Bill Wahpepah, died 1987, was an Oklahoma native was a leader of the International Indian Treaty Council and the American Indian Movement, which created the council to represent 99 tribes. He had addressed United Nations committees in Europe on several occasions about the problems of Indians in North, South and Central America.
″We was known to people in Japan, in Europe, Canada, South and Central America,″ said Andrea Carmen of the local AIM office. ″He had done so many things. ... But he always had time for the old people, and for children. It will be hard without him.″
Locally, Wahpepah had helped organize a drop-in center for Indians, the American Indian Adult Education Program in the Oakland schools, and a day care program.
The People's Convention
On July 14-16 (probably 1984) The Coalition for a People's Convention "a broad grouping in the Bay Area", organized The People's Convention in order to "unite on and present a people's program to the DNC and to network the many local efforts to win people's power from around the country. Its purpose is to enhance local efforts and amplify them into a united voice and demonstration for reorienting our society away from military aggression and towards meeting the needs of all our people".
SURVIVAL FEST 84 was held August 5 1984 in MacArthur Park.
"Come To Hear And Strategize With Those Changing The 1980's"
- How can we support each other in electing progressive local candidates?
- How can we make electoral work serve the grassroots movements for a freeze, for U.S. out of Central America and human needs?
- How can we over turn the racist dual primary system in the South?
- Is working inside and outside the Democratic Party a viable strategy and how can it be done?
- How can we formulate demands to revitalize our basic industries without falling into the pitfall of the chauvinist anti-import solution -- letting U.S. finance capital off the hook?
This event was organized by the Communist Workers Party front, the Coalition for a People's Convention. The event was advertised in a half-page notice in the Marxist weekly Guardian, their Book Supplement - Summer 1984, p. 12, and the Communist Workers Party and Federation For Progress were listed as participants.
Bay Area endorsers of the event included:
- Supervisor Harry Britt - San Francisco
- Ron Dellums - Member of Congress
- Ignacio De La Fuente - Business Representative, Molders Union Local 164 Oakland
- Barbara Lubin - Berkeley Board of Education, Marxist and leader of an anti-Israel organization
- Mayor Gus Newport
- Dan Siegel - Executive Committee, Federation For Progress
- Supervisor Carol Ruth Silver - San Francisco
- Bill Wahpepah - International Indian Treaty Council
- The People's Convention introductory pamphlet