Mar 15, 2010

The 2010 Spirit of Millie Jeffrey Award Dinner on tap

The deadline for buying tickets to the 2010 Spirit of Millie Jeffrey Award Dinner is Wednesday for the dinner set for March 21,

The annual award and fundraising dinner is sponsored by The Justice Caucus and honors the life of Millie Jeffrey, a progressive grassroots leader. The dinner will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott. 3205 Boardwalk Dr. in Ann Arbor, beginning with a reception and book signing with the keynote speaker, Governor Madeleine M. Kunin at 6 p.m.

The following progressive activists will be recognized with the Millie Jeffrey award that reflects their commitment and work for economic and social justice: Elizabeth Bunn, the secretary-treasurer of the UAW — the highest post held by a woman in the union's history; Maryion T. Lee; Ethel Schwartz and Ron Scott. The dinner will also see a new award for the first time: the Millie Jeffrey Rising Star Award. That award will be given to Sarah Juster, an Ann Arbor high school student who has shown exceptional leadership in the fight against genocide and to provide relief to the refugees of Darfur.

The MC for the night is Michael McGuinness, the chair of the Oakland County Democratic Party. The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and the keynote address by Kunin begins at 8 p.m.

Kunin has an impressive resume. She was born in Z├╝rich to a Jewish family, and moved to the U.S. as a child. Kunin received her bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a master's degree from the University of Vermont. She was first elected as a Vermont State Representative, serving as the Minority Whip of the House. In 1978 she was elected to the first of two terms as the Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. In 1984 she was elected to the first of three terms as governor. She is the first woman in U.S. history to be elected governor three times. She was also the Deputy Secretary of Education from 1993 until 1997 in the Clinton Administration, and following that she became the ambassador to her native Switzerland, as well as to Liechtenstein. She is the author of
“Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead” and “Living a Political Life.”

The Justice Caucus mission is to promote the cause of progressive democracy within the Democratic Party, in government and in the legal profession. The fund-raiser pays for such things as Camp Millie. Camp Millie is a 2-day weekend intensive training program designed to give Democratic activists the tools for effective progressive political action in your community based on Camp Wellstone.

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