Bob Wing has been a social justice organizer, political strategist and writer since 1968. He was the founding editor of ColorLines magazine and the newspaper War Times/Tiempo de Guerras. His piece, "The Battle Lines are Drawn: Right-wing Neo-Secession or a Third Reconstruction?" went viral and provided a context for better understanding the Right's current offensive against Blacks and other people of color, women, LGBTQ communities, and immigrants as well as the gains won during the Civil Rights era.
In this and other strategy articles, Wing is an outspoken advocate for a left/progressive political strategy that works both inside and outside the electoral and governmental arenas in order to defeat the pernicious alliance of the far right of the corporate class and the rightwing grassroots movement.
Currently based in Durham, North Carolina, Wing is active in the Moral Monday/Forward Together movement, teacher organizing and Durham politics. Wing speaks and writes regularly about the role of the struggle against racism and the South in the movements for freedom and social justice.
A Chinese American, Wing was part of the first wave of Asian American activism in the late '60s. In 1969, he participated in the Third World Strike that led to the formation of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He later taught in that department and briefly chaired the Asian American Studies program.
Over the years, he has been immersed in many intense and conscious efforts to theorize and to build multi-racial unity and to connect issues of war, racism and politics. Wing has helped start and lead such groups as the massive antiwar coalition United for Peace and Justice, Third World Coalition Against the Vietnam War, the National Committee to Overturn the Bakke Decision, the National Anti-Racist Organizing Committee and others. Wing previously worked as director of strategic projects for Community Coalition in South Central Los Angeles where he also worked with InnerCity Struggle, the East LA Community Corporation, Liberty Hill Foundation and others.
Wing has published on issues of racial formation and racial justice, Iraq and the "war on terrorism," elections, Asian American history and the Asian American movement, Mexico, Palestine, sports, and the history of his family's six generations in the U.S.
Some of his other essays include: "Toward a Social Justice Electoral Strategy," "Obama, Race and Defeating the Racist Southern Strategy," "War, Racism and United Fronts in the Post 9/11 Era," "Crossing Race and Nationality: the Racial Formation of Asian Americans," "Educate to Liberate: Multiculturalism and the Struggle for Ethnic Studies," and "Hating Barry Bonds."