In 2014, the Chinese Progressive Association launched Seeding Change – A Center for Asian American Movement Building. Rooted in CPA’s 40+ years of grassroots organizing and alliance building, Seeding Change hopes to explore and build a national pipeline for the next generation of AAPI organizers; create an infrastructure for AAPI grassroots organizing; and experiment with building power and scale for our movements toward a vibrant social and economic justice movement.
The Seeding Change Fellowship program entered my life at the exact moment I needed it. During the latter end of my senior year, I struggled to find a post-grad opportunity that would challenge me to become a better organizer, accomplice, and creator in movement work that serves low-income, immigrant Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. I graduated with a degree in English with an Asian American Studies minor, and I was determined to contribute to grassroots organizing in Florida.
I was hesitant about the program since I was one of the few people from the South, but I was welcomed and celebrated in the space the Seeding Change staff and volunteers created. My cohort and the rest of Seeding Change encourage me to continue work in FL and the South to activate other AAPIs in mobilizing our political power.
Our orientation retreat has enriched my personal and political consciousness. The other fellows, staff, and volunteers cracked open the vulnerabilities I held so tightly inside of me. Instead, they nurtured me to embrace the wholeness of my identity as a Pilipinx American filled with joy, resilience, and grief. They have taught me to reimagine intimacies where our identities are not stringently defined by our oppression.
We were not born here to struggle. We were born here to laugh, play, and build together our collective freedom.
YOU can help us sustain this beautiful work for the long run.
This summer, we are trying to raise $10K to go towards the program. Join our 20 fellows, many of whom are fundraising for the first time, by creating your own fundraising page and be a part of our team. Or you can donate directly here and let other folks know that you just supported a grassroots effort to develop leadership for our communities for the long haul.