Wildaliz Bermudez

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2021 Amistad Awards Host Committee

The Connecticut People's World Committee presented its annual Amistad Awards on Saturday December 12 2021 to mark the 102nd anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party USA, with awards being presented to Sen. Julie Kushner, D-Danbury, Pastor Rodney Wade of Waterbury and SEIU activist Azucena Santiago.

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The Former Awardees Host Committee was Rob Baril, Jan Hochadel, Wildaliz Bermudez, Rochelle Palache, John Humphries, Ken Suzuki, Shellye Davis, Louise Simmons, Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, Peggy Buchanan, Robyn Porter, Camila Bortolleto, Carolina Bortolleto, Jeanette Morrison, Dan Livingston, Juan Brito Ciro Gutierrez, Cindy Harrity, Jill Marks, Alberto Bernardez, Dan Durant, Meg Riccio, Laurie Kennington, Edwin Vargas, Jr., Fatima Rojas, Toni Harp, Kurt Westby, Delphine Clyburn, Renae Reese, John Olsen, Carmen Boudier, Anna Montalvo, Gwen Mills, Alfred L. Marder, Juan Hernandez, Kathleen Cooper, Jorge Perez, Rev Scott Marks, John Harrity, Dolores Colon, Migdalia Castro, Blair Bertaccini, Teresa Younger, Pearl Granat.

2020 Amistad awards

December 2020, from the moment the dramatic African drumming and slide show of the marches, rallies, car caravans, strikes, and election campaigns began, it was certain this would be an extraordinary and uplifting People's World Amistad Awards program.

Transformed from a large in-person statewide annual event into a virtual concert and awards, the program, “United for the World We Want—Celebrating Resilience, Solidarity, and Vision,” was held “in tribute to essential workers and all workers regardless of immigration status during the pandemic, the rise of the movement for Black lives, and the voter upsurge for democratic rights.”

The four awardees, each reflecting consistent and powerful organizing for worker rights, equality, and social justice, inspired participants with their live remarks as they received the large framed Amistad poster. The famed BODOMA Garifuna Culture Band, meanwhile, kept the spirit going with musical entertainment.

Hartford Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez, Working Families Party, received the Amistad Award from State Rep. Ed Vargas, a former awardee who knew Bermudez since she was a little girl when she and her siblings were defendants in the landmark Sheff v O’Neill lawsuit to desegregate Hartford public schools.

Bermudez spoke of life lessons. She began by telling of her father who came to Hartford from Puerto Rico as a young man with nothing. She recalled as a six-year-old testifying on the need for bilingual education and more school resources, which showed her the power of her voice. She learned to stand up to adversity while working on policy at Hartford City Hall after college and realizing that as a woman of color she was receiving half the salary she should have gotten. Her work in the nonprofit sector for social justice taught her to organize marches and rallies. In 2015 she ran for City Council “to fight for those in our community and many who are voiceless and invisible.”

Bermudez credited the work of her team with winning a fund for families facing deportation, the first such municipal fund in Connecticut. “Our most recent win this November was passing one of most progressive ordinances for a civilian police review board.”

“We can change the world through our actions. Our voice matters. Our deeds matter,” said Bermudez. “Be bold. Seize the moment.”

People's Charter endorser

The People's Charter was released by the Working Families Party shortly before the 2020 election.

Endorsers included Wildaliz Bermudez.

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