Gerry Hudson (Summary)

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Gerry Hudson has served as the Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union since June, 2004. He joined the union in 1978, at which time he was working at a retirement home in New York, becoming Executive Vice President of the New York chapter in 1989. He serves on the board of the Apollo Alliance. In 1998 Hudson was a founder of the Communist-controlled organization, the Black Radical Congress.

On April 6, 2010, Hudson spoke in a panel entitled "Labor, the Left and Progressives in the Obama Era" which was held at Georgetown University, alongside Chris Hayes, Harold Meyerson, Liz Shuler, Gerry Hudson, Michael Kazin, Joseph McCartin and Barbara Ehrenreich. During the panel, Hudson shared his thoughts on immigration, stating: "...On white workers, I think we got some real problems... I have heard some of the most anti-immigrant sentiments around... and this is where you get the black workers first, it's so f**king rabidly racist, til black people get scared..."

Hudson is also a long-time member of the Democratic Socialists of America, joining in the 1970s when the organization was known as the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee. Hudson sees the election of Barack Obama as a chance to advance the socialist vision of DSA founder, Michael Harrington. On Jan. 22, 2009, he stated: "How [Michael] would marvel at the election of Barack Obama and the promise that this victory affords all of us on the democratic left! With our country poised for massive, progressive change, we finally have the chance to build a broad democratic left majority with labor at its core." (more...)