2021 Amistad Awards
Senator Richard Blumenthal gives special recognition to honorees at the Connecticut Communist Party’s annual awards ceremony. Connecticut People’s World Committee presented its annual Amistad Awards on Saturday December 12 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.
Kushner, a former labor organizer for the United Auto Workers and co-chair of the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee, received the award for her work on passing Connecticut’s $15 minimum wage, the paid family and medical leave program and her previous union organizing efforts to bring more diversity to the UAW.
Kushner’s award was presented by her Labor Committee co-chair, Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, and previous Amistad Award winner.
Kushner said she became involved in union organizing at a young age, working with employees at the casinos, as well as organizing graduate students at universities giving her friendships and “deep bonds that will never go away.”
“What I found in the state senate is an incredible opportunity,” Kushner said. “When we elect people who prioritize working families, when we elect people who share our values then the possibility for making change for so many is real.”
The other awardees included Pastor Rodney Wade of Long Hill Bible Church in Waterbury for his support in the Recovery for All campaign, which included union labor and community activists pushing for higher wages, increasing taxes on the wealthy and more social spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Azucena Santiago of SEIU 32BJ, who pushed unionization efforts at fast food restaurants in Connecticut Service Plazas.
“We invite you to join the Communist Party in this epic time as we make good trouble to uproot systemic racism, retool the war economy, tax the rich, address climate change, secure voting rights and create a new socialist system that puts people, peace and planet before profits,” event emcee Ben McManus said.
People's Charter endorser
Endorsers included Julie Kushner.
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The NARAL Pro-Choice Brunch was fantastic! Polly Moran and Sarah Croucher pulled it all together Karen and Tom’s beautiful home lent itself to an amazing table of culinary delights prepared by Party Chair, Nancy Wyman, Congressmember Jahana Hayes and me and my Legislative colleagues. Thank you to Kate Johnson and Camila and Carolina Bortolleto for making the trip. This is the year we will make things happen! We will never go back!
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Sarah Passell October 7, 2018.
Lovely group shot, featuring many people who've been working their tails off. — with Senator Richard Blumenthal, Josh Gilbert, Camila Bortolleto, Carolina Bortolleto, Julie Kushner, Joe DaSilva, Andrea Gartner, Christina Schlosser Sweeney and Cyndie McGuire.
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