I'm so happy to share my story with an organization, a community, that has greatly impacted my life with you. I hope you can take a moment to reflect on a journey with me.
I'm joining the Chinese Progressive Association's BUILD RESILIENCE, CONTEST FOR POWER Fundraising Campaign because in this moment we need to tap into ourselves and claim our power - yes its there and been there all along - and channel it outward to fuel the fight for freedom, equity and justice. In light of the political events at home or across the world, generating fear and oppression, and stripping power away from our communities. In this moment, in this fight, we must win!
CPA is a political starting point for many young organizers and activists, fighting along grassroots immigrant communities around the country today. In 2011, I was 19 (see pictures) and walked through CPA's red door and found my power and purpose.
At CPA, I experienced my many "FIRSTS"... as a youth, organizer, activist and community worker.
Took part in my FIRST civil disobedience action in solidarity with Hyatt workers fighting for fair wages and dignify working conditions. I was supported by my dear friend and movement elders.
FIRST time stepping into my power as an Asian American, learning about the history of API activism, movement organizing and left politics. I took this knowledge and shared it with many of you and invited you to join me in the movement.
FIRST time learning about the power of organizing as it relates to my experience as an Vietnamese immigrant and being a child of immigrants. I felt proud as I get to connect the experiences of my parents, their struggles and resilience, knowing that I can draw power from their stories and not be ashamed,
FIRST time feeling like I'm not alone in my anger, desparation and cry for change. CPA connected me to a community and provided me with the tools to process my anger into a source of power, a catalyst for social transformation, and given me clarity on my role in the world and the movement.
CPA led many young organizers through that red door and planted the seeds for change in all of us. In this moment, I ask you to join me in supporting CPA.
You may ask will giving money makes a difference? ABSOLUTELY. Your contributions will keep the lights on for training with youth leaders and immigrant workers, fuel programs that address the needs of working families, educate a generation of organizers, make events for inter-generational community bulding possible, and much more. As a comarade once asked me, "What are you willing to give to the movement?"