Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”
Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared” was released May 12 2020.
":Our demands: The country’s greatest priority at this moment is to beat the COVID-19 crisis, and this requires embracing principles of antiracist solidarity and international cooperation. The Biden campaign can and should beat Trump and the GOP with a message centered on our real public health needs and the progressive values that are required to meet those needs. The “Unprepared” ad must be taken down, and all campaign messaging that fuels anti-Asian racism and China-bashing must end. We refuse to allow the Biden campaign to sacrifice our dignity in the name of political expediency."
Signatories included Eddie Wong , editor and publisher of East Wind E-zine.
Contributors to the final April 1974 issue of the Maoist journal Gidra were Tommy Lo, Tom Hayden, Sam Rhee, Judy Chu, Carrie Furuya, Peter Hata, Seigo Hayashi, Tomo Hisamoto, Tamiko Hirano, Eddie Ikuta, Stuart Iwasaki, Miller Jew, Duane Kubo, Dan Kuramoto, June Okida Kuramoto, Sharon Machida, Danny Matsumura, Ken Minamiji, Amy Murakami, Scott Nagatani, Teri Nitta, Alan Ohashi, Henry Omori, Merle Oyadomori, Susie Partridge, Val Sakanoi, Laura Tokunaga, Richard Tokunaga, Brian Wakano, Jerry Wong, Eddie Wong, Mike Yamamoto, Mike Yanagita, Jeff Furumura, Lawson Inada, .Shin'ya Ono, Pat Sumi, Linda Iwataki Omori, Evelyn Yoshimura, Richard Tokunaga, Alan Takemoto, Ken Minamiji, Alan Ohashi, Ed Ikuta, Glen Iwasaki, Steve Tatsukawa, Alan Ota, Mike Yamamoto, Bill Watanabe, Doug Aihira, Mo Nishida, Peter Hata, Song Fong, Bruce Iwasaki.
Inspired by the work of Filipino American writer Carlos Bulosan, who wrote movingly about the experiences of Filipino immigrant farm workers, Linda Mabalot became an activist in the Asian Pacific American student movement while a pre-med major at UC Davis. She graduated in 1975 with a degree in biology, but her desire to make a film about Bulosan eventually led her to Los Angeles.
She met Duane Kubo and Eddie Wong, two of the founding members of Visual Communications, while walking in Little Tokyo one day in 1977. She joined their collective of artists and filmmakers to direct and produce a project about the history of Filipinos in California. The result was a documentary titled "Manong," which focused on Filipino farm workers in the Central Valley and on Philip Veracruz, a Filipino American pioneer in the United Farm Workers movement.
"It was one of the earliest documentaries about Filipino Americans," said Cas Tolentino, an administrative law judge who taught UCLA's first class on the Filipino American experience and knew Mabalot for more than 25 years.
In 1985 Co-Editors were Eddie Wong, and Denise Imura.
Wong served as the head of thr California management team in 1984, and as national field director of the 1988 Jackson campaign.
Jackson said of Wong: "Some of those victories in caucus states, where it was said we could not win, the guy who engineered those victories and thought through the details of that organization and how to win those states was Eddie Wong".
"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"
Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.
Those listed as supporters of the call included Eddie Wong, national field director 1988 Jesse Jackson for President campaign. .
Commission on Fairness in Media
On October 10, Jesse Jackson, and members of the Rainbow Coalitions's Commission for Fairness in the Media, met with Fox News President Joe Matolan to push for more minority inclusion in recruitment, training and protion of minorities.
Rainbow to Obama
Progressive Asian-American activists played a key role in the development of the Rainbow Coalition. Butch Wing recalled that Jackson "... really impressed us because he really wanted to involve other communities.... His support base and experience was in the African-American community, but he expanded. He began the conversation about coalitions." "More importantly," One Asian-American writer to the New York Times noted in 1984, "the Jackson candidacy has opened up a necessary dialogue between the black and Asian-American communities." Quite a few of these activists, including newly elected San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Eric Mar, ended up as successful politicians and community organizers working for or endorsing Obama. Eddie Wong looked back at his time with the Rainbow Coalition as formative in his contemporary work with the Asian and Pacific Islander Leadership Council for Senator Obama.
Black Lives Matter
- Times Linda Mabalot, 49; Nurtured Asian American Filmmakers May 29, 2003|Elaine Woo
- [FALL / WINTER 1983 p37]
- [The Asian American Movement By William Wei page 255]
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