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Heather Booth
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Heather Booth is one of the leading strategists about progressive issue campaigns and driving issues in elections in the United States.
She has been an organizer for over forty years starting in the civil rights and women's movement.

She was the founding Director and is now President of the Midwest Academy, training social change leaders and organizers. She has been involved in and managed many political campaigns and was the Training Director of the Democratic National Committee. In 2000, she was the Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund, which helped to increase African American election turnout by nearly 2 million voters. She has been a consultant to a variety of social change and political groups that have included MoveOn.org, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and the National Council of La Raza. She was the lead consultant, directing the founding of the Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. In 2008 she was the director of the Health Care Campaign for the AFL-CIO. In 2009, she directed the campaign passing President Obama’s first budget. In 2010 she was the founding director of Americans for Financial Reform, fighting to regulate the financial industry. She was the national coordinator for recent events around marriage equality across the United States. She is now consulting with the National Organization for Women, the Voter Participation Center and is advisor to the Alliance for Citizenship (a coalition of the immigration reform campaign).

She has been a board member and Executive Committee member of USAction since its founding and a board member of the Center for Community Change. She is a partner in Democracy Partners. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in 1967 and an MA in 1970.

Entries by Heather Booth

Fasting for Families: When We Act, We Can Change the World

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 8:34 AM

I came to fast to bring attention to the moral need for immigration reform. I began for one day, but decided to fast for seven. My husband, Paul, the union leader, joined me for five. And this is how organizing for justice can go -- just one day more.

It...

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V-I-C-T-O-R-Y !!!

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 7:08 PM

Nearly two years after the reckless behavior of the Big Banks took our economy to the edge of the abyss and cost 8 million Americans their jobs, Congress has passed and sent to the President the most significant legislation to rein in Wall Street and the Big Banks since the...

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Big Victory in the House, but Big Fight Remains

(10) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 8:49 PM

Today, in a historic vote, the House of Representatives passed financial reform legislation that, nearly two years after the reckless behavior of the Big Banks took our economy to the edge of the abyss and cost eight million Americans their jobs, will begin to rein in the Big Banks, bring...

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It All Comes Down to This

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 11:07 AM

This is it. Just a few months shy of the two year anniversary of the financial meltdown that took our nation's economy to the edge of the abyss and cost 8 million Americans their jobs, Congress is on the verge of passing reform to rein in Wall Street and protect...

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When the public is watching, the Senate is forced to side with Main Street over Wall Street

(3) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 10:33 AM

Yesterday, after blocking three votes, Republicans relented, and allowed public debate and amendments to proceed to the full Senate on Wall Street reform.

This happened without making any concessions on providing new consumer protection provisions, making any new exemptions on regulating derivatives to end the casino economy, or providing measures...

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Bankers Swarm Capitol Hill Because They Love You

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 12:57 PM

This week, bankers from all around the country have swarmed on Capitol Hill for no other purpose other than to defeat any attempt to regulate the behavior that made them rich and crashed the world economy to say that they love you.

Since bankers are shy, upon...

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The Two Rules of Real Financial Reform

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 5:07 PM

The first rule of real financial reform is that you can't stop fighting for it.

The second rule of real financial reform is that you CAN'T STOP fighting for it.

Big banks must be held accountable, consumers must have independent regulators looking out for their interests, and the casino economy...

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Bipartisanship Is Not a Substitute for Real Reform

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 12:23 PM

Over the weekend, the Huffington Post received a draft outline of a proposal on consumer protection from Senator Dodd. In an effort to appeal to opponents of real reform, that draft proposal seriously weakened the Consumer Financial Protection Agency that is a lynchpin of real reform....

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Beware Frank Luntz's Lies and Rein in the Big Banks!

(6) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 9:05 AM

Seen this ad from the "Committee for Truth in Politics"? If the name weren't comical enough, the visuals are. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't take the message seriously. The claim that financial regulatory reform is a $4 trillion bank bailout doesn't really resemble any truth, as

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Is the Senate Afraid of Ghosts?

(5) Comments | Posted February 5, 2010 | 11:43 AM

The unemployment numbers are out, and the Labor Department reports that 9.7% of our fellow Americans remain unemployed. Before we get too excited about the drop, we should note 20,000 jobs were lost, leaving 6.3 million out of work for six months or more. Worse, estimates at underemployment...

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Obama Is Right to Fight for Real Financial Reform: Let's Organize to Hold Big Banks Accountable

(6) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 12:03 PM

Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama reinforced his ambitious agenda to fix the economy and enact financial reform, including measures to hold Big Banks accountable for their reckless actions that led to our financial crisis and the loss of millions of jobs:

The House has...
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