AAPI communities are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States. California is home to nearly a third of the national AAPI population, and since 2008, the percentage of voters who are AAPI nearly doubled in the state. In many Bay Area communities, Asian Americans are quickly becoming majority populations. However, does this translate to political power? And with the displacement of working-class communities of color out of urban centers and into suburban communities, how do the needs and concerns of AAPIs get reflected in everything from culturally competent basic services to policies in education, housing, immigration and jobs? Finally, AAPI communities continue to be used as a “wedge” against other communities of color. Opponents of affirmative action and police reform have propped up and stoked Asian opposition to further their political agenda. What are the new lessons and cutting edge strategies from the ground?
- Provide an overview of the political opportunities facing the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities
- Deepen analysis of the evolution of organizing in AAPI communities
- Highlight innovative tools for civic engagement
This program runs from 12 noon - 3pm. Lunch will be provided.
Join leaders from:
Korean Resource Center (KRC)
- Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN)
- Cathy Cha, Haas Jr. Fund
- Amado Uno, Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
- Alex Tom, Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
- DJ Yoon, Korean Resource Center (KRC)
- Lillian Galedo, Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ)
AAPIs for Civic Empowerment is a new statewide initiative formed by Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Korean Resource Center (KRC) and Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) to build grassroots infrastructure for civic engagement, coordinate statewide field and member leadership development and education.
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