Miriam Ching Louie

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Miriam Ching Louie


Miriam Ching Yoon Louie is a Northern California activist. She has dedicated over 30 years to advancing the movements of women of color, immigrant women workers, and grassroots Asian communities. She was instrumental in various organizations during the anti-war and Civil Rights era, including the Third World Women’s Alliance, and the Asian Immigrant Women’s Advocates. She also organized the United Farm Workers’ Grape Boycott. She has written several books and continues to work with the Women of Color Resource Center, which she co-founded in 1990.[1]

She is married to Belvin Louie.

First Venceremos Brigade

In 1969 Marian Ching age 18, from Oakland California , was a member of the first Venceremos Brigade to Cuba.[2] This almost certainly was a mistake, and actually referred to Miriam Ching.

Second Cuba visit

According to the Communist Party USA paper Daily World, February 8, 1972, P. 4, "U.S. youths will help build school in Cuba" (Havana)

Four American youths, including three members of the Young Workers Liberation League and one member of the Venceremos Brigade, have arrived in Cuba to join an International Youth Brigade in building a model school in Cuba." ...

"The youths from the U.S include

Alliance Against Women's Oppression

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In 1988 Myesha Jenkins and Miriam Louie were on the National Executive Committee of the Alliance Against Women's Oppression.

Frontline contributor

Line of March's new biweekly formatted Frontline, August, 1983, included a Viewpoint column by Miriam Louie: member of the National Executive Committee of the Alliance Against Women's Oppression.

Line of March leader

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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.

CrossRoads

In the mid 1990s Miriam Ching Louie was a contributing editor to Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.[3]

Activism

Miriam Ching Louie has devoted over three decades to advancing movements of women of color, immigrant women workers, and grassroots Asian communities.[4]

She currently works on the BRIDGE, an education project of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Oakland and has served as national campaign media coordinator of Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA) and Fuerza Unida. Her latest book, Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take On the Global Factory, highlights the voices of Chinese, Mexican, and Korean immigrant workers pioneering the growth of the anti-sweatshop movement.

Serve the People Conference on Asian American Community Activism

The 1998 Serve the People Conference on Asian American Community Activism featured a mix of roundtable discussions, designed to provoke thought and debate on "large" questions facing all activists, and workshops and panels designed for activists in similar areas of work to open lines of communication with one another and to share lessons garnered through struggle. The choice of speakers was based primarily on their grassroots community work but also on concerns to have diverse geographic, ethnic, gender, and generational representation. A highlight of the conference was the opening panel on "Interracial Unity and the Struggle for Liberation," in which longtime, history-making activists Grace Lee Boggs and Yuri Kochiyama espoused upon why they have remained committed to revolutionary politics for decades.

With years of dedication to the Black Freedom Movement, both Boggs and Kochiyama served as living examples of the importance of unity among people of color. Boggs shared theoretical and practical insights from her highly praised autobiography Living for Change, which was a popular seller at the conference. Kochiyama brought the capacity crowd to its feet with her impassioned call to "Serve the people at the bottom... the people at the top don’t need your help!" They were joined by local activists Leon Watson and Bill Gallegos, veterans of the African American and Chicano movements, respectively. This inspirational opening plenary served to impart a radical tone to the proceedings and to bring out the best in participants, allowing the conference to maintain a pleasantly non-sectarian atmosphere throughout. The next morning, veteran activists of numerous since-dissolved cadre organizations engaged in a friendly yet critical conversation on the legacy of the Asian American Movement with some admittedly having not made contact with one another for upwards of 25 years. Overall, "Serve the People" provided an opportunity to interact with some of the most prominet community activists from around the country including Anannya Bhattacharjee of New York’s Workers Awaaz, Debbie Wei of Philadelphia’s Asian Americans United, Eric Mar of the Bay Area’s Asian Pacific Islanders for Community Empowerment, Jane Bai of New York’s Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, Joe Navidad of BAYAN-International, Kent Wong of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Meizhu Lui of Boston’s Health Care for All, Miriam Ching Louie of Berkeley’s Women of Color Resource Center.[5]

2002 Committees of Correspondence National Convention

At the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, National Conference and Convention, July 25-28, 2002 San Francisco State University, Ching Louie spoke on Race, Racism and Immigration.[6]

War Times

In January 2002, a group of San Francisco leftists, mainly involved with STORM or Committees of Correspondence, founded a national anti-Iraq War newspaper War Times.[7]

Endorsers of the project included Miriam Ching Louie, activist and author of Sweatshop Warriors .

Averting U S War on North Korea: What Progressives Must Know and Do Now=

As part of its War & Liberation series, Center for Political Education hosted a discussion with leading Korea peace activists and experts on the historical roots of this conflict. The panel discussed what peace and social justice movements are doing and must do locally, nationally and internationally to avert war.

Co-sponsored by Women Cross DMZ, Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans (HOBAK) and Catalyst Project.

November 10, 2017, First Congregational Church of Oakland.

Averting U S War on North Korea: What Progressives Must Know and Do Now

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