Steff Yorek has been active in the movements for peace and justice since she became involved in protests against the Persian Gulf War in 1991, as a student. The way the destruction of the people of Iraq was portrayed as a video game during that war shaped her understanding of the importance of seeing the lives, motivations and struggles of people around the world from their own perspectives.
She has been active in the anti-war movement and in the union movement since that time, including helping to reorganize AFSCME Local 1164 at the University of Minnesota Hospital after it was privatized. She has held the positions of Secretary and Union Steward with AFSCME Local 3800 at the University of Minnesota. She has been a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization for nearly twenty years.
Steff grew up in Little Falls, Minnesota and is a clerical worker at the University of Minnesota. She lives in South Minneapolis with her partner and their bright and charming six year old daughter. She loves to cook and reads cook books to relax.