Monday, July 18, 2011

Pride at Work Celebration

This is how democracy works. In the face of marriage inequality, people from all demographics, groups and perspectives worked together in coalition to achieve justice. Pride at Work AFL-CIO in Rochester played a significant part in the effort, based on years of cultivating relationships and educating the labor community. A broad range of labor unions actively demonstrated their principle of solidarity by participating in rallies, phone banks, doing personal appeals, letter writing and a labor press conference.

It was something to be proud of. This week’s Rochester Pride Parade featured the New Yorkers United for Marriage coalition of which Pride at Work was a part. Representatives from a dozen organizations joined Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy in a colorful contingent that trailed the celebratory float. Local PAW President Bess Watts and wife Anne Tischer were named Grand Marshals in recognition of their contributions to the success of the Marriage Equality Act campaign in Rochester.

L to R: Thomas Warfield, Bess Watts, Anne Tischer and Lt Gov Bob Duffy

Next Generation United representatives Benjamin Burch and Lynn Giglio carry the Pride at Work banner. Ellen Mancuso from NYSUT with sign.

Human Rights Campaign was "in the house!"


Labor Press conference in Rochester speaking in support of marriage equality.

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