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New York Metro Chapter

A. Philip Randolph Institute

The senior constituency group of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

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Treasurer Rubye Jones UNITE HERE Recording Secretary Masegale Dudu Monnapula OPEIU Local 153 Corresponding Secretary Deborah Hardwick-Beaver TWU Local 100

banquet table of nature, there are no reserved seats. You get what you can take, and you keep what you can hold. If you cant take anything, you wont get anything, and if you cant hold anything, you wont keep anything. And you cant take anything without organization.
A. Philip Randolph 1969


What did Election 06 mean to Us?

Norman Hill, President Emeritus of the National A. Philip Randolph Institute addressed the Metro New York Chapter on November 17, 2006 at a recent meeting of the group. Norman focused his address on the 2006 election and its impact on labor and the community. Norman began by reminding the group that the A. Philip Randolph Institute helps to bring community concerns to labor and labors concerns to the community. He stated that there were four winners in the 06 election. First, the Democrats who won control of the House and Congress, Secondly those with progressive thinking with economic and social justice on their agenda, followed by the trade union movement who through active coordination were able to bring about change in the election and lastly, African Americans also won. The labor movement impact was significant in this election as there were over 200,000 volunteers working the political campaign, 8 million phone calls made through phone banks and 20 million leaflets produced.

President Shirley Robertson TCU Vice President Anthony Harmon UFT

Norman suggested that the democratic agenda for the coming years include affordable college, pension, fair trade (worker and human rights). Additionally, the labor legislative agenda should continue to focus on increasing the minimum wage to $7.25/hour; employee

free choice to join a union; medicare; award companies who dont outsource; reverse tuition costs; press health care issues; and pension protection. Norman from Summit, New Jersey began his involvement with APRI in 1967 1974 when he served as Associate Director; he helped coordinate the Memphis March at the time of Dr. Kings assassination in 1968. He became Executive Director of the group in 1975, and since 1980, he has served as President. Since joining the APRI, he has organized over 200 local A. Philip Randolph Institute affiliates. APRIBringing community concerns to labor and labor concerns to the community.
Hospital, they serenaded the children with songs of the season. It really puts you in the spirit of Christmas, said Rubye Jones of UNITE-HERE and Treasurer of the organization, only to be echoed by Billy Whitehead, member of APRI and Local 79 of the Laborers. Members of the chapter are in the process of planning their second annual scholarship

Yes Virginia ..there is a Santa Claus!

He resides in the hearts and minds of the Metro Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. The chapter participated in their first toy drive in partnership with Harlem Hospital, located on 135th Street & 7th Avenue.

The toy drive reaffirmed the organizations commitment to community involvement. This was the first of many such activities planned for the year that will get others involved in the organization, and further create an awareness of the A. Philip Randolph organization. The donations of toys and gifts were well received by the children of the pediatric ward of the hospital. As APRI members walked the corridors of Harlem

luncheon, in which they plan to reach out to A. Philip Randolph High School and award a cash scholarship to a promising young student to aid in their continuing education. If you would like to donate to our scholarship, please contact us.

The Bell tolls for us all (Shopping for Justice March)

Answering Rev. Al Sharptons call: Shopping for Justice in response of the brutal killing of Sean Bell

in Queens earlier in November, the Metro Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute went into action. Joining thousands of other concerned citizens, clergy, unions and civil and human rights organizations, members marched in mid-town Manhattan. Starting at 59th Street and 5th Avenue, the group joined in with thousands of others calling for justice in a peaceful demonstration. The march went down Manhattans luxurious 5th Avenue, past stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Sacks, etc. drawing the attention of the hundreds of shoppers along the route. The march concluded at 34th Street & 7th Avenue with more than 8,000 marchers participating. (continued on page 3) (Shopping for justice continued from page 2) And they came by the thousands Parents,

husbands, wives, concerned citizens black and white; grandparents came out with grand children to march, one grandmother was overheard saying... Im doing this for him as she pointed to her 12 year old grandson, and I think it is important for him to be here too. She boldly stated to those in proximity with a look of courage in her eyes.

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What is the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI)?
Extracted from National APRI

Our History
To A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, APRl's co-founders, the fight for workers' rights and civil rights were inseparable. Founded in 1965 by A. Philip Randolph (18891979) and Bayard Rustin (1912-1987) as an Organization of Black Trade Unionist to Fight for Racial Equality and Economic Justice Randolph and Rustin forged an alliance between the civil rights movement and the labor movement. They recognized that blacks and working people of

all colors share the same goals: political and social freedom and economic justice. Inspired by this success, Randolph and Rustin founded APRI in 1968 to continue the struggle for social, political and economic justice for all working Americans. Today, APRI is led by President Clayola Brown. Copyright 1998 A. PHILIP RANDOLPH INSTITUTE A Non Profit Union Affiliated Organization

What We Support Today

Civil rights, strong anti-discrimination measures and affirmative action Policies to promote a decent wage, high growth, full employment economy Labor law reform and worker health and safety protections Decent minimum living standards for all, including anti-poverty programs, a fair minimum wage and a comprehensive "safety net" Universal, affordable health care Family leave and child care Progressive and fair tax policies International workers' rights and fair trade Education and training programs Education and training programs

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