Hi there! If you know me, you know that I care a lot about social justice, and that I'm currently a summer intern at API Equality-LA because of the opportunity that Seeding Change has given me.
It's taken a lot to get me to this point. I struggled so long with accepting my Asian American identity and queer identities, and really only started to embrace them in my sophomore year of university, when I participated in leadership programs provided by the cultural centers on campus. That's when I found supportive community and many of my closest friends; I didn't feel uncomfortable and alone anymore, and dove headfirst into campus organizing to try to give back to the same communities that nurtured me.
But self-work is constant, and just because I embraced my identities didn't mean that I didn't have doubts and conflicting emotions. The constant onslaught of bad news and campus resistance to supporting its students on top of academic pressure made this past school year hell. I felt isolated again, and it wasn't because I didn't have friends or community, but because I felt so tired and scared and disempowered to protect us from all the harm the world is inflicting on us. I lost hope, that that broke me.
I wouldn't be lying to say that Seeding Change saved me. It connected me to a national network of passionate Asian American and Pacific Islander fellows, elders, mentors, critics, and warriors who picked up the pieces of myself broken by fear and put them back together with care. They held space for my fear and taught me that I will never be alone, that love is always there and more resilient, restorative, more transformative, than hate will ever be. And now, with API Equality-LA, I'm learning how to build and empower community based in that love!
I want to give back to Seeding Change for everything it has given me, but more than that, I want to give everyone the opportunity to grow community power with me. Asians are projected to become the largest immigrant group in the U.S. by 2055 (Pew Research), and yet are too-often invisibilized and unsupported, even targeted, by US legislation. This incoming wave of Asian and Pacific Islanders need support, and we cannot wait for them to be disempowered by predatory, xenophobic policies or people, especially on the cusp of the 2020 elections. We need to build our own systems of compassionate support for and by ourselves, to reach out to support and uplift each other.
As part of that, I hope that you will join me in supporting Seeding Change. To support Seeding Change is to cultivate the growth of Asian and Pacific Islander leaders that will be empowered to fight for the needs of their communities and build solidarity with other communities, and push back against the tide of terror this country inflicts on all marginalized folks. You can help me by donating anything you can: $1, $5, $10, $25, $50, or even just sharing my campaign -- anything helps! If you'd like to give less than the $10 minimum on this platform, send me your amount on Venmo @rosawang15! Thank you so much. ♥♥