Clinton, the $15 Wage and More: One Electoral College Member’s Views

Hazel Ingram (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Hazel Ingram (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Brooklyn resident Hazel Ingram, 93, is a great grandmother of 40, and has been cleaning the same building on Madison Avenue for six decades and endorses a minimum wage of $15. She is supporting Hillary Clinton for president, worked hard as a supporter of Barack Obama, and is also a representative to the Electoral College in New York as a member of the Working Families Party.

Cyril Josh Barker of Amsterdam News talks with Ingram about her life, past and present.

Wearing high heels and hip-hugging jeans, Ingram is also an activist. She’s been a member of 32BJ SEIU for 60 years.

“Without the union, I don’t think we could make it. Some of the things I’m seeing that’s happening in the buildings with these people and they are suffering, I don’t think they would be able to make it. Without the union, we’re lost,” she said.

Born in Georgia in 1923, Ingram came to New York in 1943 when she was in her early 20s. She currently resides in Brooklyn. Ingram’s grandmother was a slave who lived to be 108 years old.

“I remember her very well,” Ingram said. “They could never go into the front door, they always had to go in the back. She said it was very hard how they lived at the time. My grandmother was sold to somebody by the State of Georgia.”

Go to Amsterdam News to watch a video of Ingram, and to learn what food she eats three times a day that she considers the secret to her longevity.

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