Miriam Ching Louie
Template:TOCnestleft 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.
She is married to Belvin Louie.
First Venceremos Brigade
Second Cuba visit
- 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
- James Bland - 22, an unemployed Black worker from the Boston YWLL who worked on the Patricia Bonner-Lyons school committee election campaign
- Rachel Lima - 20, a founding member of the YWLL and active in the Committee to Free Angela Davis (KW: Most likely the daughter of CPUSA regional leader Mickey Lima)
- Toni Shaw - 24, a nurse formerly active with Father Groppi (i.e. James Groppi, and the NAACP Youth Council in Milwaukee during the open housing struggles and at present a member of the YWLL active in the People's Coalition for Peace and Justice and the Committee to Free Angela Davis
- Miriam Ching - a participant in the Venceremos Brigade.
Alliance Against Women's Oppression
Line of March leader
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.
Miriam Ching Louie has devoted over three decades to advancing movements of women of color, immigrant women workers, and grassroots Asian communities.
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.
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.
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.
November 10, 2017, First Congregational Church of Oakland.
Averting U S War on North Korea: What Progressives Must Know and Do Now
- Christine Ahn, Women Cross DMZ
- Ellen Choy, HOBAK
- Kevin Gray, University of Sussex
- Moderated by Miriam Ching Louie, Author of Not Contagious—Only Cancer & Sweatshop Warriors
- Snapshots of Asian America, bio, accessed Jan.11, 2013
- THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF COMMUNISM IN 1972 (Venceremos Brigade) PART 2, hearings before the Committee on Internal Security 92nd Congress oct 16-19, 1972 pages 8132-8135
- Crossroads March 1996
- New Currents of Asian American Activism: Past meets present and future at "Serve the People" conference
- [The Corresponer Vol 10, number 1, June 2002 http://www.cc-ds.org/pub_arch/CorresponderX1-2.pdf]
- WAR TIMES January 29, 2002
- Center For Political Education Published on Nov 16, 2017 Averting U S War on North Korea: What Progressives Must Know and Do Now