Machinists Salute APRI Activists in Seattle

IAM Executive Assistant Diane Babineaux praised community activists at the 2010 APRI Awards Banquet in Seattle, WA.

In an address to the Seattle Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), IAM Executive Assistant Diane Babineaux paid tribute to chapter members and community leaders for their work in the fight for social and economic justice.

Babineaux serves as an APRI National Board Member and spoke as a special guest at the Seattle Chapter’s 2010 Awards Banquet and Celebration, where honorees included Rev. Freeman Rhoades of Tacoma, WA; Pastor Amos Landry of Peoples Institutional Baptist Church; Michael Lynch of CWA Local 7800 and James Watson of Laborers Local 440.

Also honored was Kristen Wilder as the APRI Seattle Chapter’s Activist of the Year, and Simtha Banks, who received The Youth Award for achieving the most voter registrations. 

APRI  is a major AFL-CIO constituency group and is a result of the labor and civil rights alliance formed between A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin. That alliance helped propel the civil rights movement to achieve some of its greatest victories, including passage of the Voting Rights Act. Inspired by this success, Randolph and Rustin founded A. Philip Randolph Institute in 1965 to continue the struggle for social, political and economic justice for all working Americans.

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