Solidarity, determination, and celebration were the watchwords at this year's post-election People's World Amistad Awards.
This was not the first time that a radical movement decided to provide direct services to individuals who suffered extreme hardship.
One of the last Communist Party USA members from the "Greatest Generation" of World War II, Bernice Blohm Diskin, passed away June 25 at age 91.
When Dave Mustaine made a number of homophobic comments and supported GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, much of the metal community was in uproar.
"We are gathered at a truly crucial moment in today's history," said Lisa Bergmann, the National Coordinator for the Young Communist League.
One of the things driving their commitment is concern about the growing threat to humanity's future coming from environmental degradation.
The statement has drawn quick condemnation from both Congressional progressives and from the Communist Party USA itself.
A great mix of older and newer comrades will discuss the growth of far-right extremism and how it can be defeated.
Jarvis Tyner, executive vice chair of the Communist Party USA, made appearances in Wisconsin Mar. 2 and 3 to lend a hand in the fight for justice.
Winston was also a political prisoner, unjustly imprisoned in the McCarthy era where he lost his fight due to poor medical care while there.