Art Perlo

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Art Perlo

Arthur Perlo was chair of the Economics Commission of the Communist Party USA[1].

He is the son of Victor Perlo, and the husband of Joelle Fishman.

WEB DuBois Clubs of America

In 2014, Art Perlo, was listed a a friend on the DuBois Clubs Facebook page.[2]

Meeting Joelle

After graduating from Douglass College—at the time, Rutgers University’s women’s college—Joelle Fishman moved to New Haven in the fall of 1968. It was a tumultuous time in the city, with the anti-war and black power movements particularly strong in the city. She found a job at a printing cooperative called Advocate Press and met Sid Taylor. The colorful Taylor, a plumber and decorated World War II veteran—he was a machine gunner on B-17 bombers flying raids over Germany—had reenergized the state chapter of the U.S. Communist Party. The two co-founded the Angela Davis Bookstore on Broadway.

She knew Arthur Perlo, a union worker at an Oregon steel mill, from various party conferences over the years. When part of the steel mill closed down in 1975, Perlo was laid off and moved to New Haven where he and Fishman were married. At an earlier job, Perlo had briefly worked as a computer programmer, an esoteric skill at the time, which helped land him a job in the science laboratory at Yale.[3]

Endorsed Communist Party Call

On March 30 2002 the Communist Party USA paper People’s Weekly World called for a national holiday in honor of late Farm Workers Union leader Cesar Chavez. The article was followed by a long list of endorsers[4]including Arthur Perlo, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.

Communist Party USA

In September 2006 the Peoples Weekly World listed several members of the Connecticut Communist Party USA[5].

Alfred Marder, Art Perlo, Brian Steinberg, Dorothy Johnson, Eda diBiccari, Edie Fishman, Edward Broderick, George Fishman , Henry Lowendorf, James Barnes Jr, Joelle Fishman, Joseph Taylor, Lola Johnson, Mary Johnson, Melvin Gonzalez Mendez, Pamella Saffer, Yusuf Gursey, Sallie Caswell Thomas, Tom Connolly Reed Smith Jr .

Occupy New Haven

In November 2011, Art Perlo, was an Occupy New Haven committee member.[6]

WAPE conference

The Sixth Forum of the World Association for Political Economy (WAPE) met at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, 27–29 May 2011. Alan Ding (Xiaoqin Ding), the secretary of WAPE, sent Erwin Marquit for copyediting (which task Doris actually assumed) the draft statement that was to be presented for adoption at the conference.

Apart from Wadih Halabi and Marquit, who were the only CPUSA members who had been to previous WAPE annual forums, Art Perlo, chair of the Party’s Economic Commission also attended the forum.[7]

Jobs pipeline

Youth, the unemployed, elected officials, educators, union leaders, and the business community were all represented at a public hearing, April 2012, of the committee mandated by the New Haven Board of Aldermen to establish a jobs pipeline in the city.

Prompted by the deaths of 34 youths to violence in New Haven last year, the new Board of Aldermen, mostly elected as part of a grass roots labor/community coalition, made the jobs pipeline its first priority along with meeting the needs of youth and public safety.

Art Perlo, representing the Unemployed Committee at the New Haven People's Center, documented several cases where administrators hired candidates they knew instead of hiring qualified local residents. He urged that the jobs pipeline include requirements to monitor and take measures to prevent this systemic discrimination.[8]



Art Perlo is active in Connecticut Alliance for Retired Americans.

African American Equality Commission

In July 2015, Members of African American Equality Commission Communist Party USA FaceBook group included Art Perlo.[9]

Political Affairs

In 2015 Art Perlo served on the editorial board of the Communist Party USA's Political Affairs. [10]

CPUSA Environmental Action

CPUSA Environmental Action is a Facebook closed group. It is "a meeting place for members and friends of the Communist Party USA to discuss environmental issues (especially climate change), share information, and coordinate activities".

As of June 21, 2017 members included Art Perlo;[11]

National Party Building Conference

National Party Building Conference Hosted by Communist Party USA and People's World.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12 PM – 6 PM EST

Join Communist Party activists and members in a national conference. You can register here

The conference will take place November 11th to 12th to plan our work in the fight against the Trump Administration and its white supremacist ruling class backers. Find information here about how to participate.

The conference will be streamed from Chicago to regional meetings in New Haven, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, in the MIdwest or the South, you’ll be able to participate.[12]

Those invited on Facebook included Art Perlo.