#WelcomeFred Azcarate, New USAction Executive Director!

USAction, a leading national community organizing network with affiliates in 21 states and nearly 350,000 members nationwide, announced today that Fred Azcarate, a rising star in the labor and progressive movement, will take over as the organization’s new Executive Director.

  1. Today USAction officially announced that longtime activist Fred Azcarate,  who founded Jobs with Justice in the 1990s and has been running the jobs campaign effort at the AFL-CIO since 2007, will join USAction as our new Executive Director.

  2. Excited to announce: Fred Azcarate will be our new Executive Director! Thanks to founding ED Jeff Blum  http://j.mp/YYq01a edWelcomeFred
  3. I’m humbled and honored to have been named Executive Director of @USAction.  http://j.mp/10I0Uz2 
  4. We couldn’t be more thrilled.  Winning our progressive agenda demands movements and coalitions whose efforts are greater than the sum of their parts, and Fred has spent his career bringing people together in pursuit of economic justice for all. Fred brings a tremendous mix of experience and ideas for change, a resilient personality, a sense of humor, and the right sensitivity to the needs of being both a principled outsider and working closely with insiders who wield power in a democracy.  

  5. Fred starts on June 10th. Please take a moment and read Fred’s message to the USAction community: “I am so excited to build on the phenomenal work that USAction affiliates and national partners are doing every day.  We organize to replace the politics of austerity with a vision of prosperity, of an economy that works for all of us, with health care for all, a right-sized Pentagon, fair taxes and smart immigration policies."  

  6. The Huffington Post, ABC's The Note and Politico Influence covered the announcement today: 


    Politico: USACTION HIRES AZCARATE: Community organizing group USAction has hired Fred Azcarate as executive director. He comes to the group from the AFL-CIO, where he ran the America Wants to Work project there. "Fred brings an unparalleled understanding of and commitment to community organizing and feels to his core the issues that we fight for," said Khalid Pitts, president of USAction and director of strategic campaigns at the Service Employees International Union.

  7. We started the hashtag #WelcomeFred and invited everyone to send Fred congratulations on Twitter:

  8. Use #WelcomeFred to send a note to our new Executive Director Fred Azcarate, @fazcarate. Read more here:  http://j.mp/YYq01a 
  9. #WelcomeFred! Thrilled to work with new Executive Director Fred Azcarate @fazcarate, joining us from @AFLCIO. Exciting times at @USAction
  10. Thanks to Jon Carson, the Executive Director of Organizing for Action, for helping to spread our exciting news around!

  11. Leaders and staff from allies across the labor movement shared the exciting news:

  12. “As corporate interests step up their attacks on working people and the middle class struggles to get ahead, the fight for jobs and economic prosperity needs all the allies it can get,” said Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO. “I can think of no better ally than USAction with Fred Azcarate at the helm. I’ve been working side by side with Fred for the last six years to give working people a voice on the job, and a future with economic security. His passion will be key to bringing the labor and community organizing networks together to wage campaigns that create good jobs, health care, and a secure retirement.” j.mp/YYq01a


  13. I also want to thank the @AFLCIO, @RichardTrumka and all leaders, staff, members, affiliate unions  http://j.mp/10I0Uz2 
  14. Congrats Fred, we'll miss you RT @fazcarate: I’m humbled & honored to have been named Executive Dir of @USAction  http://j.mp/10I0Uz2 
  15. “Fred brings an unparalleled understanding of and commitment to community organizing and feels to his core the issues that we fight for,” said Khalid Pitts, President of USAction and Director of Strategic Campaigns at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). “Fred will be a tremendous springboard to bring USAction into the future and to build on the important work Jeff Blum started. We’re extremely excited to have him leading our team, and building an even stronger bond between the labor and organizing movements.” j.mp/YYq01a

  16. “When labor unions and community organizers come together to fight for the 99 percent, everyone benefits,” said Mary Kay Henry, SEIU’s International President. “By strengthening our partnership, we can create an economy that addresses inequities and works better for all of us.” j.mp/YYq01a

  17. Congrats to @USAction and its new ED, @fazcarate ! A welcome partner in the movement for econ justice. #welcomeFred
  18. “I’ve had the great privilege of working with both Fred and USAction for a number of years,” said Larry Cohen, President, Communications Workers of America. “USAction has played a critical role in bringing together the progressive movement, and Fred is a great leader, who has led a growing movement for democracy and economic justice. Together, they’re going to do great things for all of us.” j.mp/YYq01a

  19. Congratulations to Fred Azcarate and our movement-building partner USAction. As CWA President Larry Cohen notes, "Fred is a great leader, who has led a growing movement for democracy and economic justice. Together, they’re going to do great things for all of us."  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/16/fred-azcarate-afl-cio-us-action_n_3282811.html 
  20. Congrats to @USAction & new Exec Director @fazcarate. Looking forward to continuing to build our movement for economic justice & democracy.
  21. Congrats to @USAction and its new exec director @fazcarate! "Together, they’re going to do great things for all of us,” says Pres Cohen #1u
  22. RT @fazcarate: I also want to thank the @AFLCIO, @RichardTrumka and all leaders, staff, members, affiliate unions  http://j.mp/10I0Uz2 
  23. Congrats .@fazcarate on your new position at .@USAction We look forward to working with you.
  24. Congrats to @fazcarate on his new gig as ED at @USAction - A well-deserved new role for one of the best labor activists around.
  25. USAction affiliates, staff and board members across the country helped to get the word out too:

  26. Congrats to @USAction and new ED, @fazcarate! We look forward to continuing & building a great movement together in MO & US. #welcomeFred
  27. Congratulations and welcome aboard to new @USAction ED Fred Azcarate!  http://usaction.org/2013/05/meet-fred-azcarate-usactions-new-executive-director/ 13/05/meet-fred-azcarate-usactions-new-executive-director/
  28. United Vision and United Action for Idaho are thrilled to announce that our National Affiliate USAction has selected such tremendous leadership in moving our state, and our country forward in the pursuit of justice for all!  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2013/05/16/fred-azcarate-afl-cio-us-action_n_3282811.html?utm_hp_ref=politics 
  29. @USAction Announcing Fred Azcarate new Executive Director Thanks founding ED Jeff Blum  http://j.mp/YYq01a lcWelcomeFredN is affiliate
  30. Our allies across the progressive movement joined in the #WelcomeFred fun to offer congratulations:

  31. Said Center for Community Change Executive Director, Deepak Bhargava, “Last month, USAction and Center for Community Change created an historic partnership between our two organizations, with the idea being that progressivism demands movements and coalitions whose efforts are greater than the sum of their parts. That’s exactly why Fred Azcarate is the perfect person to lead USAction and our movement.” j.mp/YYq01a


  32. So excited for @USAction and its new ED, @fazcarate! Truly a rising star in the movement for econ justice. #welcomeFred
  33. So excited for @USAction and its new ED, @fazcarate! Truly a rising star in the movement for econ justice. #welcomeFred
  34. The PT family sends a warm welcome to @USAction's new ED Fred Azcarate @fazcarate. We look forward to working with you! #WelcomeFred
  35. We are fortunate to have had Jeff as a founding director and Fred to build on this legacy for the next era. @USAction @fazcarate #Alumni
  36. Great catch for US Action. Terrific choice; promising future @fazcarate!
  37. So excited for @USAction and its new ED, @fazcarate ! Truly a rising star in the movement for econ justice. #welcomeFred #p2
  38. A note from our Founding and now outgoing Executive Director Jeff Blum: 

  39. "And we have victories in the field to celebrate as well.  On May 7th, the New York State Assembly passed the Fair Elections Act of 2013.  The legislation establishes optional public financing for election campaigns that cover all statewide offices, state legislative offices, and constitutional convention delegates. Congratulations to our affiliate, Citizen Action of New York, who worked with Fair Elections for New York, for achieving this major victory.  It’s these affiliates who give USAction our power and shape our vision.

    Thank you for your continued support of USAction. We look forward to working with you in the fights to come.  It has been my honor to be your colleague in this work.  It is my privilege to pass the torch of USAction’s leadership to Fred, who will build on what we have created together and take it important new places."


    Thank you Jeff, from the entire USAction staff, our affiliates and partners and the entire progressive movement. We are stronger because of your life's work and without organizers like you and like Fred, Dr. King's statement would not ring true, that “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”