Erin Balleine

Erin Balleine

Coming straight from the picket lines, I entered Boston College in the fall of 2006. My social activism began in 2001, when I began work on Capitol Hill for the National offices of the United Church of Christ, working to influence legislation and policy about third world debt relief and AIDS in Africa. Following my time in DC I moved to Miami where I worked for the National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM) and founded the National Youth and Young Adult Network of NFWM. It was there that I worked intimately with the United Farm Workers (UFW), the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), encouraging faith based groups to become involved in the farm worker struggle. Most notably I was very involved in the Taco Bell boycott (called by the CIW) that ended in May of 2005, the Mt Olive Pickle Company boycott (FLOC) that ended in September of 2004 and the most recent Gallo Wine boycott (UFW) that ended in September of 2005.

Currently, I am studying social movements both within and outside of the United States. Within the US, I am working with fellow MRAP-er Besty Leondar-Wright and conducting research about how class affects social movements within their coalition structures. In addition I am doing research about the Ethiopian coffee trade, and their efforts to trademark their coffee globally.

Link to CV:

http://www.geocities.com/eballeine/CVrevisedOctober2006website.htm

E-Mail:

balleine@bc.edu