Marshall Wong has served as a Senior Intergroup Relations Specialist with the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission since 1999. He is the Commission’s Hate Crime Coordinator and the principal author of the agency’s annual Hate Crime Report. Marshall also staffs a countywide coalition, the Network Against Hate Crime and provides training for law enforcement and service providers.
Previously, Marshall Wong held positions with the Smithsonian Institution and the Mayor of Washington, D.C. He was a Fellow in the Kellogg National Leadership Program and was named Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. He has written articles for Social Justice, the Washington Times and Asian Week.
Other speakers included Marxist professor Rudy Acuna, Cal State Northridge, Judy Chu of UCLA and radical lawyer Larry Frank, a future Deputy Mayor of Neighborhood and Community Services in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
In October 2005, in Monterey Park, CA: former Federation For Progress staff members Linda Tubach and Bob McCloskey hosted an evening celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Greensboro Massacre, the October 1979 killing of five Communist Workers Party members by Ku Klux Klansmen, in Greensboro North Carolina. A report on the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Greensboro Justice Fund‘s successes was delivered by organizer Marshall Wong.
February 3, 2009, as part of its “Heroes of Love” campaign to honor straight allies who have championed marriage equality, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center has recognized 15 Californians who have played a leadership role in fighting for the freedom to marry on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Among the 15 celebrities, labor leaders and civil rights activists were state Board of Equalization Chair Judy Chu and Asian Pacific American Legal Center Vice-President Karin Wang.
“I am honored to be recognized by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center‘s Heroes of Love Campaign,” said Dr. Judy Chu. “Despite recent setbacks, here in California we have made great strides toward marriage equality. But we have much more to do, and as long as I hold elected office, I will continue to fight for the rights of same sex couples. I am sure that together, we can ensure that one day the state lives up to its moral and legal responsibility to recognize and encourage permanent relationships between members of the same sex, and provide those couples with the same rights and responsibilities as heterosexual couples.”
“API Equality-LA is thrilled that among the 15 heroes being recognized are two outstanding Asian American women — Judy Chu and Karin Wang,” said Marshall Wong, API Equality-LA co-chair. “Both are leading straight allies in the fight for marriage equality…Judy was one of our earliest and most vocal supporters”. API Equality-LA salutes them for their commitment to the freedom to marry and to the LGBT community.”
In August of the same year, Marshall Wong lead a discussion on “hate crimes in our community” at an event marking the 10th anniversary of the attack on the North Valley Jewish Community Center and the slaying of U.S. postal worker Joseph Ileto by white supremacist Buford O. Furrow Jr.
Other speakers included Congresswoman Judy Chu and another Communist Workers Party affiliate, Marshall Wong‘s boss Robin Toma, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.