- 1 Background
- 2 Student activism
- 3 YCL Convention guest
- 4 Chicago Jobs with Justice
- 5 National Leading From the Inside Out Alum
- 6 Jobs with Justice
- 7 IPS connection
- 8 2009 Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance hearing
- 9 US Social Forum National Planning Committee
- 10 Meeting on Community Organizing
- 11 Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011
- 12 Equality and Jobs for the 99%:Economic Justice for All
- 13 "The 99% Spring"
- 14 The Nation Forum
- 15 Ear to the Ground Project
- 16 "Progressive Agenda"
- 17 Retail Justice Alliance Steering Committee
- 18 Marxist meme
- 19 LNS Board
- 20 References
Sarita Gupta has, since 2007 been, the National Field Director of Jobs with Justice, "a national campaign for workers' rights and economic justice that consists of over 40 local coalitions in cities across the United States".
- Sarita oversees the national field program and leads on strategic programs such as health care justice, organizing and collective bargaining rights campaigns, and immigrant workers' rights.
Sarita Gupta is a nationally recognized expert on the economic and political issues affecting working people, particularly low-wage workers, and is a key leader and strategist in the progressive movement. Throughout her 20-year career, she has worked at the intersection of workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, global justice, racial justice, and women’s rights issues. She was named one of the 19 Young Activists Changing America by Bill Moyers and has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and The Hill, and on MSNBC and Al Jazeera America. She writes regularly for The Huffington Post, The Hill, and Bill Moyers.
Under Sarita’s direction, Jobs with Justice is leading the fight for workers’ rights and an economy that benefits everyone by anchoring strategic campaigns and shaping the public discourse to build power for working people. Sarita began as a community activist and grassroots organizer, playing an integral role in the student movement as the elected president of the United States Student Association. She has since held several leadership positions at Chicago Jobs with Justice and national Jobs with Justice, becoming executive director in 2007. Sarita also serves as co-director of Caring Across Generations. She serves on the boards of directors for the International Labor Rights Forum and the Institute for Policy Studies and on the Discount Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a Prime Movers Fellow as well as a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Training Program, and is a recipient of the National Priority Project’s Democracy Champion Award and Corporate Ethics International’s BENNY Award. Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Rochester, NY, Sarita currently lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband Eddie Acosta. 
Sarita Gupta is the executive director of Jobs with Justice. With offices in 25 states and 45 communities, JWJ collaborates with community, student and faith organizations to build a vital labor movement for economic and social justice.
Gupta’s career as an organizer began as a student at Mt. Holyoke College. In 1996 she was elected president of the United States Student Association, the nation’s oldest and largest grass-roots legislative student organization. In that position, she represented more than 3.5 million students nationwide at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and at the Department of Education. She joined JWJ in 2004 as a national field organizer and then headed the group’s Chicago office before being named executive director.
JWJ’s organizing efforts include campaigns to protest unjust deportations in Phoenix, fighting unsafe living and working conditions among Jamaican guest workers in Florida, organizing fast food workers around the country to launch a one-day strike in July to protest poverty-level wages, and holding a 24-hour fast outside the New York City penthouse of Wal-Mart board member Michelle Burns to protest the corporation’s abuse of its employees.
In 1996, Sarita Gupta was elected the National President of the United States Student Association (USSA), the country's oldest and largest grassroots legislative student organization. She served as a trainer for the Grass Roots Organizing Weekend (GROW) program, a project of USSA and the Midwest Academy.
- Sarita graduated from Mount Holyoke College where she was active in a wide range of issues including leading a successful recruitment and retention campaign of low-income students and students of color.
YCL Convention guest
The Young Communist League USA 7th National was held in Chicago November 22-24 2002.
Chicago Jobs with Justice
Prior to joining the national JWJ staff in 2002, Sarita Gupta served as the Executive Director of Chicago Jobs with Justice for four years, where "she helped build the coalition to over 70 member organizations and unions, and deepened their work to address key workers' rights issues including: health care justice, organizing and collective bargaining rights, immigrants' rights, day labor/temporary labor issues, housing, and globalization. During her tenure in Chicago, she served on the National Board of JWJ".
National Leading From the Inside Out Alum
Jobs with Justice
John Cavanagh is the director of the Institute for Policy Studies and Sarita Gupta is the executive director of Jobs with Justice. They are among the co-authors of the new study, "Battered by the Storm: How the Safety Net is Failing Americans and How to Fix It."
2009 Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance hearing
On November 13, 2009, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance convened the first National Asian Pacific American Worker’s Rights Hearing, a historic gathering of over 200 APA trade unionists and community allies. The hearing was convened in the Samuel Gompers room of the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington D.C. APAs nationwide spoke about challenges they faced in exercising their right to organize including employer intimidation, immigrant worker exploitation, health and safety violations, wage theft and union suppression – while also highlighting the strategies that individual workers and unions have developed in the fight for worker solidarity and economic justice
These worker testimonies, policy solutions, and additional research were presented in APALA's groundbreaking report, Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence, which was published in 2010.
Over 200 people from across the country attended this historic hearing.
The hearing was co-convened by APALA and the AFL-CIO, in partnership with over 20 national and local organizations, to provide the first national platform for APA workers focused on the right to organize and the rights of immigrant workers.
Hearing panelists included:
- Congresswoman Judy Chu
- AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler
- Special Assistant to the Secretary of Labor Mary Beth Maxwell
- APALA President John Delloro
- Jobs with Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta
- UCLA Labor Center Director Kent Wong
- University of Maryland - Asian American Studies Department Director Larry Shinagawa
- United States Student Association President (at the time of the hearing) Gregory Cendana
US Social Forum National Planning Committee
- Jobs with Justice (National) - Sarita Gupta.
Meeting on Community Organizing
A "Meeting on Community Organizing, Civic Participation & Racial Justice" - organized by the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity December 2011, Washington, DC.
- Jackie Byers, Black Organizing Project, Center for Third World Organizing
- Rick Cohen, PRE Consultant
- Kennia Coronado, Voces de la Frontera Student Leader
- Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice
- Ponsella Hardaway, MOSES
- Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Community Coalition
- Judy Hatcher, PRE Consultant
- Richard Healey, Grassroots Policy Project
- Derrick Johnson, One Voice and Mississippi NAACP
- Jon Liss, Virginia New Majority
- Pam McMichael, Highlander Research and Education Center
- Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Voces de la Frontera
- Denise Perry, BOLD: Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, Center for Third World Organizing
- Maggie Potapchuk, PRE Consultant
- John A. Powell, Kirwan Institute (*at time of meeting, now Haas Diversity Research Center at the Univ. of California, Berkeley)
- Rashad Robinson, Colorofchange.org
- Saket Soni, New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and National Guestworker Alliance
- Ada Williams Prince, OneAmerica
- Lori Villarosa, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
- Bob Wing, PushBack Network (via phone)
Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011
Sarita Gupta was one of the 158 speakers who addressed the Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011 . The Conference was hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future, 
Equality and Jobs for the 99%:Economic Justice for All
A public event sponsored by Democratic Socialists of America, "Equality and Jobs for the 99%:Economic Justice for All", was held November 11, 2011; 7:00 p.m. at St. Stephen and Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton NW, Washington, D.C.
- John Conyers – U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 14th district
- Eliseo Medina – International Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU
- Sarita Gupta – Executive Director, Jobs with Justice
- John Nichols – Washington Correspondent, The Nation
- Joslyn Williams – President, Metropolitan D.C. Central Labor Council
- Maria Svart – National Director, Democratic Socialists of America
DSA, the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International, is the largest socialist political organization in the country, with more than 6,000 members and active locals in more 40 U.S. cities and college campuses. DSA Locals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Wichita, among others, have taken an active role in the Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Freedom Plaza, and other Occupy protests in support of jobs and economic justice.
This meeting was organized in conjunction with the 15th National Convention of Democratic Socialists of America, which is being held at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner November 11-13, 2011.
"The 99% Spring"
The Nation Forum
Circa June 2014, The Nation invited leading activists from across the progressive movement to talk about how we can build power to effect real change, not simply fend off reactionary assaults.
Participants in PROGRESSIVE STRATEGIES IN A POPULIST MOMENT included;
- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II: “How to Build a Powerful People's Movement”
- Carlos Saavedra: “Winning the Fight for Public Opinion”
- Sarita Gupta: “How to Write a New Organizing Playbook”
- David Rolf: “What if We Treated Labor Like a Startup?”
- Dan Cantor : “How the Working Families Party Is Already Changing Electoral Politics”
- May Boeve: “Fighting, Not Drowning”
- George Goehl: “Organizing Where We Have the Most Leverage: in the Cities”
Ear to the Ground Project
- We would like to express our deep respect and appreciation for everyone who took the time to talk with us, and the organizations that generously hosted us during our travels. Interviews were confidential, but the following people have agreed to have their names listed for this publication:
Most of those listed were connected to Freedom Road Socialist Organization.
Sarita Gupta was among those on the list. 
Signers of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's May 12, 2015 launched The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality included Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice.
Retail Justice Alliance Steering Committee
- Sarita Gupta.
October 23, 206 Jodeen Olguin-Tayler, Yong Jung Cho, Xochitl Oseguera, Latchmi Gopal, Heather McGhee, Nikki Fortunato Bas, Sarita Gupta, Alicia Garza, Laura Dawn, Agunda Okeyo, Greisa Martinez Rosas, Edith Sargon, Renata Pumarol, Ai-jen Poo, Trina Greene Brown, Naila Awan, Pramila Jayapal, Cindy Wiesner, Brigid Flaherty, Serena Perez and Angel Kyodo Williams, were part of a #GOPHandsOffMe meme.
- Barbara Byrd, Board Treasurer and Chairperson of Compensation Committee, Portland, OR.
- Dr. Elaine Bernard, Board Member, Cambridge, MA.
- John Brown Childs, Board Member, Santa Cruz, CA.
- Sarita Gupta, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice.
- Lisa Hoyos, Board Secretary and Secretary of Compensation Committee, San Francisco, CA.
- Jennifer Krill, Board Member, Washington DC and San Francisco, CA.
- Carla Lipsig-Mumme, Board Member, Toronto, Ontario, CA.
- Bob Massie, Board Member, Somerville MA.
- Ananda Lee Tan, Board Member, Berkeley, CA.
- Joseph B. Uehlein, Board President, [Takoma Park], MD
- MOYERS & COMPANY Activists to Watch: Sarita Gupta October 24, 2013 by Peter Dreier
- APALA website, National APA Worker’s Rights Hearing
- Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
- Our Future website: Take Back the American Dream 2011 Speakers (accessed on Sept. 22, 2011)
- Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio website, accessed ovember 2, 2011
- THE 99% Spring, Who are we/ accessed April 20, 2012
- Time to Stand Up and Fight for a More Perfect Union, Robert L. Borosage June 18, 2014
- Ear to the Ground, About, accessed Nov. 12, 2015
- http://progressiveagenda.us/signers SIGNERS OF THE PROGRESSIVE AGENDA TO COMBAT INCOME INEQUALITY]
- Justice Alliance, who we are