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Director of Communications

District Council 37
125 Barclay Street
New York, New York 10007
United States

Company Description: District Council 37, AFSCME is largest public employee union in New York City, representing 125,000 workers who are the Everyday heroes who make this city run and...   more

Employment History

  • Director , DC
    District Council 37
  • DC37 Communications Director
    NY1: The Call: Labor Rally
  • Political Director
    Wholesale and Department Store Union
  • Communications Director for the Retail
    Wholesale and Department Store Union
  • Vice President
    International Labor Communications Association
  • Associate Editor
    Public Employee Press
  • Communications Director
    Public Employee Press


  • DC
  • DC 37
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Web References
ILCA Executive Council, 11 June 2009 [cached]
Zita Allen Director of Communications DC 37 AFSCME 125 Barclay Street #730 New York NY 10007
retail and wholesale store, 14 Feb 2001 [cached]
WHO: Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Political Director ... Zita Allen, both of Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, UFCW, AFL ...
CONTACT: Zita Allen of Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, +1-212-684-5300 or +1-917-309-2210 ...
Building Bridges Online - Ken's Labor Book Reviews, 12 Nov 2012 [cached]
"Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement." By Zita Allen Building Bridges Online - Ken's Labor Book Reviews
By Zita Allen. Franklin Watts. 1996. 128p. $22.70.
At the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, all the speeches were delivered by men. The women sat behind them on stage and massed in front on the Mall. But despite their absence from centerstage and the positions of power, women were the backbone of the civil rights movement.
Zita Allen's new book, "Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement," covers not only the best known giants of the movement like Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, Constance Baker Motley and, of course, Fannie Lou Hamer.
Allen also brings in representatives of the thousands of rank-and-file women who ran the mimeo machines, distributed the leaflets, demonstrated in the streets and housed the out-of-town cadres, often at risk of their jobs, homes and even lives. They also pressured the ministers and local black leadership to support the ever more militant and confrontational tactics of the mass movement.
By writing about the unsung heroines of the civil rights movement, Allen has produced a concise history at the local level. It tracks the movement in hot spots and campaigns like the school boycotts, the Cambridge movement, Freedom Summer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party's challenge to the Democratic Party in 1964.
By writing about this level of activity, Allen captures the danger, fear and brutal prison conditions overcome by these women civil rights leaders as well as the struggles within the movement over levels of nonviolent confrontation and militance.
She has also produced a concise grassroots history of the immense contributions of women to the civil rights movement that will inspire readers young and old. Allen -- who is associate editor of the Public Employee Press -- will conduct a book discussion and signing of "Black Women of the Civil Rights Movement. The event -- sponsored by the DC 37 Education Fund and the DC 37 Women's Committee as part of its spring authors series -- will be held on Monday, March 31, in Room 4 at union headquarters, starting at 6 p.m.
As an extra attraction, Allen will invite some of the women she's written about. Happy Women's History Month!
PEP, February 2008: Zita Allen named Communications Director of DC 37, 1 Feb 2008 [cached]
Zita Allen named Communications Director of DC 37PEP, February 2008: Zita Allen named Communications Director of DC 37
Zita Allen named Communications Director of DC 37
Zita Allen
"Communications is critical in the fight for social and economic justice," says Zita Allen, DC 37's new director of communications."It can help change our lives."
Until recently, Allen was communications director for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, where she crafted media strategy for successful organizing drives at big-box retailers like Duane Reade pharmacies and the mid-size chain Footco.She has also taught strategic communications to labor and human rights activists at Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Columbia University.
In the 1990s, Allen was an associate editor of the Public Employee Press, winning several labor journalism awards, including the coveted Max Steinbock Award for "humanistic spirit in journalism" for a 12-page feature highlighting DC 37 members' heroic work with people with AIDS.
Allen is the author of "Black Women Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement" and has been a regular contributor to the Amsterdam News, the nation's largest African American weekly.She has had articles published in the Village Voice, New York Times and Essence magazine, among others.
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