Presentation on theme: "The 1970’s – 80’s L ife of a Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino - KDP (Union of Democratic Filipinos) Activist."— Presentation transcript:
The 1970’s – 80’s L ife of a Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino - KDP (Union of Democratic Filipinos) Activist
1969 My Graduation from Banning High School My 1 st Car – VW Bug – with 8 track tapes! Played Keyboards in Rock & Roll / Soul & Horn Bands Attended CSUDH – Joined the 1 st Asian American Students Organization Vietnam Anti-War Movement Search to Involve Pilipino Americans-SIPA
My hippie wanna be days 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 Mexican- American 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 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, June 1, 1981 Silme Domingo January 25, 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 3 rd 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 Neo- Conservatives –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!