Advocacy Work & Political Performance Art
Yvonne has dedicated the last decade to standing up for justice. From voting rights, to environmental justice, racial injustice, climate change, plastic pollution in our oceans, income inequality, women's rights, to world peace. She's worked with numerous non-profit organizations in multiple capacities and has documented many historic protests across the nation from D.C. to NYC to New Orleans to Florida and most recently Standing Rock, through photography & video journalism. She has often used costumes & performance art to raise awareness at protests.
Her political work began as a voting rights advocate in 2007, having registered thousands of people to vote with the California Secretary of State, leading up to the 2008 Presidential Elections & with Headcount.org in NYC, a non-profit/non-partisan organization registering voters at concerts and music festivals. She founded NY Election Justice, a team of writers & political researchers, after the 2016 Presidential primaries in NYC, where hundreds of thousands of voters were illegally removed from the voting polls. Yvonne helped organize multiple protests at the NYC Board of Elections & City Hall, working along side citizens, lawyers (Election Justice USA) & the media. She was featured on Democracy Now (10.46 mark) & appeared in The Villager, New York Daily News & on Babes For Bernie podcast Talk Bernie To Me.
Footage from NYC Board of Elections Protest
Step by step statistics of NYC Election Fraud
In 2011, she was hired by The Public Theater in NYC as an Audience Development Consultant, to reach out to Palestinian and Middle Eastern communities in NYC to invite them to the world premiere of "Urge for Going". Yvonne created an evening called, "Peace in the Middle East" bringing peace activists from every country in the Middle East and had speakers from multiple peace organizations including Jewish Voice for Peace, Madre, CodePink Women for Peace, and Children for a Better Future. During this time she established a relationship with United Nation Diplomats from Palestine and UNWRA, United Nations Relief and Works Agency and created a program bringing children from the Middle East to see Broadway theater.
In the Fall of 2011, Yvonne participated in one of the largest non-violent, environmental, civil disobedience sit-in protests in decades. Over 1,200 citizens were arrested at the White House, including NASA climate scientists and former Obama staff members. The purpose of the sit-in was to fight against the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline that threatened the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides drinking water to 2.3 million U.S. citizens and is poisoning the Cree Native Tribes in Canada. The pipeline became a symbol against all Fossil Fuel corporations that poison our air, water and soil. It was a fight for Renewable Clean Energy, Climate Justice and most importantly, urging the government to end all wars. 9 Nobel Laureates, including the Dalai Lama, wrote a letter to President Obama in solidarity with the sit-in. Throughout this resistance we stalled President Barack for six years until recently when President Donald Trump signed an executive order granting approval in January 2017.
In September of 2011 Yvonne slept in Zuccotti Park the very first night of Occupy Wall Street and created the the Occupy Wall Street Youtube channel interviewing citizens about their concerns. She spent nearly two months doing political street theater before she left for Occupy DC, and then traveled to Occupy Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville. Yvonne was featured in TIME Magazine and countless news outlets around the world.
In 2012 she traveled to the Gulf of Mexico for a month long journey with the peace organization, Operation People for Peace, helping victims of the BP Drilling Disaster who are still facing economic and health issues. The organization is run by members of the SCLC, (Southern Christian Leadership Council), founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Yvonne had the honor to represent Occupy Wall Street in a meeting with Mahatma Gandhi's grand-daughter Ela Gandhi & original Freedom Riders from the Civil Rights movement, Bernard Lafayette and C.T. Vivian.
Over the past 5 years she has volunteered with multiple non-profit organizations including The Hunger Project, Salvation Army’s Angel Tree & Oceana, in different roles including event production, marketing, fundraising and canvassing and was part of the Education and Outreach program of the Broadway Green Alliance. She was the host for CodePink Women for Peace annual fundraiser.
Yvonne has been a vocal advocate against plastic pollution in the ocean for many years. She uses fashion and photography to spread awareness to larger audiences. Below is a photo series called, "Dying Mermaid", a photo series of couture gowns made of Target plastic bags, and a dress worn at the Miami International Film Festival.
She is a member of Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, a choir of activists singing songs of justice. She's done multiple political street theater protests with The People's Puppets of Occupy Wall Street.
Every anniversary of the BP Drilling Disaster Yvonne produces an event to raise awareness.