John Ehrenreich

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John Ehrenreich is the husband of Barbara Ehrenreich. He has written widely on health policy, health workers and labor issues.[1]

An Open Letter to the New New Left From the Old New Left

An Open Letter to the New New Left From the Old New Left.

Now it is time for all those who yearn for a more equal and just social order to face facts.

By Former leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society. April 16, 2020.

On April 13, 2020, Senator Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee, former vice president Joe Biden. Writing as founders and veterans of the leading New Left organization of the 1960s, Students for a Democratic Society, we welcome Bernie’s wise choice—but we are gravely concerned that some of his supporters, including the leadership of Democratic Socialists of America, refuse to support Biden, whom they see as a representative of Wall Street capital. Some of us are DSA members, but do not believe their position is consistent with a long-range vision of democracy, justice, and human survival....

We salute Bernie Sanders and our friends and comrades in DSA and in the diverse movements for social justice and environmental sanity that enabled them to rise. We look forward to joining together to build on and defend our accomplishments. And now we plead with all: Get together, beat Trump, and fight for democracy—precious, fragile, worth keeping.

The signers of this letter were founders, officers, and activists in Students for a Democratic Society between 1960 and 1969.

Signers included John Ehrenreich.

Travel to China

Ehrenreich visited China in 1974 with his wife Barbara Ehrenreich where he became familiar with the Chinese health-care system.[2]


In January 1975, New American Movement Discussion Bulletin issue number 12, carried an article, Notes on Style for Outreach Pamphlets, John Ehrenreich (New York Mets NAM).

New American Movement leadership

Attendees at the Expanded National Interim Committee of the New American Movement January 2-4, 1976 in Pittsburgh, PA included;

Roberta Lynch, Anne Farrar, Judy MacLean, Alan Charney, Steve Carlip, Holly Graff, Richard Healey, Mark Mericle, Carollee Sandberg, John Ehrenreich, Bill Leumer, Elayne Rapping

RIC respresentatives -Ellen Sugg (Port City Chapter, Industrial Heartland Region), Mel Tanzman (Brooklyn Chapter, Northeast Region), Joni Rabinowitz (Pittsburgh Chapter, Industrial Heartland Region), Noel Ignatin (Sojourner Truth Chapter, Midwest Region), Rick Kunnes (Ann Arbor Chapter Industrial Heartland Region), Dorothy Healey ( L.A. #4, Southwest Region), John Judis (East Bay Chapter, Northwest Region), Lee Holstein (Haymarket Chapter, Midwest Region), Laura Burns (Radcliffe/Harvard Chapter, Northeast Region), Dan Marschall (East Bay Chapter, Northwest Region), Glenn Scott (Austin Chapter, Southern Region), Alice Allgaier (St. Louis Chapter, Midwest Region), Dave McBride (Austin, Southern Region), Mark Cohen (Southern Region, Hal Adams ( Iowa City, Midwest Region);

Staff - Dave Ranney[3]

New American Movement Speakers Bureau

In the 1980s John Ehrenreich was a speaker on the Health section of the NAM Speakers Bureau on the subject of Health Care in the U.S. and in China.[4]

Health Policy Advisory Center

Ehrenreich worked as a staff member of the Health Policy Advisory Center.[5]


  • American Health Empire: Power, Profits and Politics (co-authored with his wife, Barbara Ehrenreich)


  1. New American Movement Speakers Bureau booklet, 1980s
  2. New American Movement Speakers Bureau booklet, 1980s
  3. Minutes of the Meeting of the Expanded National Interim Committee, January 2-4, 1976 Pittsburgh, PA
  4. New American Movement Speakers Bureau booklet, 1980s
  5. New American Movement Speakers Bureau booklet, 1980s