Evelyn Dubrow and ILGWU delegation lobbying for immigration reform.
Voice, ILGWU Local 155, May-June 1987.
The ILGWU has a long and distinguished tradition of political action,
and it was one of the few unions that maintained a full-time
representative in Washington for a sustained period of time.
For almost 50 years -- from 1956 to 2004 -- Evelyn Dubrow, the
daughter of immigrants from the former Soviet republic of Belarus,
advocated persistently and effectively for a higher minimum wage, fair
trade laws, family and medical leave and civil rights. Her career as
a labor activist began with her distribution of flyers in Union
Square, supporting the Spanish Republic in its war against Franco
fascism. Dubrow was the quintessential lobbyist - persistent but not
to the point of being offensive, knowledgeable and persuasive but not
dogmatic. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by
President Bill Clinton and was the only person on Capitol Hill allowed
to share the doorkeeper's chairs outside the House chambers.
Pictured above on the steps of the Capitol are (front row) Sal
Giardina, Nick Bonano, Sam Fine (in white suit) and Evelyn Dubrow;
(back row) unidentified woman, Norman Lewis, Lou Monteenegro,
unidentified man, and Sam Byer.