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Baub Bidon

Baub Bidon

Connecticut comrades/2019 Amistad Awards

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With Baub Bidon, Yusuf Gursey, Henry Lowendorf and Joelle Fishman.

2001, Solidarity with the Charleston 5

The May Day Supplement, page C, to the People's Weekly World May 12 2001, carried a dedication from "Connecticut labor and community activists standing in solidarity with the Charleston 5"

Signers included Baub Bidon.

New Haven People's Center

On August 6, 2010, Inez Bell and Kendra Streater spoke at an event entitled "The Truth About Youth - We're the Working Class Too". The event was hosted by Baub Bidon.[1]

90th anniversary of the Communist Party USA/People’s World Amistad award

The diverse and inspired overflow crowd stayed to the end of the remarkable celebration of People's World Amistad Award honorees Anna Montalvo, Gwen Mills and Art Perry on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party USA, Dec. 2009. The theme of the event was "Keep the Ball Rolling....to win jobs with union rights, health care, peace and equality!" Unity and struggle were the messages of the day.

The awardees were celebrated with a poem by Ras Mo Moses, "Working Class People" along with Baub Bidon and backed up with Jeff Fuller on bass and Richard Hill on percussion.

The 90th anniversary of the Communist Party proud was done proud![2]

Communist Party award concert

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Three Connecticut leaders were named as recipients of the Amistad Award presented by the Communist Party USA newszine People's World on Sunday, Dec. 5. 2010

John Olsen, Carmen Boudier and Juan Figueroa "have 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 were 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 were 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 was 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."[3]

Corky Gonzalez tribute

500 Years of Chicano History June 18, 2013;

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Happy 85th birthday Rodolfo Gonzales! Corky and the Crusade for Justice fought for community in Denver and his legacy lives on in the city today! The gente in Denver are in the middle of a fight to get a new Library named in honor of the author/poet/ community organizer. Among his many accomplishments Corky is a recent inductee to the Colorado Sports Hall of Game for his professional boxing career. Que Viva Corky! — with Maclovio Maki Lucero, Nita Gonzales, Jesus De Los Santos, Baba Zayid, Cami Wengler Vignoe, Fanny Guadalupe, Jonna Baldres, Sandra Bazan-Molnar, Ken Brown, Baub Bidon, Archie Barnes-Bey, Jesse J. Martinez, Alex Martinez, Ingrid S. Hill, Junior Martinez, D. Martinez Rodriguez, Bernadette Ellorin, Erik Sorensen-Braasch, Carolyn Kenny, Tanisha Jacob, Kazembe Balagun, Daniel Adrian Santiago, Ngoma Hill, Sandra Mistretta, Roxana Zavala Marroquin, Lawrence Hamm, Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu, Yoko Liriano and Yves Nibungco.

Craig Gauthier day

When New Haven Mayor Toni Harp declared Feb. 23, 2014 as "Craig Gauthier day in the City of New Haven," the overflow crowd at the Peoples Center burst into cheers.

This 40th annual African American History Month event, also held in Hartford the night before, made history.

After leading a youth march to end violence and for jobs with Gauthier, the Mayor read her proclamation to this "courageous union and community leader in our State," noting his journey from Louisiana to New Haven, leading his union and in "the Communist Party USA, where he has campaigned for peace, to end police brutality, meet the needs of youth, to create living wag jobs in the community and for union rights."

Before presenting his life story, Gauthier received additional citations from Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, elected two days later to fill the state senate seat vacated by Harp; Ald. Dolores Colon, chair of the Black and Hispanic Caucus of the Board of Alders, John Harrity, president of District 26, State Council of Machinists, Jarvis Tyner, executive vice chair of the Communist Party USA, and a poem by Baub Bidon.[4]

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