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2008 Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards Celebration
Human Rights Awards Celebration Invitation
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius accepting her awards
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
of Kansas accepting the award.

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On June 24, the American Rights at Work Education Fund brought more than 400 guests together at our fourth annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards Celebration.   Our guests represented a diverse mosaic of today's workers' rights movement-one that is growing more active, popular, creative, successful, and necessary with each passing day-and included leaders from the human rights, civil rights, faith, environmental justice, student, arts, and labor communities.

The honorees this year showed the importance of partnership and cooperation in strengthening the economic opportunities and rights of America's workers.  Gamesa Technology Corporation partners with government, workers, and their unions to harness the potential for renewable energy while protecting workers' rights. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights is a valued partner in the progressive movement that stands up for the belief that workers' rights are fundamental to both civil rights and human rights.  Governor Kathleen Sebelius brings Kansas' business and labor communities together around common goals, while standing up for collective bargaining rights and good-paying jobs.

Pam Parker, a jazz vocalist with deep connections to the labor movement, kicked off the celebration with the classic labor song "Bread and Roses."  The standing-room only crowd listened as Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx discussed the need for jobs which create economically and environmentally sustainable communities.  Workers from FedEx Ground told a harrowing story of alleged racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination in the workplace, highlighting the importance of organizations which stand up for workers' rights.  And labor leaders like AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and American Rights at Work Board Chair David Bonior thanked this year's honorees for their partnership in the struggle for workers' rights.

We would like to thank everyone whose support for this event and our work all year round helps build powerful momentum for workers' rights.  We look forward to continuing to work together to make the right to organize a reality for America's workers.

Slideshow of photos from the event:

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