Connecticut leaders to receive People’s World awards

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three leaders have been named as recipients of the Amistad Award to be presented here by the People’s World on Sunday, Dec. 5.

John Olsen, Carmen Boudier and Juan Figueroa lave long been in the forefront of struggles for jobs, health care and basic human needs, workers’ rights, equal representation, voting rights and peace.  From the picket line to the voting line, they have each exemplified the strength and unity that it takes to keep our country moving forward.

The annual awards will be presented at a special anniversary concert, “Voices for Jobs, Equality & Peace…..A concert for people’s needs not corporate greed.”  Jazz and Latin music, labor songs and spoken word will be presented by an array of artists including Bill Collins of the Rabble Rousers,  Hermanos Son, a jazz set with Jeff Fuller, William Fluker and friends, Richard Hill, Baub Bidon, DJ Bell and Ken Brown. 

The post-election event is dedicated to expanding grass roots action to achieve good jobs, equal rights and a redirection of funds to meet the needs of local communities and youth.

John Olsen has devoted his life to the cause of working people since he started out as a member of the Plumbers Union.  During his tenure as president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO he has been instrumental in winning legislation, union contracts and elections that have expanded opportunity and raised the quality of life for  workers and their families

Carmen Boudier,  president of the New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, first joined the union when she organized the nursing home where she worked.  She has led many ground-breaking organizing drives and contract battles including the current six month strike against Spectrum Health Care.

Juan Figueroa has been a pioneer for Latino representation and civil rights in many capacities at the state and national level.  His leadership of the Universal Health Care Foundation put Connecticut in front with the passage of Sustinet. He was the first Puerto Rican candidate for Governor of Connecticut in the 2010 Democratic primaries.

To make reservations and order tickets at $10 each, or $5 for students and limited imcome, contact or call 203-624-8664.


Joelle Fishman
Joelle Fishman

Joelle Fishman chairs the Connecticut Communist Party USA. She is a Commissioner on the City of New Haven Peace Commission, serves on the executive board of the Alliance of Retired Americans in Connecticut and is an active member of many economic rights and social justice organizations. As chair of the CPUSA Political Action Commission, she has played an active role in the broad labor and people's alliance and continues to mobilize for health care, worker rights and peace.