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At the 2018 Movement Builders Awards we recognized leaders in social, economic, and environmental justice. From fighting for reproductive rights to historic union organizing campaigns, our award recipients exemplify the vital work that is happening everyday on the ground to build a just society.

We were thrilled to honor:

  • Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, President of the New York State Nurses Association for her leadership in transforming NYSNA in to a social justice union battling for clean energy, equal pay for women and people of color, and protections for immigrants.
  • Airport Workers Organizing Committee of 32BJ for spearheading a historic and successful union organizing campaign for respect, fair pay and union rights.
  • Wilma Montañez for her years of work in philanthropy, organizing, and advocacy for women’s reproductive health and rights.
  • The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills for its commitment to opportunity, diversity, and results by opening the door to New York City residents seeking careers in the unionized building and construction trades.

Check out the event photos on our facebook album!


We are grateful to the support of our Host Committee: 

Alyssa Aguilera, VOCAL New York
Stuart Appelbaum, RWDSU
Deborah Axt, Make the Road New York
Rini Banerjee, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Eddie Bautista, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYCEJA)
Matt Berlin, ICA Group
Kenny Bruno, New Venture Fund
Gene Caroll , Cornell University
Christopher Erikson, IBEW Local 3
Hector Figueroa, SEIU Local 32BJ
Lenore Friedlaender, SEIU Local 32BJ
Eric Goldstein, Natural Resources Defense Council
Jeff Grabelsky, Cornell University
Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice
Lauren Jacobs, Partnership for Working Families
Michael Kink, Strong Economy For All Coalition
Gary LaBarbera, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York
Rachel LaForest, Retail Action Project
Brad Lander, Council Member, New York City Council 39th District
George Miranda, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16
Charlene Obernauer, NYCOSH
Ed Ott, Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, CUNY
Jeremy Saunders, VOCAL New York
Ismene Speliotis, Mutual Housing Association of New York
Ritchie Torres, Council Member, New York City Council 15th District
Javier Valdes, Make the Road New York
Dorian Warren, Center for Community Change
Marc Weiss
Jonathan Westin, New York Communities for Change (NYCC)