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  • Recognizing the Accomplishments of Elizabeth ``Liz’’ Jackson on the Occasion of Her Ninety-Fifth Birthday

    by Senator Gary Peters

    Posted on 2013-03-07

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    PETERS of michigan in the house of representatives Thursday, March 7, 2013 Mr. PETERS of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Ms. Elizabeth Jackson and her lifelong commitment to pursuit of social justice, as she and many in the Greater Detroit area celebrate her ninety-fifth birthday. Known to many in the community simply as Liz, she is a proud Detroit resident that has spent decades serving her friends and neighbors.

    Liz began her long career almost seventy years ago when she joined the Ford Motor Company at its River Rouge Aluminum Foundry. And like so many who share a passion for building a fairer and more just world, she became involved in her chapter of the United Auto Workers (UAW), Local 600. From the beginning of her involvement in the UAW, Liz was steadfast in her commitment to her brothers and sisters in labor. Over the first twenty years of her career, her peers elected her to a number of positions on the local board. In recognition of her leadership and dedication, Liz was among the first women appointed to the International UAW in 1966, where she worked with many UAW locals of Ford Motor Company employees. At the International UAW, Liz was an active member of the team making important decisions the national negations of fair contracts for Ford workers.

    As was the case in her professional work, Liz mirrored those same principles and actions in her volunteer work. In her role as a community activist, Liz has utilized the oration, organizing and analytical thinking skills that she honed in her work with the UAW to serve and support many organizations that share her vision of a world where opportunity is equally accessible to all. Her civic activism includes a period as Vice President of the Michigan Black Caucus and she has been an active member of the Michigan Democratic Party and the Detroit Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In further service to her community, Liz was appointed to the Detroit Fire Commission.

    Even after retiring from Ford in 1983, Liz continues to remain active in the fight to build a better future for Detroit and the nation. Just last year, Liz attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention as part of the Michigan delegation and cast her vote for re-nominating President Barak Obama. She describes her time at DNC as a moment in her life that she will always remember. Whether it was an issue to her colleagues at Ford Motor and the UAW or a matter of importance to her neighbors and friends in Detroit and beyond, Liz has displayed an unwavering zeal for making the American ideal of having a fair shot at success available to all. This has earned the recognition and respect of her neighbors and community leaders that often turn to Liz for advice on issues facing Greater Detroit residents.

    Mr. Speaker, Liz Jackson's ninety-fifth birthday is yet another impressive milestone in the life of a women that has been a trailblazer for women in organized labor and public service. Her dedication to the Greater Detroit region and her brothers and sisters in organized labor have undoubtedly been an inspiration for many that have sought to serve their communities. Liz has made such a profound impact on the community she calls home and I wish her continued success in all of her future endeavors.


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