Larry Yates, Membership Director


Larry Yates first participated in anti-racist activism in high school days in the 1960s, when he was active in fair housing organizations in the Virginia suburbs of Washington DC, and has been active as an activist and organizer in numerous anti-racist campaigns since that time.

Larry spoke on behalf of CURE at the 2007 National Conference of N’COBRA, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, and wrote “A Response to David Horowitz’s ‘Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Blacks is a Bad Idea -- and Racist Too,” a chapter in The Debtors: Whites Respond to a Call for Black Reparations. When the Washington Post printed an opinion article opposing reparations in April, 2007, Larry Yates’s letter to the editor in response was also printed by the Post.

During 15 years in nonprofit and state government housing agencies, Yates testified before the House and the Senate Banking Committees, participated in a Community Reinvestment Act negotiation, and made presentations at conferences organized by most major housing organizations and organizing networks. His housing experiences resulted in his writing “Housing Organizing for the Long Haul: Building on Experience,” published in A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda, Temple University Press, 2006. He also did pioneering work in using e-mail for national organizing, and presented material from his pamphlet, The Internet: What It Can and Can’t Do for Activists, as a paper at the 1996 global meeting of the Internet Society.

While working on environmental issues, Yates participated as a nonprofit observer at the Bonn, Germany, meeting of the International Negotiating Committee on Persistent Organic Pollutants, February 2000, and also provided organizing assistance to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups.

Over his career, Yates has been able to deliver a succinct message to numerous local newspapers and television news programs. He has edited two special interest publications, and been published in numerous national political magazines, including Shelterforce, Everyone’s Back Yard, and the internet magazine In the Fray.

The common thread of in all this work has been the empowerment of the oppressed, opposition to racism and other forms of institutional oppression and communication based on mutual respect and concrete facts.