About Danny

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Danny Factor has been steeped in the issue of social justice since his childhood during which he was raised by activist parents. His mother, who was raised in an orphanage as a Jewish refugee from Hitler, taught him to always respect every last ounce of human dignity without exception. His father, who marched on Washington and witnessed King's "I have a dream speech" taught him to live by King's famous phrase, "our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Growing up in cooperative housing in the South Bronx in the 1960's, Danny was introduced to activism by marching with his family and neighbors to oppose the Vietnam War and rampant poverty. He attended the Ethical Culture Elementary and High School, and during his tenure at Northwestern University (B. A. Political Science), during a period in which he was engaging in community organizing with ACORN,  was arrested occupying the university administration building, forcing the university to divest from companies who did business with apartheid era South Africa. At Vermont Law School, he co-authored a brief which resulted in freeing an innocent man from death row, and interned with the United Nations in Europe in the area of human rights.

Moving to Massachusetts in the 1990's, he became a public interest attorney, representing the victims of greed and power, including victims of domestic violence and injured workers. For six years, he has been an active member of the Acton Commission on Disabilities, fiercely advocating for the rights of people with physical and mental disabilities, and in 2014 was proud to be arrested and stand trial for occupying Silver Maple Forest in the Belmont Uplands in an effort to try to save the forest from being demolished by a multi million dollar developer.

Danny is an elected member of the Acton Green-Rainbow Town Committee, the Green-Rainbow Party State Committee, is co-Chair of the Green-Rainbow Party's Assabet River Valley Chapter, and was the Green-Rainbow Party candidate for Secretary of State in 2014 receiving over 75,000 votes. He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, a Director of the citizens activist group Green Acton and a regular member of both the weekly Concord Peace Vigil and the local group Fostering Racial Justice. Danny lives in Acton with his partner, Nadia Franciscono and their 18-year old son, Mandela. Danny enjoys spending time with his family, nature walks, hiking, singing and playing guitar.

 

 

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