Paul Booth

Paul Booth was a leader in the 1960’s at the beginning of the student movement as National Secretary of Students for a Democratic Society, the largest organization of the emerging youth movement in the country at the time. [1] In 1965 he directed the first march on Washington, D.C against the War in Vietnam and issued the statement to “build not burn” and organized the first sit-in at the Chase Manhattan Bank exposing it as a “partner in Apartheid.” [2] He joined the labor movement in 1966 as Research Director for the United Packinghouse Workers of America [3] and then joined the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in 1974, working to build Illinois AFSCME (Council 31) [4] Booth passed away on January 17, 2018 at the age of 74. [5]

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