Tuesday, August 3, 2010

[Editor's Note: The Progressive Alliance welcomes our friend and comrade Bill Fletcher, Jr. to the PDA Advisory Board. Welcome aboard Bill! -- Paul B ]

Welcome Bill Fletcher Jr.!

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure, we announce our newest PDA Advisory Board member, Bill Fletcher Jr.

Bill has forged an amazing career as a longtime labor, racial justice, and international activist, as well as being an outspoken advocate working for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Labor Rights Forum , Executive Editor of The Black Commentator , and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal . Bill is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, a national nonprofit organization organizing, educating, and advocating for policies in favor of the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. He is also a founder of the Black Radical Congress and is a Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.

Bill is the co-author (with Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path Toward Social Justice (University of California Press). He was formerly the Vice President for International Trade Union Development Programs for the George Meany Center of the AFL-CIO. Prior to the George Meany Center, Fletcher served as Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO.

Upon joining the board, Bill said, “I am pleased to come on board and offer whatever input I can in advancing a progressive approach to electoral work.” Read his entire statement here.

After working together as allies for the past six years, we look forward to this new relationship and the fruit it will bear in the coming years as we work together building the progressive movement.

In solidarity,

Tim Carpenter
National Director

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