Power of the People Won't Stop: Legacy of the TWLF at UC Berkeley (Paperback)

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by Harvey Dong (Editor) and Douglas Wachter (Photographer)


This anthology includes essays, photographs, and reflections from individuals who participated in or were inspired by the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) student strike in 1969 that led to the establishment of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.


Multiracial solidarity was established through the coming together of African-American, Asian-American, Chicano and Native American students to form the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF) along with support from white student allies.
This anthology fills a historical void. In social movement histories, we hear about the historical importance of struggles such as the Free Speech Movement in 1964 and the People's Park conflict in 1969 but very little about the TWLF. If the participants do not retell their history, it will be inaccurately retold. Or worse, it becomes omitted and erased from the narrative of general social movement history.
This anthology is also the story of what future generations did to continue the struggle, including the establishment of new twLF coalitions in 1999 and afterwards.
The strike reshaped academia then and its legacy has ramifications on how we look at history and societal transformation today. In many ways, the TWLF and the solidarity that emerged has provided future generations to draw on past lessons to make change in the present.

About the Author

Harvey Dong (editor) is a second-generation Chinese American who was active in AAPA (Asian American Political Alliance), TWLF (Third World Liberation Front) at UC Berkeley; the Asian Community Center; and the struggle to save the International Hotel. He currently is a lecturer in the Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Program at UC Berkeley.

Douglas Wachter was born in Berkeley in 1941, raised educated there, graduating from the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) with a B.A. in Biochemistry. He was the first of three boys born to parents who were intensely involved in radical politics. As a teenage boy, he was captivated by their energy and sense of purpose. At the same time, he had become fascinated by the magic of photography, as taught to be by his father in their home darkroom. His dual journeys as movement activist and movement photographer were destined from the start.

Product Details

Category: History, Liberation Studies, Multiracial Solidarity

Language: English

Format/Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

ISBN-10: 1734744006

ISBN-13: 978-1734744002

Publisher: Eastwind Books of Berkeley

Date Published: July 01, 2020

Pages: 222

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