NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The People’s Weekly World Connecticut bureau announced this week the recipients of its annual Newsmaker Awards. Connecticut Working Families Party and Community Organized for Responsible Development (CORD) have been selected to receive this year’s awards for building the coalition against the Bush agenda with grassroots organizing to win democratic rights for working people.

The awards will be presented at the PWW’s annual May Day celebration, held this year on April 24.

Connecticut Working Families Party is a grassroots political party of unions, community organizations, and concerned citizens who share a commitment to issues that matter to working families: living wage jobs, health care for everyone, quality affordable housing, strong public schools, fair taxes, and a clean environment. In 2004, they successfully cross-endorsed 14 state senators and 34 state representatives who were elected across the state.

Part of an exciting movement that is changing the face of development in many American cities, CORD is a city-wide organization of individuals and community groups that focuses on the long-term needs of communities by advocating fair and responsible economic development in the New Haven area. They have organized door-to-door throughout New Haven, insisting that the New Haven Board of Aldermen carry out its promises to better the quality of life for the community.

In addition to remarks by the award recipients, the April 24 program will include music, poetry, children’s arts and crafts, refreshments and a presentation about May Day around the world.

On May Day itself — Sunday, May 1 — a “peace train” will depart from New Haven to New York City for those attending the huge rally in Central Park for nuclear disarmament and an end to the war on Iraq.

Contributions will be accepted for the Connecticut 2005 People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo fund drive. The event will be held at the New Haven

People’s Center, 37 Howe Street, at 4 p.m. For more information call (203) 624-8664.