Tom Connolly

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Tom Connolly


Tom Connolly ...is a Connecticut activist. Married to Carol Connolly. Father of Chris Connolly, and Tasha Connolly.

Mentor

Julius Newman was Tom Connolly's advisor, professor and mentor at the UCONN School of Social Work, Community Organization [CO] in the early 1970s.

He not only taught CO he was in the middle of every major movement in his lifetime. He taught and inspired hundreds of activists that participate in every movement of today.[1]

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 Tom Connolly.

Communist Party USA

In September 2006 the Peoples Weekly World[2]listed several members of the Connecticut Communist Party USA.

Alfred Marder, Art Perlo, Brian Steinberg, Dorothy Johnson, Eda diBiccari, Edie Fishman, Edward Broderick, George Fishman , Henry Lowendorf, James Barnes Jr, Joelle Fishman, Joseph Taylor, Lola Johnson, Mary Johnson, Melvin Gonzalez Mendez, Pamela Saffer, Yusuf Gursey, Sallie Caswell Thomas, Tom Connolly Reed Smith Jr .

Veteran's petition

August 25, 2012, a "group of veterans" called on Governor Dannel Malloy to restore the request for funding for restoration of 37 Howe Street, site of the Communist Party USA's New Haven People's Center.

The Governor removed the item from the state bonding budget after an opposition group from outside New Haven, citing their veteran status, protested the proposed funding on the grounds that Communists are part of the building. The bonding request would restore brick work on the 1851 Italianate structure which is a site on the Connecticut Freedom Trail.

The announcement was made as the New Haven Peoples Center celebrated its 75th anniversary with a family backyard cookout and cultural event including music and children's crafts. After supporters crowded on the front lawn for a group photograph, messages of solidarity and support were delivered by elected officials, labor leaders and community activists.

The letter from the veterans reads in part: "We deplore the manipulation of a few Veterans, for narrow political purposes, who do not understand that the New Haven Peoples Center is an historic building,

We call for the restoration of the request of the New Haven Peoples Center for funding.

  • Thomas Connolly, U.S. Army 2nd 68 Armor Battalion, Germany, 1962-1965[3]

Communist leader

Art Perry

In 2014, Tom Connolly was Chair of the Hartford Service Workers Club, of the Communist Party USA, Hartford, CT.

Our club, the Hartford Service Workers Club, was formed four years ago with a few comrades. Our constituency is workers in service industries in the Hartford area. We are primarily organizers, members and leaders of SEIU affiliated unions. Our club also assists the neighborhood clubs in the area, for example by providing transportation to city or state People's World and Communist Party events.[4]

"May Day 2016 -- Fighting for Our Future"

Big changes require big struggles, and "May Day 2016 -- Fighting for Our Future" set a powerful and inspiring framework for the labor battles and elections this year.

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An enthusiastic and diverse crowd at the King Davis Labor Center in Hartford on May 1 gave a standing ovation to People's World editor John Wojcik whose eloquent and hard-hitting speech quoted extensively from Albert Parsons' last statement made in 1886 before being hanged on a frame-up charge.

The annual People's World celebration included a panel discussion which called upon the Connecticut state legislature to reject an austerity budget with layoffs and cuts in public services and instead increase taxes on the top 1 percent. A large scroll petition signed by all present was delivered to the Speaker of the House the next day.

Tom Connolly, vice president of CSEA Retirees and a member of Better Choices for Connecticut, listed specific choices that could bring in revenue and create savings as an alternative to a budget "that hurts working people and poor people."

Ciro Gutierrez, a building cleaner and member-leader of SEIU 32 BJ who came to the United States from Peru for a better life, exemplified the international struggle for workers' rights, citing the struggle for the eight-hour work day which was won in Peru in 1918. Speaking of the hardships of income inequality on workers today, he upheld the Fight for $15 minimum wage victory in New York state and called for making this an issue in the 2016 presidential election as part of the effort to defeat Donald Trump.

Panelist Alexandra Marks, a New Haven high school student, received a standing ovation after presenting the work of the Young Communist League and New Elm City Dream in the Jobs for Youth - Jobs for All campaign.

Also highlighted were the low-wage workers' April 14 demonstrations for decent pay and work schedules, taking place in dozens of countries and in 320 cities in the US including Hartford.

In his remarks opening the panel, SEIU 32 BJ leader Alberto Bernardez captured the essence of May Day when he paid tribute to low wage workers forced to work multiple jobs today...

Prior to the event, Wojcik spent several days touring Connecticut where he attended Workers' Memorial Day and met with union and community leaders and elected officials including a round table discussion with five members of the New Haven Board of Alders who are also union members and leaders in their unions.[5]

Also in attendance was Kit Salazar-Smith.

Communist banner

Win Heimer and Tom Connolly behind Communist Party USA banner

Hartford comrades

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Win Heimer, October 14, 2016;

With Eda diBiccari, Thomas Connolly, Denise Rivest Weeks, Luther Weeks, Robert Hurvitz and Kim Caron.

Womens March

Gary Winfield January 21 2018:·

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With Thomas Connolly, Win Heimer and Eda diBiccari.

Doorknocking for Joe Aresimowicz

Thomas Connolly September 30 2018:

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Door knocking today for Democratic Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz. Photo with State Rep. Robyn Porter and my beautiful wife, Carol. Great turnout today.

Elect those that will fight for working people and the disenfranchised. Volunteer -- Call your union or any progressive candidate's office and get involved! — with Robyn Artifaye Porter.

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