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Sun, Apr 28


Irish American Heritage Center

Mother Jones Birthday Party 2024

Featuring Sara Nelson, President, Association of Flight Attendants Meet the Selected artist for our Mother Jones Monument Project--This is an official feedback event for our new sculpture Other performers and features to be announced Huge Birthday Cake supplied by Bakers Local 1

Mother Jones Birthday Party 2024
Mother Jones Birthday Party 2024

Time & Location

Apr 28, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630, USA


About the Event

other speakers to be added

Sara Nelson -- Association of Flight Attendants President  -- keynote speaker

Sometimes  referred to as the Labor Movement’s modern-day “Mother Jones,” Sara  Nelson is current President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.  Sara came to national prominence in January 2019 when she called for a  General Strike in response to the Federal Government Shutdown. The  Shutdown ended shortly thereafter.

Like Mother Jones, it seems there’s not a picket line Sara Nelson has  not been on in the last few years nor a major struggle she has not been  engaged in.

Asked about her love of Mother Jones, Sara responded: “When I first  became involved in my union, I told a mentor I didn’t know much about  the broader labor movement and asked for something to read. The first  book he handed me was ‘The Autobiograpy of Mother Jones.’ I’ve never  stopped reading it.”

It also appears Sara Nelson hasn’t stopped living it

Brigid Duffy as Mother Jones

Brigid Duffy, a native of County Longford, appeared at American Conservatory Theatre, Drury Lane Water Tower, Steppenwolf , Goodman, Irish Rep., Victory Gardens and Northlight. As a Sarah Siddons Scholarship winner, Brigid attended the Goodman School of Drama and has an M.A. in Theatre. She was a CPS teacher for 35 years and won the prestigious Golden Apple Award. Brigid appears in the film “A Christmas Movie Christmas,” “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Fire” and can be seen in the upcoming “Somebody Somewhere” and Toyota’s Christmas commercial. She brought fire to the Mother Jones character in our recent production of "A Table for Two".

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