We will fight for peace, but we will do no violence.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Meet Your Fighters: Wendy Tarr

Wendy Tarr has worked for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of California since 2006 and currently serves as the director of  the Orange County chapter (CLUE OC). CLUE OC is a vibrant network of clergy and congregation leaders committed to walking alongside low wage and immigrant families in struggles for justice. CLUE OC draws people from a broad spectrum of faith - including Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Muslim and Pentecostal - committed to addressing low wage poverty in our communities.
CLUE utilizes a faith-rooted organizing model that is guided and shaped in every way by our faith. Our movement is built on the incorporating the practice of non-violence and the lessons from the civil rights movement into local struggles for economic justice. We believe the faith community can provide necessary spiritual and moral leadership and impart vision and courage in movements that bring broad social change to recognizes the dignity and worth of all people. CLUE OC also directs the “Loving the Stranger Network” - a network of evangelicals in Orange County committed to working together from a shared biblical concern to support immigrants and just immigration reform.

Wendy grew up in South Florida and has a B.A. from Florida State University in Communications / Public Relations.  In 2004, Wendy worked for the Florida Catholic Conference as a project assistant for the Farmworker Solidarity Project. She later participated in an intentional community in Calcutta, India that helps to rescue and give job training and employment opportunities for women who have been victims of human trafficking. Wendy was raised in the evangelical church and has a passion to see churches understand the biblical call to justice and to actively participate in societal transformation and reconciliation within the local community. She has taught courses on justice and faith-rooted organizing at Biola University and Vanguard University. She has also presented trainings on Faith-Rooted organizing for other organizers within the Sojourners National Mobilizing Networks.

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