Charles Avila studied theology and earned his master's in Social Philosophy at the Divine Word Seminary in the Philippines. He has written many essays and a number of books on philosophy, political economy, and sociological problems. His 'Peasant Theology' has been translated into eight languages. For more than ten years he was an organizer of peasant unions, producers' co-ops, community organizations, and industrial unions. He was President of the Kamayan Party, a pre-martial law democratic socialist party in the Philippines, and Vice President of the Federation of Free Farmers. Avila has also served as a writer for 'Philippine News', a San Francisco-based weekly, and for 'South', a Third World-oriented monthly magazine based in London.