George Iechika-McKinney

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George Iechika-McKinney

George Iechika-McKinney is a Los Angeles activist.

"Justice and Hope"

Steven Phillips wrote Justice and Hope: Past Reflections and Future Visions of the Stanford Black Student Union 1967-1989, in 1990.

Writing Justice and Hope has been a humbling and daunting exercise. Many, many people helped, and this is indeed a collective work. I am grateful to the many Black faculty and staff members who provided valuable advice, support and direction: James L. Gibbs, St. Clair Drake, Kennell Jackson, Clayborne Carson, Keith Archuleta, Michael Jackson, Michael Britt, Dandre Desandies, Hank Organ, and Rachel Bagby.
Barbara Smith and the BCSC staff provided institutional support in countless little yet important ways. Damian Marheflra of The Stanford Dolly took time out from studying for finals to shoot half-tones. The staff of Getting Together Publications taught me how to sire and crop photos and helped shoot half-tones. The people in Graphic Services at University Art were extremely fast, accommodating and cheerful. And George McKinney, a remarkable freshman and the midwife of Justice and Hope, gave himself a crash course in layout and production and stayed up with me listening to Ray Taliafero on the radio while we layed out the pages in our final seventy-two hour no-slecp whirlwind that brought the project to completion Three Black staff members played especially pivotal roles during Fall quarter of 1989. Floyd Thompkins, with a few well-chosen words, helped me understand my changing role on this campus and set me on the path to the final completion of this document. Faye McNair-Knox, who has a history of keeping me on track and headed in the right direction, provided candid and constructive criticism. Something told me to run a draft by her before we went to press, and, sure enough, she had suggestions that were extremely helpful.[1]

Anti-Gulf War resolution

For weeks, student leaders have been debating whether the ASSU Senate should have the right to pass a bill opposing U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf. Now, on a Bay Area visit, the board of the United States Student Association — an organization of student governments to which the ASSU belongs — has passed a resolution even stronger than the Nov. 14 ASSU bill opposing an unprovoked non-U. N.sponsored Gulf military offensive. Meeting in San Francisco for their quarterly board meeting, the association voted 19-8 Saturday night to "condemn the actions of the United States government." According to George McKinney, one of three Stanford students who attended the meeting, the resolution took a "student's perspective" on Persian Gulfpolicy.

McKinney, a sophomore who recently resigned as deputy chair of the ASSU Senate, said the bill mentioned the fact that students are already serving in the Gulf, that the expected loss of life in a war is greater than that of the Vietnam War and that money for education is constantly being cut. The resolution goes on to denounce the U.S. government "for its offensive position" and to demand that "President Bush reconsider his stance on this most explosive issue." The bill also decries the letter Bush wrote last week to college students asking for their support. The President's letter ran Friday in The Daily. Finally, the bill condemns "the use of the draft, which overwhelmingly negatively impacts upon lower economic classes." According to Valerie Mih, a junior who attended the meeting as an observer, the board was unanimously opposed to a Gulf war. "I think that everyone wanted to pass a resolution," she said. "I don't think anyone was in favor of war."

Along with McKinney and Valerie Mih, ASSU senator Naomi Onaga, a senior, attended the meeting and joined McKinney in voting for the resolution.[2]



George Kinney, Stanford appeared on an early '90s mailing list of activists in the Bay Area, sent to Freedom Road Socialist Organization member Mike Conan. Several of those listed were known Freedom Road Socialist Organization or Socialist Organizing Network members .

API FORCE leadership

API FORCE was founded in January 1995 through the leadership of George Iechika-McKinney, Eric Mar, Dan Nishijima, and Rhonda Ramirez. Later, George Iechika-McKinney, Jung Hee Choi, Sun Lee, Rand Quinn, and Sinai Tongol sat on the Leadership Council.[3]

Serve the People Conference

Scott Kurashige (top left) with Yuri Kochiyama, George McKinney and other participants at the Serve the People Conference at UCLA in May 1998

Asian radicals

In March 2000, Azine published "Radical Resistance in Conservative Times: New Asian American Organizations" in the 1990s by Diane Fujino and Kye Leung. Five groups were profiled: Asians and Pacific Islanders for Community Empowerment, ASIAN!, ACTION, Asian Left Forum, and the Asian Revolutionary Circle.

We are grateful to the following people for providing interviews, information, and materials about their organizations: Betty Chan, Caroline Choi, Sumaya Dinglasan, George Iechika-McKinney, Don Kim, Nadia Kim, Soudary Kittivong, Sun Lee, Meizhu Lui, Daniel Magpali, Mo Nishida, Robyn Rodriguez, Jee Ryu, Eric Tang, and Ryan Yokota.

AA Movement group

Eric Mar, May 1, 1998.


I think this is a Ryan Suda - black lava design, but I could be wrong. [Mooko says the artist is Phloe Pontaoe who did this for Black Lava]

More on the history of the AA Movement group - — with Emily P. Lawsin, Kathy Masaoka, Mark Masaoka, Glenn Omatsu, George McKinney, D Rikio Mooko, Ryan Suda, Kim Geron, SunHyung Lee, Kye Liang, Scott Kurashige and Michael Liu at UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Second national meeting ALF

The second national meeting of Asian Left Forum was held at USC Berkeley in February 2000. Attendees include local activists Shin Li Tsai and George Iechika-McKinney‎.[4]

Fight Back!

In the early 2000s George Iechika-McKinney wrote several articles for Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! journal Fight Back!.

George Iechika-McKinney interviewed Yvonne De Los Santos for the February 1, 2000 issue of Fight Back!

Los Angeles, CA - The single largest victory for the labor movement since the 1930s took place here last spring. Seventy four thousand homecare workers voted for a union, and won their first raise ever, from the State of California. This year, the struggle for a Union contract continues.

For an update on the struggle, Fight Back! talked with Yvonne De Los Santos, who spent nearly two years organizing home care workers in California. She is an East Los Angeles community organizer, a veteran in the struggle for Chicano national liberation, and a member of the New Raza Left. Sun Hyung Lee and George Iechika-McKinney contributed an article on San Francisco mayoral politics Vol 3, No 1, 2000 Fightback News, newspaper of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!.


  1. [1]
  2. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 198, Issue 55, 14 January 1991]
  3. Azine Radical Resistance in Conservative Times: New Asian American Organizations in the 1990s By Diane C. Fujino and Kye Leung
  4. [Fightback Vol 3 number 2, 2000]