Hi everyone! As you may or may not know, this summer I am a Seeding Change Fellow placed at the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) in Chinatown, San Francisco. It's my first time being involved in grassroots organizing efforts, and through this experience, I've been able to learn more about what organizing looks like and reflect on what my role is in moving my communities toward collective liberation.
The community I work with consists of working-class Chinese immigrant families, many of whom are new immigrants who do not speak English. Many live in single-room occupancy (SRO) units with their families, which are originally intended to house only one person. It's incredibly inspiring to work with community leaders who, despite facing worker exploitation, unsafe housing conditions, and housing insecurity, still invest their labor and efforts into organizing their community to rise up and fight against the interlocking systems of oppression that devalue their labor, their bodies, and their lives.
I am incredibly grateful for everything that Seeding Change has given me the opportunity to be a part of. From the people I've met and the relationships I've built, to creating a space where I am forced to lean into my learning edge, Seeding Change has given me the space and tools to grow as a person and as an organizer. Through the culture of care and love in the spaces that the fellowship has created for the fellows, I have begun my journey in centering community healing and deep, meaningful relationship-building in my own organizing.
If you are able to, I hope that you can support this program and future fellows by donating $10, $50, $100, or anything that you are able to give. Even if you aren't able to give monetarily, sharing this page through social media would also mean the world to me! Your contribution would go towards nurturing the next generations of Asian American changemakers and directly supporting their efforts towards fighting for social justice and liberation for all.