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Many Movements, One Struggle: Remembering the Black Panthers and the Asian American, Chicano, and Native American Power Movements of the 1960s to 1970s

on February 4, 2010


The following links are a sample of organizations that have grown out of the movement for political, social, and racial equality among African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos, and Native Americans.

Asian Health Services (Oakland) – Provides health care for immigrants, the uninsured, and low income Asians and Pacific Islanders in Cantonese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Mien, Mongolian, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and English.

Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco) – Fights for improved living and working conditions for the  immigrant, working class, and low income Chinese  in San Francisco.

Color of Change (National) – Nonpartisan organization focused on organizing African Americans to influence policy on addressing issues pertinent to the African American community.

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (Oakland) – Working on socioeconomic issues facing diverse communities in urban America.

Galeria de la Raza (San Francisco) – Fosters public awareness of Chicano art and supports Chicano artists through exhibitions and programs, such as their community mural program.

Green For All (National) –  Promotes a green economy that can provide jobs and opportunities that will help low income people find work and economic security.

Kearny Street Workshop (San Francisco) – Supports and develops Asian American art and artists through training and exhibitions in a variety of mediums.

Manilatown Heritage Center (San Francisco) – Works to preserve Filipino history and culture and advocates for equal rights for Filipinos in America.

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (Nationwide) – Student organization promoting higher education, culture, and history.

United Farm Workers (California) -Organizes farmworkers across the United States and advocates for policy and regulations that benefit them.

Intertribal Friendship House (Oakland) – Center for urban Native Americans that promotes health and keeps cultural traditions alive through social and community events.

Native American AIDS Project (San Francisco) – Provides cultural-specific HIV prevention and care services to Native Americans in California.

Native American Health Center (Alameda, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco) – Provides a health care services for Native Americans and Alaska Natives ranging from preventive services (such as nutrition and fitness) to primary medical care and dental services.



Were you active in the Black Panthers, or Asian American, Chicano, or Native American Power movements of this era? If so, share your experience and tell us what kind of impact this had on you. Perhaps you weren’t alive in the ’60s or ’70s — or were an observer as these events unfolded — but have some reflections upon this time you’d like to talk about here.

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