Higgins, George G.
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1/21/1916  - 5/1/2002
George G. Higgins was ordained in Chicago and 1940 and subsequently worked in the social action department of the American Catholic bishops. This led to a long career of lobbying for pro-worker legislation in Washington and negotiating talks on behalf of labor unions. His promotion of labor justice was featured in his syndicated column "The Yardstick," which appeared in catholic outlets from 1945 up until his death. Moreover, he supported the grape boycott led by Cesar Chavez.

His other accomplishments include serving as a spokesman for the American bishops at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and promoting Catholic dialogue with other religions, especially Judaism. In August 2000, President Bill Clinton award Higgins the Presidential Medal of Freedom for promoting worker rights and religious tolerance.
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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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