I was a community organizer with the poor people’s movement to end poverty, a network of community organizations committed to securing everyone’s economic human rights and advancing the values of respect, dignity, and the sanctity of human life. I helped organize a living wages campaign at Baltimore’s Camden Yards. This three-year campaign, led by homeless day labour workers, successfully achieved living wages – after announcing that workers would start a hunger strike on Labour Day in 2007. On the eve of a worker-imposed deadline, Maryland’s governor announced that worker demands would be met and the hunger strike was called off.
I was also a community organizer with the Liberation Learning Project in Vancouver, BC. The project helped organize the Child Care Equity Campaign at UBC, calling for gender equitable wages and a 20% “wage correction” for early childhood educators at UBC. Working with unionized child care professionals at UBC, who were members of the BCGEU, the campaign brought together educators, families, organized labour, and early childhood educators to achieve gender equitable wages, with an increase in fees or a reduction in spaces for children and families.
I used to work in public relations and media production. I worked with Save-a-Pet, the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, IWT/Real News Network, Biz Kids Productions, and help produce viral videos viewed by tens of millions. I wrote op-eds published in the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail and organized media events covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, CNN, ABC News, and CBC News. I was Policy and Communications Advisor for Ontario’s self-regulatory College of Early Childhood Educators. I was an AIDS activist in my early twenties and fought for LGBTQ+ rights as a member of ACT UP and Queer Nation.