Born in Little Rock in 1944 and raised in Dallas, Wade Hudson moved to Berkeley in 1962 to attend the University of California. He soon became immersed in most of the movements associated with that era, including the civil rights, human potential, counter culture, peace, student, co-operative, women's liberation, and environmental movements.
In 1967, Wade graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences, a Field Major in Social Sciences (with a concentration on political science and psychology), and entered the Pacific School of Religion (also in Berkeley), planning to work with the Methodist Church as an organizer of "communities of faith, love, and action." While a student there, he helped organize the New Seminary Movement.
During those years, Wade was employed as a paperboy, short-order cook, bicycle messenger, store clerk, psychiatric orderly, hospital orderly, and church counselor.
In 1969, Wade moved to San Francisco, worked as an Intern Minister at Glide Church, intiated the Alternative Futures Community, and made a life-long commitment to community organizing. Throughout the 1970s and most of the 1980s, he initiated a number of grassroots organizations, including the Network Against Psychiatric Assault, Muni Coalition, Bay Area Transit Coalition, District Eleven Residents Association, Bay Area Committee for Alternatives to Psychiatry, Tenderloin Self-Help Center, Tenderloin Jobs Coalition, and the 509 Cultural Center. He also volunteered with Madness Network News, San Francisco Community Congress, and other community-based projects.
During those years, Wade was employed as a Mental Health Counselor at Marin Crisis Clinic, Coordinator at Outer Sunset Community Food Store, Staff at Campaign Against More Prisons, Manager at South of Market Food Co-op, Co-Editor at The Tenderloin Times, Resident Manager at Aarti Housing Cooperative, and part-time Cab Driver at Yellow Cab Cooperative. He also served on the Boards of Directors for Baker Places, Westside Community Mental Health, District Five Mental Health Advisory Board, San Francisco Mental Health Advisory Board, Regional Young Adult Project, and Vanguard Public Foundation's Community Board.
In 1988, Wade moved to Washington, DC, where he conducted research on national economic policy and worked part-time at SANE/Freeze (tele-fundraiser) and the Center for the Study of Psychiatry (research assistant). In 1989, he moved back to San Francisco, worked as a part-time cab-driver, founded the Solutions to Poverty Workshop, which developed a ten-point program for ending poverty, and organized the Campaign to Abolish Poverty, which persuaded Congressman Ron Dellums to introduce the Living Wage Jobs For All Act. Wade then wrote Economic Security for All: How to End Poverty in the United States and organized the Economic Security Project, which opened the Internet Learning Center as a place for low-income people to improve their computer skills. He also served on the national governing board for the Alliance for Democracy and initiated the San Francisco Progressive Challenge, which supported the Progressive Challenge organized by the Institute of Policy Studies.
In early 2000, Wade moved to a cabin in the Santa Cruz mountains, where he took a partial sabbatical from activism, brainstormed with friends and associates about possibilities for new political projects, and volunteered as Co-editor of Inlet.org, a progressive portal. In mid-2000, he obtained his taxi medallion and became co-owner of Yellow Cab Cooperative.
In March and April 2003, during the U.S. invasion of Baghdad, Wade served with the Iraq Peace Team, a project of Voices in the Wilderness. His Baghdad Journal was widely circulated on the Internet.
Upon his return, Wade completed a small book, Promoting the General Welfare: A Campaign for American Values. In early 2004, he moved back to San Francisco and initiated the Toward Peace website, the Strategy Workshop, and the Reaching Beyond the Choir Project. In late 2004, with Michael Larsen, he initiated the Progressive Resource Catalog. In 2007, he authored Global Transformation: Strategy for Action.
In 2008, Wade volunteered for Barack Obama's campaign and communicated extensively with the national office concerning post-election possibilities, and co-convened with Roma Guy the Post-Election Workshop.
In 2009, Roma Guy and Wade co-convened the first Compassionate Politics Workshop. In late 2010, he joined the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples and initiated a blog, Wade's Weekly. In early 2011, he helped convene the Second Compassionate Politics Workshop. In 2012, he initiated the Occupy Be the Change Caucus
For more detail and a list of publications, see Wade's Curriculum Vitae.
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