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David Dean is a political educator and writer seeking to support the growth of transformative alliances in our social movements – solidarity that undoes the centuries-long project of reactionary elites to divide and rule.

He is the Associate Director of White Awake, a racial and economic justice political education center where he has taught courses for more than 5000 people and trained activists throughout the country. His message is grounded in rich historical analysis and personal experience. He is currently writing a book that offers white folks critical understanding about how their ancestors were socialized to become "white" and encourages them to connect to a legacy of cross-racial organizing for the well-being of all.

David has also served as an advocate for restorative discipline in schools and has facilitated groups of men working to overcome hyper-masculine social expectations. Under the guidance of community elders on the Crow Reservation (Apsáalooke Nation), he developed and spent years coordinating The Unity Hoops Project, a summer program for Native youth that integrated basketball with a social justice-centered education.


David believes that all of our freedom is interdependent and that when we bring this wisdom to the center of our movements they will be unstoppable. He has been shaped most by his parents' love and his upbringing in Quaker communities. He loves to write, sing, and support others' discovery of their own inherent goodness and power to create social change.

"Nobody's free until everybody's free"



The banner photo above, taken by Jack Rottier, is from the 1968 Poor People's Campaign, Martin Luther King Jr.'s final cause that sought to unite the multiracial working class to stand against the interlocking evils of poverty, racism, and militarism.