Posts in: education

Portland, Ore. — Chicano College Defies Eviction

Fall 1977

Portland, Ore. — Protesting a court-ordered eviction by a federal agency, Chicano students and teachers at the innovative Colegio Cesar Chavez in Mt. Angel, Oregon have occupied the four-year-old school’s buildings and vowed to stay there until arrested. Six Colegio students have filed a U.S. District Court countersuit against the federal Department of Housing and… Read more »

Seattle — Chicana Challenges University Frame-Up

Fall 1977

Seattle — An abrasive legal confrontation over workers rights is raging at the University of Washington where a hotly-contested hearing is underway to consider the charge of Rosa Morales that she was fired from the Chicano Studies program because of sex and race discrimination and in violation of her political rights. Morales, a Chicana activist,… Read more »

Equal education battleground: affirmative action in Seattle

Spring 1981

Affirmative action faces the executioner’s axe — even in Seattle, that paragon city of “livability.” One of the nation’s most integrated cities, Seattle is in a prolonged uproar over education. Former Washington state governor Dixy Lee Ray set the political climate with her terse dictum, “Education is a privilege, not a right!” And now two… Read more »

Battle: The L.A. schools

Summer 1982

The United States government is in headlong retreat from the principles of quality education, racial integration, and equal opportunity in the public school system. The political reactionaries who serve the needs of capitalist economics have targeted education for massive, crippling cutbacks. Crisis-ridden Los Angeles schools are no exception. The battles being fought in LA between… Read more »

Ideas banned at Berkeley

Fall 1982

As a featured speaker at the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade last year, Merle Woo explained to 250,000 people what it was like to stand on the front lines of the fight for racial, sexual, and labor freedom. Woo’s speech, written in stirring poetry, was printed, broadcast, attacked, and defended all over the U.S…. Read more »

Words for my father

Spring 1983

MY COURT CASE IS OVER, the victory won, the cheers subsiding. But Merle Woo, my dear friend and awesome comrade, is not so fortunate. Her travail persists. There is no more fitting use of this column in this issue than to turn it over to Merle — Merle the poet, Merle the rebel, Merle the… Read more »

Free speech fight at Berkeley

Spring 1983

Chalk one up for Merle Woo and 2,000 other lecturers at the University of California. On December 2, the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) ruled that UC had committed an unfair labor practice in 1980 when it unilaterally reduced the maximum teaching term for lecturers from eight to four years. UC, said PERB, should… Read more »

Merle Woo’s labor/civil rights case: From campus to courtroom

Summer 1983

More than a year ago, Merle Woo packed up and left her office in Asian American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, chalking “I shall return” on the blackboard. Woo was fired from her lecturer’s position at the university in June 1982 because she’s a unionist, a radical, a lesbian, and she speaks… Read more »

Double Victory for Woo!

Winter 1983

As we go to press: On December 1, Judge Winton McKibbon, the state law and motions judge in Alameda County, CA, ruled that Merle Woo could proceed with her breach of contract suit, rejecting the University of California’s motion that the state court date be put off until her federal discrimination proceedings are completed. Woo… Read more »

Merle Woo on feminism and free speech

Winter 1983

The following article is excerpted from a talk entitled “Feminism and Free Speech,” presented by Merle Woo at the National Women’s Studies Conference in Columbus, Ohio on June 29, 1983. All over the world today, working people, revolutionaries, people of color, lesbians and gays are denied their natural right to free speech. But they resist… Read more »