Self-Determination Life Coach, Oakland
Carde grew up in South Central LA with twelve siblings. Coming from poverty and a neighborhood with a lot of violence, Carde grew up with social workers in and out of her life, on public assistance and in foster care where she was separated from her siblings. At the age of 17, trying to survive, Carde got caught up in a robbery and was then on the run for five years until she was arrested at 22 and ended up being sentenced to life without parole.
While incarcerated and seeing the similar histories and conditions that her fellow sisters and siblings came from and the ways in which trauma and abuse was being continued at the hands of the authorities in prison, Carde decided to help herself and others inside work to heal our histories. With her peers, Carde co-organized to bring Living Outside Violence Everyday (LOVE), a program for those who survived battery, sexual violence and abuse and/or who were learning not to continue those cycles through their own violence. Carde was also a drug and alcohol counselor and worked with young people coming into the prison.
Carde has been an organizer with California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) for seven years, first organizing inside and now continuing on the outside. After 23-years inside, Carde was released in March 2019 and is now a Sister Warrior and life self-determination coach at YWFC. Carde joined YWFC in October 2019.