picked line at the Newington Health Care Center in Newington Ct.  managed by HealthBridge.  HealthBridge is a huge national organization based in New Jersey. 

Around the state, nearly 700 workers are on strike, in Newington, Milford, Danbury, Stamford and Westport.

Workers at five HealthBridge-owned nursing homes went on strike last week after the health care company declined to return to the bargaining table. Malloy said it's clear the company has taken "unfair actions" against employees, citing last week's federal complaint against the company issued by the National Labor Relations Board.

In a statement issued this morning, Malloy chided HealthBridge for its actions. "This comes at a time when many other nursing homes in Connecticut have agreed to reasonable contracts over the last year," the statement read. "HealthBridge is the exception and not in a good way. These types of tactics are unacceptable. They negatively impact the lives of the residents who live in these nursing homes and the residents' families because the continuum of care gets interrupted."


Newington Health Care Center

240 Church Street
Newington, CT 06111

West River Health Care Center
245 Orange Avenue
Milford, CT 06460

Long Ridge of Stamford
710 Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06902

Danbury Health Care Center
107 Osborne Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Westport Health Care Center
1 Burr Road
Westport, CT 06880

Posted by Tom Connolly

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Photo: Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, chairperson of the SustinNet Cabinet committee opens the meeting to consider a public option for health care in Connecticut.

On Tuesday, June 12 members of the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care and their allies jamed the SustinNet Cabinet meeting at the Connecticut llegislative office building in Hartford, CT to demand a public option for health care.

It a prepared statement they note: "...create a state-sponsored public option for health care that pools all recipients of state health care dollars, competes of the health care exchange with private insurers, and offers affordable health insurance to small business and individuals who are left our of the current system. 

Why a public option?  We note that anytime people are left out of the health care system, service costs increase for everyone, and quality decreases for everyone.  A system that privileges some actually deprives all of us of the best care at the best price.  A public option is a well-researched solution to the problem of differential assess and skyrocketing cost..."

With hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents with no or inadequate health insurance now is the time for a public option.

Photo Above:  Part of the crowd and the June 12 meeting supporting a public option for health care in Connecticut. 

Posted by Tom Connolly

Friday, June 8, 2012


BE THERE:  Tuesday, June 12 -- 8:30 – 11:00 a.m SustiNet Healthcare Cabinet Legislative Office Building, Room IB -- 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford

On Tuesday June 12, Connecticut can take a big step toward new non-profit health coverage. You can help. Decisions by for-profit insurance companies cause many of the problems in our broken health system.

When for-profit insurers give their CEOs outrageous pay instead of holding down insurance costs, when they reap record profits instead of approving the treatments doctors order, we all pay the price. We'll never have quality affordable health care for everyone, as long as for-profit insurers are in charge. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Across the country, non-profit insurance plans are pioneering ways to hold down costs and deliver better care. The difference: health is their bottom line. On Tuesday, the SustiNet Healthcare Cabinet’s working group on non-profit and public alternatives to private, for-profit insurance will present its report.

 The 2011 law we won requires the Cabinet to make recommendations on these alternatives to Governor Malloy by October 1. We need a big turnout Tuesday! The Cabinet needs to hear, loud and clear, that Connecticut supports non-profit alternatives to the private insurers that control health care today. Join healthcare4every1 & the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care to demand action! Wear your red t-shirt!

Tuesday, June 12 -- 8:30 – 11:00 a.m SustiNet Healthcare Cabinet Legislative Office Building, Room IB -- 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford

Source:  HealthCare4All
Posted by Tom Connolly

Thursday, June 7, 2012

MUST SEE FILM - Teachers are Talking, Is the National Listening?

Teachers are Talking, Is the Nation Listening? is a documentary film that features conversations about the art of teaching and learning by teachers themselves. TEACH brings an important perspective to the national education debate that is currently being dominated by a corporate led agenda to privatize education and blame teachers for everything that is wrong with education in this country.

The film will be screened Sunday, June 10, 2012, 5-8pm at the Unitarian Meetinghouse, 50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford.

This movie takes on many questions about No Child Left Behind, high stakes testing, unequal distribution of education resources, and schools dominated by data driven curriculum instead of providing an education that is dynamic, creative, exciting, and joyful. Every day in the media we hear from the businesses, thinktankers, politicians, and administrators, this movie is about those who don't usually get heard. Many education movies that distort the truth and promote a business view of education have millions of dollars to promote their misinformation about education i.e. Waiting for Superman.

This is the documentary that the nation is waiting for. The filmmakers of TEACH, Teachers are Talking, Is the Nation Listening are teachers in the Boston Public Schools.

The Hartford screening is co-Sponsored by AFTCT.

Free with Donations Appreciated - Pizza and Refreshments Provided - Discussion with Q and A with Filmmakers-Teachers Robert Lamothe and Yvonne Lamothe.

For More Info Contact Marge or Dave Schneider 860-872-6899 or for more info about the film, please visit TEACH, Teachers Are Talking, Is the Nation Listening

Source: Hartford Central Labor Council
Posted by: Tom Connolly

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Labor and Community Spring Offensive! Celebrate International Workers Day

It is very exciting that many unions, community groups and individuals are joining together this spring to organize on behalf of the 99% for the future of our country.  The deaths of Trayvon Martin and many others to racial profiling and violence highlight the urgency of economic justice, equality and peace.

 As a part of this great effort, the People's World in Connecticut is hosting its annual celebration of International Workers Day on Sunday, May 6 at 4:00 pm at the Peoples Center, 37 Howe Street, New Haven. Please mark your calendar and help make the day a big success.

 The program will include a slide show of May Day Around the World and solidarity messages from Connecticut workers resisting corporate greed on strike, in contract negotiations or organizing drives A Labor-Community Organizing panel will place experiences in the on-going struggles for jobs and union rights, ending racial profiling and attacks on women, ending the wars and taxing the 1% into the context of the 2012 elections.

Music performances will inspire and unite us. A home made buffet and a raffle will round out the family day. Tickets are $5 or what you can afford. No one will be turned away.

 The celebration /rally is a fund raiser toward the annual $10,000 People's World Connecticut fund drive goal to keep the paper's working class news and views going and growing.  Donations large and small will be welcomed and appreciated.

Don't miss Sunday, May 6 at 4 pm at 37 Howe Street in New Haven. To reserve tickets or for information e-mail: or call 203-624-8664.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Guards employed by one of the security contractors to the State of CT are set to release support petitions and announce their vote to authorize a strike at a press conference at the Capitol Wed., 4/4 at 6:00PM in room 310...

The strike vote is being authorized by the guards based at the Capitol Avenue complex and 25 Sigourney Street in Hartford who are employed by SOS Security only.

Urge your lawmakers to contact the contractor's CEO in New Jersey and settle the dispute now.

Security officers who keep State of Connecticut buildings safe have been ignored and disrespected by our employer, SOS Security. Despite working hard to maintain secure facilities, we face:

***Low wages,
***Unaffordable healthcare, and
***No retirement security.

Our employer is not making pension contributions for their employees as required under their contract with the State. That's one reason why we've called for an audit by DAS. Instead of addressing our concerns, SOS has responded by interrogating some of us about our efforts to organize for improved wages, benefits, and working conditions. Stand with us and demand that SOS invest in its security officers with livable wages, affordable healthcare, and pension contributions.


The security of the officers who guard State of Connecticut facilities should be the concern of SOS, too. Contact their CEO today and urge him to make pension fund contributions, and treat us with dignity and respect.

CEO Edward B. Silverman - (973) 402- 6600

Local 32BJ, SEIU Connecticut District
196 Trumbull St. 4th Flr., Hartford CT 06103
(860) 560-8674 –

Source: The Greater Hartford Labor Council Website
Posted by Tom Connolly

Friday, March 16, 2012

Care 4 Kids Providers Fight for Collective Baraining Rights

Connecticut’s Care 4 Kids Program Leaves Family Child Care Providers Struggling -Providers Make Their Case for Collective Bargaining Rights At State Capitol

This past Tuesday, family child care providers, who care for children in home based daycare settings, converged on the state capitol in Hartford to ask the Labor & Public Employees committee to support a bill granting them collective bargaining rights. Family child care providers accepting Care 4 Kids, Connecticut’s low income child care assistance program, voted overwhelmingly, 1603 to 88, in an election conducted by the American Arbitration Association to join together in CSEA/SEIU Local 2001 back in December, but under current labor laws they lack the right to negotiate for a contract. Senate Bill 352 will allow family child care providers to negotiate for a contract with the state over wages and working conditions, while not make them state employees.

After testifying in support of the Bill 352, New Haven based provider Queen Freelove spoke of the challenges facing providers. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years and it’s getting harder every year to provide quality childcare. The work I do allows other families to go to work, but because the families who qualify for the Care 4 Kids program are struggling, many can’t afford to pay their child care providers on top of the Care 4 Kids reimbursements, which have not seen a rate increase since 2002. This creates a very difficult situation for us.”

“To give you an idea of how low the Care 4 Kids rates are; a provider caring full time for an infant would make about $4.54 an hour in Fairfield and only about $3.42 an hour in Eastern Connecticut. Collective Bargaining rights would give these providers a voice in the process that affects their businesses and an avenue to address the problems they struggle with daily.” said Cathy Sarri, an expert on state child care programs.

Outdated reimbursement rates are not the only issues facing Family child care providers; Late payments, lost paper work and long waits for a child’s approval are frequently cited problems. And because they are considered independent businesses, family child care providers are on their own to find affordable health insurance, and many end up on the state HUSKY or Charter Oak health plans. Thousands of providers have left the field in the past decade as a result.

Granting family child care providers the right to collectively bargain has created win/win situations in other states for both providers and local governments. In Washington and Illinois, child care providers were able to improve their wages through their contract, while streamlining the system and saving the state money. And as the field became more desirable, more providers started accepting state subsidized children, creating greater access for parents.

The service delivered by home based family child care providers is essential for working families around the state who work irregular hours when most childcare centers are closed. The providers often open their doors at 6am and don’t close until the last child leaves at night, sometimes after midnight on both weekdays and weekends.

Posted by Tom Connolly

Saturday, February 18, 2012

"We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest"

People’s World 38th Annual African American History Month Celebration

'We who believe in freedom cannot rest'-- Reclaiming the Struggle in 2012

HARTFORD Saturday, February 25 at 6:00 PM at 405 Capitol Ave

NEW HAVEN Sunday, February 26 at 4:00 PM at 37 Howe St

The 38th Annual African American History Month Celebration, “'We who believe in freedom cannot rest' – Reclaiming the Struggle in 2012” expresses our hope and determination to remember the past and our pledge to continue the fight against rising inequality and racism in this election year.

The celebration hosted by the People's World will take place on Saturday, February 25 at 6:00 pm in Hartford at La Paloma Sabanera, 405 Capitol Avenue and on Sunday, February 26 at 4:00 pm in New Haven at the Peoples Center, 37 Howe Street.

Guest speaker Raglan George, Executive Director of AFSCME 1707, represents day care, Head Start and home care workers in New York City. Active in the labor movement for over 40 years, he was raised in Harlem where he learned that the greatest contribution anyone can make to society is to fight for labor rights, peace and justice. With these convictions, he embarked on a journey of political, social and labor activism to eradicate the ills of our society, and is a national leader today.

Tribute will be paid to the legacy of Henry Winston in his 100th birth year. Winston organized African American youth in the South in the 1930s and became National Chair of the Communist Party USA in 1966. Blind due to racist denial of health care while imprisoned for his ideas in the 1950s he proclaimed, “They have taken my sight but they can never take my vision.” Winston led in the world-wide effort to Free Angela Davis and the solidarity movement to dismantle apartheid in South Africa.

In New Haven, prizes will be awarded to participants in the high school arts and writing competition, “What is your vision for the future? How can being involved in the struggle for freedom and equality bring positive change to your life and the larger community?” [Submissions must be received no later than 5 pm Friday, February 17, 2012] Drumming will be performed by Brian Jarawa Gray. Children's posters drawn on Martin Luther King's birthday at the Peabody Museum will be on exhibit.

Both programs will include a light buffet. Tickets are $5 or what you can afford. Information: 203-624-8664

Friday, February 3, 2012


No Conviction, But No Freedom: ICE Jails Over 13,000 Immigrants
Posted by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On a single day this past fall, the United States government held 13,185 people in immigration detention who had not been convicted of a crime, some of whom will not be charged with one, according to information The Huffington Post obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Instead, at a cost of roughly 2 million taxpayer dollars per day, the innocent men and women were detained while immigration authorities sorted out their fates. This case stands in stark contrast to the stated goal of immigration policy under the administration of President Barack Obama: to detain and deport unauthorized immigrants who've been convicted of crimes. ... " Locking people up is big business.

The Corrections Corporation of America, which gives heavily to both parties, is explicit about the connection between immigrant detention policy and the private prison company's bottom line. "[T]he demand for our correctional and detention facilities and services ... could be adversely affected by changes in existing criminal or immigration laws, crime rates in jurisdictions in which we operate, the relaxation of criminal or immigration enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction, sentencing or deportation practices, and the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by criminal laws or the loosening of immigration laws," the company wrote in an analysis for investors filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission." - Elise Foley, Jan. 27, 2012.-- LexisNexis Communities Immigration Law Community
Posted by Tom Connolly


Photo above: Members of 32BJ and their labor and community supporters continue their pressure outside of the Hartford Courant to reinstate union jobs Thursday 1-2-2012. Members of 32BJ has been cleaning the Hartford Courant for over 20 years until the management decided to hire a non-union contractor. [See other photos below the article]

The Hartford Courant decided to bring in a non-union cleaning contractor on December 1st, at the expense of the eight long-term union cleaners. Some of the eight union workers have been with the Courant for over 20 years. At the same time the Courant is cutting union jobs with health health insurance it participates in the Management Incentive Program. The Courant parent company and the Courant managers stand to receive combined bonuses of up to $42,500,000 dollars. The fight to save union jobs at the Courant will continue.

Photo Above: John Olson, President for the CT AFL-CIO joins the 32BJ/SEIU picket line at the Courant and pledges his support for the workers.

Photo Above: The Fat Cat and the Rat are symbolic of the greedy Hartford Courant top management.

Photo Above: The youngest member of the 32BJ picket line fighting for his future.

Posted by: Tom Connolly

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Photo: 32 BJ workers in front of the Hartford Courant and a previous demonstration.


The Hartford Courant fired their custodians who serviced them for over 20 years and hired a non-union business to replace them.

TIME: 3:30PM
WHERE: Hartford Courant - 285 BROAD STREET, HARTFORD

If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day will there be justice for workers in Hartford?

Local 32BJ, SEIU Connecticut District
196 Trumbull St. 4th Flr., Hartford CT 06103
(860) 560-8674

Posted by: Tom Connolly

Friday, January 20, 2012


Photo Above: The projection on the side of the wall of Citizens United Bank notes that "Corporations re not people" as part of a labor-community coalition demonstration on Jan. 19, 2012.

"Corporations Are NOT People and Money Is NOT Speech!" and "Get Corporate Money Out of Our Democracy" was the theme of two demonstrations held in Hartford on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20. The demonstration on Jan. 19 was sponsored by a labor-community coalition and the Jan 20 demonstration was titled "Occupy the Courts"sponsored by Occupy Hartford and a group of concerned citizens who are just getting organized. The demonstrators were part of national actions to protest the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, [Jan. 21, 2010] a bitterly divided Supreme Court overturned a century of established precedent by ruling that corporate spending on candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment.

In so doing, Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Kennedy effectively declared that corporations are indistinguishable from people with respect to federal law and the U.S. Constitution. As a result of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, corporations and billionaires can spend unlimited sums of money, without disclosure, in political campaigns.

Wall Street, oil and coal corporations, insurance and drug companies and the military-industrial-complex will weigh in with hundreds of millions of dollars to distort the truth and outright lie without disclosure or accountability to their shareholders or the public.

The goal of the top 1 percent is simple. They will spend as much as it takes to elect candidates who support a right-wing corporate agenda, and they will spend as much as it takes to defeat our candidates who are fighting for us, the 99 percent. Will our democracy survive in which ordinary people can control their future? Or will "democracy" simply become another commodity owned and controlled by billionaires and corporations in order to serve their own purposes? The 99% say "NO!" [See additional Photos of the demos below.]

Posted by: Tom Connolly

Home Child Care Providers Vote Union

In an overwhelming yes vote, over 4,000 home child care providers have chosen union recognition. The providers are part of Connecitcut's Care-4-Kids program of the Department of Social Services.

The vote is the result of a several year campaign. House visits revealed that home child care providers have common problems that hamper their ability to provide the best possible early learning for the children they serve. In a secret ballot election, the home-based providers voted 1,603 to 88 for representation by CSEA/SEIU Local 2001.

"Standing together, child care providers will have a strong voice for the things we need to provide quality care," said Queen Freelove, a 20-year provider of day and after-school care in New Haven. "In this economy, parents are working longer hours to support their families and relying on child care providers for things like homework help after school. Parents and children will both benefit when we can talk to the state about improving the program," Freelove said.

Connecticut's in-home child care workers join family providers in 15 states who gained official standing to seek improvements in early learning through their unions. By having a voice, providers can help stabilize the child care workforce, expand family access, and work to retain experienced, trained child care providers, raising the quality of early learning.

The vote was possible because Governor Danell P. Malloy issued two executive orders allowing home health care and home child care providers to vote on representation. This aroused the ire of the Republicans and the right-wing. A concerted campaign by We the People of Connecticut, a Tea Party group, calling the orders unconstitutional, was unsuccessful in stopping the effort. Attempts in other states to stop home care workers from unionizing, including an attempted injunction in Minnesota, have been unsuccessful.

A working group convened by Malloy has a February deadline to prepare recommendations on how to structure a relationship between the state and the union representing the providers.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Corporations Are NOT People and Money Is NOT Free Speech! Get Corporate Money Out of Our Democracy!

Join CCAG and the Connecticut Action Alliance for a Fair Economy for aMarch Through Hartford to Reclaim Our Democracy!

Date: Thursday, Jan. 19th, 2012
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Assemble in front of the Old State House
800 Main Street Hartford, Ct


Today, as a result of the absurd Citizens United Supreme Court decision, corporations and billionaires can spend unlimited sums of money, without disclosure, in political campaigns.

Karl Rove’s American Crossroads has already pledged to spend at least $240 million in the elections of 2012. The extreme right-wing billionaire Koch brothers are probably spending even more. Wall Street, oil and coal corporations, insurance and drug companies and the military-industrial-complex will also weigh in with hundreds of millions of dollars to distort the truth and outright lie without disclosure or accountability to their shareholders or the public.

The goal of the top 1 percent is simple. They will spend as much as it takes to elect candidates who support a right-wing corporate agenda, and they will spend as much as it takes to defeat our candidates who are fighting for us, the 99 percent. Will our democracy survive in which ordinary people can control their future? Or will "democracy" simply become another commodity owned and controlled by billionaires and corporations in order to serve their own purposes?

January 21 is the anniversary of the bad Citizens United decision, and we, as the 99 percent, need to stand up to corporations and their big money! Join us on Thursday, January 19 as we march through Hartford to reclaim our democracy!

There is parking in the Constitution Plaza Garage; if you park on the street, read the parking signs carefully as they will ticket and tow you if you don't comply with the information on the signs.

For more information on the event, contact CCAG Political Director John Murphy at or (860) 233-2181.

Source: CCAG - Posted by: Tom Connolly