Warren Mar grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown and North Beach and got an political education hanging out in pool halls. In his twenties he joined the I Wor Kuen (IWK, Righteous Harmonious Fist), westernized as “the Boxers.” The name was taken from the Boxer Rebellion in China.
The IWK eventually merged into the League of Revolutionary Struggle (LRS), which saw itself as a Marxist-Leninist organization. It dissolved in 1990. As an LRS cadre, Mar worked in the hotel and restaurant industry.
Organizing in HERE, 1979-1991
Against the Current, No. 215, November/December 2021