Video Oral History
UW Asian Student Association; KDP;
ILWU local 37; LELO
Lynn Domingo grew up as the youngest of five siblings in a prominent Filipino family in Seattle. Her father, Nemesio Domingo, Sr., migrated to Seattle from the Phillipines in 1929 to attend college. He served in the U.S. armed forces during World War and stayed in the military in both Texas and Germany before moving his family to Seattle in the early 1960s.
Together with her siblings-- particularly Nemesio Domingo, Jr., Silme, and Cindy-- Lynn Domingo was active in a number of Asian American social movements of 1970s Seattle. She became involved in the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) while still in high school. She attended the University of Washington from 1975-79, where she played a leadership role in the Asian Student Association. As part of the KDP and the ILWU Local 37 Rank and File Committee, she organized Alaska cannery workers, fought against corrupt union practices, and was elected a Trustee in the union at age 24. In the wake of her brother Silme’s assassination in 1981, she was part of a cadre of rank and file activists who fought for union democracy despite political surveillance and the danger of additional murders. Today, she continues to work on social justice causes as the Relicensing Coordinator for Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing (LELO).
Lynn Domingo shared memories of her life of labor and civil activism in a videotaped interview conducted by Trevor Griffey, November 23, 2004. To the right are streaming-video excerpts of the interview.