New Haven Board of Aldermen Honors Communist Party “Peoples’ Center”

People's Center Communist Party USA’s People’s Center, New Haven Connecticut

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During the summer of 2012, the Communist Party USA’s (CPUSA) People’s Center, in New Haven, Connecticut, was under siege. A group of Vietnam veterans descended on the building to protest Governor Malloy’s attempt to give the Communists $300,000 of tax payer money to repair the decaying building.


Fast forward to 2014 and it would seem that in Connecticut the times haven’t changed much. But instead of the governor giving taxpayer money to save the Communist’s building, it’s members of the New Haven Board of Alderman honoring it.

The CPUSA news, People’s World,  reports that the New Haven Alders Black and Hispanic Caucus recently gave an award to the People’s Center:

 “NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Just two weeks before election day, Anthony’s Ocean View Restaurant was packed for the third annual New Haven Board of Alders Black and Hispanic CaucusGala, honoring three individuals and the New Haven Peoples Center.

…Accepting the community service Heritage Award on behalf of the Peoples Center, Joelle Fishman expressed appreciation for the courage of the Caucus in recognizing this all-volunteer institution which has been a welcoming space for labor, community, youth, peace, immigrant, and many other groups for 77 years.”

Joelle Fishman is the head of the CPUSA’s Connecticut branch. She also serves as Commissioner on the City of New Haven Peace Commission and serves on the executive board of the Alliance of Retired Americans. Coincidentally, both organizations were in attendance at the event, along with the radical Young Communist League and several union members:

Attending the Gala as part of the Peoples Center were ten members of the New Elm City Dream and Young Communist League youth groups that have been organizing on behalf of the needs of their generation. Several other tables were filled with representatives of unions and organizations that utilize the Peoples Center space, including AFT Connecticut, SEIU 32 BJ, Connecticut Alliance for Retired Americans, Unidad Latina en Acción, Connecticut People’s World Committee, and the New Haven Peace Council. Others throughout the audience also identified as part of the Peoples Center community.”

While the People’s Center may have been welcoming communists, labor, and their allies for 77 years, it will most likely never welcome freedom, capitalism, and the veterans who have fought against communism to preserve them. If it did that could be considered anti-Communist, and that’s something the Marxist mindset just won’t tolerate.


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