The Leadership Conference Statement on the Passing of Gerald “Jerry” McEntee


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WASHINGTON Maya Wiley, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement upon the passing of former AFSCME President Gerald “Jerry” McEntee, who The Leadership Conference honored in 2004 with the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award:

“Mr. McEntee leaves an unshakeable legacy as a champion for working people. He was a tireless leader during his 31 years as president of AFSCME, where he brought his dedication to social justice to bear. During his tenure, AFSCME played a key role in securing several civil rights victories — the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Affordable Care Act, to name just two. As treasurer of The Leadership Conference, he helped us grow smartly and effectively. He will be remembered for being an effective advocate for change, and we will miss him beyond measure. Our thoughts are with his family and all people who benefited from his determination.”  

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