Adam Robinson begins work as MRLF's new community and political organizer
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, September 30, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS — Adam Robinson began working last month for the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation in a newly-created position, community and political organizer.
A key focus of Robinson’s work will be devoted to building labor-community alliances through the Minnesota Wants to Work Campaign, a partnership including the MRLF which launched earlier this year.
He also will staff the MRLF’s suburban labor councils.
“I see the work I’m doing here as an extension of the work I’ve been doing for a long time for social, economic and racial justice,” Robinson said. “We need everyone to rise up and demand jobs and living wage jobs and economic justice,” he said.
Robinson comes to the MRLF from four years working as public policy organizer for Catholic Charities’ Office for Social Justice. There he worked to organize coalitions “to make sure people in poverty and in crisis are protected,” he said. “I worked on campaigns to save General Assistance Medical Care and this last year on a big campaign to save General Assistance and protect the Minnesota Family Investment Program from cuts.”
Robinson, 36, grew up in Racine, Wisconsin in a union household where both of his parents were public school teachers. “They really instilled in me how important it is to be part of the labor movement and be part of the broader movement for social and economic justice,” he said. “I’ve always been politically active.”
Robinson earned a B.A. in philosophy in 1997 from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
“I played music for a living from the time I was 18 years old to 28 years old,” he related. “That’s how I paid for college.”
As a member of the Minnesota Newspaper Guild, Robinson worked from 2003-2007 at the Catholic Spirit newspaper, first in ad sales and then as web coordinator.
In 2009, he completed the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership, with a concentration in labor studies.
Robinson moved to the Twin Cities in 2003 with his wife Annie Crawford, who is a social worker for Hennepin County and a member of AFSCME Local 34. The couple lives in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood with their daughter Kate, age 2.
Contact Adam Robinson, MRLF community and political organizer, at 612-379-4206 ext. 103 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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