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Bob Wing has been a social justice organizer, activist, and writer for five decades. His new book, Toward Racial Justice and a Third Reconstruction: Essays on Theory, History, & Strategy, has garnered accolades from social justice leaders like Angela Davis Anthony Thigpenn , Andrea Mercado and Jeff Chang.

Bob has written extensively about 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.

He currently works with the State Power Caucus, a newly-formed grouping of 22 statewide social justice community and electoral organizations in 15 states, united to help defeat Trumpism and build independent social justice power. 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 cut his teeth in the Third World Strike for Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and as a proud “1968er,” was part of the first wave of Asian American and people of color movements in the U.S. Like thousands of other young activists at the time, he threw his body and soul into the the fight for racial justice at home and abroad.

Bob 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. Bob was also national co-chair of the large antiwar coalition of the time, United for Peace and Justice.

Testimonials

“Over the years Bob Wing has offered compelling examples of what it means to take a radical stand for peace, racial justice and socialism. This collection of his always insightful writings from the last two decades allows us to trace recent challenges of left movements, both inside and beyond electoral politics, and to reflect on how we defeat Trump and the ultra right he has emboldened in the years to come.”
— Angela Y. Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita, History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

“Bob Wing’s Toward Racial Justice is crucial reading for social justice organizers and movement leaders, especially in this most consequential period of U.S. history.”
— Anthony Thigpenn, President, California Calls

“Anyone wishing to grasp the full horrifying contours of the current moment in the U.S., which he calls ‘a state of peaceful civil war,’ need look no further. In these incisive, original essays Bob Wing applies the hard-won lessons of his five decades in organizing to offer us powerful paths forward. Above the din of confusion, his voice constantly rings clear and true. Read this book, debate it, and act.”
— Jeff Chang, author, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation

“Bob Wing has a deep understanding and clear analysis of how race, class, politics and organizing intersect. The essays in Toward Racial Justice and a Third Reconstruction are sure to spark important debate and inform proactive solutions. This book is a critical resource for anyone seeking to make desperately needed change.”
— Andrea Mercado, Executive Director, New Florida Major
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Speeches
  • The Battle Lines are Drawn in the South: Right-wing Neo-Secession or a Third Reconstruction?
  • Crossing Race and Nationality: the Racial Formation of Asian Americans
  • Race and Electoral Politics: Strategy and Building Power
  • The Far Right and the Rise of Trump
  • The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement
  • War, Racism and United Fronts in the Post 9/11 Era
  • Educate to Liberate: Multiculturalism and the Struggle for Ethnic Studies
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