Chinatown is my home and over the past 6 years, the Chinese Progressive Association has grown to be my political home, a movement site for social change in Chinatown and the Bay. As a young Chinese kid growing up poor working class in an SRO, that means I found the power that's always been in me because CPA believed in me and woke me up. CPA's given me the lens to see my class from a place of power and their groundedness in centering leadership by working class people, youth, and impacted communities is what keeps me coming back.
CPA was how I walked my first picket line for hotel workers who demanded fair wages and treatment. CPA was where I first saw racial solidarity in action for an elderly couple and their disabled daughter who were evicted from their home. (Lee family eviction 2013). CPA was where my aunt fought for her as a garment worker in the 2000s. CPA was also the org that fought in coalition for free MUNI for youth and compost/recycling bins in Chinatown. (Before that, I walked my ass with my family's recyclables to my middle school in a backpack 😆 and 14 years later she would be painting a street mural with a group of rad youth organizers and artists for the Climate March in civil disobedience).
This is all to say, that I came into who I am as a community artist with my goals and values realized through people who invested in my growth because they embraced this Chinatown kid into the movement. They were the first radical Chinese people I've met and they continue to uphold the leadership of working class immigrant workers and tenants and Asian American youth. Will you join me in donating to CPA so we can continue to contest for power?
Here's a pic of me, circa 1992 when my family moved into our SRO. The toddler me is side-eyeing because she has yet to know she will inspire the future 28 year old me ;)