DIRECT ACTION • Daniel Hunter pioneered a direct action campaign that halted a politically-connected $650-million casino project. He wrote Strategy and Soul a first-hand report of that campaign’s strategic twists and turns. He’s written about international organizing against the New Jim Crow and climate change. Much of his work has been involved in leading organized campaigns against the USA PATRIOT Act, working to build more affordable housing in Philadelphia, fighting to stop the insanity of the fossil fuel industry, and fighting for public sector employees with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
TRAINER • Daniel is a consummate educator. His activist training tools are everywhere — spread over his years as a Training Elder with Training for Change and Training Director with 350.org. Most activist training has been influenced by his popular education approach, which believes in human’s ability to be smart. He has trained strategy for democratization with ethnic minorities in Burma/Myanmar, pastors in Sierra Leone, independence activists in Northeast India, environmentalists in Australia and Indonesian religious leaders, and more. He is sought after nationally and internationally for his experiential methodology, that builds on wisdom from within the ground, building on past successes and challenging groups on their limiting beliefs.
STRATEGIST • He regularly is hired to help coach and provide technical assistance to campaigns. The breadth of his work is wide — a recent month included trainings with union locals on organizing and economic class, Algonquins on direct action strategy, a capstone weekend of a semester-long intensive for Philadelphia community organizers, Quakers on building campaigns to stop mountaintop removal, and leaders learning how to integrate direct action strategy into climate change.
His home is in Cinnaminson, NJ.