THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT – HEATHER BOOTHadmin2023-03-13T12:31:43-04:00
THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
“If We Organize, We Can Change the World. You Need to Do it with Love at the Center.”
Organizer. Activist. Political strategist. VFA Board member. One of the country’s leading strategists on progressive issues, including women’s equality and civil rights. Co-founder of Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (CWLU), 1968. Created JANE, an underground abortion service operational 1968-1973. Worked with NOW and designed training for its national board, regions and many of its chapters. Founding director and now Board Chair of Midwest Academy to train organizers of social change, including leaders from NOW and other women’s organizations. Organized Action Committee for Decent Childcare (ACDC) and Sojourner Truth day care center, 1969. Helped start Citizen Action in 1979. Worked on political campaigns; was field director for Carol Moseley Braun’s successful Senate race. National training director of the Democratic National Committee. Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund (2000) increasing African American election turnout. Campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, 2005. Director of Health Care Campaign for the AFL-CIO, 2008. Director of Americans for Financial Reform, 2010. Americans for Tax Fairness. Director, Progressive, and Senior Outreach for the Biden/Harris Campaign. Democracy Partners.
Interviewed by Mary Jean Collins, VFA Historian, June 2022
Photo 1: Heather Booth today. Photo 2: Training women in 1973 at the Midwest Academy. Photo 3. Heather and Paul Booth.