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Dorian Warren

Dorian T. Warren is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy.

His research and teaching interests include labor organizing & politics, race and ethnic politics, urban politics, American political development, public policy, and social science methodology.

Warren has worked with several national and local organizations including the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, American Rights at Work, UNITE HERE, SEIU, UFCW, Steelworkers, NGLTF Policy Institute, and Jobs with Justice. He currently serves on the boards of the Applied Research Center and the Center for Community Change and is the political editor of The Daily Voice[1].



Nikema Williams January 16 2021.

Live now at…, join Amir Farokhi, Nikema Williams, Rashad Robinson, Dorian Warren, Michael Tubbs, and more calling for a #guaranteedincome to make real #MLK 's vision to meet the Fierce Urgency of Now!

Progressive Caucus Action Fund Session

Dorian Warren was involved in the Progressive Strategy Summit named "Building Power for the Rest of Us" held on October 24-25 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Dorian Warren was listed as the moderator of a panel headlined "From the Shop Floor to the House Floor: Bringing; Lessons from the Picket Lines into Policy Debates" which aimed to "discuss our shared goals of rebalancing our economy to achieve racial, gender, and economic justice."[2]


"A hallmark of the progressive movement is a belief that the experiences and needs of working people should animate our policy and politics. This session will bring together organizers, policy makers, labor leaders, advocates, and activists to discuss our shared goals of rebalancing our economy to achieve racial, gender, and economic justice. Bank workers from Santander and Wells Fargo, women working at Walmart, warehouse workers at Amazon, federal contract workers, and striking UAW workers will describe their campaign goals. Special guest members of Congress and national policy leaders will have the opportunity to describe the change they're fighting for in Washington and recent progress building worker power through legislative campaigns. Some of the questions that may be addressed include: How do we achieve better alignment between policy in Washington and people organizing on the front lines? What are the gaps in existing legislation that need to be filled to support working people in a rapidly changing economy? What are the steps we need to take to rein in corporate power, beyond traditional labor legislation? How does the legislation currently on offer build worker power and achieve racial, economic and gender justice?
Moderator: Dorian Warren, Center for Community Change
Featuring: Rep. Donald Norcross; Rep. Mark Pocan, CPC Co-Chair; Rep. Mark Takano; Randy Bryce; Emily Chatterjee, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights; Jaya Chatterjee, Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Judy Conti, National Employment Law Project; Andrea Dehlendorf, United for Respect; Vasudha Desikan United for Respect; Jasmine Dixon, United for Respect; Richard Eidlin, American Sustainable Business Council; Joseph Geevarghese, Our Revolution; Terrysa Guerra, United for Respect; Desiree Hoffman, United Automobile Workers; Shane Larson, Communications Workers of America; David Madland, Center for American Progress; Emily Martin, National Women’s Law Center; Michelle McGrain, National Partnership from Women & Families; Guled Mohamad, United for Respect; Josh Nassar, United Automobile Workers; Jackie Parncutt, United Auto Workers, General Motors worker; Dania Rajendra, United for Respect; Larriese Reeves, Santander Bank worker; Alex Ross, Wells Fargo worker; Bill Samuel, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute

"A letter from the movement to the movement'

In September 2019 Dorian Warren was one of 100 black leaders, many affiliated with Liberation Road who signed A letter from the movement to the movement defending Maurice Moe Mitchell and Nelini Stamp of the Working Families Party for endorsing Elizabeth Warren instead of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Editorial Advisory Board

The Forge Editorial Advisory Board comprises leading organizers and strategists who offer key leadership and guidance to the endeavor.

A Vision for Black Lives


An Immediate End to the Criminalization and Dehumanization of Black Youth Across All Areas of Society Including, but Not Limited to, Our Nation’s Justice and Education Systems, Social Service Agencies, Media, and Pop Culture.

Authors & Contributors of this 2017 report included ● Whitney Maxey, Miami Public School Teacher ● Kwame Torian Easterling, MD, MPH ● Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, University of California, San Francisco ● JoHanna Thompson, MPA ● Nimaako Brown, MPH, CHES ● Thena Robinson Mock, Education Law CenterRuth Jeannoel, Power U Center for Social Change ● Rachel Gilmer, Dream DefendersChelsea Fuller, Advancement ProjectMarbre Stahly-Butts, Center for Popular DemocracyRachel Herzing Soros Justice Fellow ● Mary Hooks, Southerners On New GroundMark-Anthony Johnson, Dignity and Power NowTanya Greene, Attorney at Law ● Daryl Atkinson, Southern Coalition for Social JusticeAndrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow ● Arielle Humphries, Center for Popular DemocracyCarl Lipscombe, Black Alliance for Just ImmigrationCrystal Peters, Center for Popular DemocracyChinyere Tutashinda, The Center for Media JusticeMalkia Cyril, The Center for Media JusticePete Haviland-Eduah, Million Hoodies Movement For JusticeKesi Foster, Urban Youth CollaborativeMontague Simmons, Organization for Black StruggleDeAngelo Bester, Workers Center for Racial JusticeDorian Warren, Center for Community ChangeDara Cooper, National Black Food and Justice AllianceBrandon King, Cooperation JacksonLinda TiganiAnja Rudiger, National Economic and Social Rights InitiativeCathy Albisa, National Economic and Social Rights InitiativeKarl Kumodzi, Black Youth Project 100, BlackbirdSteven Pitts, National Black Workers CenterRichard Wallace, Workers Center for Racial JusticeBenjamin Ndugga-Kabuye, Black Alliance for Just ImmigrationErica Smiley, Jobs with JusticePatrick Mason, Ph.D., Florida State University, National Economic and Social Rights InitiativeBeatriz Beckford, National Black Food and Justice AllianceRose Brewer, PhD, University of Minnesota ● Ife KilimanjaroToussaint Losier, Chicago Anti ­Eviction CampaignMya Hunter, Spirit HouseM. Adams, Freedom, Inc.Jonathan Stith, Alliance for Educational JusticeLumumba BandeleEmmanuel Caicedo, DemosViviana Bernal, DemosDamon L. Daniels, DemosTrupania Bonner, Open Democracy Project/Crescent City Media Group[4]

Rockwood Leadership Institute

Dorian Warren, Board Chair/Strategic Advisor, Center for Community Change, was a 2016 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Leading From the Inside Out Alum.[5]

Crossroads Fund

Ayers, Dohrn, Welbon

In fall of 2005, Crossroads Fund worked closely with donors and board members to put together house parties featuring discussion on critical community issues, and also raise money for Crossroads Fund.

Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, along with Yvonne Welbon and Dorian Warren hosted a group of donors and friends as they "engaged in a lively discussion about political participation in Chicago"[6].

Crossroads Fund is working to understand how to support participation in the electoral process on an on-going basis, making government more accessible and accountable to voters and tax-payers.

Center for Labor Renewal

In 2009 Dorian Warren was listed as an endorser of the Center for Labor Renewal[7].

Center for Community Change board

In 2009 Dorian Warren, Assistant Professor of International & Public Affairs Columbia University New York, NY served on the board of Center for Community Change.[8]

OURWalmart Black Friday protests

In a Nov. 22, 2013 press conference, members of OurWalmart announced that workers throughout the U.S. are planning strikes, walkouts, and demonstrations at 1,500 Walmart locations - up from 1,200 in 2012.

The actions will be "one of the largest mobilizations of working families in American history," organizers said. Protesters will call for Walmart to raise its labor standards, including increasing wages and ceasing to threaten its employees with disciplinary measures when they attempt to organize.

Conference moderator Barbara Gertz, a five-year Walmart worker from Colorado, noted that more than half of the big-box giant's hourly employees make less than $25,000 per year. She remarked, "Why do we, workers at the world's largest company, have to band together just to afford Thanksgiving dinner? Yes, Walmart 'associates' stick together and look out for each other. We have to, because Walmart and the Waltons seem to be fine with the financial struggles we're all facing."

Dorian Warren, an associate professor at Columbia University who spoke at the news conference, added, "We think of Walmart as the embodiment of what's wrong with the American economy. For the typical worker, it represents the death of the American dream and the decline of social mobility. But OurWalmart members are trying to revive the dream. Working families are fighting back like never before, and they have the support of America behind them."

The demonstrations will be another step in the battle against Walmart's anti-worker practices, coming right behind a recent victory for workers, when the National Labor Relations Board decided to charge and fine Walmart for illegal retaliations against its employees who spoke out for better jobs.

Warren continued, "Black Friday 2013 will mark a turning point in American history. 1,500 protests against Walmart is unprecedented."

"Walmart is just a bully," declared Dallas worker Qulima Knacp. "And the only way to fight back against a bully is to speak up. People across the country are starting to see the real Walmart, and that's why I continue to stand up, because the time for change is now."[9]

Make Progress National Summit 2014

Generation Progress' Make Progress National Summit 2014 included speakers such as Senator Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Filmmaker Andrew Rossi, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sec. of Labor Thomas Perez Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, Sen. Chris Murphy, Executive Director of Generation Progress Anne Johnson, President of the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden, Policy Director at Generation Progress Sarah Audelo, Rep. Patrick J. Murphy, Former NFL player Donte Stallworth, Representative of House District 74 (TX) Mary Gonzalez, Mayor of Ithaca, NY Svante Myrick, Economic Policy Analyst Sarah Ayres, Educational Advocate Natalia Abrams, Executive Director of National Guestworker Alliance Saket Soni, Executive Director of the Energy Action Coalition Maura Cowley, Young Elected Officials Policy & Programs Director Dawn Huckelbridge, Filmmaker Tara Kutz, Student activist Ronnie Mosley, Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren, Iraq War Veteran Tony Woods, Newtown High School graduate Sarah Clements.[10]



With Bob Wing, Linda Burnham, Gerald Lenoir, Dorian Warren, Minerva Solia, August 23, 2016.

Democracy Alliance

Beyond Resistance: Reclaiming our Progressive Future was a November 15, 2017 gathering of the Democracy Alliance.[11]

Opening remarks by National Education Association Executive Director and Democracy Alliance Board Chair John Stocks.

In every state where New American Majority-led organizations were fully funded to mobilize their communities In last year's election. these organizations overperformed. Yet the number of places where these organizations were funded to scale was minimal. If we know that New American Majority-led organizations can deliver votes, why are we not investing more in these organizations? This discussion will examine the reasons why New American Majority voters are staying home and the continued underinvestment in New American Majority led organizations

We'll first hear from SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. New American Majority Fund Director Dave Montez will then lead a conversation with voices from the field including Ohio Student Association Executive Director Prentiss Haney, Virginia Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative Director, Marcia Price, Center for Community Change Action President and Center for Community Change Vice President Dorian Warren, and NextGen Climate Executive Vice President for Political Strategy Sky Gallegos exploring the barriers that exist. offer solutions worthy of investment, and address hard questions, including how we reconcile an approach that puts the New American Majority at the center of our progressive agenda that must unite the interests of many.[12]