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2007 Awards Celebration

What a night!


American Rights at Work
Board Members Bradley Whitford
and Harley Shaiken.
American Rights at Work
Executive Director Mary Beth Maxwell

On April 18, American Rights at Work brought together over 400 guests representing a diverse network of today’s workers’ rights movement at our third annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards Celebration.

This year’s honorees reflect the institutions and communities outside of the labor movement that view protecting workers’ rights as good for business and crucial for a vibrant democratic society.  Advocates like Human Rights Watch are exposing the significant legal barriers to freedom of association in our country as international human rights abuses.  Kaiser Permanente, one on the nation’s largest healthcare providers, has created a model partnership with its workers’ unions based on a shared commitment to improve patient care.  And celebrities like Judge Greg Mathis are lending their fame and creativity to support workers who stand up and demand fair treatment on the job.

 American Rights at Work Board member Bradley Whitford, of NBC’s “The West Wing” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” hosted our celebration that was attended by leaders of the human rights, civil rights, faith, student, arts, and labor communities.  Workers from Kaiser Permanente and Smithfield Packing Company also shared their personal, inspiring stories of why having a voice at work is so critical. 

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

Photos from the event:

Carroll Bogert, Associate Director of Human Rights Watch, accepting the award. Lon O’Neil, Senior Vice President for Human Resources at Kaiser Permanente,
accepting the award.
Judge Greg Mathis accepting his award. Asela Espiritu, a Kaiser Permanente nurse, explains how being in a union
gives her a voice in quality patient care.


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