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A Tribute to Dennis O'Neil
Council 4 Legislative and Political Coordinator Brian Anderson remembers his colleague Dennis O'Neil:
Dennis had the glib tongue of an Irish poet. He could curse a blue streak when he saw injustice. He probably could have made a fortune as a salesman, but his heart and passion led him to the labor movement.
Dennis was known for wading into angry crowds to stand up for allies, as he did during the state income tax public hearings and the tea party onslaught during the Obamacare fight. He disarmed opponents with a quick wit and kindness.
Dennis was a driving force in passing the state income tax, which led to greater tax fairness and a better vehicle to fund public services. He was a founder of the Connecticut Working Families Party and pushed it when some of his dearest friends in the labor movement thought it was a waste of time.
While working for Congressman Moffett, Denny helped to reunite refugee families of Solidarity union members who were exiled from Poland by a Soviet puppet government. He helped persecuted Iranian families to escape the dictatorship of the Ayatollahs and find freedom in America.
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