#BlueStarBrief February 2021

In Memoriam:  John J. Sweeney (1934-2021)

Blue Star Strategies mourns the passing of John J. Sweeney, the long-serving American labor leader who served as president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009.

Our co-founder and CEO Karen Tramontano served as Mr. Sweeney's chief of staff during his tenure as president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

"John treated everyone with respect and understood that work gave people dignity. He was a progressive leader, pushing the labor movement to do more for working women and men and welcoming everyone: gender, color, status, sexual identity did not matter. I was honored to work for John. I am humbled to call him my friend."

We invite you to read this tribute to him.

Latin America & Caribbean:
2021 Economic Outlook

Like much of the world, Latin America hopes that 2021 will bring a rapid recovery to the economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic. 2021 will begin with a series of challenges, as Latin America is expected to face the most pressing economic outcomes due to COVID-19 of any region in the world.

Can Democrats and Republicans Work Together Again?

Karen Tramontano spoke with the French-American Foundation—France on the topic of Live from D.C., how can both parties work together again?

Click here to watch.

Tips & Recommendations

Etienne Bodard recommends...

4 3 2 1: A Novel...By Paul Auster

This fictional account focuses on U.S. political history in the 1950s and 1960s, touching on major themes such as the Vietnam War, civil rights movement, and President Kennedy's election and assassination—with an interlude in Europe and artistic Paris.

To read during those long quarantined nights!


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