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Amy Dean – Fellow

Amy Dean
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Amy B. Dean is the principal of ABD Ventures, LLC, a consulting firm that works with social change organizations to develop new and innovative organizing strategies that link advocacy and public policy reforms. She is also a social entrepreneur, author, and progressive activist, with roots in the American labor movement, where she served for almost twenty years. She is coauthor, with David B. Reynolds, of A New, New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement, a Century Foundation Book (Cornell University Press, 2009). From 1993 to 2003, she served as president and CEO of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, the fifteenth largest regional labor federation in the country, representing more ninety unions and 110,000 members, and was the youngest person and first woman to lead a major labor federation of the AFL-CIO. During that time, she established Working Partnerships USA (WPUSA), a nonprofit organization that connected sound economic research with strong community organizing. Under her leadership, WPUSA’s milestone accomplishments included the nation’s first universal health care insurance for children regardless of immigration status, the enactment of San Jose’s first living wage ordinance governing public contracts, and the development of one of the nation’s first proposed community benefits ordinances, which ties the expenditure of public funds and public subsidies to measurable community benefits. In 2005, she founded Building Partnerships USA (BPUSA), a national organization dedicated to increasing civic and political participation to strengthen democracy and advance social and economic justice at the regional level.

Latest Work by Amy Dean
How Foodies Can Become Champions for Workers’ Rights
November 27, 2013
Will the Tea Party Pay for the Shutdown?
November 12, 2013
Working Together for Immigration Reform
November 11, 2013
Moral Mondays’ Quest for Justice
October 30, 2013
Labor Becomes Part of the National Conversation: The Best and Worst of 2012
December 21, 2012
President Obama Reelected—But Where Is the Pathway to Good Jobs?
November 7, 2012
Rebuilding the Labor Movement
May 25, 2012
Meet Washington’s Wage and Hour Enforcer
October 19, 2015
Labor Rights by Executive Decree
October 6, 2015
Universal Pre-K Is the Next Great Public Policy Crusade
September 15, 2015
Made in Detroit, Again?
September 7, 2015
The Charter School Movement Needs Greater Accountability
August 24, 2015
Washington Has Failed to Enforce Labor Rights. Can Cities Step in?
August 3, 2015
Wisconsin swindled by Scott Walker’s jobs scam
July 7, 2015
Is the fight for $15 the next civil rights movement?
June 22, 2015
Saving the charter school movement from itself
June 8, 2015
The Democrats Need to Stand for Something
May 18, 2015
Democrats Must Have a Concrete Plan to Empower Workers
April 23, 2015
Time For a Moratorium on Charter Schools
April 14, 2015
The Morning after the Tea Party
April 6, 2015
Answer Koch Money with People Power
March 25, 2015
A Rising Silicon Valley Doesn’t Lift All Boats
March 9, 2015
Politicians Should Ditch ALEC
February 18, 2015
Unions can fix the crisis facing adjunct professors
February 4, 2015
A Bigger Tent
February 2, 2015
Community Benefits Agreements Under Attack
January 20, 2015
End the gender pay gap in 2015
January 12, 2015
Do Santa’s Elves a Favor: Support Their Labor Rights
December 27, 2014
US Retail Workers Need a New Bill of Rights
December 11, 2014
Transit Workers and Riders, Unite!
December 5, 2014
The Labor Movement Helps Ferguson Heal
November 18, 2014
Karen Lewis Won’t Be Chicago’s Mayor—and That’s America’s Loss
October 22, 2014
ALEC is coming to a city block near you
October 6, 2014
Not enough taxation and too much representation
October 1, 2014
Freeriding on the labor movement
September 2, 2014
Moms against Walmart
August 11, 2014
Playing ball with public dollars
July 28, 2014
New Blueprint for US Workplace: Ellen Bravo on the Fight for Paid Family Leave
July 22, 2014
America’s Broken Promises
July 7, 2014
Silicon Valley’s Minimum Wage Success Story
June 20, 2014
Jocks and Nerds of the World, Unite!
June 13, 2014
Why Does the Obama Administration Keep Getting It Wrong on Education Policy?
June 5, 2014
Will the Next Labor Movement Come from the South?
May 22, 2014
When ‘Patriots’ Unite to Restrict Voting Rights
May 15, 2014
Teachers Are Protecting American Classrooms From Corporate Takeover
May 1, 2014
Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn from Teachers’ Unions
April 22, 2014
Profiteering Off the GI Bill
April 21, 2014
Beyond the Minimum Wage
April 4, 2014
Has Teach for America Reached Its Waterloo?
April 4, 2014
Will Democracy Be the Death of TFA?
April 4, 2014
Beyond the Minimum Wage: Interview With Jobs With Justice’s Sarita Gupta
March 31, 2014
How Cincinnati Beat the Tea Party
March 28, 2014
Breaking the Grade
March 18, 2014
Can We Make Progressive Mayors Work for the People?
March 13, 2014
We Want to Have a Common Language: Carolina Jews for Justice Stand Out in the Moral Mondays Crowd
February 24, 2014
National Domestic Workers Alliance Fights for Higher Minimum Wage
February 21, 2014
Stop the American hustle
February 3, 2014
The Dishonesty of Cheap Food
January 30, 2014
A Reader’s Guide to the Minimum Wage Push
January 28, 2014
“Our Food Is Dishonestly Priced”: Michael Pollan on the Food Movement’s Next Goal
January 27, 2014
Why would a millionaire Republican demand a huge minimum-wage hike?
January 22, 2014
Charter Schools Should Educate, Not Discriminate
January 21, 2014
How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons
October 10, 2013
Old Roots, New Branches: Jewish Spiritual Communities and the Rise of Alt-Labor
October 2, 2013
A Top-Down Urban Revolution
September 23, 2013
A Jewish Fight for Public Education
September 3, 2013
Amy Dean on the Ed Schultz Radio Show
August 7, 2013
Transforming Social Work into Social Change: Meet the Avodahniks
August 7, 2013
Are Street Protests Next in the Fight Over Education Reform?
August 1, 2013
Economy of the Squeegee: Carwasheros Organizing Across the Country
July 18, 2013
Why the Revival of US Labor Might Start with Nonunion Workers
July 17, 2013
Old Roots, New Branches: Jewish Spiritual Communities and the Rise of Alt-Labor
July 8, 2013
Fixing Obama’s “fix it first” infrastructure plan
April 11, 2013
The Left and Right Agree: It’s Time to Break Up the Banks
April 10, 2013
Coming soon to a restaurant menu near you: Livable wages
April 5, 2013
Fix It Fair
April 3, 2013
Why Immigration Is a Top Priority for US Labor
March 4, 2013
The Road (and Rail) to Justice
February 19, 2013
E-Verify: Bad for both businesses and employees
February 14, 2013
Immigration Reform Must Include Workers’ Rights
January 29, 2013
Do You Give As Much Thought to Restaurant Workers as You Do to Your Organic Chicken?
January 28, 2013

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