2016 Host Sites
Asian Americans United (Philadelphia)
Founded in 1985, Asian Americans United’s mission is to build leadership in Asian American communities to build our neighborhoods and unite against oppression.
AAU has worked in Philadelphia’s Asian American communities and in broader multiracial coalitions around quality education, youth leadership, anti-Asian violence, immigrant rights, and folk arts and cultural maintenance.
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (Portland)
APANO was founded in 1996 with significant support from the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization in Multnomah County under the principle that we are stronger together, and that our communities would benefit from more coordinated leadership particularly in areas of public policy advocacy. The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice. We use our collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with our communities.
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (Oakland and Richmond)
APEN believes that all people have a right to a clean and healthy environment in which their communities can live, work, learn, play and thrive. Towards this vision, APEN brings together a collective voice to develop an alternative agenda for environmental, social and economic justice. Through building an organized movement, we strive to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN holds this vision of environmental justice for all people.
CAAAV – Organizing Asian Communities (New York)
CAAAV is a pan-Asian community-based organization that works to build the power of low-income Asian immigrants and refugees in New York City. CAAAV develops leadership on Asian communities to impact the policies and institutions that affect their lives and to participate in the broader movement for racial and economic justice.
Chinese Progressive Association (Boston)
The Chinese Progressive Association [Boston] is a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Our activities seek to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans and to involve ordinary community members in making decisions that affect our lives.
Chinese Progressive Association (San Francisco)
Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.
DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center (New York)
Founded in 2000, DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center (formerly Desis Rising Up and Moving) is a multigenerational, membership led organization of low-wage South Asian immigrant workers and youth in New York City. DRUM has mobilized and built the leadership of thousands of low-income, South Asian immigrants to lead social and policy change that impacts their own lives- from immigrant rights to education reform, civil rights, and worker’s justice.
Filipino Advocates for Justice (Oakland & Union City)
Filipino Advocates for Justice, formerly Filipinos for Affirmative Action, was established in 1973 in response to the discrimination and alienation faced by the influx of immigrant newcomers from the Philippines. FAJ is grounded in the spirit of Bayanihan (people helping people). Over the years we have been an advocate for immigrant and civil rights for the Filipino community and served the more vulnerable in our community by helping recent arrivals, youth and low wage workers navigate the challenges and hurdles of life in the US. Today, Filipino Advocates for Justice uses a comprehensive approach to strengthening the Filipino community, implementing four main strategies: 1) civic engagement and advocacy; 2) leadership development; 3) capacity building for community organizations; and 4) direct services.
Filipino Community Center (San Francisco)
The Filipino Community Center aims to 1) To provide a safe space where Filipino families can access services, meet, and hold activities. 2) To improve our collective capacity to address our immediate and long term needs, with a commitment to the low-income and underserved, through organizing, advocacy, and service. 3) To deepen our understanding of our history and culture as Filipinos and heighten our consciousness of our civil and human rights and 4) To build civic participation and grassroots leadership, and to strengthen our commitment and responsibility to each other, our community, and the larger society.
Khmer Girls in Action (Long Beach)
Khmer Girls in Action is a community-based organization whose mission is to build a progressive and sustainable Long Beach community that works for gender, racial and economic justice led by Southeast Asian young women.
Southeast Asian Coalition (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Based in Charlotte, SEAC is the first organization in the Carolina’s focused on building community empowerment for Southeast Asian American communities. SEAC is committed to uplifting the grassroots through three main program umbrellas: youth development, civic engagement, and advocacy. SEAC upholds the belief that in order to empower ourselves, we must build personal, historical, and political consciousness from within our communities. SEAC also exists to reinforce and uphold integrity, empowerment, inclusion, tradition, leadership, and critical consciousness at the grassroots level.
Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change (New York)
Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change (Ugnayan Youth) is a comprehensive grassroots organization of Filipino/Filipino American youth based in New York and New Jersey. Through collective leadership, progressive culture and community engagement, we strive to reclaim and re-root to the true history of the Filipino/Filipino-American people to better understand how our local and personal issues and struggles are interconnected.