Ben McManus

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Ben McManus Is a Connecticut activist.

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.[1]

Ben McManus, chair of the People's World committee that planned the event, thankedd Gauthier and recalled his own first introduction to the Communist Party newspaper as a child in Newark, New Jersey. Before enjoying a home made meal, those present reached into their wallets to make a contribution to the fund drive.[2]

CPUSA discussion

Ben McManus submitted "Convention Discussion: Racism is still our #1 fight" to the CPUSA 30th National Convention, Convention Discussion.

References

  1. http://peoplesworld.org/youth-march-and-celebration-inspires-struggle-for-equality/ Youth march and celebration inspires struggle for equality, by: JOELLE FISHMAN]
  2. http://peoplesworld.org/youth-march-and-celebration-inspires-struggle-for-equality/ Youth march and celebration inspires struggle for equality, by: JOELLE FISHMAN]