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Terry Anise King,  President

WILD Board of Directors



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108 Myrtle St.   4th Floor

Quincy,  MA 02171


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What unites the women of WILD?  Our commitment to:

  • fight for economic justice;
  • promote grassroots activism; and
  • challenge racism, sexism, homophobia and all forms of oppression.        

We provide education, training and support to help women become ever more effective organizers and leaders: in their unions and the labor movement as a whole; in the political arena and within their communities.


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Interim Organizing Director

Read about WILD's 35th Summer Institute here

Lea sobre el 35th Summer Institute de WILD aquí

Leia sobre o 35º Instituto de Verão do WILD aqui

Save the Dates!

WILD in the Winter
Online March 5
WILD Summer Institute
In Person
Friday June 24 – Sunday June 26
We are crossing our fingers and planning to get back to a real, live, in person Summer Institute next June.
Since authorities are predicting an upsurge of COVID during the winter months, we plan to hold WILD in the Winter online again this year.
We will post updates as planning continues.

¡Reserva las fechas!
WILD en el Invierno
el 5 de marzo
Instituto de Verano WILD
en persona
Viernes 24 de junio - Domingo 26 de junio
Estamos cruzando los dedos y planeamos volver a un Instituto de Verano real, en vivo y en persona el próximo junio.
Dado que las autoridades predicen un aumento de COVID durante los meses de invierno, planeamos celebrar WILD en el Invierno en línea nuevamente este año.
Publicaremos actualizaciones a medida que continúe la planificación.

Reserve as datas!
WILD no Inverno
5 de março
WILD Instituto de Verão
ao vivo e pessoalmente
Sexta-feira, 24 de junho - domingo, 26 de junho
Estamos cruzando os dedos e planejando voltar a um Instituto de Verão real, ao vivo e em pessoa no próximo mês de junho.
Como as autoridades estão prevendo um aumento de COVID durante os meses de inverno, planejamos realizar WILD no inverno online novamente este ano.
Publicaremos atualizações conforme o planejamento continua.


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Read WILD's statement on the ongoing epidemic of racist violence on our News page.




Leadership Workshop in Kreyol

On November 11, WILD held its first-ever workshop in Haitian Kreyol, led by Haitian-American Board member Bianca Pierre.  Another Board member, Isabel Lopez, has been working with Haitian American women in the Brockton Workers Alliance. She said some of them were really interested in WILD's Leadership workshop, but would need to have it given in Kreyol. Thanks to the BWA, we got the materials for the workshop translated into Kreyol, and Bianca led a very successful session. The women who attended were excited about WILD and hope for more offerings in Kreyol in the future.  We, too, are excited about continuing to work with these amazing women and expanding our capabilities in this direction.



Online Workshops om Sexual Harassment and Gender Violence


On August 21 and 28, WILD held a pair of online workshops on Fighting Back Against Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Violence. The workshops were held bi-lingually, in English and Spanish. Over 30 women signed up from Massachusetts and beyond. By all accounts, the participants enjoyed the workshop and learned from it-- and from each other.


One positive side-effect of the COVID pandemic has been that we have learned how to give online workshops, which allows us to offer additional programs between the Winter and Summer Institutes, and also to extend our reach beyond the state. We plan to continue to do this even after we are able to return to in-person activities.


2021 WILD Summer Institute

 WILD held our 35th Annual Summer Institute online June 25-26. Close to 70 women registered, from many different unions and organizations. Participants came from as far as Venice, Italy. For a more detailed account, see our 2021 Summer Institute page.

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WILD in the Winter, 2021

 On March 13, some 50-plus women took part in our WILD in the Winter program, "You Can't Pour from an Empty Cup: Keeping Ourselves and Others Healthy”. They came from all over Massachusetts and from nine other states. Thanks to Zoom, we were able to share our program with people as far away as the West Coast. They were caregivers, utility workers, teachers, healthcare workers and more, from a variety of unions, workers’ centers and community organizations.

At a time when many of us were feeling worn out and beaten up by everything going on around us—the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the other epidemic of violence against African Americans and other People of Color in this country – the self-care theme resonated deeply with many women. Taking our cue from the words of Audre Lord,  “Caring for myself is not an act of self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare”, we put together a day of informative workshops, animated discussion and fun.

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The morning began with a moving talk from Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards. Councilor Edwards is herself a WILD alum, and thus knew her audience well. You can see her remarks here.

Her talk was followed by 2 workshops, each of them conducted bilingually. One was on “Constructing Self Care”, and was led by Milagros Barreto of MassCOSH. The other was “Refilling our Cups: How do we address our burnout individually and collectively?” facilitated by Melissa Markstrom  from SHARE-AFSCME and Prachi Goyal from the Pioneer Valley Worker Center. PowerPoint slides of the 2 workshops can be downloaded using the links above. At this time, they are available in English only.

 After a short break, we reconvened in small groups for discussions of the tactics and practices we use to take care of ourselves, and the steps we can take to take care of our communities during these hard times.

The day ended with a rousing zoom “party”.


2020 WILD Summer Institute

WILD held out first ever online Summer Institute on June 27. The theme was "Women taking charge during the pandemic: We will survive!, and workshop topics focused on issues that women are facing because of the COVID epidemic. It was a great success. Read more about it on the Summer Institute 2020 page.

See U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's opening keynote speech on our Facebook page



WILD "Thank you" Meet and Greet: October 29, 5:30-8:30 at the WILD office. Women and a few men from the WILD community came together on the evening of October 29 and shared a delicious meal, and speeches. Several WILD participants gave moving testimony about the way the Summer Institute has impacted their lives.











2019 WILD Summer Institute

held June 21, 22 and 23 at Worcester State University

Our 2019 Summer Institute was one of our most successful ever. Over 130 women attended, from close to 20 different unions and several non-profit organizations, workers centers, and community groups.

There were workshops in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Excellent trilingual interpretation was provided by Mass Translations.

See more on the Summer Institute 2019 page


Here are a few photos:

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Leadership class taught by Erin and Prachi 


Anneta and Fatmata's Leadership classAnneta and Fatmata's Leadership class













Leadership class taught by Anneta and Fatmata



Trafficking classTrafficking class

Workshop on Human Trafficking taught by Nat and Tess      


You can see more photos from the Institute on the Summer Institute 2019 page and on our Facebook page