Citizen Action





Founding President:

Heather Booth

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Citizen Action is defunct. For more information about its successor, see USAction (Nonprofit)

Citizen Action was a national left-leaning consumer advocacy group created in late 1979 by former activists from the radical group Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Citizen Action supported a number of far-left policy proposals, including single-payer (government-owned) healthcare.

At its peak, Citizen Action had numerous state-level affiliates, many of which are still in operation, most notably Citizen Action New York. It closed in October 1997 following a number of campaign contribution scandals and the loss of financing from prominent liberal groups. 1

The group was originally headed by Heather Booth, a political activist who later led many prominent advocacy groups on the Left. Booth founded the group’s successor, USAction, in 1999.


  1. John Judis. “Below the Beltway: Activist Trouble.” The American Prospect. Jan/Feb 1998. Accessed June 26, 2019. Original URL: Archived here:

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Heather Booth
    Former President
  2. Donald Ross
    Notable Person
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