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.
She was a candidate for Congress from 1973 to 1982, maintaining minor-party ballot status for the Communist Party in Connecticut's Third Congressional District. As chair of the CPUSA Political Action Commission.
- ...she has played an active role in the broad labor and people's alliance that defeated the ultra-right in the 2008 elections and continues to mobilize for health care, worker rights and peace.
In January 2010, people gathered at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in New Haven to march in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The veritable anthem of the civil rights movement, "we shall overcome," rang through the streets as the group marched through East Rock neighborhood, each with a special story to tell.
"I had been in DC in 1963 during the great civil rights march in which Martin Luther King gave his 'I have a dream' speech," Joelle Fishman of New Haven said. "I had picketed in front of the Woolworths 5 & 10 stores against segregation and I was part of the civil rights movement, and so this was the way of keeping that movement alive and growing."
Communist Party Labor Day call
Of the more than 100 endorsers listed, almost all were identified members of the Communist Party USA.
Joelle Fishman, Connecticut, was on the list.
Endorsed Communist Party Call
On March 30 2002 the Communist Party USA paper People’s Weekly World called for a national holiday in honor of late Farm Workers Union leader Cesar Chavez. The article was followed by a long list of endorsersincluding Joelle Fishman, Almost all endorsers were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA.
In January 31 2004 Fishman addressed the addressed the Communist Party's conference on the 2004 elections in New York City.
- The all-out mobilization to defeat Bush on Nov. 2 is not an end-point. It is a critical and necessary step along the way to much bigger change. There is need for a labor and people’s party in this country that is not beholden to corporate dollars, but rather is people powered and in a position to challenge corporate monopoly head-on.
- This intensive year of activity should be carried out in a way that builds a lasting movement able to take on issues of war, poverty and inequality no matter who wins. Such a development would open many new doors for local, state and national independent politics and candidates.
Supporting Obama in '08
Joelle Fishman's role in the Communist Party USA's Political Action Commission gives her responsibility for organising party support for "progressive" Democratic Party candidates at the state, congressional, senate and presidential level.
- It was enjoyable to knock on doors and find voters who were enthusiastic and inspired by Obama’s historic candidacy, like the teacher who said her whole family was spreading the word. There were several families of divided opinion and others who declined to say. The most challenging conversations were with voters who did not want to support Obama because they were caught up in the lies and rumors undermining his integrity and patriotism. Those who were ready to discuss appreciated the comparison of McCain’s anti-worker record with Obama’s near perfect score.
- It was exciting to be part of the quarter million union volunteers across the country, the biggest election mobilization in labor’s history, which has influenced the political climate in working class swing states and districts, laying the basis for a much larger labor movement.
- The example set by labor’s top leaders talking directly with white sisters and brothers about how Obama represents their best chance for a secure future will have a lasting impact...
- This year the chance to uproot ultra-right corporate political dominance is much greater. Voters want to be part of history. They see that the policies of the Bush administration, which McCain-Palin would continue, are bankrupting the country and endangering the world.
- Labor’s giant effort along with massive organizing by African American, Latino, women’s and youth groups has turned historically Republican states’ House and Senate seats into battlegrounds, including the Senate seat in New Hampshire.
- A landslide victory for Obama and Congress will open the door for big new struggles to organize workers into unions and place the needs of working families front and center in this economic crisis.
Speech at Amistad Awards
The City of New Haven Peace Commission is an organ of the City of Hartford Connecticut. It was organized in the 1980s by Communist Party USA leader Alfred Marder and has been infiltrated by local communists ever since.
Members in 2009;
- Green Hon. Allan Brisson - 12/31/2009
- Dem. Frank Cochran - 2/1/2011
- Dem. Hon. Dolores Colon - NH Board of Alderman 12/31/2009
- Dem. Celestino Cordova - 2/1/2011
- Unaff. Joelle Fishman - 2/1/2012
- Dem. Seth Godfrey - 2/1/2011
- Ind. Emanuel Gomez - 2/1/2011
- Dem. Aaron Goode - 2/1/2010
- Dem. Bishop Colon Haywood, Sr. - 1/1/2010
- Unaff. Rev. Sara Lamar-Sterling - 2/1/2011
- Unaff. John J. Lugo - 2/1/2010
- Rep. Alfred Marder Chairman 2/1/2011
Latinos for Peace
On October 31 2009, Latinos For Peace issued a statement calling for “no escalation of the war in Afghanistan and for expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as an end to the coup government in Honduras”.
More than 100 activists endorsed the call, including Joelle Fishman.
Alfred L. Marder 90th Birthday Celebration
Hon. Rosa DeLauro, Sen. Toni Harp, Sen. Martin Looney, Rep. Juan Candelaria, Rep. Patricia Dillon, Rep. Toni Edmonds Walker, Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, Rep. Roland Lemar, Ald. Jorge Perez, President, New Haven Board of Aldermen, Ambassador Sylvester Rowe, Mohammed Barrie, Vinie Burrows, Mary Compton, Joelle Fishman, Craig Gauthier, Emanuel Gomez, Hilda Kilpatrick, Henry Lowendorf, Kenneth Marder, Rev. Scott Marks, William Morico, John Olsen, Quentin Snediker, Jarvis Tyner, Andrea van den Heever, Susan Yolen
A statement issued on the committee's behalf read;
- Dear Friends and Family of Al Marder,
- We are excited to invite you to celebrate the 90th birthday of Al Marder and to recognize his many contributions, international and local, toward world peace, justice and equality.
- Please join us in this joyous occasion on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 pm at the New Haven Peoples Center, 37 Howe Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511.
- ↑ http://www.peoplesworld.org/joelle-fishman
- ↑ wtnh.com March to remember Martin Luther King Jr, 15 Jan 2010, 12:57
- ↑ People's Weekly World Sep 2 1995 p 14
- ↑ http://www.pww.org/index.php/article/articleview/882/
- ↑ http://www.pww.org/article/articleview/5145/
- ↑ http://ctpeoplebeforeprofits.blogspot.com/2008/11/merrilee-milstein-day-puts-working.html
- ↑  City of new haven website, accessed August 16, 2010
- ↑ http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/alanmaki/gGMyTh
- ↑ New haven People's center blog, Tuesday, March 6, 2012, Alfred L. Marder 90th Birthday Celebration