The 1970’s – 80’s Life of a Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino - KDP (Union of Democratic Filipinos) Activist 1969 • My Graduation from Banning High School • My 1st Car – VW Bug – with 8 track tapes! • Played Keyboards in Rock & Roll / Soul & Horn Bands • Attended CSUDH – Joined the 1st Asian American Students Organization • Vietnam Anti-War Movement • Search to Involve Pilipino Americans-SIPA My hippie wanna be days 1969 - Fresh out of Banning High School to… Honors Student Anti-War Demonstrator at CSUDH to….. Associated Student Body - Community Director for Peace & Justice (Draft Counselor) Met other API Activists Meanwhile at San Francisco State College (now SFSU) STUDENTS STRIKE from Fall 1968 to March1969 • Black Students Union and the Third World Liberation Front (a coalition of the Black Students Union, the Latin American Students Organization, the Filipino-American Students Organization, and El Renacimiento, a MexicanAmerican student organization) strike and present their set of 15 "non-negotiable" demands, which include the expansion of the College's new Black Studies Department (the nation's first), the creation of a School of Ethnic Studies, and increased recruiting and admissions of minority students • S.I. Hayakawa was named S.F. State President 1970’s 1971 – First Filipino People’s Far West Convention (FWC) – Seattle,WA *Worked at UCLA Asian Am Studies Ctr. *Co-founder UCLA Samahang Pilipino 1972 – Martial Law Declared in Philippines *Marcos Black List Anti-Martial Law Movement 1973 –KDP Formation in California / FWC in San Jose – Met Rose Estepa from San Diego (SDSU) 1974 – Co-founded Kababayan @ UCI / FWC at UCLA – 600 Delegates (largest FWC) 1975 – Completed the Agbayani Village for UFW – Manongs (Filipino pioneers started the Grape Strike that formed the United Farm Workers) – FWC at UCB 1977 – FWC at UCSD International Hotel / V.A. Hospital vs. Narciso-Perez Case KDP / ILWU Local 13 - Activists Murdered by Marcos • Gene Viernes August 16, 1951 June 1, 1981 • Silme Domingo January 25, 1952 June 2, 1981 Far West Conventions • Continued until 1985 – last FWC held at CSULA • Took up the Bakke Reverse Discrimination Case (UCD) • Dr. Alona Case – Oxnard, CA U.S. Navy Doctor • Elderly & Senior Low Cost Housing • Youth & Family • Labor • Military Organizing • Women’s Rights • Art & Culture • Political & Affirmative Action Part of the Broader Movement • Bakke Decision – Affirmative Action • Immigrant Rights • Support for El Salvador • Anti-Nuclear Movt. – Star Wars – Reagan • Develop Classes & Publications • Social Services vs. Grass Roots Community Organizing • Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition • 3rd World Coalitions – Students & Communities 1980’s Decline of the Movement • Glenn Omatsu – “The Four Prisons and the Movements of Liberation” – The Winter of Civil Rights – Reaganomics – Asian American NeoConservatives – The “Me First” Generation – Activists have Families & Careers too! Today’s Opportunities • Students are still activists – Passing on Lessons to the new generations • Community Non-profit organizations (staff & boards) • Social Services / Civil Rights Law • Teaching Asian American Studies & Progressive Studies • Archiving – Collections – MLIS in Information Studies • History Research – MA in Asian American Studies – PhD in History Same Struggle – Many Fronts Makibaka! Huwag Matakot! Dare to Struggle! Dare to Win!