Marshall Wong

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Marshall Wong

Marshall Wong is a native of Los Angeles, Marshall Wong has served as a Senior Intergroup Relations Specialist with the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission since 1999. He is the Commission's Hate Crime Coordinator and the principal author of the agency's annual Hate Crime Report. Marshall also staffs a countywide coalition, the Network Against Hate Crime, and provides training for law enforcement and service providers.

Previously, Marshall Wong held positions with the Smithsonian Institution and the Mayor of Washington, D.C. He was a Fellow in the Kellogg National Leadership Program and was named Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. Marshall Wong received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and his Master of Social Welfare from the University of California at Los Angeles. Additionally, he has studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Antigua, Guatemala, has written articles for Social Justice , the Washington Times and Asian Week. Marshall also authored a biography about his father Delbert Wong, the first Chinese American judge.[1]

He held positions with the Smithsonian Institution and in the Office of the Mayor of Washington, D.C. Marshall was part of the Kellogg National Leadership Program and has received awards from the National Association of Social Workers, City of West Hollywood, National Multicultural Institute, the Organization of Chinese Americans, and the D.C. Mayor’s Office.[2]

Marshall Wong is the brother of Kent Wong.

API Equality-LA

Marshall Wong serves on the Steering Committee of API Equality-LA.

API Equality-LA/Judy Chu/Karin Wang

February 3, 2009, as part of its "Heroes of Love" campaign to honor straight allies who have championed marriage equality, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center has recognized 15 Californians who have played a leadership role in fighting for the freedom to marry on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Among the 15 celebrities, labor leaders and civil rights activists are two Asian Americans- state Board of Equalization Chair Judy Chu and Asian Pacific American Legal Center Vice-President Karin Wang.

"I am honored to be recognized by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Heroes of Love Campaign," said Dr. Judy Chu. "Despite recent setbacks, here in California we have made great strides toward marriage equality. But we have much more to do, and as long as I hold elected office, I will continue to fight for the rights of same sex couples. I am sure that together, we can ensure that one day the state lives up to its moral and legal responsibility to recognize and encourage permanent relationships between members of the same sex, and provide those couples with the same rights and responsibilities as heterosexual couples."

"It's a great privilege to be included on this list of distinguished Californians," said Karin Wang, Vice-President of APALC and steering committee member of API Equality-LA. "All struggles for justice are interconnected, so standing up for marriage equality is just part of the everyday work of being a civil rights advocate. I am particularly grateful that the broader LGBT community has taken notice of the Asian American community's strong support for the freedom to marry and we hope to continue supporting each others struggles."

"APALC is delighted to have Judy Chu and Karin Wang, two individuals with strong ties to our organization, honored for their leadership in the marriage equality movement," said Stewart Kwoh, APALC Executive Director. "As an organization that embraces a broad vision of social justice and civil rights, we strongly support their efforts and will continue to work for full equality for all Californians."

"API Equality-LA is thrilled that among the 15 heroes being recognized are two outstanding Asian American women -- Judy Chu and Karin Wang," said Marshall Wong, API Equality-LA co-chair. "Both are leading straight allies in the fight for marriage equality. Karin is one of API Equality-LA's founding members and Judy was one of our earliest and most vocal supporters. API Equality-LA salutes them for their commitment to the freedom to marry and to the LGBT community."[3]

Commemorative Event for Joseph Ileto and the North Valley Jewish Community Center Victims

August 10, 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of the attack on the North Valley Jewish Community Center on Rinaldi Street and the slaying of U.S. postal worker Joseph Ileto by Buford O. Furrow Jr., a white supremacist that occurred on August 10, 1999.

10th Annual Commemorative Event

WHAT: The plan for this year’s event is to hold a press conference on the actual day of the shooting, August 10th. We will open the remembrance with prayers in memory of Joseph Ileto and then hear from the Ileto family and victims of the NVJCC as they reflect on the past 10 years. Public officials have also been invited to speak and share their thoughts with the families. After the press conference, their will be a discussion around hate crimes in our community lead by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. This will give the audience an opportunity to see how far we have come and where we need to go.

11:30 – 1:00pm Discussion on hate crimes in our community (lead by Marshall Wong from the Los Angeles County HRC).

WHERE: Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Community Room, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 1st Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Featured Speakers

Student anti-fees protest

April 12, 1983 400 students gathered in Los Angeles to protest tuition hikes.

The protest was organised by the UCLA chapter of Federation For Progress and Californians Acting for Sound Education.

MCs were Marshall Wong from UCLA Federation For Progress , and Frank Cardenas from East LA College Californians Acting for Sound Education.

Other speakers included Rudy Acuna, Cal State Northridge, Marguerite Archie, Community College Board of Trustees, Judy Chu, of UCLA, and Larry Frank from Jobs With Peace.[5]

"Survival Day 84" staff members

The Federation For Progress' Survival Fest 84, "Survival Day 84" staff members included Marshall Wong.

Greensboro Justice Fund

In October 2005, in Monterey Park, CA: Linda Tubach and Bob McCloskey hosted an evening celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Greensboro Massacre with a report on the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Greensboro Justice Fund's granting successes delivered by organizer Marshall Wong.

Buck Wong & Phyllis Chiu, Los Angeles, CA were involved.[6]

LA County Human Relations Commission 2015 Hate Crime Report

October 5 – The LA County Human Relations Commission 2015 Hate Crime Report

Featuring Marshall Wong, Senior Intergroup Relations Specialist at the LA County Human Relations Commission. Mr. Wong is the Commission’s Hate Crime Coordinator and the principal author of the agency’s annual Hate Crime Report.

UCLA School of Law, Rm 1327, Wednesday, Oct. 5.[7]