The award was presented at the first annual Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize reception, held on October 15, 2015 at Tamiment/Wagner Labor Archives of New York University. Before a full house, David Kameras accepted the prize from Irwin Yellowitz, the President of the New York Labor History Association. Both Kameras and Yellowitz stressed the importance of labor history in educating current union members about their union and the larger labor movement. The event also included personal remarks about Debra Bernhardt from her son, Alexander, and from a long time colleague, Rachel Bernstein; welcoming remarks from Tim Johnson, the Director of Tamiment/Wagner; and a lively panel discussion on the subject, Labor History in Workers’ Stories, by Tom Robbins, an investigative journalist, Esther Kaplan of the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute, and Richard Steier, Editor of the Chief-Leader. Other cosponsors of the event, in addition to the New York Labor History Association and Tamiment/Wagner, were Labor Arts, the Metro New York Labor Communications Council and the New York City Central Labor Council.
Honoring Stuart Appelbaum, RWDSU, UFCW, AFL-CIO and Sara Horowitz of the Freelancers Union.
Reception to be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, from 6:00-8:30 PM at1199/SEIU Penthouse, 330 West 42nd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), 33rd Floor, New York City.
Tickets are $50.00 each. Please indicate how many tickets you would like, and include your address for receiving the tickets by U.S mail. Your check should be made out to the New York Labor History Association. The ticket order should be mailed to:
Loraine Baratti, NYLHA
116 Pinehurst Avenue
New York, NY 10033
NYLHA is proud to announce our winners of the Bernard Bellush and Barbara Wertheimer Prizes for 2015!
The Wertheimer Prize goes to Jared Odessky of Columbia University (faculty advisor Mae Ngai) for his senior honors thesis, “Saving Our Children: Queer Teacher Organizing, the Religious Right, and Battles Over Child Protection in South Florida’s Schools, 1977-1997.”
There were two winners of the Bellush Prize this year, Jonathan D. Cohen for “This is Your Hometown: Collective Memories, Industrial Flight, and the Fate of Freehold, New Jersey” and Doug Genens for “Fighting Poverty in the Fields: Legal Services and the War on Poverty in Rural California.”
Congratulations to all the winners!