Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Dr. Gerald Horne to Speak on Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary


The Peoples Center is proud to co-sponsor with the New Haven Free Public Library an author talk "Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary," with Dr. Gerald Horne on Wednesday, September 9 at 7 pm.  The discussion of Paul Robeson is very timely today.  Robeson was a fierce defender of democracy against fascism. Zoom link below.

Author Talk: Dr. Gerald Horne

Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary

Wednesday, September 09
7:00pm - 8:30pm  

Part of the Summer @ 7: An American Experience Virtual Series

Join Dr. Gerald Horne for a discussion of his book, Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary.

A world-famous singer and actor, a trained lawyer, an early star of American professional football and a polyglot who spoke over a dozen languages: these could be the crowning achievements of a life well-lived. Yet for Paul Robeson the higher calling of social justice led him to abandon both the NFL and Hollywood and become one of the most important political activists of his generation, a crusader for freedom and equality who battled both Jim Crow and Joseph McCarthy.
In Paul Robeson, Gerald Horne discovers within Robeson’s remarkable and revolutionary life the story of the twentieth century’s great political struggles: against racism, against colonialism, against poverty—and for international socialism. This critical and searching biography provides an opportunity for readers to comprehend the triumphs and tragedies of the revolutionary progressive movement of which Robeson was not just a part, but perhaps its most resonant symbol.

Dr. Horne holds the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies. His research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations and war. He has also written extensively about the film industry. Dr. Horne received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Princeton University.


Dr. Horne's undergraduate courses include the Civil Rights Movement and U.S. History through Film. He also teaches graduate courses in Diplomatic History, Labor History and 20th Century African American History. Dr. Horne uses a variety of teaching techniques that enrich his classes and motivate students to participate

Research Interests
Dr. Horne is the author of more than thirty books and one hundred scholarly articles and reviews. His current research includes an examination of U.S.-Southern African relations since the so-called “Anglo-Boer War” at the end of the 19th century and an analysis of the Political Economy of the music called “Jazz” from the late 19th century to the present.

Link to Join Zoom Discussion:


This event cosponsored with the New Haven Peoples Center

Friday, April 10, 2020

COVID-19 Solidarity Update April 9, 2020

New Haven Peoples Center

While we "STAY SAFE, STAY HOME" except for essential needs or work shifts, the New Haven Peoples Center will share a regular compilation of links to mutual aid, actions, information and on-line cultural and organizing opportunities

We stand together in solidarity and demand inclusion and protection with full civil and human rights for every person no matter immigration status, race, gender, age or income.


Undocumented Workers Relief Fund. Attached is a letter from a broad array of organizations including the Peoples Center to the Governor, legislators, and the federal delegation calling for a special fund to cover immigrant workers.  Please sign-on here: http://chng.it/ZFsWGNhqLk

Civil and Human Rights During COVID-19. The Peoples Center is one of 43 organizaations that sent a  letter  to the Governor demanding priority action during COVID-19 to include and protect those disproportionately affected.


April 22 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm On-line Earth Day rally for a Green New Deal RSVP at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejntBVXtmdRIeycYJZaZbquvDmWJgj8mfCIjkXKWbo6ftISQ/viewform
April 23 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Insure our future - Not fossil fuels https://actionnetwork.org/events/connecticut-stop-the-money-pipeline-insure-our-future-not-fossil-fuels


Know Your Rights in the Workplace (English and Spanish)
Know Your Rights in the Workplace: COVID-19 in English and Spanish is a resource to help workers navigate different state and federal programs, including Unemployment Insurance, paid sick leave and FMLA. Haga clic aquí para la version en español. Issued by CWEALF.

Guide To Filing Unemployment ClaimsThe State Department of Labor has created a guide to filing unemployment claims in light of the COVID-19 outbreak with specific instructions for individuals who suffered job losses due to the outbreak. Following this guide will result in the most efficient claim possible.

Access Health CT
Access Health CT has extended the deadline to April 17 for the special enrollment period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To get covered starting May 1st you must call 855-365-2428.

School Meals
School meals 7 days' worth of food distributed on 3 days/week New Haven Schools Grab & Go Meals for students 18 years old and younger

Mutual Aid New Haven Area Mutual Aid Fund Semilla Collective of New Haven for labor and immigration justice! Funds raised go towards direct financial assistance or essential items supporting New Haven area community members who are disproportionately affected by this crisis
CT Mutual Aid - sign up for offerings and/or needs https://ctmutualaid.com/en/home

If you, or someone you care about, feels overwhelmed with sadness, depression or anxiety, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Posted by Sen. Gary Winfield.

Food, shelter, and other needs statewide: call 211 or visit  https://www.211ct.org/ 
State, City Updates

Student Learning
The CT Board of Education has prepared Resources to lSupport Student Learning during the COVID crisis. https://storage.googleapis.com/pt06-1/messages/attachments/d8e398cdb0906a769124dc23ee866ad8bac47cd0/Connecticut-Covid19-Resources-to-Support-Student-Learning-002-final.pdf

Creative Arts Workshop
Creative Arts Workshop is offering many online classes, demonstrations, and other events through its website under the heading “Creating Freely.”

Music Jeff Fuller's trio recordings, with Darren LItzie on piano and Ben Bilello on drums, are available online here, here and here.
Listen to Yale School of Music performances at the YSM Facebook page
New Haven Museum
The history of the City of New Haven is alive and well. We welcome you to learn more about it at the New Haven Museum.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Black History Month Film, March, Event

46th Black History Month "Voting Rights are Worth the Fight" Event begins with a "Dump Trump" Unity March and Motorcade Sunday February 23.

"Voting Rights are Worth the Fight," is the theme of this year's 46th Annual People's World African American History Month celebration, to be held Sunday February 23, 2020.

The day will serve as a call to action and unity against rising open racism and white supremacy, making the 2020 elections crucial for the future of the African American freedom struggle and the freedom struggle of all peoples and the planet.

A Black History Month "Dump Trump" Unity March & Motorcade will leave at 2:30 pm from the New Haven Peoples Center 37 Howe St. and proceed to Troup School 259 Edgewood Ave. where there will be a program at 4:00 pm.
The program will feature a panel discussion opening with a 1963 Video by the SNCC Voter Project in Mississippi and remarks by Brian Steinberg, a participant in Mississippi Freedom Summer; Barbara Vereen,, Staff Director Local 34 Unite Here at Yale; Sulemy Cordova, Connecticut Students for a Dream,Wilbur Cross High School; and concluding remarks by Judge Clifton Graves, Professor of African American History.

Also on the program will be presentation of prizes in the Arts and Writing Competition Grades 8 to 12, "Harriet Tubman and The Right to Vote." and a tribute to Lula White, freedom rider and former competition judge. Also, drumming by Brian Jarawa Gray and Friends and music selections by Kompozure and Ice the Beef youth,

The march and event will bring together groups organizing against heightened racism, militarism and exploitation in the elections and beyond, toward a future of solidarity, justice, peace and sustainability where all persons can reach their full potential.

In advance of the march, the feature length documentary "Freedom Summer" will be shown at the Peoples Center on Friday, February 21 at 7 pm. Released in 2014, the film tells the story of the courageous students who came to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 to work with local organizers and African American residents to claim their right to vote and shatter the foundations of white supremacy Poster making for Sunday's march will also be part of the evening.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Solidarity Film Series - Global Climate Strike

Solidarity Film Series

Global Climate Strike
Movies and Pizza

Discussion led by John Harrity, Chair, CT Roundtable on Climate & Jobs

Friday, Sept 20 @ 7 pm
New Haven Peoples Center 37 Howe St

Science Meets Music in the Caribbean

Popular Caribbean musicians sing about rising seas and climate change and their vision of how to confront it. Intertwined with insights by local climate experts from Belize, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Miami, Louisana. Lucian Segura 2016

A Message from the Future
with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Short film about the Green New Deal. 2019

After the 4 pm Climate Rally on the Green

Monday, April 15, 2019

Solidarity with Stop & Shop Strikers

From the moment workers at Stop and Shop started walking the picket line at 43 stores on April 11, there was a spontaneous outpouring of support from other unions, elected officials, customers and the community. As drivers honked their car horns in support and many refused to go into the store, the courageous workers knew they were not alone.

The 31,000 members of United Food and Commercial Workers in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are striking as a last resort to win wages, benefits, healthcare and fairness. The multiracial workforce includes many women and youth. They are courageously fighting for their livlihoods against a greedy multi-national company with profits last year of $2 billion.

"We have been at this for months," said one member of the negotiating committee who works at the Whalley Avenue store in New Haven. "We serve the community and we need to be able to support our families. They just don't care."

The Stop and Shop workers are part of a national rising tide of working class militancy and unity.

At the Dixwell Avenue store in Hamden, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal stood arm in arm with a striker named "Richie" and pledged support along side Lt Governor Susan Bysiewicz who was representing the Governor. Blumenthal told the striking workers, "This is bigger than you. This is about corporate greed."

Dutch retailer Royal Ahold NV, operator of supermarket chains Stop & Shop and Giant, is merging with its Belgian counterpart Delhaize Group, creating a company that will serve more than 50 million customers in the United States every week.
Delhaize forced the strike by refusing to back off of the profitable company's proposal to cut pay and pensions and substantially increase healthcare coverage premiums for Stop and Shop workers. The company's final offer at the bargaining table represents a massive step back that cuts workers earnings.
Scott Barry, produce manager and shop steward at the West Hartford store told the People's World that for his family "the co-pay on my weekly check for my family insurance is going to go from $30 to $140 a week and they want to drop our pension benefit about 30%."
Barry added, "It seems like the company is taking dignity, decorum, integrity and fairness and dragging it through the mud while claiming that they are offering a good contract when in truth they are not."
The response to the Stop&Shop strike is inspiring.

When they got news that the workers had walked out, Local 34 UNITE HERE activists recessed their day-long conference and headed straight to the picket line on Whalley Avenue in New Haven.

At the same time, Local 34 and 35 retirees were finishing their monthly executive board meeting. They fanned out to Stop & Shop stores in New Haven and surrounding towns, bringing solidarity and the high spirits learned on their own picket lines over the last 40 years. At least 19 participated, and gleefully shared photos of the picket lines by text and facebook.

Solidarity was hardly limited to the large Yale locals. Members of the railroad unions, CWA, teachers, carpenters and operating engineers were among the many union members who spontaneously came by to show support.

The evening following the walkout, the New Haven Democratic Town Committee met. A resolution pledging to honor the picket lines and support the workers was adopted with enthusiastic support.
The next day, many State Representatives and Senators, as well as New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, walked the picket lines.

Unidad Latina en Accion, an immigrant rights organization in New Haven, is planning a support rally.

Parking lots at area Stop & Shops are empty. On Palm Sunday, the Hamden Shop-Rite, a union store which competes with the Stop & Shop across the street, was jammed, while the Stop & Shop parking lot was almost empty. Two customers said they live next to a Stop & Shop five miles away, but they came to Shop-Rite because "We have to support our neighbors on strike."

An AFSCME retiree in Waterbury who lives within walking distance of Stop & Shop drove across town to a different store. It was so jam packed the supervisor had to call in more workers. Standing in long lines, customers explained, ' I usually shop at Stop and Shop but I don't cross picket lines'.

The Connecticut AFL-CIO has called on all members and families to support the strikers in three ways:
  1. Sign UFCW's petition to Stop & Shop. Click here to sign the petition to Stop & Shop management to let them know you stand with the workers as they fight for a fair contract.
  2. Join the workers on a picket line. The workers need your help and solidarity as they picket at over 90 stores across Connecticut. Join them whenever you have time and bring them coffee and doughnuts.
  3. Continue to shop union. UFCW represents workers at a number of other grocery stores across the state. Click here for a list of union grocery stores in Connecticut. If you can't shop at a union store, please shop elsewhere, but do not cross the picket line at Stop & Shop.

Solidarity Film Series: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Solidarity Film Series:  Friday April 19 at 7:30 pm at the Peoples Center  The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

In April 2002, the democratically elected Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, faces a coup d'état by an American-backed opposition party. The two-day coup fails to topple Chávez, but the tumultuous event proves to be great dramatic material for two Irish filmmakers who happen to be making a documentary about Chavez as the coup erupts. They capture footage of the massive opposition and pro-Chavez crowds and analyze how Venezuelan TV manipulated images for propaganda purposes. Released 2003. New Haven Peoples Center 37 Howe Street. Free.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Great Migration: Then and Now - 45th People's World African American History Events

"The Great Migration: Then and Now -- Fleeing Terror, Searching for Jobs and Equality," is the theme of the 45th People's World African American History Month celebration on Sunday, February 24 in New Haven. The day includes a march, arts and writing competition, guest speaker, drumming and dance.

Some stories will be told of the many African American families in New Haven who trace their roots in the city to the great migration from the South in the 1930's and 40's when companies like Winchester recruited workers to come up from North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. They were fleeing Klan terror and looking for a better life.

Stories will also be told of the migrants from Central American countries coming to New Haven and the United States today, fleeing terror and economic devastation in their countries and hoping to find new opportunities for their families.

The "Jobs for Youth - Jobs for All" march will call on Yale to meet its signed commitment to hire from neighborhoods like Dwight, Dixwell, Newhall, Fair Haven and the Hill with high unemployment. The march leaves the New Haven Peoples Center, 37 Howe Street, at 2:30 pm and will wind through the Dwight neighborhood to Troup School, 259 Edgewood Avenue, for the 4:00 pm program.

Guest speaker Chauncey K. Robinson, journalist and social media editor of peoplesworld.org from Los Angeles, California believes that writing and media, in any capacity, should help to reflect the world around us, and be tools to help bring about progressive change. She says she seeks to make sure topics that affect working class people, peoples of color, and women are constantly in the spotlight.

The program will include drumming by Brian Jarawa Gray and African dance with Ice the Beef.

Prizes and acknowledgments of entries to the Arts and Writing Competition grades 8 to 12 will be presented. Students are asked to reflect in artwork, essay, poetry, rap or song about grandparents or great grandparents who came up from the South in the past, or about someone who came up from Latin America or elsewhere recently. "What did they find? How can we continue the struggle for good jobs and equal rights to fulfill the dreams of those who came and made New Haven home?  What are your dreams for a better life?" Entry deadline is February 14. For information e-mail ct-pww@pobox.com

During the Great Migration (1916 to 1970), six million African Americans left the South. They moved to cities like New Haven in the North and the West. They were fleeing discrimination, lynchings, denied rights and a lack of jobs. They were searching for a better life for themselves and their children.

As they settled they found that segregation and racism were not just in the South. The migration gave rise to the Civil Rights Movement and before that to the art, literature and music of the Harlem Renaissance that stirred the country and the world.

Artist Jacob Lawrence created a series of paintings about the Great Migration in 1940. He said, "And the migrants kept coming...their struggles and triumphs ring true today. People all over the world are still on the move, trying to build better lives for themselves and for their families."

In 2018 famed activist and scholar Angela Davis said, “I believe that the major civil rights issue of the 21st century is the issue of immigrant rights.”