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Carmelita Lonjina Gutierrez was a 20-year-old Chicana student at Evergreen College in San Jose, California, when she joined the LRS. Raised by a single mother who taught her to see the inequality in society, Carmelita grew up in San Jose, Calif. She became a respected MEChista leader at San Jose State University and was the Latino student representative in the Jesse Jackson presidential campaign. She was also active in the 1988-1989 Statewide Educational Rights campaign in California.
Fay Wong was born in Guangzhou, China in 1949. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1952 and settled in Oakland, California. She became politically conscious at U.C. Berkeley, participating in anti-war activities, the Third World Strike and attending the first Ethnic Studies classes taught at U.C. In 1973, Fay joined I Wor Kuen, which merged with other groups to form the League of Revolutionary Struggle. She was an Executive Director at the Chinese Progressive Association and served as the editor of the Chinese edition of Unity Newspaper.