If you’re angry about the suffering and harm caused by the Bush administration’s anti-democratic corporate agenda, don’t miss the exciting “2004 – Bush Out the Door!” reception on Dec. 7, to be held at 3:00 p.m. at 37 Howe St., New Haven, Conn. The event will kick off a year of activism, organizing and coalition building to defeat right-wing Republican control of Congress and the White House.
Building on major battles for good union jobs, racial equality and immigrant rights in Connecticut this year, along with the growing movement for peace and preservation of democratic rights, the reception will honor several new leaders who represent these struggles.
Guest speaker will be Denise Winebrenner Edwards, member of the City Council in Wilkinsburg, Pa., and a former steelworker who serves on the editorial board of the People’s Weekly World. She will travel to New Haven after participating in the demonstrations against FTAA in Miami. Edwards was elected to the City Council as part of a slate which successfully stopped an attempt to privatize the public schools in her municipality.
“The 2004 election is like no other,” said Joelle Fishman, chair of the Connecticut Communist Party. “We must not allow the struggles that won Social Security, Medicare and civil rights to be overturned. We are committed to join with all others struggling to protect and expand decent jobs, health care, housing, the environment and to bring our troops home from Iraq,” she said. “We are proud of the Communist Party’s historic contributions to those struggles.”
Honorees include Joyce Hamilton, recently appointed executive director of DemocracyWorks, and member of the statewide steering committee for the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride; John Harrity, organizer for International Association of Machinists District 26, which has brought new industrial workers into the union movement and is leading the fight to save industrial jobs at Pratt & Whitney and Stanley Works; Mark Wilson, a leader of Local 35, Federation of Hospital and University Employees at Yale, who spoke on behalf of the need for unity during the recent strike; Migdalia Castro, a community organizer in New Haven’s Fair Haven neighborhood, and Dolores Colon, a leader of Local 34 at Yale, who both were elected in tough battles to the New Haven Board of Aldermen; and high school activists from the Hartford Young Communist League, who have participated in peace vigils, rallies and demonstrations.
The reception will include home made food, an international holiday gift table, and music. Donation is $10 or what you can afford. For tickets, or to place a message in the greeting book, write to the PWW Connecticut Bureau, 37 Howe St., New Haven, CT 06511 or call (203) 624-8664.