BIO: A native of Berkeley, CA, Wendy grew up in the East Bay. Raised by a social activist mom, Wendy began her social justice work at an early age with the civil rights movement, NAACP and Berkeley-based anti-Vietnam war and free-speech groups.
As a member of the Black Panther Party, she helped raise funds, and assisted in organizing community responses to police brutality and merchant racism in Oakland and San Francisco, From organizer, shop steward and staff person with H.E.R.E. Local 2 and SEIU Local 250 in San Francisco and SEIU Local 22 in Sacramento,CA. During the mid-1980's, Wendy traveled to the Philippines, where she saw first hand the relationship between the US military and the oppression of women, poor people and people of color.
While attending Merritt College to pursue a degree in Labor Studies, she founded the International Solidarity and Action Committee (ISAAC). Later, during Gulf War I, Wendy joined with other Peace and social justice activists in forming African Americans Against Bush's War, to organize the Black community's resistance to America's war against the people of Iraq, and provide assistance to Conscientious Objectors of color in the Bay Area. In 2003, after reading Walter Mosley's "What Next: A Memoir Toward World Peace", Wendy decided to focus her anti-oppression work more directly against militarism.
As a black, woman-identified feminist, who daily confronts the interconnectedness of systems of oppression, Wendy has been a tireless and effective advocate for progressive social change. During the past twelve years, she has raised funds for rape and sexual assault prevention, environmental groups, feminist health collectives, youth development organizations, domestic violence shelters, free speech radio, and LGBT civil rights organizations. Wendy joined the staff of CCCO as our Development Program Coordinator in July 2004.