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Wisconsin Organizer Jennifer Epps-Addison Named Winner of Edna Award

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Jennifer Epps-Addison, J.D, the executive director of Wisconsin Jobs Now, has been named winner of the 2013 Edna Award.

The Edna Award, which carries a $10,000 prize, honors women age 35 or younger who have distinguished themselves as leaders of the social justice movement. It is named after Edna Berger, the first woman organizer of The Newspaper Guild-CWA and the inspiration behind the Berger-Marks Foundation.

"Over the last year, I've had the honor of working side by side with hundreds of low-wage women fighting to unionize the fast-food and retail industries. I share the incredible honor of being selected as the 2013 Edna Award winner with each of these amazing women. I fundamentally believe that the most effective way to increase economic security for women is to organize them into unions, and I would like to thank the Berger-Marks Foundation for its commitment to expanding opportunity for women across the country," said Epps-Addison.

With nearly 15 years of organizing experience, Epps-Addison has used her organizing and communications expertise to play an integral role in winning campaigns on a variety of progressive issues such as community economic development policy, paid sick days and in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. 

Epps-Addison was the lead organizer behind Milwaukee’s historic MORE Ordinance, which established community benefit standards for economic development projects using public funds. In 2010, the MORE Ordinance won the city of Milwaukee top prize in the National League of Cities’ Cultural Diversity Awards. 

The Oct. 23 awards ceremony also will honor three young women who will receive Awards of Distinction, carrying $1,000 prizes. They are:

Cristina Tzintzún, executive director of Workers Defense Project, Austin, Texas.

Rachel Micah-Jones, executive director of Centro de los Derechos del Migrante Inc., Baltimore, Md.

Andrea Cristina Mercado, campaign director of National Domestic Workers Alliance, Weston, Fla.

“All of the women who were nominated for the 2013 Edna Award are doing incredible work with the goal of making the world more just. Jennifer, Andrea, Rachel and Cristina are inspirations for anyone who cares about social justice,” said Linda Foley, president of the Berger-Marks Foundation.

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