Wisconsin organizer Jennifer Epps-Addison wins $10,000 Edna Award

Young women leading the fight for social justice
Awards of Distinction will also be presented at ceremony Oct. 23

Jennifer Epps-Addison at Wisconsin action
Jennifer Epps-Addison at Wisconsin action
Jennifer Epps-Addison, the Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now and vice-president of the Milwaukee Workers Organizing Committee, has been named winner of the 2013 Edna Award. The Edna Award, which carries a $10,000 prize, honors women age 35 or younger who have distinguished themselves as leaders of the social justice movement. More about the Award.

With nearly 15 years of organizing experience, Epps-Addison used her organizing and communications expertise to play an integral role in winning campaigns on issues such as community economic development policy, paid sick days, and in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

Jennifer was the lead organizer behind Milwaukee’s historic MORE Ordinance, which set community benefit standards for economic development projects that use public funds. In 2010, the MORE Ordinance won a City of Milwaukee prize in the National League of Cities’ Cultural Diversity Awards.

“I fundamentally believe that the most effective way to increase economic security for women is to organize them into unions, and I would like to thank the Berger-Marks Foundation for its commitment to expanding opportunity for women across the County,” said Epps-Addison.

Also to be honored at the October 23 event will be three young winners of Awards of Distinction, carrying $1,000 prizes. To reserve a spot at the 2013 Edna Awards Reception at the National Press Club in D.C. on Oct. 23, click here

The young leaders who won Awards of Distinction

Cristina M. Tzintzún, Executive Director of Workers Defense Project, Austin, TX

Rachel L. Micah-Jones, Executive Director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Andrea Cristina Mercado, Campaign Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance, Weston, FL

For more information, call 202-243-0133 or email bergermarks@gmail.com

Top women leaders judged contest

Judging the contest this year were: Arlene Holt-Baker, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO; Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union; Terry O'Neill, President of the National Organization for Women; Carol Rothman, Secretary-Treasurer of The Newspaper Guild-CWA; and Valerie Ervin, a former union organizer and Montgomery County (MD) Councilwoman.