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1994 Eugene V. Debs - Norman Thomas - Michael Harrington Dinner

The 36th Annual Dinner was held on May 14, 1994, at the Congress Hotel in Chicago. Danny K. Davis was the Master of Ceremonies. Miguel del Valle presented the Award to Louis Pardo. Carl Shier presented the award to Carole Travis. Barbara Ehrenreich provided the Dinner Address.
1994 Program Book

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Louis Pardo

We honor you, Lou Pardo, as an ideal example of the Long Distance Runner. You have consistently followed your ideals and ideas for decades. You have never faltered in your belief in the progressive nature of the labor movement and that coalition politics is the road to social change.

You worked as a Tool & Die Maker from 1965 to 1985. You have been a member of the International Association of Machinists since 1952, and you are now the Recording Secretary of Lodge 113. You have been a delegate to the Chicago Federation of Labor and a delegate to the AFL-CIO State Conventions. You have Chaired your Lodge's Legislation and Safety and Health committees and have been a member of the Machinists District 8 Senior Citizens Council.

You were the Chairman of CACOSH, the Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Health and Safetyu, from 1977 to 1983. You were Treasurer of the 6th Congressional District AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education in the campaigns of Jimmy Carter and of Dee Clancy against Henry Hyde.

Besides the large amount of union work, you have labored in the community. From 1984 - 1988, you coordinated voter registration in the 37th Ward Harold Washington Campaign. The 37th Ward was number one in voter registrations in 1986 - 1987.

Your voter registration efforts have been recognized. In 1990, you were given the William C. Velasquez Volunteer of the Year Award at the 8th Annual U.S. Hispanic Leadership Conference. You have worked in the Midwest-Northeast Voter Registration Education Project in Senator Miguel del Valle's district. This project was a tremendous success, and on August 20, 1992, you were the recipient of an award by the Illinois State Democratic Convention for "historic efforts in registering thousands of new Illinois voters".

You have been Vice President of the Organization for a Better Austin, active in the Austin Community Organization, a board member of the Northeast Austin Organization, a board member of the Labor Coalition on Public Utilities, and a charter member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

For your dedication to the cause of working men and women, the Eugene V. Debs - Norman Thomas - Michael Harrington Dinner Committee hereby proudly presents you with its 1994 award.


Carole J. Travis

We honor you, Carole Travis, for your years of dedication in the battle for peace with social and economic justice. You have been steadfast in your belief that trade unionists cannot be only interested in the bread and butter issues of their members, as important as that might be.

You achieved great success in being elected President of UAW Local 719, representing a 98% male GM plant. In that capacity, you were one of only two women in the 300 attending the UAW GM Conference and you were recognized as an integral floor leader who introduced the key policy positions labor should take. As President of UAW Local 719, you led the joint efforts to maximize the manufacture of U.S. built locomotives and succeeded in saving the plant and the jobs of workers. You developed and managed a $10,000,000 fund for education and training programs for the 2000 members of your local union. The programs ranged from basic literacy skills to job-specific training. You were successful in democratizing your plant by including all of Electromotive in the bargaining units. You have been reelected to three consecutive terms as President of the UAW Local 719.

You have been active in establishing and broadening coalitions of community, civil rights, labor and anti-war organizations for influencing local and national policy. You were a staff member of the National Mobilization Committee to end the War in Vietnam. You were the Chicago Staff Director of the Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy. You were a board member of the Illinois Public Welfare Coalition and a board member of the Chicago Assembly, a University of Chicago-based public policy "think tank". You were a Fellow in the Leadership Greater Chicago, and on the Advisory Board of Roosevelt University's Labor Education Department. You were a leader in Chicago in the campaign against apartheid in South Africa. You are a board member of the Labor Coalition on Public Utilities and a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women. Besides all of this, you completed your legal education and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1990.

For your dedication to the cause of working men and women, the Eugene V. Debs - Norman Thomas - Michael Harrington Dinner Committee hereby proudly presents you with its 1994 award.


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