On January 21, 2016, the Citizen Action of Wisconsin family lost a visionary leader in Richard “Dick” Presser, who passed away at age 86.
With a career spanning over 4 decades, Dick was a force in the Wisconsin labor movement. He was also a driving force in the creation of Citizen Action of Wisconsin in the 1980s.
After returning from 6 years of service in the U.S. Army, Dick rose up through the ranks of the Machinist Union. In his role as one of Wisconsin’s most influential labor leaders, Dick realized that to thrive the union movement needed to work with other progressives across Wisconsin on the big issues.
It was in this spirit that Dick worked to create, and was the the founding President of the Wisconsin Action Coalition, now Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Without Dick’s dedication to building sustainable progressive power, Citizen Action would not be here today to continue his and our fight for social justice.
Dick never wavered in his commitment to fighting for the rights of working people in Wisconsin. In a reflection of his deep commitment, Dick’s obituary asks that “in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Citizen Action of Wisconsin.”
If you would like to honor of Dick’s life and everything he fought for, help continue his legacy by considering a donation to Citizen Action of Wisconsin in his memory.
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