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San Francisco to Challenge Court Ruling That Bars Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections

San Francisco will challenge a court decision that blocks non-citizens from voting in the city’s school board elections. City Attorney David Chiu revealed on Aug. 15. that his office is filing an appeal to reinstate the rights for eligible immigrants without U.S. citizenship. “We believe that allowing non-citizen parents to vote in school board elections is not only legally permissible, but strongly beneficial to our communities,” Chiu said. 

Read more here.

APEN: Get Your Community Ready and Resourced for Fire Season

Access the informational new article here!

APEN: It’s fire season and this year, we’re facing one of the worst droughts in California’s historyFires are already blazing in some parts of the state and we’re once again preparing for mass power shutoffs.

Here are 5 things you can do to make sure your community is ready and resourced for this year’s fire season

You can also read the Chinese version of the article here!

APEN: I know what it’s like to leave your country to escape war. We need to do everything we can to support Afghan refugees.

APEN: In response to recent events in Afghanistan, we are sharing this statement below by Torm Nompraseurt, APEN’s Senior Community Organizer and one of APEN’s founders, who has been a community leader in Richmond’s Southeast Asian refugee community for decades. We asked Torm to share his experience as a refugee in the 1970s —not to distract from the challenges that Afghan refugees face today, but to remind us that our own histories can guide us toward solidarity.

Read the full article here: https://apen4ej.medium.com/i-know-what-its-like-to-leave-your-country-to-escape-war-1a5282b9dc4b

4th Anniversary of the San Francisco “Comfort Women” Memorial

Comfort Women Justice Coalition (CWJC) Fourth Anniversary Event

Please join CWJC in commemorating the Fourth Anniversary of the installation of the Column of Strength Monument in San Francisco. 2021 also marks the 30th anniversary of the testimony of Kim Hak-sun, the first Comfort Woman survivor to come forward publicly. She is a key figure in the Column of Strength. During the commemoration, we will recognize Kim Hak-sun’s groundbreaking testimony and share a special announcement. Please email comfortwomencoalition@gmail.com with any questions.

Visit their website here: https://remembercomfortwomen.org/ and register for the event here: bit.ly/92121CW4

The ‘Comfort Women’ Justice Coalition is a grassroots, multi-ethnic and multi-national group of individuals and organizations that are part of the global “Comfort Women” Justice Movement. They are guided by the powerful leadership of the grandmothers (the surviving “Comfort Women”) themselves. In 2017, they unveiled the memorial Comfort Women: Column of Strength in San Francisco to remember the hundreds of thousands of women and girls sexually enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Army from the early 1930s to 1945 and to educate the public about their history. The memorial symbolizes their international resolve never to let that atrocity be repeated, and the memorial is also a reverent testament to all those who have been victims of sexual violence and sex trafficking.

 

Oakland Unified School District Lesson Plan Ideas

To decrease bullying and prevent incidents of anti-Asian discrimination, educators and families can play a critical role in helping young people understand the history and context for anti-Asian racism in the United States and around the world that has flared up due to COVID-19 first known in China.

See Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell’s statements on anti-Asian violence:

Here are some resources and ideas for lesson plans we’ve compiled to use with your students:

Curriculum Resource Guide for Elementary Schools

Curriculum Resource Guide for Middle & High Schools

Please share any additional resources that should be included by emailing lailan.huen@ousd.org or commenting on the document!

 

 

 

 

 

Love our People, Heal our Communities

“The recent attacks in our community have left us heartbroken. As a coalition of direct service, advocacy, and grassroots organization organizations, we denounce violence against members of Asian American communities in San Francisco, Oakland, and the greater Bay Area. We stand in solidarity with victims, survivors, and families who have suffered loss and pain.”

Over Valentine’s and Lunar New Year weekend, hundreds of Bay Area community members came together at the Love Our…

Posted by Chinese Progressive Association on Friday, March 5, 2021

Here are ways you can take action in support of this work:

  • Share this form with your friends, family, and communities through this link: bit.ly/loveourpeople
  • Donate to the CCSJ victims and survivors fund, click here
  • Donate to the Oakland Chinatown Community Ambassador and Victims Fund or Donate to Eastlake/Little Saigon’s Peace Ambassador Program
    Oakland specific:

    • Learn about the long-time work in Oakland Chinatown and join us! – Follow up on social media, join our mailing list to stay informed about various opportunities by emailing oakchinatowncoalition@gmail.com, and/or contribute to our Chinatown Coalition Member organizations efforts.
    • Come shop and eat in Chinatown and Little Saigon, wear yellow to show our support to our merchants and residents
    • Follow the leadership of existing organizations and be ambassadors to the community with us — go beyond patrolling and join our Volunteer Strolling efforts to make our streets welcoming, safe, and clean.
  • Share your ideas and experiences about Reimagining Public Safety. Fill out this community survey on reimagining public safety in Oakland (data collected by Oakland Rising)
    Follow and support the organizations on the ground

    • Oakland orgs:
      • OCC: @oakchinatowncoalition (IG) / @chinatowncoalition (FB)
      • @apen4ej
      • @aapiwomenlead
      • @asians4blklives (IG & TW)
      • @AsianHealth818 (TW), @AsianHealthServices (IG)
      • @AYPAL (TW), @AYPALPower (IG)
      • @EBALDC (TW)
      • @oaklandvnchamber (FB & IG)
      • @trybe (TW), @trybe1122(FB)
      • @OCAeastbay (FB, IG, TW)
    • SF orgs:
      • CPA: @chineseprogressiveassociation (IG); @cpasf (TW); @cpasf (FB)
      • CAA: @caasanfrancisco (IG); @caasanfrancisco (TW); @caasf (FB)
      • CYC: @cyc_sf (IG); @cyc_sf (TW); @cycsf (FB)
      • New Breath Foundation: @newbreathfdn (TW) / @newbreathfoundation (FB)

It takes all of us to redefine safety for our communities.

Communities Rally Against Anti-Asian Violence

“Love Our People, Heal Our Communities” Cross-Cultural Healing Events took place in Oakland and San Francisco

San Francisco & Oakland, CA — “In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 related violence against Asian American communities throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Coalition for Community Safety and Justice (CCSJ) in San Francisco joined forces with a coalition of organizations in Oakland to organize two parallel Days of Action this past weekend, both entitled “Love Our People, Heal Our Communities.”

On the first weekend of the Lunar New Year, and a few days after more than 70 Asian American organizations issued a press statement condemning the violence, these two events brought together a multiracial and multigenerational coalition to stand against racism, xenophobia, and violence, and to offer space for healing the grief and pain that Asian communities feel in light of recent events.

Together, they called for community-centered solutions to keep diverse communities safe. These include culturally-competent multilingual victim services, cross-racial education and dialogue, prevention-based programs (such as community patrols), and more.”

Read the rest of the statement here.

Resources:

  • Asian Organizations Across the Bay Area Join Forces to Demand Action Against Violence: Click here for more information.
    Yamuna Hopwood, Communications Manager; 415-274-6760 x319 yhopwood@caasf.org (English); Jin Xia Niu, Chinese Language Media Specialist; 415-274-6760 x313 jniu@caasf.org (English, Mandarin)
  • For those who wish to contribute to victims and survivors, please visit here.
  • CAA Responds to the Attacks in Atlanta Area

Both the Oakland and San Francisco events were also live-streamed to Facebook with ASL interpretation, where more than 300 people tuned in. The Oakland event can be viewed here and the San Francisco event here.

 

CAPI USA: Organizations Representing Asian American Communities Across the Nation and Allies Release Statement Rejecting Criminalization and Retribution, and Call for Responses Addressing the Root Causes of Racial Violence

Organizations Representing Asian American Communities Across the Nation and Allies Release Statement Rejecting Criminalization and Retribution, and Call for Responses Addressing the Root Causes of Racial Violence:

“SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 17, 2021) — As a national network of local and national Asian American organizations and individuals that convened in the wake of the pandemic a year ago, we have been working together to share best practices and lessons learned from responding to anti-Asian violence.

We are horrified by the continuing acts of violence against members of our Asian American communities across the country, from New York to Oakland’s Chinatown. We stand in solidarity with the survivors, victims, and their families during this challenging moment, when fear accompanies even the most basic daily experiences. We all deserve to live without the threat of violence and to feel safe in our neighborhoods.

True safety for all must come in the form of investment and resources, not punitive measures that create division and reinforce our criminal justice system’s discriminatory structures. Many grassroots Asian American organizations, including some who are part of this network, have worked for decades as part of multiracial efforts to secure such resources for all of our communities…” Read more of the statement here.

Resources:

Statement from Asian American organizations in the Bay Area

From @18million Rising, “Call on Me, Not the Cops” in Asian languages: https://18millionrising.org/2020/06/callonme.html

From APANO: A Resource Guide for AAPI Anti-HateActivists,Victims and Survivors of Hate
https://www.apano.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/PUAH-Resilience-to-Hate-Resource-Guide-3_23_20.docx.pdf

From Advancing Justice – AAJC and Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training:
https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/events

From Vision Change Win: Community Safety Toolkit
https://www.visionchangewin.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/VCW-Safety-Toolkit-Final.pdf

Hate Reporting Sites:

Stopaapihate.org

Standagainsthatred.org

APEN COVID-19 Weekly News Roundup

With things changing so quickly, we know that it’s been difficult to stay up to date on what’s happening with the COVID-19 pandemic and access information about the resources we need at this time. In response, Asian Pacific Environmental Network will be sharing a weekly news roundup with timely updates on:

  • Local, state, and national COVID-19 decisions that impact our communities
  • International news with a focus on how Asian countries are combating COVID-19
  • Resources including material support for people and know-your-rights information
  • Highlights from cultural workers responding to the pandemic

Sign up to receive the APEN COVID-19 News Roundup.

If COVID-19 has made anything clear, it’s that we are all connected – across borders, across class boundaries – and that the impacts and duration of this crisis depends on making sure that all of us have what we need to help contain this outbreak, starting with the people facing the greatest risks with the fewest material resources. APEN hopes that their COVID-19 news roundup helps connect you with the information and resources you need most.