Patrick Murfin is a 62 year old living in the far northwest Chicago suburbs. He is a life long social activist for peace, civil rights, labor and other causes. He was an active member of the Industrial Workers of the World and served as General Secretary Treasurer, organizer, editor of the INDUSTRIAL WORKER, an co-authored with Fred Thompson THE IWW: ITS FIRST SEVENTY YEARS. He is an active Unitarian Universalist and has served his congregation in many capacities and is involved in many UU e-lists and denominational activities. He is a founder and Executive Director of the anual Diversity Day Festival in Woodstock; a member of of the Democratic Party of McHenry County; and has run unsuccesfully for Crystal Lake City Council, the McHenry County Board, and Nunda Township Trustee. He is a poet whose book WE BUILD TEMPLES IN THE HEART was published by Skinner House Books of Boston in 2004.
Murfin is married and the father of three daughters and grandfather of four. He retired after 20 years as an elementary school custodian. He is currently Communications Manager and Non-Profit Consultant for Oaktree Capital Corp. in Woodstock