Walking into 2019, I actually feel pretty nervous. I return to work full time as a new mom. I am stepping up to new leadership as CPA's Political Director. We have some significant narrative-shifting victories in San Francisco from the last election cycle, and still our community is being assaulted left and right by a xenophobic, racist and classist administration.
As I slowly and steadily stride up and down on my learning curve, there were a couple of humbling and heartwarming moments that reminds me of the resilience our movement have built. For our Heart2Heart listening campaign, I was assigned to have a conversation with a core leader from Yank Sing. I still remember how incredibly rewarding and difficult it was to organize the Yank Sing workers. The workers were taking immense risks and showing lots of courage to take collective action with their co-workers, and things are more often than not one step forward, two steps back. In fact, I remember when we finally won, this worker leader was burned out and didn't want to engage with CPA anymore. It was not my happiest moment.
Throughout the years we would drop each other WeChat messages here and there, sharing life updates. It was only until this conversation where we can have a Heart 2 Heart about what CPA meant for her and our community. Here's what she said, "CPA has played a crucial and irreplaceable role for me and for our community. I was always angry at how my boss treated us, I knew that was wrong. But it is after meeting CPA that I learned I can actually do something about it and organize my coworkers to take collective action. For that I will forever be grateful."
When I look at my 1.5 year old (a fearless chatterbox with very healthy amount, sometimes too much of independence and personality), I sometimes worry for the future. With the climate crisis upon us, unbridled capitalism and totalitarian oppression around the world, how do I have faith that everything will be okay for my baby girl? In those moments, I bring myself to think about CPA and its 46 years of resilience and impact. I have seen with my own eyes how it is with this organization, so many have found a home to learn, to be with community, and to take action for the change they want to see. And it was all done through equally challenging times, and for that, "I will forever be grateful".
These coming years will be a critical time for this country and our community. Are we moving forward with ideals, policies and structures that value all of us? Are we building resilience in our community so we can contest for power? I am making a gift to CPA this year because I believe this organization is an important part of that fight, and most importantly, I must play a role too, to build the future I want for my child, and all of our children. Will you join me in giving $50-$150 to CPA today?