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Joy Marshall

As the daughter of a Unitarian minister in Birmingham, Michigan, Joy Marshall grew up walking picket lines. "By age six or seven, I was aware of social issues," she recalls. "Civil rights, women's rights, farm worker issues." After college at the U of Michigan, Marshall spent three years teaching middle school in Chicago -- "the hardest job in the world!" Only later, when she was waiting tables, did she find her calling. "God sent me a labor organizer, Barbara Lewis," she explains. "I found what I was meant to do -- fight for economic justice." Marshall's first paid political work was Mayor Harold Washington's reelection campaign. Following three years with Citizen Action in Chicago, she moved to Eugene in 1990 and worked three years with Oregon Fair Share before taking a break to care for daughters Maggie and Claire. "I still worked part-time on various campaigns," she notes. "Raising the minimum wage in '96 was the proudest moment of my life." Marshall returned to full-time work three years ago. She currently serves as director of Oregon Stand for Children (www.stand.org), credited with successful school-funding campaigns in Eugene and Portland this year.

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 18 November 2004

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