ILA’s Dennis Daggett Praises His Union’s Civil Rights Members For Their Leadership Roles With Other Organizations Advancing Equality and Justice

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NORTH BERGEN, NJ (October 29, 2018) – Dennis A. Daggett, Executive Vice President of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO; President of ILA Local 1804-1 and a past recipient of the ILA’s Civil Rights Award, told hundreds gathered at Saturday’s ILA Sixth Annual ILA Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Dinner in Savannah, Georgia that members of the ILA’s Civil Rights Committee held leadership roles in many other organizations advancing Civil Rights and Women’s Rights.

“So many of our ILA Civil Rights Committee members play prominent roles and are forceful contributors to other organizations like A. Philip Randolph Institute; Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; NAACP and many others,” said Daggett. “They don’t hire a public relations firm to tout their involvement. They do it because it is the right thing to do.
“I am so proud of them all and thank them for their service,” Daggett added.
As an example, Jerry Owens, the chair of the ILA’s Civil Rights Committee and Herbert Hall, the Vice Chair, are the presidents of the Union and Essex County (New Jersey) chapters of the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

Dennis Daggett praised Yvette Flowers, the Financial Secretary of ILA Local 1422 in Charleston, who received the Woman’s Labor Award at Saturday’s Civil Rights Dinner, for serving as an inspiration to woman everywhere.

“As the father of a daughter, I am grateful to the ILA’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Committee for helping to insure that my daughter and everyone’s children can be whatever they want to be in life, and not be restricted in any way,” said Daggett.

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ILA President Harold Daggett Announces Union’s Endorsement of Gubernatorial Candidates Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Andrew Gillum of Florida

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NORTH BERGEN, NJ (October 29, 2018) – Harold J. Daggett, president of the International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO used the occasion of the ILA’s Sixth Annual Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Awards Dinner held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia to announce his union’s endorsement of Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, both Democratic candidates for Governor in Georgia and Florida, respectfully, and urged ILA members in those two states to campaign aggressively on their behalf.

Delivering the keynote address to hundreds of ILA members and guests at the annual ILA Civil Rights Dinner, President Harold Daggett said:
“I am going to close my remarks with two important endorsements. Long before anyone really knew her, Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor, addressed the ILA’s Dock and Marine Council meeting. How great it will be for Georgia to elect an African-American woman as Governor.

“Willie Seymore, I understand Ms. Abrams spoke to you just last week thanking you and the ILA for being early supporters of hers.
“The ILA is proud to formally endorse Stacey Abrams for Georgia Governor and we publicly condemn her opponent Brian Kemp for his disgraceful campaign to suppress votes, especially African-American voters, here in Georgia.

“And to our South, the ILA is proud to officially endorse Andrew Gillum
or Governor of Florida.

Willie, as an International Vice President from Georgia, I am directing you to fire up our ILA membership here and make sure they and their families get out and vote on November 6th. The same directive goes out to my ILA officers in Florida.”
Willie Seymore, International Vice President from the Port of Savannah and Executive Vice President for the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District, was one of four guests of honor at Saturday’s ILA Civil Rights dinner held in his hometown city.

Both Ms. Abrams from Georgia and Mr. Gullim from Florida are waging tough campaigns for Governor and it is expected to be close races in both states.

Amid cheering from hundreds of ILA members responding to President Daggett’s endorsement announcement, the ILA leader said: “What a great message for advancing Civil Rights, Human Rights and Women’s Rights if Ms. Abrams and Mr. Gillum win their respective races.”

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Remarks of International President Harold Daggett at the 2018 ILA Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Dinner, Saturday, October 27, 2018; Savannah Georgia

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My Sister and Brother members of the International Longshoremen’s Association; our ILA Civil Rights Chairman Jerry Owens; members of the Civil Rights committee; ladies and gentlemen; I am honored to welcome you to our Sixth Annual ILA Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Committee Awards Dinner.

To those ILA members present here this evening and the tens of thousands of others at all our ports area who are with us in spirit, we thank you for your support.

I am proud to address this gathering as your International President but also still honored to have been recognized by this important ILA organization at your first dinner six years ago in Virginia.

With our current United States President saying some Klan members are “good people”; with a Supreme Court threatening women’s rights and labor rights and with a Congress hungry to destroy unions, this ILA Civil Rights Committee is the best defense we could have to fight back.

Our trio of ILA honored guests all have a proven track record fighting for justice, equality and respect for all people.

The same for Griff Lynch, our one-time New York son, who also is well known at ports in Virginia, and well respected here in Savannah, is also a most worthy honoree tonight.

To my Texas brother, Andrew Lee Laws, your amazing ILA career spans 70 years and you have met all challenges in life with toughness, with fairness, and with a faith in our Lord that we would all do well to copy.

To my Sister, Yvette Flowers.

Women in the ILA have become a powerful new voice for all of us to hear.  A collective voice that shouts for equal pay; equal opportunity; respect and dignity.

Yvette you have been a labor leader and I think I know where you get your skills and your voice from.

As the proud father myself, I am certain Ben Flowers is smiling down from heaven tonight, equally proud of the accomplishments of his daughter.

Ben Flowers was my friend and colleague.

He was a powerful voice for the ILA in the Port of Charleston and everywhere.  Yvette you honor his memory and speak his voice by your continuing to fight for our ILA members.  Thank you for that.

I had to save Willie for last.

Willie Seymore, our Martin Luther King, Jr., Award Winner.

Willie and I share a long and successful ILA career – though I enjoy a decade more seniority than him.  We’ve been friends throughout.

Willie has been blessed with a loving wife, a strong family and a successful career with the ILA.

He has taken those blessings and shared them with so many.

He’ll always reach out his hand to you, offer you that wide, wonderful smile and make certain you know you have a trusted friend.

Willie is a product of Savannah and I grew up on the Streets of New York, and we both spent a good deal of our youth on the basketball courts.

We’ve debated who might have taken the other in a one on one game when we both were in our playing prime.

I think a lot of our success as ILA officers can be traced to those lessons we learned under the basket.

It’s been reported that Willie Seymore once made 57 free throws in a row.  I’m not sure I could equal that, but I can’t imagine having a better teammate on my ILA squad than Willie Seymore.

I appreciate the compliments I have received serving as Chief negotiator and recently bringing home the greatest Six-year Contract for our ILA members.

Willie was instrumental in helping our ILA team negotiate that agreement.

Willie, I appreciate that you were 100% behind the ILA the whole time.

You did everything you could do to explain to your membership that it was the greatest contract ever.

Willie has ability to see the future and understand the impact of our contract – to understand what we need; to know what will work and not work and the ability to convince our membership.

Willie, I know you and Griff Lynch meet a couple of times a month to explore ways to grow the Port of Savannah and make things better for ILA members working here.

You have always been the champion of Civil Rights; of teamwork and unity.

Coming from the first honored guest of the ILA’s Civil Rights Committee, I can say you are a most deserving recipient of this award from your fellow ILA Sisters and Brothers.

How do we in the ILA bring this unity that we are all experiencing tonight to the ports we work in; the cities we live in and to our nation?

We can all take a giant step in less than two weeks on Election Day.

So I am going to close my remarks with two important endorsements.

Long before anyone really knew her, Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor, addressed the ILA’s Dock and Marine Council meeting.  How great it will be for Georgia to elect an African-American woman as Governor.

Willie Seymore, I understand Ms. Abrams spoke to you just last week thanking you and the ILA for being early supporters of hers.

The ILA is proud to formally endorse Stacey Abrams for Georgia Governor and we publicly condemn her opponent Brian Kemp for his disgraceful campaign to suppress votes, especially African-American voters, here in Georgia.

And to our South, the ILA is proud to officially endorse Andrew Gillum for Governor of Florida.

Willie, as an International Vice President from Georgia, I am directing you to fire up our ILA membership here and make sure they and their families get out and vote on November 6th.  The same directive goes out to my ILA officers in Florida.

What a great message for advancing Civil Rights, Human Rights and Women’s Rights if Ms. Abrams and Mr. Gillum win their respective races.

May God Bless us all as we go forth on this mission; God Bless the ILA and God Bless America.

Thank you.

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Trio Of Veteran ILA Leaders To Be Honored At 2018 ILA Civil Rights Dinner This Saturday in Savannah, Georgia

 

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NORTH BERGEN, NJ – (October 23, 2018) Three ILA Leaders from the Ports of Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina and Houston, Texas will be honored this Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Sixth Annual International Longshoremen’s Association Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Committee Awards Dinner to be held at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.

Willie J. Seymore, Executive Vice President of the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District and an International Vice President representing the Port of Savannah, will receive the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. Yvette Flowers from the Port of Charleston, South Carolina will receive the Women’s Rights Award and Andrew Lee Laws from the Port of Houston is slated to receive the Labor Leader Award. Sister Flowers is currently serving her fourth term as Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Local 1422, ILA in the Port of Charleston. Brother Laws, a veteran of more than 70 years with the ILA, is a District Representative with the South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District.

A fourth award, The Humanitarian Award, will be given to Griff Lynch, Chief Operating Officer/Incoming Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority.

Harold J. Daggett, International President, International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO and the recipient of the first ILA Civil Rights Award six years ago in Hampton Roads, Virginia; will deliver the keynote address at Saturday’s Civil Rights Dinner.

Gerald Owens, chair of the ILA Civil Rights Committee, reports that the 2018 Civil Rights Dinner in Savannah promises to be an outstanding success and a tribute to this important and progressive committee. The ILA’s Civil Rights Committee memorializes the names of Alexander Talmadge and Edward L. Brown, Sr., two former ILA officers and Civil Rights champions. Edward L. Brown, Sr., an ILA leader from the Port of Hampton Roads, chaired the original ILA Civil Rights Committee when it was formed in 1991 and named for Alexander Talmadge, who hailed from the Port of Philadelphia.

In addition to ILA President Daggett, Stephen Knott, ILA Secretary-Treasurer; Dennis A. Daggett, ILA Executive Vice President; Alan Robb, President, South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District and Michael Vigneron, President Atlantic Coast District will offer remarks at the Civil Rights Dinner.

Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach will be introduced at the ILA Civil Rights Dinner by Willie Seymore and bring greetings from the host city.

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Texas General Election – Early Voting Begins Today, October 22, 2018

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Early voting for the November 6, 2018 General Election Day begins today, October 22, 2018 and runs through November 2, 2018.  Here is a list of candidates endorsed by the Texas Gulf Coast AFL-CIO.  Feel free to print out this voting guide for Working Families and take it with you to the polls.  On November 6, Texas voters will decide who will hold several statewide, legislative and congressional seats.

 

Early voting starts today and runs through through November 2

Where am I allowed to vote early?

You can find early voting locations at the same website that allows you to check whether you are registered to vote. Unlike on Election Day, you are allowed to vote early at any polling location in the county you are registered to vote in.

Who is eligible to vote early?

Anyone who is registered to vote may vote early. However, you must do so in person. Only certain voters can mail in their ballots.


Election Day is 

Are polling locations the same on Election Day as they are during early voting?

No, they are not. That’s why it’s important to find your polling locations ahead of time. While a few counties might have exceptions, you may be allowed to vote only in your designated precinct.


What form of ID do I need to bring?

You can see more details about the acceptable forms of ID in this Texplainer, but here’s a summary.

Voting in Texas requires a valid photo ID. Polling places accept seven types of photo ID:

1) A state driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

2) A Texas election identification certificate (issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety)

3) A Texas personal identification card (issued by DPS)

4) A Texas license to carry a handgun (issued by DPS)

5) A U.S. military ID card that includes a personal photo

6) A U.S. citizenship certificate that includes a personal photo

7) A U.S. passport

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