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CPUSA Honors SEIU, AFSCME ‘Leaders’

From the Communist Party USA’s People’s World (formerly the Daily Worker):

Three union leaders to be honored at ‘Keep the Ball Rolling’ event

November 28 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three Connecticut labor leaders, Art Perry, Anna Montalvo and Gwen Mills, will be honored on Sunday, Dec. 6, with the annual Amistad Award presented by the People’s World, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party USA. The reception, "Keep the Ball Rolling … to win jobs with union rights, health care, peace and equality!" will be held at 4 p.m. at the New Haven People’s Center, 37 Howe Street, New Haven.

The three are being recognized for their contributions in mobilizing in the workplace and community and building coalitions for social change. Also featured on the program will be music and spoken word, a holiday gift table and homemade buffet.

Art Perry has been an organizer and community and political activist since working at Southbury Training School as a member of New England Health Care Employees Union / District 1199 in the 1970s. His grassroots political organizing with working families has elected many progressives to local, state and federal office. He served with1199 for 17 years, and is now Connecticut political director of SEIU 32BJ Justice for Janitors where he furthers his beliefs in justice, equality and community organization.

Anna Montalvo is the first woman and the first Latina to serve as president of the 1,500-member AFSCME Local 1522 in Bridgeport. As a child she experience discrimination in the schools of New York which gave her the drive to pursue her education, and help ensure that all parents and students are treated with respect and dignity. She is a vice-president of AFSCME Council 4 and active in many community and labor organizations, and is recipient of numerous awards.

Gwen Mills was raised in New Haven. In the 1980s she participated with CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador), and later spent a year in Mozambique working with local groups to re-establish activist organizations at the close of the civil war. In 2000 Gwen returned to New Haven where she has served as a lead organizer with the CT Center for a New Economy (CCNE). In 2007 she became political field director of Unite-Here unions for Connecticut and Rhode Island.

The event will kick off a 90th year cultural project with artists for social change. Performers include labor singer Bill Collins of the Rabble Rousers, Mexican guitarist Beto Castillo, spoken word and jazz by Ras Mo Moses, Baub Bidon, Jeff Fuller and Richard Hill, and others.

In addition, a video celebrating 90 years of struggle and moving forward will be presented. Joelle Fishman, chair of the Connecticut CPUSA, will offer a call to action.

The reception invitation emphasizes that "the historic election of 2008 presents a great challenge and opportunity to organize bigger, broader and wider than ever to achieve basic needs for working people. While right-wing demagogues depend on bigotry and fear, the hope and unity of labor and people’s organizations are key to bring our country out of crisis."

Isn’t it funny how the SEIU, AFSCME and other unions are so closely aligned to the Communist Party?

Though, maybe ‘funny’ isn’t the word for it.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “CPUSA Honors SEIU, AFSCME ‘Leaders’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Is Ali Bama the guest speaker?
    Will Ali Bama address his “Den of Thieves”?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Have a relative with the Union at Union Pacific RR. I have to be very careful how I mention these moments because he goes crazy on me for being a ‘hater’. But mostly the union guys I know (a lot of mining and RR union guys out here) say “So what?” when any mention of the OBVIOUSLY brotherhood of unions and communists.

    You’re never going to make any headway pointing out the poisonous nature of unions, how corrupting their influence on the foundations of America, nor how evil the connections and partners of Unions are.

    Union members are singularly the most inbred, self-centered, selfish and dangerous people I know. And the least educated. That they put their own welfare above our national character and purpose is beyond me.

    That’s not said lightly. That’s from 30 years experience amongst the Brotherhoods of coal miners and railroad men.

  3. proreason says:

    And exactly how do workers come out in Communist regimes?

    I guess the good news, from the perspective of “workers”, is that they make the same paltry living as doctors do.

    Except, of course, the doctors who serve the commissars. Those doctors do quite well, thank you very much.

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