Cathi Tactaquin

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Cathi Tactaquin

Template:TOCnestleft Cathi Tactaquin is the Executive Director and co-founder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, an alliance of local and national organizations and activists from the immigrant, labor, religious, civil rights and human rights communities. The organization promotes rights for all immigrants through its coordination of national advocacy campaigns, coalition-building, and support for immigrant community organizing and empowerment.

She is the partner of Walter Yonn.


Tactaquin’s commitment to immigrant rights was initially motivated by her own experience as the US-born daughter of an immigrant farmworker from the Philippines. Before joining the National Network, she was involved for many years in grassroots organizing and advocacy in the Filipino community on issues of discrimination and foreign policy. She helped found[1]Filipino Civil Rights Advocates, the first national Filipino civil rights organization and is currently a member of its National Council.

In 1994, Tactaquin helped form the Geneva-based Migrant Rights International, an international network of migrant organizations building a global campaign to promote migrant rights, and she currently sits on the executive committee. She is also a member of the board of Poverty, Race and Research Action Council in Washington, DC, and a former recipient of the Bannerman Fellowship, an award recognizing outstanding activists of color.

Catherine Tactaquin is executive director and cofounder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. The daughter of an immigrant farmworker from the Philippines, she was involved for many years in grassroots organizing and advocacy in the Filipino community on issues of discrimination and foreign policy. In 1994 she helped to found Migrant Rights International (MRI), a global alliance of migrant associations and other nongovernmental organizations. She represents NNIRR and the Global Coalition on Migration on the Steering Committee of MRI, and is on the board of the Poverty, Race and Research Action Council in Washington DC.

Peoples Alliance


In 1978 Cathi Tactaquin (Union of Democratic Filipinos) was on the National Committee of the Peoples Alliance.

PND celebrations

Cathi Tactaquin and Lee Tamoria were contacts for Philippines National Day 1978 celebrations in Hawaii, advertised in Ang Katipunan, May 15, 1978.

FWC 1978

Cathi Tactaquin was Hawaii contact for the Far West Convention at UCLA in 1978.[2]

"Filipinos in Hawaii"

Essay: Filipinos in Hawaii: The First 75 Years. Dean Alegado, Cathi Tactaquin, 1980.

Call for a Conference on Racism and National Oppression


Call for a Conference on Racism and National Oppression was a 1980 call by Marxist-Leninists of The Trend, most of whom were Line of March activists, for a national conference on "Racism and National Oppression" to be held in the summer of 1981 in New York or the Bay Area.

Signers from the San Francisco Bay Area were;

Line of March

The Line of March theoretical journal was simply named - Line of March:A journal of Marxist-Leninist Theory and Politics. It was published by the Institute for Social and Economic Studies, PO Box 2809, Oakland California.

In 1980 the Line of March editorial board consisted of co-editors Bruce Occena and Irwin Silber, managing editor Margery Rosnick and Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, Melinda Paras and Bob Wing. [3].

In 1987 the Line of March editorial board consisted of Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, Bruce Occena, Melinda Paras, Irwin Silber and Cathi Tactaquin.[4]

LOM Contributing editor

In March 1981, contributing editors to Line of March were Tom Angotti, Fran Beal, Ralph Beitel, William Bollinger, , Jim Dann, Hari Dillon, Michael Downing, Cam Duncan, James Early, Phil Gardiner, Steve Hamilton, Fred Lass, Dan Lund, Marian McDonald, Al McSurely, Jan Newton, Tim Patterson, Margery Rosnick, Mel Rothenberg, Ann Schwartz, Albert Szymanski, Cathi Tactaquin, Mike Withey.[5]

Anti-racism Commission


Cathi Tactaquin was, in 1987, on the staff of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a member of the Line of March Ant-Racist Commission.

Line of March leader


In 1988 Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, Arnoldo Garcia, Miriam Louie, Irwin Silber, Cathi Tactaquin, Bob Wing represented the Line of March National Executive Committee and National Board.

Committees of Correspondence 2002 Conference

At the Committees of Correspondence National Conference and Convention, July 25-28, 2002 San Francisco State University.

Disarmament and the Military Budget. Panelists included: Kenneth Riley, David Bacon,, Marilyn Albert, Renee Saucedo, Angela Sambrano, Cathi Tactaquin, Marty Price, Patrice Sewell, Joan Cohen, Claire Carsman, James Campbell, Peter Orris, Thelma Correll, Edith Pollach, Amaha Kassa, Harry Targ, Steve Williams, Karen Talbot, Mort Frank, David Cohen.[6]

2013 DSA conference


Catherine Tactaquin spoke at the 2013 Democratic Socialists of America National Convention, in Oakland California.


Cathi Tactaquin, represented the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, at the informal interactive hearings with NGOs, civil society and the private sector United Nations General Assembly 15 July 2013.[7]

On the part of civil society, we will be very busy over the next few months; we hope to establish or will continue to connect with states and UN agencies in our preparations. We are separately organizing a People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Rights, a week‐long series of events across from the UN and in the vicinity, where we hope to further engage the local community, allied sectors, and public interest in questions of migration, including a better understanding of the complex root causes. We invite all of you to join us.

"Movement work"

Eric Mar July 23, 2017 ·

With Caitlin Dunklee, Genoveva Islas, Shelley Means and Vicki Alexander at Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel.[8]


I esp liked Vickie Alexander & Cathi Tactaquin 's reflections on their movement work. Cathy, reflecting on her 45+ years, incl from '73-87 with KDP (Union of Democratic Filipinos) to her urgent life/death work with global migrants and refugees through the NNIRR, urged us to strive to: 1) serve the people; 2) practice a 'mass line' (from the masses, to the masses); and 3) support mass-based grassroots organizing groups because of the inherent political limitations of 501c3 non-profit groups. — with Catherine Tactaquin, Le Tim Ly and Vicki Alexander at Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel.

Re-visiting the Rainbow Coalition


Join a discussion with organizers from the 1984 and 1988 Rainbow Coalition

Thank you all for joining our Left Unity call in May, about electoral strategies. We will be sending out a report on the call soon.

In the meantime, we wanted to extend an invitation to you to join an online discussion on Thursday, June 28, at 5:30 pm Pacific / 8:30 pm Eastern, with left organizers from the Rainbow Coalition. The Rainbow was a multiracial progressive formation that propelled Rev. Jesse Jackson's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988.

The discussion is hosted by our friends at Organizing Upgrade...

The current list of panelists includes Bill Gallegos, Jamala Rogers, Ellen David Friedman, Ted Glick, and Cathi Tactaquin, with Bill Fletcher and Rishi Awatramani moderating.

The panel will attempt to draw out lessons from the Rainbow years for left movement activists today that are once again attempting to build independent political power through electoral strategies and also contest for power within the Democratic Party.



  2. [Ang Katipunan, August 15, 1978]
  3. LOM, Vol 1, No 1, May-June 1980
  4. LOM, No 20, Winter 1987/88
  5. LOM, Vol 1,No 5, March/April 1981 p 2
  6. [The Corresponer Vol 10, number 1, June 2002]
  7. Closing Remarks Cathi Tactaquin, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (USA) Concluding Session
  8. [1]