Political activist, feminist, Debs – Thomas – Harrington Dinner honoree and erstwhile DSA member has died. As mentioned in the obituary, Purrington received the award in 1992 along with Dr. Quentin Young. Vicky Starr, Michael Lighty, Clara Day, Dr. Ron Sable, and Jose LaLuz also were on the program that year. Her award reads:
We honor you as a career fighter for women’s rights and equality.
You have been steadfast in your belief that discrimination against all people had to end.
Under your leadership, the Chicago Chapter of NOW has been able to represent the interests of women in all walks of life. You and NOW have led in battling for women’s right of choice against the vicious attacks of those fanatic forces who want to reverse Roe v. Wade, including the Bush Administration and its Supreme Court.
You helped make the recent March on Washington for Choice the largest demonstration in our country’s history. It was a wonderful spectacle of dedication to a righteous cause.
You were instrumental in persuading Carol Moseley Braun to start her campaign to become Senator from Illinois then you produced votes to back up your pledge of support.
You have always supported labor unions’ good fights.
For your dedication to the fight for true equality, the Debs – Thomas – Harrington Dinner Committee hereby presents to you its annual award this First Day of May, 1992.