Wildaliz Gets the Merrilee Milstein Award!

Wildaliz Wins Merrilee Milstein Award

Wildaliz Gets Awarded the Merrilee Milstein Award for Organizing & Activism!

Merrilee Milstein was a life-long advocate for workers rights and civil rights. Merrilee worked tirelessly to advance the rights and opportunities of women workers, people of color and immigrants throughout Connecticut.

Wildaliz is honored to have received this prestigious civic award as she steps into her new role as a Hartford City Councilwoman. We celebrated with other awardees among them: Jan Hochadel, Marilyn Moore, John Selders- joined by WFP Executive Director Lindsay Brookman.

MILSTEIN, Merrilee Merrilee Milstein, a life-long advocate for worker rights and civil rights, passed away on Monday (June 9, 2008) at age 61, after a long battle with cancer. Beginning as far back as high school she developed a deep commitment to empowering the powerless She worked within progressive movements, especially the labor movement, and on political campaigns both in Connecticut and nationally over the course of her career. For these years of effort she was honored by the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund on Oct. 4, 2007 as an One Women Makes a Difference Awardee. In their tribute to her they said, "Merrilee Milstein has worked tirelessly to advance the rights and opportunities of women, workers, people of color, and immigrants throughout the state of Connecticut and the Northeast. She graduated from American University/National Training Laboratory/National Labor College with a Masters degree in Organizational Development in 2006. She recently completed the certification program for Executive Coaching at Georgetown. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hartford in 1972. Merrilee has a long and accomplished career as a labor organizer and community activist. She is most proud of her work with a Labor/Management Committee to downsize the large State Mental Health and Mental Retardation facilities to ensure that quality services be developed in the community. For 22 years Merrilee served as an organizer, political director and Vice President of District 1199 New England. In 1994, Merrilee was appointed by Miles Rapaport as the Deputy Secretary of the State of Connecticut. Merrilee led the implementation of the National Voter Registration Act, working with non-profits, community groups and state agencies to increase voter registration. In 1996 she was recruited by the AFL-CIO to be the Deputy Director for Northeast Region. Under her direction, new community-labor partnerships were launched in cities throughout the Northeast to work on issues such as pay equity, health care reform, immigration and workers' rights. During the 1970's and early 1980's, Merrilee served two terms on the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and was chair in 1982. She was one of the founders of LEAP (Legislative - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=merrilee-milstein&pid=111350596#sthash.Oj0zvxsC.dpuf
MILSTEIN, Merrilee Merrilee Milstein, a life-long advocate for worker rights and civil rights, passed away on Monday (June 9, 2008) at age 61, after a long battle with cancer. Beginning as far back as high school she developed a deep commitment to empowering the powerless She worked within progressive movements, especially the labor movement, and on political campaigns both in Connecticut and nationally over the course of her career. For these years of effort she was honored by the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund on Oct. 4, 2007 as an One Women Makes a Difference Awardee. In their tribute to her they said, "Merrilee Milstein has worked tirelessly to advance the rights and opportunities of women, workers, people of color, and immigrants throughout the state of Connecticut and the Northeast. She graduated from American University/National Training Laboratory/National Labor College with a Masters degree in Organizational Development in 2006. She recently completed the certification program for Executive Coaching at Georgetown. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hartford in 1972. Merrilee has a long and accomplished career as a labor organizer and community activist. She is most proud of her work with a Labor/Management Committee to downsize the large State Mental Health and Mental Retardation facilities to ensure that quality services be developed in the community. For 22 years Merrilee served as an organizer, political director and Vice President of District 1199 New England. In 1994, Merrilee was appointed by Miles Rapaport as the Deputy Secretary of the State of Connecticut. Merrilee led the implementation of the National Voter Registration Act, working with non-profits, community groups and state agencies to increase voter registration. In 1996 she was recruited by the AFL-CIO to be the Deputy Director for Northeast Region. Under her direction, new community-labor partnerships were launched in cities throughout the Northeast to work on issues such as pay equity, health care reform, immigration and workers' rights. During the 1970's and early 1980's, Merrilee served two terms on the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, and was chair in 1982. She was one of the founders of LEAP (Legislative - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=merrilee-milstein&pid=111350596#sthash.Oj0zvxsC.dpuf

 

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