36th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration
was held February 4, 2010
"Deploying Our Gifts for the Betterment of Humankind:
What would Dr. King say about us?"
Gerry Hudson's outstanding commitment to labor, confronting the realities of long term care, and environmental justice spans decades. Recently honored by Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations for his extraordinary leadership, Hudson continues to have wide-ranging impact on the fight to improve the lives of working families and their communities.
Hudson, who has served as Executive Vice President of SEIU since June 2004, leads the union's long term care work through new strategies and campaigns and as a result SEIU's 580,000 long term care members are building a powerful voice in the workplace and the political arena for both themselves and for the seniors and people with disabilities they support. Hudson continues to help lead SEIU's efforts to win quality, affordable healthcare for all, immigration reform, and other major initiatives by strengthening the union's partnerships and alliances with community groups
In November 2008, Hudson co-founded The Emerald Cities Partnership (ECC) with MIT Prof. J. Phillip Thompson, Prof. Joel Rogers, the Building Construction Trades Division of the AFL-CIO, as well as YouthBuild, Enterprise Community Partners, and a host of community organizations. The Partnerships goal is to "Green America's cities in "high-road" ways that advance fair opportunity, shared wealth, and democracy within them." The ECC is evolving into a working partnership of diverse groups — labor unions, community organizations, social justice activists, green jobs advocates, progressive businesses, research and technical assistance providers, and public officials — united around realizing the climate, equity, and democratic promise of scaled “new energy” efforts in the nation’s cities and the metropolitan regions they anchor. Hudson currently serves as Board Chair of Emerald Cities.