Since joining CPA this past January as the new Civic Engagement Organizer, I have continued to be mindblown by the people who make up our organization. CPA, by far, has been the best organization I have seen in action doing its best to ensure the ways we build power are aligned with valuing all people and communities.
I learned more about CPA as a fellow for the Seeding Change National Fellowship for Organizers back in 2014. The Fellowship was a strong example of a space that not only instilled the value of organizing as a means of winning concrete gains for our Asian immigrant and refugee communities, but it also instilled the value of how connections to one another as people matter in this work too, and that we all can organize for the long run if we value those too. Today, I work for the organization that started the Fellowship and carried its values over. I am so glad that I get to work for CPA, an organization whose mission includes building organizing power and connections in Chinese working class communities, similar to the one I was raised in.
CPA has challenged me in many ways as an organizer since I started. I have been learning how to really work on a team, as opposed to relying on myself, and I have been learning to value my own health, as opposed to overclocking my body for the work. Nine months in, and sometimes it is still scary for me to experience how people at CPA care about each other, or how they care about me. But, CPA is an organization worth committing your dollars to because it is an organization committed to contradicting the unhealthy patterns that have come up in movement work. I am thankful to the staff members and grassroots leaders I work with through the Tenant Worker Center and the Civic Engagement Team for holding my growth as I both unlearn and learn.
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