By the end of this month, I will be transitioning out of my role as a CPA staff member & returning to harm reduction work by joining the DOPE Project team at the Harm Reduction Coalition. After almost 3 years of being a part of CPA staff, I could not think of a better way to honor this chapter of my life than fundraising to Build Resilience, Contest for Power! $15k in 5 Days. I hope you will all join me in this effort to honor this transition in a good way <3
Over the last 3 years, CPA has been a home for me to learn, practice, and grow into my full power. It’s been a place for me to deepen my analysis around workers’ rights, youth organizing, mental health, and the climate crisis. It’s where I learned how to run communications strategies for a $5 million wage theft case at Kome Buffet to a multi-year youth-led mental health campaign, with stories that are rooted in the lived experiences of my community. It’s where I tapped into the heart of what it takes to move money for our movements, and to train future generations to be bolder with both their fundraising and organizing asks.
My story may be unique, but the transformation, rigor, and love that is part of my journey with CPA is not unique to my experience alone, but can be found in the stories of all the OGs, activists, youth, workers, and supporters of CPA. At CPA, I’ve seen the resilience of monolingual immigrant workers in standing up for their rights in the face of bosses who use abuse and violence to silence them. I’ve seen youth blossom into their own courage and vulnerability through CPA’s unwavering belief in the idea that youth deserve a seat at the table when it comes to shaping their own futures. I’ve seen CPA build intentional intergenerational communities to heal the loss of connection within families that comes with the trauma of migration, racism, and exploitation. More personally, I found wholeness and healing in CPA’s intergenerational community as I navigated my personal relationship with drugs and people who use drugs, and the challenges of overdose and recovery in my life.
To me, CPA represents the heartbeat of a world that I believe we all want to be a part of.
I hope that you will join me in giving $50 this week to support a world where everyone’s dignity, safety, and belonging matters.