Thank you so much for visiting my page! Please join me in giving to the Chinese Progressive Association - every $dollar$ that you give matters, because it is with grassroots funds that we are able to do experiments that will take our movements to the next level!
Two years ago, CPA took me in as a summer intern as part of a national fellowship program, financed entirely on grassroots dollars. Until recently, no institutional donors saw the need for such programs, so if it was not for bold, strategic experimentations like that fellowship program, I really wouldn't be where I am today. And this is just one example!
One of my proudest achievements from the last couple of months is coaching a pair of workers to face their exploitative employer. I am so grateful for a supportive & thoughtful staff team that has my back, and this chance to part-take in the leadership development of a pair of workers whose courage, forged by traumatic & humiliating experiences, will go a very long way to lift up worker & people power!
In this moment, we know that many people are feeling heartbroken from the losses and destruction that are happening each day, from the violent separation of children from their families, the fatal shootings motivated by white supremacy and toxic masculinity, the threat of public charge taking away basic needs for immigrant communities, and the burning of the Amazon rainforest -- the very lungs and heart of our Mother Earth. In order to survive, we’ve seen people turn towards isolation and disconnection.
At CPA we know that we survive and thrive in connection and solidarity. This year, we’ve built even deeper relationships so that we can continue to contest for power.
This year, Shaw San Liu stepped in to her role as the new Executive Director. We deepened meaningful connection with the Heart to Heart Campaign, where we deeply listened to 100+ members of our beloved community to understand what issues matter most to them. Youth MOJO courageously claimed their agency and authority in their fight to transform the way SFUSD and our broader communities think about mental health, and won the support of the Board of Education to approve the $1.5 million estimate to implement the demands of the youth-led mental health campaign, Our Healing in Our Hands. We saw immigrant workers courageously speaking out for respect and dignity in the workplace through the Dignity for Kome Workers campaign.
This Fall, we’ve been organizing around ballot measures up for election this November to build affordable housing, generate money for public infrastructure by taxing Uber and Lyft, and campaign finance reform, with an eye towards contesting for power with the 2020 census, primary and general elections, and winning Schools and Communities First statewide to restore $11 billion annually to California.