After being forced out of my coaching job at St. John's, I founded a grassroots non-profit advocacy organization called Educating for Justice. Our mission was to organize sweatshop workers and educate American students about the seedy underbelly of globalization and multi-national corporations.
This work took me around the country and around the world. I've been a featured lecturer on globalization, labor rights, and business ethics at more than 500 schools across the nation, including Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, UPenn, Stanford, and NYU’s Stern School of Business, among others. My work is used by college professors and high school teachers around the world to introduce students to business ethics, corporate responsibility, labor rights, and globalization.
I did this work full-time until my father's death in 2013, and have done it part time since then. I'm proud of how Educating for Justice grew from Some years we had under 10,000 in revenue and at best, 100K in revenue to go up against one of the largest, most powerful corporations in the world. With hard work, creativity, dedicated activism and a lot of personal sacrifice, we were able to educate thousands of HS and college students across the United States and internationally about social and economic justice.
We won major union-busting and wage-theft cases. We stopped horrific practices of female factory workers having to prove to their bosses that they were menstruating in order to get time off. We worked in solidarity to build a democratic labor movement in the largest Muslim country in the world.
hrough my work with Educating for Justice, I learned two really important things that have served us well on this campaign. First: how to campaign and win fights on a shoestring budget. Second, because we were on a shoestring budget, there were many times that my personal salary had me squarely in the lower-middle class. And I learned what it means to have more month than money.