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Eric Mar is a San Francisco activist. He is the twin brother of Gordon Mar, and brother of Warren Mar.

Father of Jade Mar. Partner of Debra Leow.

Education

  • Studied Immigration, Labor & public interest law at New College of California School of Law
  • Studied Public Health/Asian American Studies at UC Davis
  • Went to Kennedy High

Career

  • Assistant Professor at College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
  • Former Board of Supervisors at City and County of San Francisco - Government
  • Former Board of Education President at San Francisco Unified School District

March on Sacramento

From Facebook Eric Mar, April 1987.

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I took this photo when I was the Editor of the Third World Forum at UC Davis - Spring 1987 March on Sacramento for Educational Rights — with Eric Donato at California State Capitol.[1]

Asians in the Rainbow

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Progressive Asian-American activists played a key role in the development of the Rainbow Coalition. Butch Wing recalled that Jackson "... really impressed us because he really wanted to involve other communities.... His support base and experience was in the African-American community, but he expanded. He began the conversation about coalitions." "More importantly," One Asian-American writer to the New York Times noted in 1984, "the Jackson candidacy has opened up a necessary dialogue between the black and Asian-American communities." Quite a few of these activists, including newly elected San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Eric Mar, ended up as successful politicians and community organizers working for or endorsing Obama. Eddie Wong looked back at his time with the Rainbow Coalition as formative in his contemporary work with the Asian and Pacific Islander Leadership Council for Senator Obama.[2]

Unity interview

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Eric Mar, a law student at the New College of California, interviewed Renee Saucedo, president of the Boat Hall Law Students Association, published on page 6 of League of Revolutionary Struggle's Unity March 19, 1990.

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Eric Mar, San Francisco appeared on an early '90s mailing list of activists in the Bay Area, sent to Freedom Road Socialist Organization member Mike Conan. Several of those listed were known Freedom Road Socialist Organization or Socialist Organizing Network members .

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Eric Mar, vice chair Chinese Progressive Association, San Francisco endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[3]

Editorial board News for a People's World

The 1993 News for a People's World editor's committee board consisted of Alice Sunshine (editor), Marcy Rein (managing editor), committee members Pele deLappe, Conn Hallinan, Tahan Jones, Eric Mar, Hannah Miller, Jonathan Nack, Marty Price, David Raymond , Barry Sheppard and John Trinkl.[4]

API FORCE leadership

API FORCE was founded in January 1995 through the leadership of Eric Mar, George Iechika-McKinney, Dan Nishijima, and Rhonda Ramirez. Later, George Iechika-McKinney, Jung Hee Choi, Sun Lee, Rand Quinn, and Sinai Tongol sat on the Leadership Council.[5]

Serve the People Conf./Asian American Community Activism

The 1998 Serve the People Conference on Asian American Community Activism featured a mix of roundtable discussions, designed to provoke thought and debate on "large" questions facing all activists, and workshops and panels designed for activists in similar areas of work to open lines of communication with one another and to share lessons garnered through struggle. The choice of speakers was based primarily on their grassroots community work but also on concerns to have diverse geographic, ethnic, gender, and generational representation. A highlight of the conference was the opening panel on "Interracial Unity and the Struggle for Liberation," in which longtime, history-making activists Grace Lee Boggs and Yuri Kochiyama espoused upon why they have remained committed to revolutionary politics for decades.

With years of dedication to the Black Freedom Movement, both Boggs and Kochiyama served as living examples of the importance of unity among people of color. Boggs shared theoretical and practical insights from her highly praised autobiography Living for Change, which was a popular seller at the conference. Kochiyama brought the capacity crowd to its feet with her impassioned call to "Serve the people at the bottom... the people at the top don’t need your help!" They were joined by local activists Leon Watson and Bill Gallegos, veterans of the African American and Chicano movements, respectively. This inspirational opening plenary served to impart a radical tone to the proceedings and to bring out the best in participants, allowing the conference to maintain a pleasantly non-sectarian atmosphere throughout. The next morning, veteran activists of numerous since-dissolved cadre organizations engaged in a friendly yet critical conversation on the legacy of the Asian American Movement with some admittedly having not made contact with one another for upwards of 25 years. Overall, "Serve the People" provided an opportunity to interact with some of the most prominet community activists from around the country including Anannya Bhattacharjee of New York’s Workers Awaaz, Debbie Wei of Philadelphia’s Asian Americans United, Eric Mar of the Bay Area’s Asian Pacific Islanders for Community Empowerment, Jane Bai of New York’s Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, Joe Navidad of BAYAN-International, Kent Wong of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Meizhu Lui of Boston’s Health Care for All, Miriam Ching Louie of Berkeley’s Women of Color Resource Center.[6]

AA Movement group

Eric Mar, May 1, 1998.

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AsianAmericanMovement.net

I think this is a Ryan Suda - black lava design, but I could be wrong. [Mooko says the artist is Phloe Pontaoe who did this for Black Lava http://www.blacklava.net/#]

More on the history of the AA Movement group - http://apimovement.com/history/radical-resistance-conservative-times-new-asian-american-organizations-1 — with Emily P. Lawsin, Kathy Masaoka, Mark Masaoka, Glenn Omatsu, George McKinney, D Rikio Mooko, Ryan Suda, Kim Geron, SunHyung Lee, Kye Liang, Scott Kurashige and Michael Liu at UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Not In Our Name

In August 2004 Eric Mar on the San Francisco Board of Education endorsed an anti “Bush Team” Protest at the Republican National Convention in New York, organized by Not In Our Name, an organization closely associated with the Revolutionary Communist Party.[7]

Center for Political Education

In 2004 Phil Hutchings, Susan Chacin, and Eric Mar were speakers in a panel entitled: "Electoral Politics", a panel that explored electoral politics and how they have been used in the past to build the movement for progressive social change, and the lessons learned from those campaigns. The talks were held at the San Francisco based Center for Political Education, an organization closely associated with the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.[8]

"Social Justice in the Bay Area" open letter

An Open Letter to Men Committed to Social Justice in the Bay Area - Calling on Men in the Bay Area to Stand Up for Reproductive Justice.

Written by Rishi Awatramani and Chris Crass Friday Jan 14th, 2005.

On January 22nd, the right-wing anti-choice movement will be coming to San Francisco to shout their anti-human rights, anti-woman message in the streets. At this time when women's rights to abortion are being challenged by the Bush administration and questioned in the Democratic party, it is crucial that we as men join the sisters organizing in opposition to this right-wing march and say: REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE FOR ALL! [9]

Signatories included Eric Mar, President, SF Board of Education.

May Day and Beyond: White People Step up for Immigrant Rights!

From a May 2006 letter;

In the past month, five million people, mostly immigrants of color, have mobilized for justice and are making history, flooding the streets in unprecedented numbers. Meanwhile, the most visible participation by white people is coming from the racist and right wing leaders who are defining and dominating the debate in the Federal government and in the news, radio and opinion pages. Where are the voices of anti-racist white people in this crucial moment, when the worst anti-immigrant legislation in decades is still poised to drop?
We, white people who believe in justice and ending racism, have a responsibility and a historic opportunity to stand with immigrant communities and unite behind their demands. As white people, most of us with U.S. citizenship, we call out to our white communities to take to the streets for immigrant rights. We must demonstrate that the rightwing racists, from the Minutemen to in the Congress, do not represent us!
If you agree with these principles, we invite you to sign this letter and make your signature a commitment to putting them into action in your work and life.
In struggle,

Catalyst Project and the Heads Up Collective

Endorsed by: Carlos Munoz, Jr., professor, UC Berkeley, Betita Martinez, Institute for Multiracial Justice, Maria Poblet, St Peters Housing Committee, Eric Mar, Eunice Cho, Sheila Chung, Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, Renee Saucedo, Day Labor Program/La Raza Centro Legal, Kali Akuno, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Jose Palafox, professor, Stanford University, Phil Hutchings, Institute for Multiracial Justice.[10]

Educational Justice

Around 2007, Educational Justice was a Bay Area based socialist blog,

From a collective of progressive education activists - stuff about teaching, thinking, parenting, social justice, desegregation, self-determination, economic justice, music, creativity, and building progressive movements for our future

Contributors were Duane Campbell, Eric Mar, Kathy Emery, Kim-Shree, Tom Edminster, Kim Knox, Karen Zapata.[11]

The Cost of Privilege

Chip Smith's The Cost of Privilege; taking on the system of white supremacy and racism; Monday 9/10 2007, @ Galeria de la Raza - SF - join me and other activists and organizers in discussing our decades of work in challenging white supremacy and institutional racism in America. And, pick up Chip Smith's great new book - The Cost of Privilege: Taking On the System of White Supremacy and Racism with author Chip Smith, Alisa Bierria (INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence), Rachel Jackson, Eric Mar (SF State Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies faculty and member of the San Francisco Board of Education), and Molly McClure (Catalyst Project)

The Cost of Privilege: Taking on the System of White Supremacy and Racism, published in February 2007, will be the catalyst for a discussion amongst the author and Bay Area activists and organizers about:

  • historical development of white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism
  • histories of resistance and what we can draw from them for today's struggles
  • building an intersectional approach around race, class, gender and sexuality into our activism and organizing
The book takes readers from the creation of the white race over three centuries ago to the present-day myth of a colorblind society; from the intersections of class, gender and race to the concrete benefits-and harsh underside-of the privileges white people experience every day; from the victories when people ally across the color line to the failures of some of those alliances to hold; from personal transformations to international struggles.

Co-sponsored by the Catalyst Project, the Center for Political Education and Freedom Road Socialist Organization/Organización Socialista del Camino para la Libertad.[12]

China connection

Rose Pak continues that tradition today by entertaining newly elected Asian-American politicians—regardless of whether she supported their campaigns—at sumptuous dinner parties at the official residence of the Chinese consul in Forest Hill. Eric Mar and Carmen Chu got this treatment in 2009, though they have never received any help from Pak. She also organizes trips to China for favored politicians and developers. Mar, Chu, and David Chiu accompanied her on a 2009 trip, traveling to Hong Kong and Macao to meet a raft of Chinese government officials whom she has courted to foster business ties.[13]

China 2006

Eric Mar January 11, 2014.

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Tony Robles the guy looks less like Rush and more like the skipper on Giligan's Island

Eric Mar Joyce - it was REAL! 2006 on an educational delegation to Beijing and other cities - I think I was the President of the SF Board of Eudcation with principals and education leaders from all over the US!

Committees of Correspondence conference

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At the 6th National Convention of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) at San Francisco's Whitcomb Hotel July 23-26 2009 a Symposium roundtable[14]conversation on "Building the Left and the Progressive Majority." The panelists discussed the importance of building the left within the current upsurge, working for left unity in struggle against the right, and the tactical issues that arise in uniting the progressive majority.

The Symposium ended with "Building Socialism in the 21st Century - An International Evening." The session opened with South African freedom songs by the popular choir Vukani Mawethu. Angela Davis moderated by stressing the importance of international solidarity in winning her own freedom in the U.S. Eric Mar, recently elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, welcomed everyone and presented a resolution from the Board of Supervisors in tribute to the work of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.

Progressives for Obama

In 2009 Eric Mar SF Board of Education was listed as a signer of the Progressives for Obama website.[15]

Eric Mar had been active in the Rainbow Coalition campaigns in 1984 and 88.

And I too have become active in the Obama '08 campaign with some of the same hopes as we had 20 years ago when our Jesse Jackson for President campaign won some seven million popular votes and registered 2 million new voters.[16] |

Leland Yee connections

Richmond Community Health Festival

Richmond Recreation Center 251 18th Ave. Join Supervisor Eric Mar at our Annual Richmond Community Health Festival co-sponsored by Senator Leland Yee, Ram's, Community Youth Center, and Self Help for the Elderly and Compassionate Community Care. The event will have free health screenings: Bone Density, Blood Pressure, and other tests; informational booths, entertainment for children, and free raffle prizes![17]

Criticizing Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh has come under fire again from a San Francisco politician.

Supervisor Eric Mar condemned the conservative talk show host for remarks many have found offensive to the Chinese community. Mar wants the Board of Supervisors to approve the resolution Tuesday that demands Limbaugh apologizes.

Mar said he is joining others around the country “condemning Rush Limbaugh’s racially insensitive and derogatory remarks mocking Chinese President Hu Jintao and all Chinese people.”

State Sen. Leland Yee has also condemned Limbaugh and called for a boycott of advertisers of the talk show.

During his Jan. 19 2011 talk show broadcast, Limbaugh “mocked the Chinese language and culture by doing a gross misrepresentation impersonation of Chinese President Hu Jintao during his visit to the United States,” Mar said.

“Rush Limbaugh represents a regressive stance in American society by belittling the Chinese community with his mocking of the Chinese language and the President of China. His remarks show extreme disrespect to Chinese Americans that have struggled and made great contributions to this country,” the resolution says.[18]

Occupy SF/Elected Officials

Police called off a raid that had apparently been planned for pre-dawn hours on Thursday, Oct. 27. Supervisors John Avalos, David Chiu, Jane Kim and Eric Mar, along with state Senator Leland Yee, were at the encampment in Justin Herman Plaza.[19]

Protest of UCSF Layoffs

Press release April 3, 2013

CONTACT: Todd Stenhouse

Yee, Avalos, Mar & Other Leaders To Join UC Workers at Thursday Protest of UCSF Layoffs

San Francisco: On Thursday, April 4th, State Senator Leland Yee, Supervisor John Avalos and Supervisor Eric Mar will join labor leaders, patients, and hospital workers to highlight growing concerns about the UC Medical system and to protest the recent elimination of 300 jobs at UCSF Medical Center. The protest will take place at UCSF’s Parnassus Campus.

Who: Elected Leaders, UC Workers, Patients and other Civic Leaders, including:

  • What: Rally and Protest of UCSF Medical Center Layoffs
  • Where: UCSF Parnassus Campus, 505 Parnassus Ave.
  • When: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 11:15 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

“Both at UCSF, and across the UC Medical system, misguided management priorities are putting providers at risk and degrading the quality of patient care,” said AFSCME 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger. “That’s why we are coming together to demand safe staffing for UC patients, and basic fairness to the frontline care workers who devote their lives to our families, friends, and communities.” [20]

Occupy SF

Eric Mar October 30, 2011.

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Photo by Bruce Akizuki - Chinese Progressive Association teach in and solidarity action in support of Occupy SF and the Occupy movement sweeping the US. 150 CPA members, families and allies marched from Portsmouth Square to cheers from the Justin Herman Plaza occupy encampment! — at Occupy San Francisco.

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.

SF Wage Theft Task Force

Gordon Mar October 1, 2012.

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Launch of new SF Wage Theft Task Force with Dolores Huerta, Supervisors David Campos & Eric Mar, Shaw San Liu, Tiffany Crain, Tim Paulson, Conny Ford, Chinese Progressive Association, Filipino Community Center, Young Workers United, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, San Francisco Labor Council, Unite Here Local 2 and many others! — with Julia Wong, Conny Ford, Eric Mar, Shaw San Liu, Maria Hernandez, Tiffany Crain Altamirano, Timothy Paulson, David Campos, Chelsea Boilard, Guillermina Castellanos, Tom Temprano and Dolores Huerta at San Francisco City Hall.

Obama supporters

Eric Mar November 6, 2012.

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With Nick Pagoulatos, Linshao Chin, Jaimie Leung and Alia Al-Sharif.

Save City College rally

Eric Mar September 4, 2012.

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With John Avalos, Gordon Mar, Emily Murase, Chris Jackson, John Rizzo, Conny Ford and Norman Yee.

Employee Free Choice Act

On May 6 and 7 2009, more than 1,000 workers across the state attended vigils in San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego to highlight the urgency of passing the Employee Free Choice Act. They were joined by a diverse group of interfaith leaders, community allies, economists, academics and elected officials, who came out to express their support for workers’ rights and the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

Hundreds of Bay Area union members attended a 26-hour vigil at the Federal Building in San Francisco organized by the San Mateo County and San Francisco Labor Councils and California Labor Federation. The event was designed to call on Congress to pass the EFCA and urge Senator Dianne Feinstein to sign on as a co-sponsor.

Several elected officials spoke in support of the EFCA, including San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Assembly member Fiona Ma, San Francisco Board of Supervisors members Eric Mar and David Campos and Board President David Chiu.

Noted University of California-Berkeley economist Steven Pitts highlighted the economic necessity of the Employee Free Choice Act: “Academics and economists across the country agree that the Employee Free Choice Act is critical to rebuilding our economy and restoring the American Dream,” he said. He pointed out that if EFCA was passed and more workers were given the freedom to choose union representation in the workplace, the state’s economy would benefit from their increased spending power.[21]

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.

Local Progress

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Steve Phillips October 26, 2013.

At Local Progress, convening (national network of progressive local elected officials). San Fran is in the house! — with John Avalos and Eric Mar at Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill.

Farewell party

Russell Lowe attended the farewell party in 2013 for China’s Consul General in San Francisco.

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On March 12, Consul General and Mrs. Gao Zhansheng held a farewell reception in their residence. San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, Supervisor Eric Ma and Katy Tang, Mayor of Piedmont John Chiang, Mayor of Daly City Raymond Buenaventura, Mayor of Alameda Marie Gilmore, Councilmember Lena Tam, Councilmember of San Jose Kansen Chu, former Speaker pro Tempore of California State Assembly Fiona Ma, Office Director of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Russell Lowe, director of U.S. Department of State Office of Foreign Missions in San Francisco Patricia Hayes, representatives of foreign missions as well as Bay area friends from all works of life which amounted to over 300 people were present.

Consul General Gao delivered a touching farewell speech, in which he recalled quite a few historical moments in China and China-U.S. relations during his post in San Francisco, such as the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay, the 30th anniversary of San Francisco-Shanghai sister cityhood, the devastating earthquake in Sichuan and the 40th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy and President Nixon's visit to China. Gao said, "Over the past five years there has been an unprecedented expansion of interactions across the board between China and my consular district." What among he referred to were the visits of Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Wu Bangguo, Vice Premier Wang Qishan, State Councilor Liu Yandong, state Councilor & Defense Minister Liang Guanglie and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

In his remarks to Consul General Gao, Mayor Lee recalled when they got acquainted with each other and became friends and all the "historical and funny moments" they spent together. "China has changed a lot during the past five years, for the good. I look forward to more opportunities for he cooperation between San Francisco and China when I go to Beijing next month." Mayor Lee also announced that March 12 would be "Ambassador Gao Zhansheng Day of San Francisco".

Later on, Carmen Chu, Katy Tang, Marie Gilmore, Kansen Chu, Fiona Ma, Russell Lowe awarded proclamations in recognition of Consul General Gao's contributions to the friendly cooperation between China and Bay area cities.[22]

Phillip Burton Awards Committee

In 2013, the Honorary Phillip Burton Awards Committee, of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, consisted of;

  • Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender
  • The Honorable David Campos, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • The Honorable David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Carmen Chu, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder
  • The Honorable Malia Cohen, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • The Honorable Anna Eshoo, US Representative for California
  • The Honorable Mark Farrell, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, US Senator for California
  • The Honorable Barbara Lee, US Representative for California
  • The Honorable Zoe Lofgren, US Representative for California
  • The Honorable Eric Mar, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • The Honorable George Miller, US Representative for California
  • The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the US House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Jackie Speier, US Representative for California
  • The Honorable Katy Tang, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • The Honorable Scott Wiener, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • The Honorable Norman Yee, San Francisco Board of Supervisors[23]

CPA 40th anniversary

On August 4th 2012 to celebrate Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco)'s 40th Anniversary. CPA was proud to honor the National Guestworkers Alliance and New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, the Free MUNI for Youth Coalition, and Jobs with Justice San Francisco.

Host Committee:

Rolland Lowe and Kathy LoweGrace Lee BoggsJosue Arguelles • Supervisor John AvalosAngelica Cabande • Supervisor David CamposMike Casey • Supervisor David ChiuAntonio Diaz • Reverend Norman FongConny FordMaria GuillenAlicia GarzaRoger Kim • Supervisor Jane KimHelen KimJee KimMario Lugay • Supervisor Eric MarGordon MarAlisa MesserLuke Newton • Supervisor Christina OlagueVincent PanTim PaulsonAi-jen PooRaquel RedondiezPeggy SaikaShiree TengMakani Themba-NixonHelena WongMiya Yoshitani[24]

Anti-fast food protest

Eric Mar October 30, 2014.

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With Brittni Chicuata, Kent Woo, Ariel Pelon, Christina Goette, Leah Taylor Pimentel and Jenny Lam.

Save the Richmond/Save the Mission rally

Eric Mar October 31, 2015.

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Save the Richmond/Save the Mission rally - thanks to the Richmond District Democratic Club, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)); New Avenues Democratic Club, Wendy Aragon, the San Francisco Tenants Union, Joseph Smooke, Dyan Ruiz & [people. power. media] and others! Photo by Dyan Ruiz — with John Hammond, Joseph Smooke, Sue Vaughan, Andrew Szeto, Lindsay Kimpel and Wendolyn Aragon at Argonne Playground.

Westside Slate

Eric Mar February 23, 2016

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Me and the WONDER WOMEN! Please join our WESTSIDE [19th Assembly District] SLATE for the DCCC [democratic party's central cmtee] June 7 election. with Myrna Melgar, Hene Kelly [wonder woman], Brigitte Davila, Alysabeth Alexander, Leah LaCroix, Sandra Lee Fewer and Norman Yee! We can take back the party from Big Business lobbyists and REAL ESTATE speculators! But we need your help through the June 7 elections. — with Myrna Melgar and Hene Kelly.

Happy Meals

Eric Mar made national headlines when he proposed a ban on toys in Happy Meals that don’t meet strict nutritional requirements.

Where do we go from here?

Eric Mar October 21, 2016.

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Join us this weekend! from our '66 movements over 50 years to the present: Where do we go from here?http://www.bpp50th.com/conference-tickets-information/ Looking foward to seeing brother Richard Moore of Black Berets/SWOP/SNEEJ, Pam Tau Lee of Chinese Progressive Association/Red Guard/IWK, LA Brown Beret Founders Carlos Montes and Cruz Olmeida, my teachers from New College and the NLG Paul Harris & Stephen Bingham, Fallon Young Patriots, Young Lords, Indigenous leaders, youth, Danny Glover, Davey D, Ricky Vincent, Digital Underground, Emory Douglas, John Carlos, X-Clan and many others!

Immigration protest

Eric Mar, November 30, 2016.

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With Terry Valen, John Avalos and Angelica Cabande at San Francisco City Hall.

POWER to the People's Convention

Eric Mar July 10, 2016.

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POWER to the People's Convention in Pittsburgh! An INSPIRED thank you to the Center for Popular Democracy/Local Progress, Make the Road, WORKING FAMILIES PARTY!, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), SEIU 32BJ, and so many others! — with Brad Lander, Helen Gym, Nikki Fortunato Bas, John Avalos, Tarsi Dunlop, Sarah Johnson and Ady Barkan at Center for Popular Democracy.

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 Eric Mar.[25]

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 invited, on Facebook included Eric Mar.[26]

Anti-Trump

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Mabel Tsang wrote :Tomorrow I will be heading to DC with a #ItTakesRoots to Grow Resistance Delegation convened by Grassroots Global Justice Alliance / Climate Justice Alliance / Indigenous Environmental Network / Right To The City Alliance because I believe we can create an alternative to Trump's Terror. He stands for racist violence; aggression against women; criminalizing queer, gender non-conforming and transfolks; and detention of and war against immigrants and refugees - in the name of our future and our values.

I believe the alternative exists today. I believe it already exists in my organizing work at Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) and I believe it exists in our dreams for our collective future. This moment scares me and this moment emboldens me. This moment shows me the need and the proof for powerful actions and bold experimentation. It calls on all of us to act.

With Jane Martin, Vivian Yi Huang, Rachel Lee Holstein, Laiseng Saechao, Malcolm Amado Uono, Hyejin Shim, Sydney Fang, Amee Raval, JingJing He, Alex Tom, Annelisa Luong, Chiravann Uch, Alvina Wong, Miya Yoshitani, Ed Scott, Shina Riane, Eric Mar, Russell Wynne, Nick Mitchell, Saa'un P. Bell, Mee Jung Tsang,, Jin-kyung Kim, Megan Zapanta, Orlie Kapitulnik, Aiko Pandorf, Mei-ying Williams, Nancy Kab Xyooj, Erika Lenhart, Jonathan Ronald Tran, Jen-Mei Wu, Emily Ja-ming Lee, Nadia Khastagir, Shaw San Liu, Stacy Kono, Steve Lew, Sophia Arredondo, Cynthia Fong, Tracey Corder, Salima Hamirani, Jennifer Lee, Lu Lin, Ellen Choy, Shannon Garth-Rhodes, Kasi Farrar, Joshua Fisher Lee, Feng Kung, N’Tanya Lee, Kenneth Tang, Geordee Mae, Maya Tanaka, Timmy Lu

"Movement work"

Eric Mar July 23, 2017 ·

With Caitlin Dunklee, Genoveva Islas, Shelley Means and Vicki Alexander at Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel.[27]

With Aishah Abdala, Sylvia Castillo, Ajamu Baraka and Tere Almaguer at Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel.[28]

With Tere Almaguer, Kara Brewer Boyd and Julia Arroyo-Guzman at Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel.[29]

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I esp liked Vickie Alexander & Cathi Tactaquin 's reflections on their movement work. Cathy, reflecting on her 45+ years, incl from '73-87 with KDP (Union of Democratic Filipinos) to her urgent life/death work with global migrants and refugees through the NNIRR, urged us to strive to: 1) serve the people; 2) practice a 'mass line' (from the masses, to the masses); and 3) support mass-based grassroots organizing groups because of the inherent political limitations of 501c3 non-profit groups. — with Catherine Tactaquin, Le Tim Ly and Vicki Alexander at Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel.

Comfort Women Justice Coalition

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Steven Whyte, the Carmel-based artist who created San Francisco’s memorial, had a similar learning curve. “I was familiar with the term ‘comfort women,’ but I didn’t realize the extent of the torture,” he said. Once he saw the call for applications, he researched the topic, and wanted the job so much that he reduced his regular prices. “You think of every girl you’ve ever known—your nieces, your daughters, your girlfriends, everything. It’s desperately upsetting.”

While most of the comfort-women statues around the world have been put up by South Koreans or members of the Korean diaspora, the push for this statue was led by San Francisco’s Chinese-American community, with support from several other groups, including members of the Japanese-, Filipino-, Korean-, and Jewish-American communities, Eric Mar, who served as the city supervisor during the planning-and-design process and championed the project, said. “I thought, to be successful, we had to build a pan-Asian coalition,” he explained. Mentioning his own teen-age daughter, Mar began to weep. “It’s very emotional, for a lot of people.”

At the cavernous Cathay House restaurant, just up the street from St. Mary’s Square, Lillian Sing and Julie Tang were joined by Judith Mirkinson, the president of the board of the Comfort Women Justice Coalition.[30]

"Comfort Women"

Eric Mar August 24, 2017.

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JUMPING BACK into the classroom today at SF State this morning. Photo: the amazing judges/inspiring community leaders Lilian Sing and Julie Tang from the Comfort Women Justice Coalition!

Comfort Women Justice Coalition rally

Eric Mar May 7, 2017.

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The guys of the Comfort Women Justice Coalition at the 5/6/17 nomoreexclusion.org rally in #SFChinatown Russ Lowe (S.F. Journal & Senator Feinstein's longtime Chief of her SF Office) & Michael Wong (Asian Americans for Peace and Justice and draft resistance leader from the anti-war movement). See Former Panther Kiilu Nyasha's segment on Michael's anti-war leadership: http://kiilunyasha.blogspot.com/2010/03/michael-wong-and-eddie-falcon-veterans.html?m=1 For CJWC see http://remembercomfortwomen.org/ — at San Francisco Chinatown.

Comfort Women Justice Coalition dinner

Comfort Women Justice Coalition dinner March 30, 2018.

Steve Zeltzer 4th from left Russell Lowe 3rd from right, Eric Mar right

Education for Social Justice Foundation Santa Cruz lecture

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On February 23, 2018, Eric Mar, Russell Lowe and Sung Sohn were invited to speak as guest lecturers for the “World War II Memories in the US and Japan” class at University of California, Santa Cruz. They delivered a lecture on issues related to military sexual slaves known as “comfort women.”

The class, co-taught by Professor Alice Yang and Professor Alan Christy, began 19 years ago and started with a small group of students. Since then it has grown and now has 250 students.

During the “comfort women” lecture, Eric discussed collective activism and his personal experiences working to install the San Francisco “comfort women” memorial, Russ addressed the uncertain sister-city status between Osaka and San Francisco as a result of the memorial installation, and Sung discussed the importance and power of joint educational efforts.

A group of students interviewed Eric, Russ and Sung to find out additional historical background about “comfort women” and sought further explanations for various issues relating to military sexual slaves. The students also asked Eric, Russ and Sung about their personal reasons for their involvement in the issue, and asked for advice on ways to get involved in activism.[31]

APALA

Eric Mar February 25, 2018.

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2/24 Solidarity Forever — APALA SF with youth leaders Amado Canham & Win-Mon Kyi from #CollegeForAllCA Photo by Vivian Zalvidea Araullo — with Win-Mon Kyi and Mary Anne Ahtye.

Vietnam

Eric MarMarch 16 2018.

❤️ Old Quarter Hanoi on the 50th Anniv of the MY LAI/Son My Massacre - red star over Viet Nam with Debra Leow - learning about Ho Chi Minh, the NLF/Viet Minh and Viet Cong History; the people’s historic resistance to colonialism (French, Chinese, Japanese & US Imperialism)! — in Hanoi, Vietnam.[32]

Comrades

Eric Mar April 10 2018/(2016 photo).

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Always celebrating our movement victories and honoring our struggles! w/ ML Locedal, Gordon Mar, Lisa Lee, Pam Tau Lee, Kathe Burick and Don Misumi and Gen Fujioka chatting in the back... — at San Francisco Board of Supervisors City Hall.

Japanese American comrades

Eric Mar June 5 2018.

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Still thinking about the sudden passing of Pete (Peter Kenichi Yamamoto), his last poems and the joy he got from experiencing Asian American and community arts, his reflections on dialysis and the natural process of aging, his embrace of Thich Nhat Hahn, Marxism, revolutionary struggle and Jtown. Here, Pete was one of the handful of men to support our ‘Comfort Women’ Justice Coalition. He was steadfast as a Japanese American (along with Grace Shimizu, John Ota, Grace Morizawa, Tomomi Kinukawa, Jeff Adachi, Kenji Taguma, Kathy Masaoka & David Monkawa) working to build solidarity within the JA communities and broader Pan-Asian Unity as well!

Gordon Mar for Supervisor

Gordon Mar June 18.

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So proud to have the support of Supervisor Ronen, Supervisor Fewer, my brother former Supervisor Mar, my family, colleagues, and community members today as I officially filed to run for District 4 Supervisor. I’m so excited to embark on this journey and I can’t wait to tell you more about my campaign. — feeling excited with Anakh Sul Rama, Carolyn Ji Jong Goossen, Michael Mar, Maria Guillen, Conny Ford, Eric Mar, Hillary Ronen, Rick Claymore, Ryan McGilley, Raquel R. Redondiez, Matthew L. Steen, Ken Tray, Cecilia Wong, Sandra Lee Fewer, Wendolyn Aragon, Carlos Gutierrez, Lynn Yokoe, Linshao Chin, James Tracy and Sze-Shun Lau.

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