Danbury state Senator Julie Kushner has issued a statement in response to questions about receiving the Connecticut People’s World Amistad Award this month. She was one of three recipients and recognized for legislative work to pass the $15 minimum wage and paid family leave program. The ceremony celebrated the 102nd birthday of the Communist Party USA. Kushner told Hearst Connecticut Media that she was not aware of the anniversary, is familiar with the Amistad Award and the group's activity in New Haven, organizing youth around jobs and housing and supporting labor issues. The Facebook event for the ceremony mentioned the anniversary of the Communist Party. Before being elected, Kushner worked as a union organizer.