Thank you to everyone who attended AYPAL’s 2nd annual Fresh Off the Block Photo Exhibit at Eastside Arts Alliance on December 15th, 2016!
We are excited to share this highlight video created by Stevie Sanchez. Community came together to share stories about Oakland, talk about gentrification, and even dance (of course)! Enjoy!
Missed the event? Want to see more? No worries, click the link below to gain access to the highlight video we played during the exhibit: Youth confronting decision makers during key moments in our 2016 #WeHere campaign!
Next Thursday December 15th at Eastside Cultural Center 2277 International 5-8pm!
Come check out youth perspective on the changes happening in Oakland through photography, spoken word, and story telling.
Follow this link for a video re-cap of last year’s FOB event!
This is an exciting tool we have the honor of sharing with you all. Over the past year and a half, AYPAL, along with 14 organizations nationwide contributed to the creation of an Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit loaded with a TONs of shared curriculum for working with our communities towards transformation.
We are excited to share this document with you, which is FREE for DOWNLOAD in the link below!
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& check out the webinar launch video below!
This Toolkit project includes contributions from the following organizations:
Asian Pacific Environmental Network – Chinese Progressive Association SF Korean Resource Center – Filipino Advocates for Justice – CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities – PrYSM – DRUM – Khmer Girls in Action – 1Love Movement – AYPAL: Building API Power VAYLA New Orleans – Freedom Inc – Korean Resource Community Center – Mekong NYC – VietLEAD
With the passage of legislation that will make Asian and Pacific Islander students, particularly those who are underrepresented – such as Southeast Asians, more visible within the Oakland Unified School District, AYPAL has continued to work towards similar legislation at both the city and state levels. Over the summer AYPAL organizers met with State Assembly members to encourage the passage of Assembly Bill 1726, which would disaggregate data for API’s similarly to the OUSD legislation (you can find that story here). Below is a video clip of a news story that documented both the conservative opposition to this bill, as well as AYPAL’s very own Vincent Saephan explaining the need for this type of policy.
Check out the video below!
Visit our crowd source fundraising page to donate and be a part of fighting against gentrification and displacement in Oakland! *Update: this fundraising page is currently closed, we met our goal! Thank you to the community for raising over $10,000 for youth! * #WeHere
Official May Arts 2016 “Reclaiming Our Roots” in San Antonio Park re-cap video by Stevie Sanchez of Eastside Arts Alliance! (above)
An in-depth look at May Arts through the Guerulla Theater by United Roots! (below)
Watch it on TV! Follow the link and click on the first agenda item to stream! KTOP coverage of our presentation HERE
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders face particular challenges when it comes to having our experiences made visible. Together, in partnership with The Spot Youth Center and Banteay Srei, we conducted a culture and climate survey of 500 API identified youth in Oakland in an effort to tell our stories more accurately, and from our own community’s perspective. On March 22nd, youth presented our survey findings and made recommendations to Oakland’s Life Enrichment Committee as invited by District 2 Council Member Abel Guillen. Our goal with this project is to shed light on the issues facing APIs, particularly Southeast Asian youth, who are often systematically left out of the conversation by city-wide data tracking that is not disaggregated by API sub-ethnicity. This is a core institutional issue that prevents all underrepresented communities from being seen and heard! We will continue to push for a response from the City and the Oakland Unified School District, backing statewide action towards improved data collection and reporting, while simultaneously creating space for youth to share their stories and make policy recommendations to decision makers.
AYPAL COMPLETES FOB: FRESH OFF THE BLOCK PHOTO PROJECT
AYPAL youth respond to changes happening in Oakland in this powerful photo project. Check out the video below. Special thanks to Stevie Sanchez and Eastside Arts Alliance on this collaboration.
Check back on our website for updates on our anti-gentrification work.
Youth and staff are enjoying some time off before AYPAL’s summer program starts up. In the meantime, check out this AYPAL video produced by our young people for this year’s May Arts Festival!
Video diary of day 3 in Detroit for the 2010 USSF:
- API Gathering
- Detroit Tour
- Vincent Chin’s grave site
- Asian & Pacific Islanders coming together to build, organize and network.
Video diary of day 2 in Detroit for the 2010 USSF:
- Opening Ceremony
Video diary of our first day in Detroit for the 2010 USSF:
- Downtown Detroit
- Talks with the local community
- Prep for the week long experience!
Fund Empowerment not Violence
Music by Power Struggle
AYPAL’s cultural arts and social justice work includes:
- AYPAL Guerilla Theater
- Cambodian Stick Dance
- Chinese Ribbon Dance
- Chinese Fan Dance
- Poly Dance
- Spoken Word
- Youth Videos
Video also touches briefly on the Violence Prevention Campaign to fight for more after school programs for youth in Oakland, and reduce the violence in the community.