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.