Teach-in for Equality

Saturday, May 9th, 9:30am to 4:30pm – Los Angeles

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Waiyde Palmer

Waiyde Palmer

Waiyde Palmer

Waiyde Palmer was raised in the heartland of America’s labor movement by a 40-year veteran member of the Oil Chemical Atomic Workers International Union (O.C.A.W.I.U.) who took him to his first strike at the age of nine. He has been in the trenches in the leftist movement ever since.

He has participated in a variety of movements and groups over the years as a street activist, civil disobedience participant and community organizer. He has had the honor of helping to organize the first GLBTQ parades in the state of Ohio. He has been arrested in over 32 direct action events nationwide. He has worked with multiple anti-war movements from ending the silent war in Nicaragua and El Salvador to both Gulf Wars. He has helped the indigenous Shoshone people to shut down nuclear test sites in Nevada on former holy land. Waiyde has also worked with the United Farm Workers in the National Grape Boycott, the Anti-Skinhead Movement helping to organize the largest anti-racism march and protest in California history and Earth First’s infamous Redwood Summer Protests. He has been a clinic defender helping to stop Operation Rescue from hindering a woman’s right to choose. He was a founding member of Queer Nation/SF which helped bring visibility to Queer issues. He worked with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power/SF (ACT-UP) and its international organizing group ACT UP NOW for six years. He also was a member of Stop AIDS Now or Else (SANOE) which successfully shut down the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time in history. He is also an alumni of the Courage Campaign’s recent Camp Courage/LA and is happily looking forward to the next political scrap and working with all the newly invigorated Queer Rights activists.

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