Willie Baptist

Willie Baptist

Willie joined the PTH board in January 2011, after being a long time friend and mentor of many of us here.   A formerly homeless father who came out of the Watts uprisings, the Black Student Movement, and working as a lead organizer with the United Steelworkers, Willie has 40 years of experience organizing amongst the poor.  He has been a leader of the National Union of the Homeless, the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, the National Welfare Rights Union, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, and many other networks. Willie serves as the Poverty Initiative Scholar-in-Residence and is the Coordinator of the Poverty Scholars Program at Union Theological Seminary.