October 1, 2016
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This year's Amistad Awards program is dedicated to carrying on the torch of Arthur L. Perry, a great friend, union leader, and warrior for justice who received the People's World Amistad Award in 2009. The event will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm at Wexler Grant Community School, 55 Foote Street, New Haven on the theme "If there is no struggle, there can be no progress -- We march united for Racial Justice, Jobs and Peace."
We are excited to announce this year's awardees Ald. Jeanette Morrison, Dan Livingston and Juan Brito three outstanding leaders who have devoted their lives to the fight for economic and social justice for all.
A cultural program will highlight the event.
We invite you to place an ad in the greeting book and take a bloc of tickets to honor the awardees and the occasion and pay tribute to Art Perry. The ad deadline is November 18, 2016. Tickets are $10. Greeting book and ticket information is available at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ald. Jeanette Morrison was elected to represent Ward 22 in New Haven as part of a labor-community coalition. She led the successful movement to re-build the Dixwell Q House, a youth center in the heart of the African American community next to Wexler-Grant school. As a social worker she fights to bring families together and for opportunities for children. She is a member of AFSCME.
Dan Livingston is a groundbreaking labor attorney and lifelong union and progressive activist. As a member of a firm of “troublemaking lawyers” (Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn and Kelly), he represents many public and private sector unions. He represents, works with, and serves on the boards of many coalitions, community and progressive organizations fighting for social justice in our state.
Juan Brito is a School Social Worker at Burns Latino Academy in Hartford, and a member of the Hartford Federation of Teachers. He is a writer for La Voz Hispana de Connecticut and a musician who has been performing with his wife Rebecca Delgado since 1977. He has published two books of poetry about his country and experiences before, during and after the coup d'etat that affected Chile in 1973.
The awards are presented to allies by the People's World on the occasion of the 97th anniversary of the Communist Party USA. We come together in hope and unity as rising 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 nature before corporate profits.
People's World Amistad Awards Committee