Steve Williams

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Steve Williams

Steve Williams is Co-Director and co-founder of San Francisco based POWER. Prior to founding POWER, Williams was with Philadelphia Union of the Homeless and the welfare rights organizer of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness. He graduated from Standard University in 1992. He is the husband of Mei-ying Williams.

Center for Political Education

In 1998 the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism linked organization, the Center for Political Education hosted a forum entitled "The Workplace as a Site of Social Struggle: 1960’s and 1990’s". The inter-generational dialogue featured the following speakers:

Leo Robinson, International Longshore and Warehouse Union; Katie Quan, Vice President of International Ladies Garment Worker's Union; Frank del Campo, 25 year veteran of labor/community/Latino organizing; Margy Wilkinson, activist and officer of AFSCME; Nato Green, organizer, UFCW campaign; Joy Enomoto, temp workers organizer, Steve Williams, co-director of POWER; and Bharati Narumanchi, student organizer at San Francisco City College; moderated by Lillian Galedo, Filipinos for Affirmative Action.[1]

In 2001 Steve Williams of People Organized to Win Employment Rights; Conny Ford of OPEIU and Local 3; Lillian Galedo of Filipinos for Affirmative Action; Lamoin Werlein-Jaen of HERE and Local 2 and Joe Wilson of the Coleman Advocates for Youth gave talks entitled: "Building Labor and Community Partnerships: Potential and Pitfalls." The classes were held at the San Francisco based Center for Political Education.[1]

In 2002 Steve Williams of POWER; Sandra Alvarez of the Global Exchange; Michael Eisenscher of the Labor Committee for Peace and Justice and Rhonda Ramiro of the Center for Political Education and Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines gave talks entitled: "The Anti-War Movement and Its Links to the Anti-Imperialist Movement." The classes were held at the San Francisco based Center for Political Education.[1]

In 2006, Williams co-authored Towards Land, Work & Power- a primer on political economy for organizers and grassroots activists. He is active in several local and national efforts to build a powerful movement from the bottom up, including Grassroots Global Justice, the US Social Forum and the May 1st Alliance.[2]


In 2001 Cindy Wiesner was still active in STORM and was with Steve Williams a leader of POWER- People Organized to Win Employment Rights.[3]

War Times

In January 2002, a group of San Francisco leftists, mainly former Maoists or involved with STORM or Committees of Correspondence, founded a national anti-Iraq War newspaperWar Times.[4]

The pilot issue of War Times, a new biweekly newspaper opposing the "war on terrorism," will roll off the press on February 14... Featuring an exclusive interview with Danny Glover and a letter to President Bush from Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, the premier of this bilingual, free publication will be distributed in several dozen cities across the country.

Serving on the War Times Organizing Committee were:

Committees of Corresondence conferences

At the Committees of Correspondence National Conference and Convention, July 25-28, 2002 San Francisco State University.

Disarmament and the Military Budget. Panelists included: Kenneth Riley, David Bacon,, Marilyn Albert, Renee Saucedo, Angela Sambrano, Cathi Tactaquin, Marty Price, Patrice Sewell, Joan Cohen, Claire Carsman, James Campbell, Peter Orris, Thelma Correll, Edith Pollach, Amaha Kassa, Harry Targ, Steve Williams, Karen Talbot, Mort Frank, David Cohen.[5]

At the 6th National Convention of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) at San Francisco's Whitcomb Hotel July 23-26 2009 a panel[6]featured responses to a "Democracy Charter" written by Jack O'Dell. Bill Fletcher Jr, editor of Black Commentator, Michael Eisenscher of US Labor Against the War, Jacqueline Cabasso from Western States Legal Foundation, Frank del Campo from the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and Steve Williams of POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights)addressed the "charter. Bill Fletcher, Jr. cast the Charter as a political and social guide for mass struggle.

Sacramento Marxist School

On Oct 20 2005 Steve Williams lectured at the Sacramento Marxist School on Anti-Imperialism from the Grassroots.[7]

DataCenter Donor

In 2007 Annette Williams and Steve Williams were listed on the DataCenter's annual report as donors to the organization. The Oakland, California based DataCenter is widely regarded as the intellegence wing of the United States Left and has close ties to Cuba.[8]

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Steve Williams of POWER, San Francisco, CA signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[9]

Center for Labor Renewal

In 2009 Steve Williams was listed as an endorser of the Center for Labor Renewal[10].


Steve Williams has traveled to Cuba, South Africa and Venezuela[11];

That coupled with getting an opportunity to go outside the United States and see movements that are really vibrant and broad based. Having an opportunity to go to Cuba, to South Africa, to Venezuela, and to see places where both ordinary people have really seen the results of what happens when they join up with their neighbors and begin to trying to change their own reality.