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Dan Stein

  • Hosted by Awood Center
  • Sponsored by The Family of Hyman Edelman
  • Service location Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Law school Yale Law School
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations/Minorities, Workers' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Dan (he/him/his) will support organizing and empowerment among workers in the East African community of the Twin Cities and helps them defend their workplace rights.

Workers in the East African community of the Twin Cities are joining together to win better working conditions for themselves and all workers. As a community of 100,000 individuals, many of whom work in low-wage industries, they have faced unsafe workplaces, a lack of religious accommodations, and retaliation when they have tried to stand up for their rights. In response, they have formed the Awood Center, a worker-led community organization. Awood is the Somali word for “power,” and the Center helps workers to educate themselves and take action together.

In 2018, the Awood Center helped East African workers become the “first known group in the United States to get Amazon management to negotiate” with employees, as reported by The New York Times. The employees won improvements in their day-to-day working conditions, and the Center’s efforts have laid a foundation for lasting worker empowerment.

Fellowship Plans

Dan will provide community trainings, support organizing efforts, and help clients vindicate their workplace rights at the state and federal levels. He will also help to defend the Center from potential legal threats and will join with the Center’s coalition partners in working to build a more just future for the Twin Cities.

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