2021 Amistad Awards Host Committee
The Connecticut People's World Committee presented its annual Amistad Awards on Saturday December 12 2021 to mark the 102nd anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party USA, with awards being presented to Sen. Julie Kushner, D-Danbury, Pastor Rodney Wade of Waterbury and SEIU activist Azucena Santiago.
The Former Awardees Host Committee was Rob Baril, Jan Hochadel, Wildaliz Bermudez, Rochelle Palache, John Humphries, Ken Suzuki, Shellye Davis, Louise Simmons, Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, Peggy Buchanan, Robyn Porter, Camila Bortolleto, Carolina Bortolleto, Jeanette Morrison, Dan Livingston, Juan Brito Ciro Gutierrez, Cindy Harrity, Jill Marks, Alberto Bernardez, Dan Durant, Meg Riccio, Laurie Kennington, Edwin Vargas, Jr., Fatima Rojas, Toni Harp, Kurt Westby, Delphine Clyburn, Renae Reese, John Olsen, Carmen Boudier, Anna Montalvo, Gwen Mills, Alfred L. Marder, Juan Hernandez, Kathleen Cooper, Jorge Perez, Rev Scott Marks, John Harrity, Dolores Colon, Migdalia Castro, Blair Bertaccini, Teresa Younger, Pearl Granat.
Alessio Arena, secretary general of the Italian communist group Fronte Popolare (Popular Front), spoke to a full house at the Solidarity Center in Manhattan on Sept. 5 2019 about the role of European imperialism in the world and the central role of German imperialism in controlling the direction of the European Union.
As Arena pointed out, the EU is the largest single economic market in the world. It plays a reactionary and oppressive role in Africa and Central Asia, sometimes allied to the U.S. and sometimes in competition with the U.S., but always against the interests of the working class and all oppressed nations.
One example Arena gave of the competition is the EU countries’ push to continue the pact reached with Iran regarding nuclear arms at a time when the current U.S. government has broken that pact. Another was his description of the complex relationship of German imperialism with capitalist Russia.
Workers World Party and the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, both of which have fraternal relations with Fronte Popolare, sponsored the meeting. Arena thanked both organizations and expressed the wish to continue to share experiences. He expects that all the experiences of organizations with communist goals in this difficult post-Soviet period will be useful in building a new movement striving for socialism and communism worldwide.
FRSO member Michela Martinazzi introduced Arena, while Blair Bertaccini provided consecutive interpretation of Arena’s talk from Italian to English. Sara Flounders of WWP added an announcement about the many public demonstrations planned for late September at the United Nations, particularly those in mass response to the climate crisis. Richard Kossally chaired the meeting.
Endorsing Communist Party call
Of the more than 100 endorsers listed, almost all were identified members of the Communist Party USA.
Dedication to the striking "workers at Yale-New Haven Hospital"
The May Day Supplement, page H, to the People's Weekly World May 20 2000, carried a dedication to the striking "workers at Yale-New Haven Hospital"
Signers included Blair Bertaccini.
On Sunday, June 9, 2002, the Harlem/Washington Heights Friends of the People’s Weekly World held a forum on the dramatic events in the country of Venezuela.
An enthusiastic audience of activists from the community, including participants from various U.S.-based Hispanic organizations, heard Blair Bertaccini, a trade unionist, Latin America scholar and solidarity activist, who recently returned from attending the Congress of the Venezuelan Communist Party, and Wilson Spencer, well-known left activist in New York’s Dominican community.
The two speakers gave a comprehensive picture of the exciting political process in Venezuela. Both speakers emphasized the need for the U.S. people to put an end to the Bush administration policies in support of the Venezuelan oligarchy. Such policies, they said, are designed to undermine and destroy the democratic process in Venezuela.
- The Venezuelan Communist Party hosted Blair Bertaccini, CPUSA national committee member, at its recent Congress. His experiences of the mounting anti-imperialist struggle are revealing, as will be his views on the attempted Bush-backed coup. 
Communist Party MLK tribute
We salute Dr. King’s courage and vision. He saw and struggled for an America and world that can be. We pledge in his memory to work to reorder our nation’s priorities “so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.”
New Haven People's Center rally
In December 2002, the Communist Party USA run New Haven People's Center, held a No cuts, no layoffs, no war rally". Blair Bertaccini, a member of the Working Families Party who spoke at the rally, said citizens with lower incomes do not vote because politicians refuse to talk about issues that affect the working class. He said the WFP is accountable to ordinary working families, not corporate donors. 
- We especially appreciate and congratulate our own candidates in this election cycle, all of whom received many labor and other endorsements and support:
- In Jacksonville, Florida for Soil and Water Conservation Board, Russell Pelle who received 30% of the vote, with 54,004 votes; In Waterbury, Connecticut for State Senator on the Working Families Party line, Blair Bertaccini, president of the Western Connecticut Central Labor Council, who received 8.2% of the vote with 1,115 votes achieving minor party ballot status; in the Allston-Brighton section of Boston for City Council, Gary Dotterman who received 3.25% of the vote in a field of nine.
Labor support for Democrats
Powered by the grass-roots efforts of union members who made phone calls, knocked on doors, talked to their co-workers and attended Get Out The Vote events, labor-endorsed candidates swept to victory in the Nov. 6 election.
The list starts with President Barack Obama and Chris Murphy -- who withstood Linda McMahon's $47 million effort to buy the 2012 U.S. Senate seat -- and Elizabeth Esty, who defeated the well-funded campaign of Republican Andrew Roraback in the 5th Congressional District.
"This was a victory for the middle class," said Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano. "Our members refused to allow corporations and right-wing billionaires to buy the election and ram through their extremist, anti-worker agenda. I am proud and grateful for everyone's effort."
AFSCME's Council 4's annual conference and convention took place April 21, 2012 in East Hartford. Nearly 200 members participated in a day filled with inspiring speakers, including U.S. Reps. John B. Larson (CT-1), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) and Chris Murphy (CT-5), Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Secretary of State Denise Merrill.
The conference closed with the presentation of Council 4 PEOPLE political action awards to Tom Stough (Local 991, Manchester), Jon Green of the Working Families Party, and State Sen. Edwin Gomes of Bridgeport (with Anna Montalvo accepting on Sen. Gomes’ behalf).
Council 4 Executive Board 2012-14
- Executive Director: Sal Luciano, Local 2663
- President: Clarke King, Local 1716
- Secretary: Anna Montalvo, Local 1522
- Jay Bartolomei, Local 714
- Blair Bertaccini, Local 269
- Gil Bironi, Local 184
- Joseph Cirigliano, Local 2930
- Steven Curran, Local 1565
- Marie DeSousa, Local 391
- Robert Facey, Jr., Local 3713
- Thursa Isaac, Local 562
- James LoMonaco, Local 2836
- Brian Mitchell, Local 1303
- Robert Montuori, Local 287
- John Ondusko, Local 749
- Guy Pappalardo, Local 566
- Thomas Stough, Local 991
- Dawn Tyson, Local 538
- Claudine Wilkins-Chambers, Local 3429
Working Families Party
Blair Bertaccini was a 2014 Working Families Party candidate for District 15 of the Connecticut State Senate. He ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2012.
- Blair Bertaccini investigates wage theft with the State Department of Labor. He previously served as the President of AFSCME Local 269, which represents workers from the Connecticut State Department of Labor, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and Department of Worker’s Compensation Rehabilitation Services Division. He has previously run against seven term incumbent Democratic State Senator Joan Hartley, who has frequently voted against legislation that would improve workers lives like increasing the minimum wage and guaranteed paid sick days.
- People's Weekly World Sep 2 1995 p 14
- [ http://www.peoplesworld.org/activists-gather-to-support-venezuelan-democracy/ PW, Activists gather to support Venezuelan democracy, by: Evelina Alarcon & John Pappademos, June 28 2002]
- [PW, http://www.peoplesworld.org/speakers-available/ Speakers available by: Evelina Alarcon April 26 2002]
-  Yale Daily news, December 11. 2002, Communist Party U.S.A. holds rally
- 2002 ELECTIONS: No Mandate For The Ultra Right, December 11 2002
- AFSCME, "A good day for the middle class"
- Council 4's $ word, July 2012]
- [The 4 Word, July 2012]
- Working Families Party Independent candidates challenge the status quo