Posts Tagged ‘American Rights at Work Awards Celebration’

Factory Worker Bo McCurry Reminds Us What’s At Stake

Earlier this week we mentioned how inspiring it was to hear from workers at our annual American Rights at Work Awards Celebration. Inspiration, however, isn’t just a positive, jumping up and down, kind of feeling. It can also take the shape of resolution and dedication. Although we cheered many successes, like the good work done by United Streetcar, we were also reminded of the difficulties shouldered by America’s workers.

One of the most heart-rending moments of our Awards Celebration came when Bo McCurry, a factory worker and union representative at the Philips Lighting plant in Sparta, TN, took the stage. McCurry told the story of a well-performing plant that had received numerous awards from the company over the years. He told the story of a workforce that had continually adapted to management demands—a close-knit group that formed the very backbone of the small town of Sparta. In the end, the loyalty they had shown to the company, and the innovations they delivered, meant little. Read more »


Actor James Cromwell, United Streetcar, and American Workers Inspire Us at Our Awards Celebration

The passion and purpose of the workers’ rights movement was on display last night at the 7th Annual American Rights at Work Awards Celebration, held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. With speeches that ranged from soulful to cerebral, one message was repeated: as Kimberly Freeman Brown, executive director of American Rights at Work put it, “Our aim is to show the Wisconsin teacher and the Washington machinist that they are not alone.”

SOULcial Justice kicked off the celebration, which honors the recipients of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards. The troupe had the audience of over 400 on their feet, setting the tone for the rest of the night. Read more »


What do actor James Cromwell and United Streetcar have in common? Workers’ rights

On June 20, American Rights at Work will pay tribute to those who have fought for workplace justice at our 7th Annual American Rights at Work Awards Celebration. In addition to recognizing the founders of the organization, the Awards Celebration will honor actor James Cromwell and Oregon’s United Streetcar.

Although one of his most beloved characters, the kindly farmer Arthur Hoggett of “Babe,” was a man of few words, actor James Cromwell has long been an outspoken and dedicated defender of workers’ rights. Beyond serving as a leader within his own unions, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild, he has advocated for the freedom to form unions and the Employee Free Choice Act, and stood alongside film crews and lyricists to improve working conditions. Read more »


Join us for the sixth annual American Rights at Work Awards Celebration

What do Matt Damon, Howard Zinn, and the American Pie movies have in common?  The answer is movie producer Chris Moore, who will be presenting at our annual American Rights at Work Awards Celebration on June 28.

Moore is a producer of Good Will Hunting, the American Pie movies, and The People Speak – a film inspired by the work of historian Howard Zinn.  The People Speak features stars like Damon, Danny Glover, and Kerry Washington performing the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, giving voice to those who spoke up for change throughout U.S. history. Moore will present a special tribute to Zinn, whose work brought to light the extraordinary power of ordinary people in creating social change.

Buy your tickets now for our annual event, where we celebrate the recipients of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award who, like her, champion workers’ rights as human rights. Emcee Jim Hightower—former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and nationally-renowned commentator, writer, speaker, and author—will keep us on our toes as we honor founding American Rights at Work Board member Beth Shulman (In Memoriam), and green real estate developer Gerding Edlen Development, Inc.

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