Wade Rathke: Listening Shows Me the Way


Wade Rathke’s life is centered on taking action — organizing people into unions and advocacy groups. But he believes that one of his most valuable skills is decidedly less action-oriented: listening.

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Wade Rathke has been an activist and organizer for more than 35 years. He founded ACORN, a national network of social justice groups representing low and middle-income people. He also helped unionize hotel workers in New Orleans, where he now lives.