My book chronicles my experiences at San Jose State during the turbulent 60s through the early 70s. In my eight year quest to obtain my bachelor's degree, I battled mental illness and poverty. At one point, I was temporarily locked up in a mental health facility.
Despite these obstacles, I played a vital role in campus leadership. I successfully reorganized the campus governing process, which serves as the blueprint for San Jose State student government today. And I was on the Chancellor’s blue ribbon panel, which selected the successor to Dr. Robert Clark, who led San Jose State as its president for half a decade in the 60s.
I was on the winning campaign that elected James Edwards as the first black campus student body president in California. And I served as Edwards' treasurer during his administration. At the same time, I fought for civil rights and helped desegregate off-campus student housing. Thus, I was instrumental in establishing a student tenants' union for students on and off campus.
In my youth, I was an avid rock climber. I discuss all these experiences in my book, because they helped me cope with life.
Since my time at San Jose State as an undergraduate, I have been a community activist in San Jose, a Green Party state leader, and have run for public office.
I have successfully dealt with life's adversities – even overcoming homelessness while managing my bipolar disorder for forty years. I am now working on obtaining my third master's degree at San Jose State. I also have taught social science subjects in California community colleges in the last decade.
I strongly believe that you will find my new book, "The Wawona Brotherhood: The San Jose State Campus Revolt" very intriguing.