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Gordon Mar is a longtime Bay Area social justice organizer and activist. He currently serves as Executive Director of Jobs with Justice San Francisco, a strategic alliance of community and labor groups working together to build the economic justice movement locally and nationally. Gordon has previously served as director of the Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco), the Northern California Citizenship Project and the Bay Area Environmental Healthy Collaborative. He and his family live in San Francisco.[1]

He is the twin brother of Eric Mar, and the brother of Warren Mar.

Unity

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In 1989 Gordon Mar, and Karega Hart, contributed an article "Aftermath of the "89 quake" to the League of Revolutionary Struggle's Unity October 16, 1989.

Unity correspondent

In 1990 Regional Correspondents for Unity, newspaper of the League of Revolutionary Struggle included Gordon Mar, Susan McDonough, San Francisco.

Pro-China meeting

Bay area Asian American community organizations sponsored a forum in Chinatown that make the link between U.S. imperialism and racism against Asians in the U.S., July 8, 2001. Three Chinese American activists, involved in the Asian American movement from the 1960's to today, spoke about the spy-plane drama that unfolded with China earlier this year.

There was a strong turnout of over 75 people, including Chinatown residents and Asian American activists whose experience ranged from being veterans of the 60's and 70's to new fighters in the struggle. The panelist spoke in English with Cantonese translation, followed by smaller group discussions in Cantonese and English.

A strong anti-imperialist breakdown of U.S.-China relations was presented. Monica Wayie Ly, who is active in Asians and Pacific Islanders for Community Empowerment (API FORCE) said, "Since Bush stole office, there has been an increase in hostility toward the People's Republic of China and Chinese Americans. The U.S. ruling class sees China as an obstacle to total global domination."

Ly also noted, "The spy plane incident is not an isolated incident. The U.S. promised arms to Taiwan, scapegoated Wen Ho Lee, and bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia."

Historically, China has had great importance for Asians in America. From the time when the first Chinese came to America in the 1850's, the connection to China was strong, due to national oppression that kept them from fully participating in American society. In the 1960's, People's China had a huge impact on the Asian American movement. "It was a time to be proud of China's accomplishments. It helped us to organize," said Patsy Chan, a former member of I Wor Kuen, a revolutionary Asian American organization inspired by the work of the Black Panther Party and other Third World people's liberation struggles.

"Mainstream Asian American organizations oppose racism, but won't make the link to U.S. and corporate policy abroad," said Gordon Mar, a long time community activist and former director of the Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco). While these mainstream organizations object to the increased racism of the American public and media towards China and Chinese Americans, they also try to distance themselves from China by encouraging Asian Americans to become more patriotic and to express their loyalty to the U.S.

The forum's message directly countered the belief that Asian Americans need to prove our worth in this country. We're here because the U.S. was in our homelands. The message our community needs to hear is that as long as U.S. imperialism rules in Asia, Asians living in the U.S. will be denied true equality and continue to face national and racial oppression. Rather than distancing ourselves from Asia, we need to find ways to unite our struggles.

The forum was sponsored by the Asian Left Forum, API FORCE, Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines and Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco). The Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco) hosted the event at their office.[2]

Towards a Progressive Agenda for SF

Towards a Progressive Agenda for SF: A Progressive Vision for the November Elections and Beyond, Wednesday, September 22nd 2010, Center for Political Education.

What is our progressive vision for an economically just city? How do electoral strategies play into the broader movement for building grassroots power, developing people’s consciousness, and creating more democratic structures? Will progressives be in a position to shape the mayoral race in 2011?

“Towards a Progressive Agenda for San Francisco” will bring together San Francisco Rising, SF Jobs with Justice, and the “New Deal for the City” Community Congress, to engage in a lively roundtable discussion about how these projects complement each other, in the context of the city’s ongoing fiscal crisis, the November 2010 elections, and beyond. We will discuss, among other topics, progressive revenue measures in November; developing labor-community alliances through Jobs with Justice, a platform for low-wage workers; the Congress’s economic development and budget reform agenda, and bringing a progressive vision to the critical District races in 6, 8, 10. Finally, we will hit some tough questions about developing strategies for common work, keeping elected officials accountable, and looking to the future. Panelists include:

This is the second in an ongoing Center for Political Education series on building a San Francisco progressive agenda, following our July 2009 event about the history of District Elections and the broader movement to shape a progressive agenda.[3]

Anti Wal-Mart

April 2011, Gordon Mar, was leading the protest against Wal-Mart.

He and a few dozen supporters, including Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos, gathered to let the big-box retail chain know it isn’t welcome in San Francisco.

“Now we’re the only place where they can expand their race-to-the- bottom model,” said Gordon Mar, coordinator with Jobs with Justice San Francisco and a resident of the Sunset District.[4]

OURWalmart

Gordon Mar June 29, 2013.

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OURWalmart, community and labor allies meeting now, preparing for action today at 12pm at 757 Market Street, Walmart director Marissa Mayer's penthouse apt and Gap at Market and Powell demanding WMT & Gap sign Bangladesh sweatshops fire safety accord. — with Maria Guillen, Jenya Cassidy, Blesilda Ocampo, Annelisa Luong, Feng Kung, Kasi Farrar, Mabel Tsang, Lotus Yee Fong, Brooke Anderson, Dan Harper, Kathe Burick, Pilar Schiavo, La Colectiva de Mujeres and Shanell Williams at Unite Here! Local 2.

Campaign for respect

Gordon Mar October 10, 2012.

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OURWalmart member Simone Mock speaking with Oakland Walmart Manager about the campaign for respect with 40+ community and labor allies on Oct. 10th national strike and day of action to change Walmart! — with Mackenzie Baris, Silvia Fabela, Kasi Farrar, James Tracy and Ellouise Patton.

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.

YES on C & E rally

Gordon Mar, November 5, 2012.

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YES on C & E rally for affordable housing and to restore cuts to public services in SF! — with Somcan Sf, Conny Ford, Jennifer Friedenbach, Angelica Cabande, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Sara Shortt, Fernando Marti and Chelsea Boilard at San Francisco City Hall.

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.

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.

Gordon Mar was among those on the list. [5]

CA Domestic Domestic Worker Coalition

Gordon Mar September 26, 2013.

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CA Domestic Domestic Worker Coalition an, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano & allies celebrate signing of historic dw bill of rights by Gov. Jerry Brown — with Maria Hernandez, Juana Flores, Guillermina Castellanos, Maria Huerta de Reyes and Dmorgan Feris at California State Capitol.

Caring Across Generations flashmob

Gordon Mar May 10, 2013.

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Caring Across Generations flashmob action at Senator Feinstein's office - Build the World That We Want! With good jobs, fully funded services and quality and affordable care for all! — with La Colectiva de Mujeres, Chyanne Chen, Tony Robles, Maria Guillen, Ken Wang, Guillermina Castellanos, Maria Hernandez, Claudia Reyes, Jane Martin, Lisa Adler, Michael Lyon, Bjorn Toulouse, Sascha Bittner, Nikki Brown Booker, Hene Kelly, Sarah Jarmon, Steph St. Clair, Pete Woiwode and Jobs with Justice San Francisco at One Post Plaza.

Kicking off Stop the Evictions

Gordon Mar September 13, 2014.

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Kicking off Stop the Evictions, Raise the Wage, Yes on G & J campaigns - tenants, workers, youth, seniors, Supervisors Campos, Chiu, Kim & Mar — with Athena Waid, Feng Kung, Conny Ford, Fernando Marti, James Tracy, Pilar Schiavo, Ken Tray and Robbie Clark at Harvey Milk Plaza.

Gap protest

Gordon Mar October 8, 2014 ·

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Powerful action today, workers united to fight for $15, just hours and a union! — with Pam Tau Lee, Mario de Mira, Kathe Burick, Josue Arguelles, Conny Ford, Feng Kung, Michael Lyon, Ramses Sin Fronteras and Shaw San Liu at Gap.

Causa Justa board members

As of 2015 the board of Causa Justa/Just Cause included;[6]

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[7]

Host Committee

The Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco) Celebrates 45 years of Resilience and Resistance.

[[On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco) will celebrate our 45th anniversary with the theme, “Harnessing the Strength of a Thousand Rivers.

Host committee members were:

Fahd Ahmed, Alysabeth Alexander, Mike Casey, Myra Chow,Cathy Dang, Antonio Diaz, Supervisor Sandy Lee Fewer, Norman Fong, Conny Ford, Alicia Garza,George Goehl, Rudy Gonzales, Corinna Gould, Sherry Hirota, Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Helen Kim, Supervisor Jane Kim, Aarti Kohli, Laura Livoti, Gordon Mar, Xavier Morales, Vanessa Moses, Tim Paulson, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, Ai-jen Poo, and Mu Ping Poo, Supervisor Hillary Ronen, Saket Soni, Sarath Suong, Mabel Teng, Shiree Teng, Supervisor Norman Yee, Haeyoung Yoon, Miya Yoshitani, Anand Singh.[8]

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 Gordon Mar.[9]

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.

Comrades

Eric Mar April 10 2018.

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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.

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