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MRLF hires Kerry Felder
as new community organizer
working on education issues

From the Minneapolis Labor Review, September 20, 2013

By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor

MINNEAPOLIS — Defending public education and collective bargaining rights for teachers and other public school employees is shaping up to be one of the front lines in the war on workers.

With the support of a Solidarity Grant from the national AFL-CIO, the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation has hired Kerry Felder for a newly-created community organizer position focused on education issues. Felder began work September 9.

Felder worked most recently as a field organizer for Minnesotans for a Fair Economy. There she helped organize campaigns in support of fast food workers and raising the minimum wage and for the recently-passed Homeowners Bill of Rights, among other issues. “It was really fast-paced. It was a lot of fun,” she said.

Felder said joining the MRLF staff as community and education organizer brings her back to her roots. “I’m in it for the kids,” she said. “I began as an education organizer with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. That’s where my interests lie; I helped save North High School.” (In 2010, the community mobilized to stop the superintendant’s plan to close cherished North High School).

Kerry Felder is the MRLF’s new community and education organizer.  

Felder, 40, grew up in south Minneapolis and was a 1991 graduate of Minneapolis North High School. At North, she was in the school’s advanced science, math and technology program.The Summatech program was “phenomenal” she said — and she would like to see that program return to North.

After high school, Felder attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She later moved to California for a few years before returning to Minneapolis to help her family.

Her late father, Frederick Douglas Felder, II, was a math teacher at the old Minneapolis Central High School. “He was a strong union member,” she said. Her father’s pension, she noted, helps support her mother today.

Felder lives in Victory Neighborhood  in north Minneapolis. She is active in her church, St. James A.M.E. in Minneapolis, as a Sunday school teacher, missionary, and steward of social action.

“I love talking with people — that’s my most favorite thing ever,” Felder said.

Contact Kerry Felder at 612-321-5669 or kerry@minneapolisunions.org.



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