Robert F. Stern
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Robert Fred Stern was a leader of SDS and other new left activist organizations in the 1960s and early 1970s. He was first married to Susan Stern whom he met at Syracuse University and later married his current wife, Dina Burstein, with whom he has two children. He left his law office in 1993 and gained a position at the Washington State Labor Council where he served as Lead Lobbyist and Special Assistant to the President until his retirement in April 2008.
Early life and education
Robert Stern, the son of Holocaust survivors, was born on March 11, 1944 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Start of Activism
He began his activism at Syracuse University, where he combined activism in student politics with his growing commitment to the civil rights movement and the movement against the war in Vietnam. When he began attending law school at the University of Washington, he became a boisterous and visible leader, acting on behalf of many student-led organizations.
Later Years to Present
He has been an attorney since 1974. Upon passing the Bar exam, he became a gardener at the University of Washington, where he became active in the Washington Federation of State Employees Local 1488. During this time, he also taught courses at Seattle Central Community College and became a member of the Washington Federation of Teachers.
Governor Christine Gregoire declared May 2, 2008 Robby Stern Day in the state of Washington to honor him for his "...lifelong commitment to labor and working families..." in the State of Washington. Mayor Greg Nickels declared May 10, 2008, "Robby Stern 'Power To The People' Day" in the City of Seattle for Robby's dedication of "his life to social and economic justice..." Stern, in retirement, chaired the Healthy Washington Coalition until December, 2009. He also serves on the Board of Washington Community Action Network and the Advisory Board for the Real Change newspaper. He also served on the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action and in December, 2009, he was elected its President.
He resides in Seattle, Washington with his wife Dina Burstein, a nurse at Harborview Hospital. The couple has two children together, Jacob and Rivka.
- David T. Courtwright, No Right Turn: Conservative Politics in a Liberal America, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2010, p. 104
- 94th Congress, 1st Session, The Weather Underground Report of the Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws of the Committee of the Judiciary United States Senate, ninety-fourth Congress, First Session, January 1975. U.S. Government Printing Office. Washington: 1975 (FBI Files, WUO)
- Biographical information via the Washington State Labor Council
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