Click here for an interview of Bob Wing on the 50th anniversary of the Third World Strike at U.C. Berkeley, by Douglas Parada.
Bob Wing has been a social justice organizer, activist and writer since 1968. He cut his teeth in the Third World Strike for Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley which was met by the sustained, armed iron fist of the State but nonetheless prevailed.
A proud “1968er,” Bob was part of the first wave of the Asian American and people of color movements in the U.S. Like thousands of other young activists of the time, he quit school and threw his body and soul into the radical movements of the time, but always focused on the fight for racial justice at home and abroad.
He also became immersed in Marxist theory and history and the attempt to link these to strategy and practice. In his fifty years of activism, he has been involved in many intense and conscious efforts to theorize and build people of color and multiracial unity and to connect issues of war, racism, sexism and politics.
He was the founding editor of ColorLines, a national publication of race and organizing, and War Times/Tiempo de Guerras, a bilingual newspaper opposed to the war in Iraq in the early 2000s, and national co-chair of the large antiwar coalition of the time, United for Peace and Justice.
Bob lived and worked in North Carolina for a number of years and remains connected to Southern racial justice forces. He worked with The Moral Monday movement led by Rev. William Barber (now transformed into the nationwide Poor Peoples Campaign), the radical teachers’ caucus Organizing 2020 which recently won the leadership of the North Carolina Association of Educators, the Durham People’s Alliance, and joined efforts outside of North Carolina such as the election of Chokwe Lumumba for mayor of Jackson, Miss.
He has published on racial formation and racial justice, elections and electoral strategy, the fight for the U.S. South, Iraq and the Middle East, Asian American history and movements, sports, and his family’s six generations in the United States.
His focus has been helping to build the racial and social justice movement to truly mass proportions and power to meet the dangerous challenge of the far right and neo-liberalism.
Bob is the proud father of Josina Morita, co-guardian/godfather to Tamierra Brooks, father-in-law to Cornell Collins, joyful grandfather to Kai and Meiko, and lives in Los Angeles.