Connecticut Communist Party and state representatives present union leaders with awards

The Connecticut Communist Party held its annual People’s World Amistad Awards on Saturday, December 12, the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party USA.

The awards were presented to SEIU 1199 NE President Rob Baril, President of the Connecticut chapter of the American Federation of Teachers Jan Hochadel, Hartford City Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez and Barbara Vereen, staff director of Unite Here Local 34, the union representing clerical and technical workers at Yale University. 

The event was held online due to the pandemic.

Rep. Robyn Porter, D-New Haven, presented Baril his award from Atlanta where she said she was door-knocking for Georgia Senate candidate Raphael Warnock.

Baril, whose union represents 25,000 workers in the healthcare field, said that 2020 was “awful” but the year did present hope through the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2020 presidential election.

“2020 has just been an awful year,” Baril said. “From police killings to the pandemic to the economy, we’ve just seen a tremendous amount of suffering; we’ve seen callous indifference from elected leaders and folks who are elected and put into position to help people who too many times turn a blind eye.”

Baril referenced the loss of some of his members who contracted the COVID-19 virus and passed away, and the failures to protect staff and residents at nursing homes during the pandemic. “We know they have not been valued as they deserve,” Baril said.

Hochadel, who said that she was currently in quarantine, was presented with the award by Shellye Davis, co-president of the Hartford Federation of Paraprofessionals.

In her remarks, Hochadel called for an end to for-profit healthcare, taxing nonprofits with large endowments and raising taxes on corporations to avoid an “austerity budget” in the upcoming session.

“How about instead we have those large non-profits with huge endowments pay their fair share of taxes instead?” Hochadel said, perhaps referencing Yale University, which has come under fire from New Haven government officials in the past. 

“How about we ask those corporations that are sucking money away in offshore bank accounts to pay their fair share of taxes? How about asking for progressive tax structure to return to a level we haven’t seen in decades so that the lowest paid workers are keeping the economy of Connecticut going?” Hochadel continued.

The Connecticut AFT represents 15,000 state and municipal employees throughout Connecticut.

Rep. Edwin Vargas, D-Hartford, also presented an award to Hartford City Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez of the Working Families Party.

The Connecticut Communist Party is based in New Haven and run by Joelle Fishman.

“We invite you to join the Communist Party in this epic time as we organize, organize, organize to uproot systemic racism, retool the war economy, tax the rich, address climate change, secure voting rights and create a new socialist system that always puts people and planet before profits,” said Lisa Bergman, co-host of the awards ceremony.

**Meghan Portfolio contributed to this article**

Marc E. Fitch

Marc E. Fitch

Marc E. Fitch is the author of several books and novels including Shmexperts: How Power Politics and Ideology are Disguised as Science and Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs and Bigfoot. Marc was a 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and his work has appeared in The Federalist, American Thinker, The Skeptical Inquirer, World Net Daily and Real Clear Policy. Marc has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Connecticut State University. Marc can be reached at Marc@YankeeInstitute.org


  1. Avatar Donna
    December 16, 2020 @ 2:36 pm

    ATTENTION communists…
    Plenty of communist countries for you to go To-feel FREE.


  2. Avatar Tony Purcell
    December 16, 2020 @ 9:30 pm

    These are the same COMMUNISTS that Rosa DeLauro supports and wanted to give them a half million dollars of our taxpayers money.
    And she was reelected once again.


  3. Avatar edwardjmax
    December 17, 2020 @ 9:22 am

    it took 70 years for the people to end the horror of communisim in the old ussr and it’s slave satellite countries. but it persists in connecticut?


  4. Avatar Randy
    December 18, 2020 @ 2:49 am

    These are the aholes backing lamont himes delauro hayes murphy and the rest of thecortupt democrats youct. Morons vote for. Wake up before the state is totally unlivable .these bribe to UNNIONS for votes is bankrupting this state


  5. Avatar john j flynn
    December 19, 2020 @ 9:47 am

    I went to a Christmas Party for ther New haven RTC last night and realized that Streicker probably beat delauro. We will never know how they manipulated that . UBS is in stamford which paid 400 million. Dominion and Sequoia have been registered with Denise merrill on CONCORD.


  6. Avatar Ali
    February 11, 2021 @ 1:10 am

    so glad others see the evils of communism. They may take connecticut down, but we will go down fighting. From my cold, dead hands.


  7. Avatar ED M.3RD
    February 25, 2021 @ 2:41 am

    Interested that THEY blamed dem libtard government in Ct. for the many wuhan cv 19 deaths in Ct. As with Cuomo of New York


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