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EPIC – Pasifika Art Gallery: Reflection, Revival, (R)evolution

Pasifika Art: Reflection, Revival, (R)evolution is a multimedia project grounded in the Samoan cultural practices of talanoa and teu le vā, meaning talk story and to care for the space that connects us. EPIC understands the critical role that art plays in articulating the realities of our communities while also creating space for dreaming of radically different futures

Reflection has a duality that speaks to the need for PI’s to be seen and be in critical dialogue about our roles in social justice movements. Revival speaks to healing and the renewed energy that elders and youth are feeling in response to the pandemic and racial justice uprisings. (R)evolution is both a call to action and a meditation on the changes our communities have undergone due to colonization as well as the conscious decisions younger generations are making about what parts of culture to preserve and evolve. 

What We Heard 

The EPIC team crowdsourced responses to prompts issued through Instagram asking: Can you envision a world without police/prisons? Who or what makes you feel safe? 

WE TAKE CARE OF US. When asked what makes them feel safe, respondents told us about sisters, siblings, prayer circles, parents, friends, and family. Hundreds of times they named people and not systems. It’s clear that the abolition we want will require deep relationships that center community and connection. 

THE FUTURE WE WANT IS POSSIBLE. Though a strong majority of our respondents want abolition, the current state of the world has made it feel unattainable. We want to illustrate that it’s not only possible, in many ways it is already here. 

TOGETHER, WE HAVE THE POWER. This message and framework comes directly from Culture Surge’s The Storytellers’ Guide to Changing Our World. We disrupt traditional notions of power that are exploitative and instead inspire movement building towards a collective power because we know that liberation will require all of us. 

Click here to view the Art Gallery, including film screenings, commissioned artists, and an art contest.

AAPCHO COVID-19 Resource Hub

VISIT THE RESOURCE HUB HERE!

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is continuously monitoring (COVID-19) alerts and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and other health agencies across the United States and its territories.

This page will be updated frequently with tailored resources for community health centers covering the COVID-19 vaccines, multilingual and culturally appropriate materials for Asian American (AA), Native Hawaiian (NH), and Pacific Islander (PI) communities, resources to address anti-Asian racism, public health considerations, and other public health considerations.

Resources Include: COVID-19 Vaccine, Multilingual and Culturally Appropriate Materials, Resources for Health Centers, Addressing Anti-Asian Racism, Cultural Humility, and Public Health Considerations

If you have questions, would you like to contribute resources to this page, and/or require technical assistance, please email preparedness@aapcho.org.

SEAFN – Southeast Asian Freedom Week of Action Communications Toolkit

Southeast Asian Freedom Week of Action Communications Toolkit 

A political education and freedom campaign to end the detention and deportation of Southeast Asian migrants and refugees. 

Topline messages: 

  • The U.S. government is an agent of anti-Asian violence each time it detains and deports Southeast Asian migrants and refugees.
  • Detention and deportation are extensions of U.S. imperialism, whereby our people are continuously displaced from our homes and families by the U.S. government, as we had been in Southeast Asia.
  • Southeast Asian migrants and refugees are unconditionally deserving of dignity. The immigration system is bereft of that.
  • Detention and deportation does not create safe communities. In fact, it exacerbates violence and injustice.
  • Southeast Asian liberation is deeply intertwined with the freedom struggles of other migrants and refugees and of the Indigenous nations of the U.S. whose lands were also pillaged by the U.S.
  • Fighting anti-Blackness is a central pillar in ending the oppression of Southeast Asian people internationally.

Petition: http://bit.ly/seafreedom 
Share the toolkit: https://bit.ly/seafreedomtoolkit

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment – Shifting From Hate to Health: Benefits of Leading From within Community

Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white nationalism are weapons of racism promoting fear and isolation and putting individuals and entire communities at risk for stress, trauma, isolation, and poor health. Listen to the full session here!

The current social and political context fosters hate speech and acts of hate against Muslims and Jews. Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white nationalism are weapons of racism promoting fear and isolation and putting individuals and entire communities at risk for stress, trauma, isolation, and poor health. By investing in organizations led by communities under attack—and through robust, genuine, and reciprocal relationships—grantee partners are shifting the focus from hate to health. In this Quick Take, hear from Jewish and Muslim leaders, and learn successful strategies to creating safer and more welcoming communities and drafting actionable steps for your organization.

Filipino Advocates for Justice: CA Reopening: COVID-19 Vaccine Education

Watch the recorded event video here!

Concerned about the CA Reopening or new variants? Still hesitant about taking the COVID-19 Vaccine? Don’t know where or if you or your children are qualified to get one?Filipino Advocates for Justice is partnering with UC Berkeley Pilipino Association for Health Careers (PAHC) and FACE (Filipino American Care Experience) which are faculty and doctors from Kaiser Permanente, to present to you an educational session all about COVID-19 Vaccine Resources, California Re-entry, and protecting your own health especially with new variants floating around.The highlight of the evening will be a live Doctors Q&A session featuring Dr. Camantigue and Dr. Ramirez from Kaiser Permanente Union City Medical Center. There will also be testimonials from our own community members about getting the vaccine, so please email any questions you have in advance to Aurora Sanchez, Community Outreach Worker at FAJ at asanchez@filipinos4justice.org. This presentation will be bilingual in both Tagalog and English.

EPIC: Addressing Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Inequity & Needs

Watch the recorded event video here!

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing health inequities among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs). NHPIs in California are disproportionately impacted, having the highest case and death rates compared to any other racial and ethnic groups. Learn more about who makes up the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities and the critical issues NHPIs face, including COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates. Community leaders will share more about the pandemic data, its impacts, and make recommendations on resources and policies to address NHPI needs. This session is in partnership with Empowering Pacific Islander Communities. We look forward to seeing you at this important discussion.

Coalition of Asian American Leaders – CAAL 2020 Impact Report

CAAL: We are pleased to announce the release of our 2020 Impact Report! In the words of Executive and Network Director Bo Thao-Urabe:

“We acted urgently to uplift the unseen voices, and we did not stop connecting people to decision-makers because, during this time, it became even more crucial that the voices of the community be centered.”

We invite you to take 5 minutes to view our report and celebrate the many ways we showed up and took care of one another:

Cia Siab Inc: Why Are Pronouns Important?

Cia Siab Inc: Have you ever heard someone introduce themselves like this: “Hi, I’m Piper. I use They/Them pronouns”. And wonder why they included their pronouns? Or have you ever been corrected when you referred someone as a ‘She’ instead ‘Ze’? We’re starting to hear and see people share their pronouns on their bio’s, social media, during conversations. Why exactly are pronouns important? And how can you practice being more inclusive of all identities?

Want to learn more, connect with our Queer Coordinators, Leader & Huab Cua at leaderthao@ciasiabinc.org & huabcua@ciasiabinc.org.

Video: Massachusetts Town Hall on Anti Asian Racism

View the town-hall video here!

The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled xenophobia and anti-Asian racism. But Asian Americans have experienced violence long before the pandemic. Join our town hall highlighting how the Asian American community in MA is organizing against racism and learn how to support our community during the pandemic. Transcript available here: http://bit.ly/AARtownhalltranscript

AAU Statement on Violence Against Asian Community + Resources & Action Items

AAU Statement on Violence Against Asian Community + Resources & Action Items

These past few weeks, US headlines and news sources have been highlighting a significant increase in anti-Asian harassment and violence since early 2020 with more than 3000 documented incidents across the country. Most recently, we grieve Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old man from Thailand who suffered fatal injuries after being shoved to the ground on one of his daily walks. We stand in solidarity with Noel Quintana, who was slashed across the face on the New York City subway, the 71-year-old grandma who was knocked to the ground and robbed in Oakland, the 91-year-old grandpa who was shoved to the sidewalk on a sunny day in Oakland Chinatown. We feel the pain of the families and friends of those who have been victims of racist violence.

Amidst these stories, we also must say the name of Christian Hall, the 19-year-old Chinese American teen who was fatally shot by the Pennsylvania State Police when Hall was undergoing a mental health crisis. Although the victims of anti-Asian violence may initially seem unrelated to Hall’s case, AAU believes that the oppressive systems of our society and the blatant disinvestment in public services not only allow these incidents of violence to persist, but create them in the first place. Thus, all these seemingly disparate stories are tied together. In these moments of anger, grief, and sorrow AAU wants to encourage our community to connect our pain to that of the Black community immense and unjust losses at the hands of police. We all suffer under white supremacy and no minoritized or economically disenfranchised community in the United States is able to avoid its violence.

Just a year ago, in March 2020, AAU convened a community forum on the rising number of incidents of anti-Asian harassment and violence across the country. This increase was broadly attributed to the administration’s stoking of public bias and anti-Chinese sentiment (i.e. using terms like “kung-flu”) as news spread about the first reported cases of Covid-19 in Wuhan. At the forum, eight Philadelphia Asian leaders discussed recent anti-Asian incidents and the rising levels of fear and stress in our communities. A year later, we are again hearing reports of anti-Asian violence, with some of the most egregious reported recent incidents occurring  on the West Coast. 

Throughout AAU’s 35 year history, we have seen many incidents of anti-Asian violence, harassment and hate crimes. We know that these racially motivated events have also been a long part of our nation’s history and increase especially during times of upheaval when community members turn blame and fear towards each other rather than towards larger systemic causes. 

Whether it is one incident or many, the effects of violence aimed at our communities can be felt across age, gender, class, or Asian ethnic/cultural background. Our youth, their parents, and our elders are afraid— often on a daily basis. Additionally, we all come from histories of societal discord, war, violence, immigration, displacement. Incidents in the current moment raise our communal memories of incidents in the past. And during this pandemic, there is less space for continued efforts towards generational healing. 

When these incidents occur and fears are stoked, we see our own communities’ racism rise (especially targeting black communities). Again, the histories in our communities where Asians and Black people have been pitted against one another leave us disconnected, angry, unaware of the privilege that Asian communities have been granted over Black and Latinx communities, unaware of our own racism. Our community leaders end up calling for increased police presence and gun ownership. We get more entrenched in a vicious cycle that this country has perpetuated since it began.

At AAU, we are concerned at how difficult it is to remember in difficult times to look at a larger picture— at the whole situation of larger systemic failure. The pandemic shows the many holes through which our communities can fall under the inhumane system we live in. Millions and millions of people in the U.S. are without work, adequate healthcare, food, or shelter. Millions of people are incarcerated. Thousands of people in our immigrant and refugee communities are facing deportation and detention in this incarceration system. How can we expect crime and tensions in our communities not to rise in these circumstances?

We must not blame each other. The solution to violence cannot be more violence. Our communities need linguistically accessible resources, mental health services, cross-racial community, solidarity building, and restorative justice programs.

We must look further. We must dismantle our history of economic inequity and racism. Who are the wealthy people benefiting every day from the suffering of the oppressed? Who are the people who reinforce this oppressive system every day to protect their profits and privilege? It is so difficult to consider that we may have more in common with even those who target our Asian elders and youth with violence  than we do with those who keep their hands clean while the systems of oppression do their dirty work for them— keeping us from lives with dignity and plenty where we could begin to heal from centuries of damage, violence and disconnection. 

In this moment, we ask our communities to continue envisioning and enacting safe and just futures that honor everyone’s humanity and make reparations for historic and ongoing oppression. Ask how conservative visions of a safe community (more police, more firearms) will perpetuate both anti-Black and anti-Asian violence. Ask what will really have to change in our society so that none of our community members are faced with the many forms of violence (physical, economic, emotional) we are confronted with every day.  Fight for justice for Christian Hall as a part of a lineage of murder that follows Walter Wallace, Briana Taylor, George Floyd, Eric Garner, and too many more.

Action Items:

View the list of resources and suggested readings here!