A philosopher, educator, husband, father, and union member, Richard Dien Winfield has devoted his work to addressing the fundamental problems of our society. In his philosophical writing, he has focused on conceiving what our institutions of freedom should be. In his social engagements, he has sought to put these ideas into practice. Seeing too many Americans denied dignity and economic security, Richard has supported striking workers, organized sugarcane laborers, and joined unionizing efforts at UGA, where he has taught for 37 years, inspiring students to seek truth and justice. In 2018, Richard ran for Congress in Georgia's 10th District, advancing a bold social rights platform, anchored in a Federal Job Guarantee.
Richard knows that the 2020 elections are the most important in our lifetime, for now, more than ever, we must fulfill our social rights and unchain our democracy. The time for solutions has come, for we CAN enact laws that guarantee jobs at a fair wage and level the playing field between employee and employer, that help us balance work and family, that combat our climate crisis with a Green New Deal, that give us all access to quality healthcare, education, housing, and legal representation, and that finally overcome the disadvantages people face based on race, gender, and sexual orientation.