Stories by Amy Dean

Amy Dean is a fellow at the Century Foundation and the principal of ABD Ventures, a firm that seeks to increase the organizational effectiveness of social change organizations. She co-authored, with David Reynolds, "A New New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement." Dean has worked for more than 20 years at the cross-section between labor and community-based organizations. You can follow Amy on Twitter at @amybdean, or she can be reached via the Web site, subscribe to Amy Dean's feed

Posted on: Apr 21, 2014, Source: YES! Magazine

Teachers are fighting the privatization wave by connecting with families right where they live.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2013, Source: YES! Magazine

Here are important lessons that the wider progressive community can draw from the victories.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2013, Source: The Nation

The ongoing battle over education “reform” and school funding is moving into the streets.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2013, Source: YES! Magazine

Working America launches a website,, to be a WebMD for the rights of working people.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2013, Source: YES! Magazine

The steelworkers deal that could turn the rust belt green.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2013, Source: Truthout

An interview with the organizer of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012, Source:

Labor must demonstrate that the well-being of all Americans depends upon the fight for dignified working conditions, living wages and necessities like health care.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2012, Source:

Ehrenreich talks to Amy Dean about the crisis of economic insecurity, the invisibility of working people in the mainstream media, and the current state of journalism.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet

An interview with Ilana Berger and Tracy Van Slyke of The New Bottom Line.

Posted on: May 27, 2012, Source:

If unions are going to be involved in electoral politics this year, what can they expect to win? And is Washington even relevant to progressive organizing efforts?

Posted on: Feb 6, 2012, Source:

Occupy Our Homes takes the Occupy movement's general critique of inequality -- something often expressed in abstract charts and tables -- and makes the issue concrete.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2011, Source:

Activists in Providence, Rhode Island, are providing a model for electing officials at the municipal level who will champion the interests of working people.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2011, Source:

In Occupy Wall Street and beyond, grassroots progressives are now getting into the game of working together.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2011, Source: Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

For decades, we have focused on extending liberty in the realm of the marketplace, but this has come at the expense of democratic equality.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2011, Source:

Even with pro-employee laws on the books, there is little hope of justice without a grassroots demand.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2011, Source:

If labor alone can't create the change we need in this country, what role can unions play in supporting a wider progressive uprising?