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Lisa Bergmann


Lisa Bergmann

Lisa Bergmann, was, in 2011, working as an organizer for the Young Communist League USA.[1]

In 2017 she was ‎Youth Coordinator/ Writer at Longview Publishing.

Bergmann Studied at Wesleyan University, and lives (2011) in New Haven, Connecticut.

She is from Lexington, Massachusetts.[2]

Education

  • Lexington High School School year 1999
  • Wesleyan University, School year 2003[3]

Employer

As of 2011, The Youth Day Project, with Sabir Askari Abdussabur.[4]

The Future of the Communist Party

Host Tom Ficklin talks about the future of The Communist Party USA with Lisa Bergmann, Jahmal Henderson, Joelle Fishman, and Jazmine Vega

Local radio host Tom Ficklin talks about the future of The Communist Party USA with Lisa Bergmann, Jahmal Henderson, Joelle Fishman, and Jazmine Vega.[5]

Campaigning for Dolores Colon

Lisa Bergmann, Jisette Chona

In September 2011, in New Haven's The Hill’s Ward 6, three women were trying to get voters out for incumbent alderwoman and Local 34 member Dolores Colon in the Church Street South housing complex, a privately owned complex of 301 federally subsidized apartments across from Union Station. The volunteers were Lisa Bergmann, a former Connecticut Center for a New Economy organizer; Esther Martinez, who has lived in Church Street South for six years; and Jisette Chona. “I’ve lived here since I was 17,” Chona, 37, said. “I got married and moved out. I got separated and moved back in.”

According to Bergmann, Alderwoman Colon had been instrumental in pushing for residents’ participation in the plans for the complex and in trying to assure that current residents will have a chance to live in the new buildings. That made Church Street South a critical site for Tuesday’s get-out-the-vote drive.

“There are 100 people we want to pull out of here today so we need to hunker down and focus,” Bergmann said to Martinez and Chona as they tromped through the dingy cinder-block complex painted in various ugly shades of tan. Only a few straggly trees interrupted the blacktop pathways. Chona’s smiling 4-year-old daughter was in tow.[6]

New Elm City Dream

In November 2011, Less than a week after New Haven’s 29th homicide of the year, the New Elm City Dream, a local youth group, organized a march around the Green, as a call for an end to city violence and for local and federal legislation to create jobs for young people. Organization member Lisa Bergmann, a leader of the Young Communist League, said the group was founded in September in reaction to the “crisis levels” of youth violence and unemployment in New Haven, and its primary goal is to advocate for job creation legislation.[7]

The New Elm City Dream operates out of the New Haven People's Center on Howe Street. Youth counselor Lisa Bergmann said the group has about 60 members, many local high school students, like David Elkin-Ginnetti.[8]

WFDY conference report

Lisa Bergmann gave a report, on behalf of the Young Communist League USA to a gathering of the communist front World Federation of Democratic Youth, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011. She dealt with the Occupy Wall Street movement and the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama.[9]

My name is Lisa Bergmann from the Young Communist League USA. On behalf of our organization I would like to thank WFDY and the JCP for hosting this inspiring, well-organized event and for ensuring that the YCLUSA could be here with all of you today. The Young Communist League USA stands firmly, as it always has, united with all of you against U.S. imperialism, greed, and war...

Inspired by the “Arab Spring” and other youth movements in Europe and Latin America, the Occupy Wall Street Movement began in the heart of the U.S. capitalist system, and has now spread to more than 300 cities in the United States. Occupy is predominantly a youth movement, calling attention to the unprecedented wealth inequalities that exist in our country. Indeed, in the U.S. right now, the wealthiest 1% of the country’s population owns 35% of the nation’s wealth. While the participants in the Occupy movement are members of a wide variety of groups, they all identify as part of the “99” percent of people who do not have access to the country’s wealth. The labor movement in the U.S. has been one of the strongest allies to the Occupy movement. Other participants in the Occupy movement include peace activist groups, veterans, elected officials, immigrant rights groups, and of course the Communist Party and the Young Communist League! The Young Communist League, even though we are in a re-building phase, has participated in Occupy in every city where we exist, and has even initiated the Occupy chapters in some cities. Leaders of the Young Communist League and leaders of the Communist party have been arrested in Chicago on two separate occasions during police raids on the Occupy movement.
Finally, I will speak briefly about the 2012 elections in the U.S. The election of Obama in 2008 was a tremendous victory for the people of the United States and indeed for people all over the world. The election of our first African American President has been a huge blow to the entrenched racism in our country. Young people are the reason that Obama won the presidency, as he earned 66 percent of the youth vote. Obama continues to push policies that benefit working-class people in the United States. And Republicans continually block these policies to make Obama look ineffective.

That said, the fight for jobs and for real solutions MUST include re-electing Obama in 2012. It is the role of the YCL to emphasize this wherever we go, and to try to push youth in the Occupy movement and elsewhere who do not want to work with any politicians to understand that being absent from the political process is only allowing the ultra-right wing to build power. This is also so that working people can continue to focus on building a viable movement for themselves in the United States, that will be in a position to stand in solidarity with working people throughout the world. Angela Davis, when visiting Occupy Wall Street on October 31st, said that “It is up to US to build a movement. And it is up to Obama to respond to that movement. But he cannot do it on his own.”

Immigration rally arrest

More than 20,000 people - including thousands of unionists -- who marched down the Washington, D.C., Mall on Oct. 8, 2013, to demand the U.S. House immediately pass comprehensive immigration reform. And 200, including 90 union leaders and union members and eight members of the House of Representatives were arrested when, in an act of civil disobedience, they blocked a street in front of the Capitol.

Arrestees included Lisa Bergmann, SEIU 1199 member Delphine Clyburn and activist Joelle Fishman, both also from Connecticut, Communications Workers Secretary-Treasurer Annie Hall and Political Director Yvette Herrera, The Newspaper Guild's president, Bernie Lunzer, and Paul Booth, the top assistant to AFSCME's president. Among the nation's top labor leaders also taken into custody were AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, AFT President Randi Weingarten, Unite Here President D. Taylor and Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Among the lawmakers arrested were Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Joseph Crowley (D - N.Y.), Al Green (D-Texas), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.).

Unions, led by contingents from the Service Employees and their Local 32BJ, the Laborers and Unite Here, contributed a large share of the demonstrators. Other unions represented included AFSCME, the Communications Workers/TNG, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, AFT and the United Farm Workers. [10]

Meeting Camila Vallejo

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Ecuador Youth Festival

Mik Diddams, second from left, Lisa Bergmann, second from right

World Festival of Youth and Students is an international event, organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth The 18th festival was held in Quito, Ecuador, on December 7-13, 2013.Juan Pablo Guevara, Mik Diddams, Abimael Lucio Sucio, Lisa Bergmann from the the Young Communist League USA represented the United States.[11]

Communist Party speaker

Speak Progress is the speakers bureau of the Communist Party USA. Listed speakers, as of October 2014, included Lisa Bergmann[12]

Lisa Bergmann, currently the National Coordinator for the Young Communist League, USA has over ten years of experience in labor, community, and campus organizing.

A native of the Boston area, Lisa supported worker organizing efforts on her college campus before going on to work as a full time organizer in the labor movement. During the six years she was working for the union, Lisa led service workers’ union contract campaigns in Connecticut, Boston, Chicago, and Vancouver, Canada.

2014 Amistad Awards

The People's World Amistad Awards were held on Sunday, December 7 2014, to celebrate the Connecticut election victory and look forward. Awardees included Meg Riccio, chief steward of Local 35 service and maintenance workers at Yale; Alberto Bernardez, area director SEIU 32 BJ union of janitors; Daniel Durant, community organizer for AFT Connecticut.[13]

Enthusiasm was high as emcees Kit Salazar-Smith and Lisa Bergmann guided the program from the New Orleans-style sounds of Kings of Harmony and song led by Jill Marks to the finale of traditional music and dance by the Bodoma Garifuna Cultural Band.

Opening the event, held on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the Communist Party USA, Connecticut chair Joelle Fishman's call to action evoked the chants of recent protests.

"When courageous $15 and a Union fast food strikers stand in solidarity with Hands Up Don't Shoot protests they are saying this is one struggle for dignity, for basic democratic rights, human rights and fairness. As Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged us to take on the triple evils of poverty, racism and war," she said, "we know it will take big change for our country to truly be of, by and for the people. To that we recommit today, inspired by the awardees and the people in the streets fighting for justice."[14]

Climate March 2017

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Comrades

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New member phone bank

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New member phone bank Public · Hosted by Communist Party USA.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 11 AM - 4 PM EDT

Your living room

We're organizing a phonebank to our new members on Saturday and we need your help. The callfire service allow you to make the calls from home, using your smartphone, laptop or deskstop. You'll get a real charge from talking to them! Aint' nuthin like it!! Please click "going" if you can make calls! Thanks!

Those invited to participate on on Facebook included Lisa Bergmann.

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