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Alex T. Tom is a second generation Chinese American born and raised in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Alex got politicized in high school youth programs in the Bay Area and spent nearly a decade organizing youth and college students in San Diego and the U.S./Mexico Border Region. He is currently the Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco), and has played a leadership role in building CPA’s service, organizing, and civic engagement programs. Before becoming Executive Director, Alex served as the Campaign Coordinator where he built the CPA Worker Organizing Center and led campaigns to organize workers in the garment and restaurant industries, winning over a million dollars in back wages.

Alex has also played a key role in local and national movement building. On a local level, Alex serves on the Leadership Committee of the San Francisco Rising Alliance, a nine-member grassroots multiracial electoral movement building alliance. He serves on the Board of Directors of the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL) and is on the Coordinating Committee of Grassroots APIs Risings, a new national initiative for grassroots AAPI organizations. Last summer, CPA launched Seeding Change: A Center for Asian American Movement Building, CPA's national project that includes building a national pipeline for the next generation of organizers; creating an infrastructure for grassroots organizing; and building power and scale for our movements toward a vibrant social and economic justice movement.[1]

He is the partner of Mychi Nguyen.

Education

Alex Tom has a BA in Political Science and Ethnic studies with a minor in Education from the University of California, San Diego.

Lui Cheng 2007 American tour

The American Center for International Labor Solidarity and the National Labor College recently hosted Professor Liu Cheng for Shanghai Normal University to discuss the evolution of the new draft contract labor law in China. Cheng’s visit to the NLC on March 27th was the culmination of a multi-state tour meeting with union leaders and members of Congress.

For the report by Global Labor Strategies analyzing the impact of transnational corporations on the first draft of the Contract Law go to: UNDUE INFLUENCE: Corporation Gain Ground in Battle Over Chinas New Labor Law

Liu Cheng's tour included nearly 45 events over 17 days, in the Bay Area, Boston, Amherst, New York and Washington DC. A partial list of the many sponsoring organizations, and their key contact, includes:

China Education and Exposure Program

In 2012, Alex Tom , along with other Asian activists and organizers, formed the China Education and Exposure Program (CEEP) to build a deeper analysis of China for US progressives and leftists and to build relationships with the grassroots movement in China.[2]

Support City College of San Francisco

Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), July 31, 2012.

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Chinese for Affirmative Action joins several community leaders to support City College of San Francisco during these tough budget times for our public education system. Supervisors Eric Mar and David Chiu introduced a supportive resolution at 2pm today to the BOS. — with Alex T. Tom, Henry Der, Eric Mar, Vincent Pan, and David Chiu.

Eric Mar supporters

Eric Mar April 21, 2012.

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With Raymond Fong, Chris Jackson, Myrna Melgar, Gabriel Haaland, Michael Tong, David Campos, John Avalos, Amy Bacharach, Ken Wang, Conny Ford, Robynn Takayama, Jane Kim, John Rizzo, Chris Gembinski, Steve Ngo, Evan Brown, Pam Tau Lee, Jeff Adachi, Rafael Mandelman, Wendolyn Aragon, Nicole Derse, Hene Kelly, Alex T. Tom, Sasha Cuttler, Myron Lee, Richard Rothman, Shaw San Liu, Jen Kwart, Mike Alonso, Nick Pagoulatos, Leah Taylor Pimentel, Alex Walker, Viva Mogi, Yvonne Liu, Linshao Chin, Dan Nguyen-Tan, Wyatt Lim-Tepper and Kelly Welsh Dwyer.

Left Forum 2013

Panel Title: From Chinatown to China - Building Grassroots Solidarity through Organizing

Moderator: Helena Wong: CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

Speakers/Co-Facilitators:

California comrades

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Nat Anderson-Lippert with Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Kayan Cheung-Miaw, Emily Ja-ming Lee, Linda Lee, Melanie Ann Tom, Owen Li, Timmy Lu and Alex T. Tom, August 20, 2013.

Ear to the Ground Project

Ear to the Ground Project;

We would like to express our deep respect and appreciation for everyone who took the time to talk with us, and the organizations that generously hosted us during our travels. Interviews were confidential, but the following people have agreed to have their names listed for this publication:

Most of those listed were connected to Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Alex Tom was among those on the list. [4]

Oakland Rising 5 year birthday party

June 2013 Oakland Rising poster; ·

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Our 5 year birthday party is just 10 days away! Do you have your ticket yet? — with Richard Raya, Nikki Fortunato Bas, Pamela Drake, Jahmese Kathleen Myres, Michael Riemenschneider, Andy Katz, Mimi Ho, Igor Tregub, Andy Kelley, Steven Pitts, Melanie Cervantes, Nicole Derse, Lailan Sandra Huen, Kim Carter Martinez, Nwamaka Agbo, Brooke Anderson, Mary Thomas, Kate O'Hara, Timmy Lu, Peggy Moore, Dani McClain, EO Okiwelu, Lanese Martin, Marc Philpart, Rebecca Saltzman, Alex T. Tom, Jose A. Dorado, Rachel Richman, Tonya Love, Sheryl Walton, Andrea Lee, Aimee Allison, Sharon Rose, Rebecca Kaplan, Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont|Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett, Cole B. Cole, Jessamyn Sabbag, Malcolm Amado Uno, Phil Hutchings, Michelle Matos and Maria Poblet.

Mapping Socialist Strategies

Mapping Socialist Strategies was convened from August 1-4 in Briarcliff Manor, NY, by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office. It brang together 100 influential progressives and leftists from across the United States, Canada, and Europe for an “un-conference” on socialist strategies.

Attendees included Alex Tom.

Nation article

Alex Tom is the executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco) and Seeding Change: Center for Asian American Movement Building. Alix Mariko Webb is the executive director of Asian Americans United, Philadelphia.

Together they wrote an article for The Nation "Chinese Americans Want NYPD Officer Peter Liang Held Accountable, Too". .[5]

LeftRoots HangOut with Willie Baptist

Please join LeftRoots Friday August 15th (2014) for our next HangOut with Willie Baptist about the importance of leadership, leadership development and understanding who the ruling class is and what their strategies are.

On May 1, 1990, the National Union of the Homeless (NUH) launched a nationally coordinated campaign taking over federally-owned houses in eight cities across the country. Willie Baptist, our guest on the next LeftRoots HangOut, was one of the organizers of the NUH.

Founded in 1985 by formerly homeless people, the Union was on the move in the late 1980s. At its height, the Homeless Union counted on 25 chapters with as many as 15,000 members. Then, through a combination of drugs, prison-sentencing and co-optation, the ruling class mounted a concerted effort to break the Union. The organization dissolved by 1993.

Willie Baptist is one of the best examples of a movement intellectual. Willie is a formerly homeless father who came out of the Watts Uprisings, the Black Student Movement and has been an organizer with the United Steelworkers as well as the National Union of the Homeless and the Kensington Welfare Rights Union. Today, Willie is the Scholar-in-Residence with the Poverty Initiative.

The LeftRoots CC: Alex Tom, Alicia Garza, Cinthya Munoz, Josh Warren-White, Maria Poblet, N’Tanya Lee, Steve Williams and Timmy Lu.[6]

LeftRoots leaders

The LeftRoots Coordinating Committee, August 2014;[7]

Subject: Celebrate LeftRoots 1st Anniversary! Become a LeftRoots Compa! /Celebrar el Primer Aniversario de LeftRoots!

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Alicia Garza, Maria Poblet, Timmy Lu, Josh Warren-White, Alex Tom, Cinthya Munoz, Steve Williams, N’Tanya Lee.

Celebrating Grace Lee Boggs

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Brooke Anderson Photography: Stills of Our Stories & Struggles March 21,2016 ·

With Margo Okazawa-Rey, Phil Hutchings, Gwyn Kirk, Shirley Strong, Alex T. Tom, Lauren Liu, N’Tanya Lee, Nancy Vogl, Rob Yanagida, Linda Lee, Brenda Salgado, Alice Kuang, Shea Howell, Ellen Choy, Tawana Petty, Roberto E. Vargas, Kweli Tutashinda, Michelle Puckett, Nobuko Miyamoto, Le Tim Ly, Star Hawk, Grace Lee and Invincible Ill Weaver.

Rockwood Leadership Institute

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Alex Tom, Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco), was a 2016 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Leading From the Inside Out Alum.[8]

Dump Trump

DUMP TRUMP, DEFEAT RACISM AND MISOGYNY, BUILD THE LEFT was an open letter to the left from 47 grassroots organizers. October 17, 2016.

A lot of us see something really clearly, but few of us—radical and revolutionary organizers—are willing to say it out loud.
So we’re going to say it. Defeating Trump in the presidential election is a top priority for the left. And at a minimum, that means mobilizing voters for Hillary Clinton in swing states even if you vote for another candidate in a safe state. We’ve got to beat Trump and Trumpism while building movements that will fight, resist and disrupt a Clinton administration that will be militaristic and pro-corporate...
As we mentioned at the beginning, defeating Trump is not enough. We need movements strong enough to fight a Clinton administration on several fronts—whether Israel/Palestine, free trade agreements, climate change, a $15 minimum wage, or the prison-industrial complex. And neutralizing the appeal of the far right means we need to both strengthen our movements for racial justice and win over white workers to a progressive class politics as an alternative to Trump’s racist economic nationalism. Finally, we need to build a left that can help anchor a visionary alternative to corporate Democrats. It won’t be easy, but we’ve come this far. Let’s defend what we’ve got in this election, and keep our eye on collective liberation.

Signatories included Alex Tom, community organizer.

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those invited, on Facebook included Alex Tom.[9]

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward

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Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those expressing interest in attending, on Facebook included Alex Tom.[10]

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