2018 Host Sites* (by region)
Below are brief descriptions of the potential host organizations for 2018. We encourage all fellowship applicants to check out the organization’s websites and social media platforms to learn more about their work. The descriptions below are just a brief snapshot of the organization. In the application, you will be asked to rank up to 3 host site placements.
*The list of Host Sites will be finalized through the fellowship application process.
California – Bay Area/Northern CA
Arab Resource and Organizing Center (San Francisco)
The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) is a grassroots organization working to empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination for all. AROC members build community power in the Bay Area by participating in leadership development, political education, and campaigns. Recognizing the diversity of experiences and interests within the Arab community, AROC devises a multi-pronged strategy to meet those needs while prioritizing the most marginalized sectors of our constituency to inform our work. AROC provides a centralized space for analysis, strategy, and formulation of concrete campaigns to organize for change.
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. APEN’s membership base include Chinese immigrants and Lao, Mien, and Khmu refugees.
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. CPA’s core strategies include organizing, leadership development, and alliance building. CPA’s membership base include Chinese immigrant adults and Chinese American youth who are organized through the Tenant Worker Center and Youth MOJO. CPA has a rich history of worker organizing and leading local multi-racial alliances, including San Francisco Rising and the Progressive Workers Alliance. Other programs include: Gender Sexuality & Diversities, a queer & questioning space for Asian American high school youth; Common Roots: a joint program with PODER, which brings together Chinese and Latinx youth living in San Francisco.
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 they have been an advocate for immigrant and civil rights for the Filipino community and served the more vulnerable in the Filipino 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.
Hmong Innovating Politics (Sacramento)
Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) is a grassroots organization whose mission is to strengthen the political power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization. We envision a Sacramento of empowered communities that thrive in a socially and economically just democracy.
California – Southern California
API Equality (Los Angeles)
Founded in 2005, API Equality-LA is an LGBTQ rights and racial justice organization building grassroots community power and organizing for change in the API community. Our coalition has brought together veteran and newer activists who represent the ethnic, linguistic, age, professional, and gender diversity in the Asian American community. Every year, our dedicated volunteers have one-on-one conversations with thousands of community members, participate in parades and protests, reach out to ethnic media, and organize educational events on a broad array of social justice issues of importance to API LGBTQ people. API Equality-LA’s mission is to build power in the Asian and Pacific Islander community to achieve LGBTQ equality and racial and social justice. We envision an inclusive, equitable, and just society where all API LGBTQ people can thrive.
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. KGA builds the power and leadership skills of Southeast Asian youth in Long Beach, CA to fight for racial, economic and gender justice. We engage in organizing strategies and policy advocacy campaigns rooted in the resilience and strengths of low-income Khmer families, and responsive to the cultural and political conditions our community faces in Long Beach and beyond. We use a holistic youth development model that combines leadership development, academic/persona support, and arts and culture to support Khmer youth in engaging in movement building work to remove the barriers low-income families face in achieving our communities’ fullest potential.
Korean Resource Center (Los Angeles)
The Korean Resource Center (KRC) was founded in 1983 to empower low-income immigrants, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and people of color communities in Southern California. Using a holistic approach, KRC strives to empower our community by integrating services, education, culture, organizing, and coalition building, all of which seek to improve the life of the individual and the community.
Pilipino Workers Center of Southern CA (Los Angeles)
All people and communities have the right to a healthy, dignified quality of life. Yet so many immigrants are working in jobs that cannot meet their basic needs and living in unhealthy environments because they are isolated, disempowered, and overwhelmed by their daily struggle to work and put food on the table. They become victims of wage theft, human trafficking, occupational safety hazards, unhealthy lifestyles and their own despair. PWC focuses on providing programs that help meet the immediate needs of workers and their families while at the same time building their leadership to take collective action for long last change.
Asia Inc — Asian Services in Action (Cleveland)
Asian Services In Action (ASIA) strives to empower and advocate for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). They provide AAPIs and other communities access to culturally, and linguistically appropriate information, as well as health and social services. Fellows would work with Asia Inc’s Civic Engagement Team.
Asian American Organizing Project (Minneapolis)
Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP) is a non-partisan civic engagement organization founded in 2013 by a diverse group of young Asian American community organizers to lead, sustain, and cultivate grassroots organizing in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Minnesota. AAOP is committed to advancing the the AAPI community through grassroots organizing with a comprehensive approach to addressing AAPI barriers and issues in Minnesota. AAOP is committed to the principle of affecting long-term social change that cultivates the development of the individual, the family, the organization, and the community in Minnesota
Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity. Advancing Justice-Chicago projects a united voice on the most pressing issues of concern to Asian Americans in metropolitan Chicago. Its staff and board work closely with a broad network of established community leaders and emerging activists who have bridged ethnic and cultural differences to find solutions to shared concerns. Today, Advancing Justice | Chicago builds a powerful Asian American voice by developing leaders, connecting communities, getting out the vote, and winning campaigns.
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.
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.
The Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, the city’s foundation of social, health and education programs for Cambodian refugees and their families, has achieved extraordinary organizational development and growth over the past thirty years. We are the only organization of its kind, specializing in providing innovative and unique bilingual programs and services to meet the combined social, economic, health and educational needs of Cambodians in Philadelphia, many of whom are survivors of the Cambodian genocide or descendants of survivors. At CAGP, we strive to improve the quality of life of Cambodian-Americans in Greater Philadelphia through direct service, advocacy and cultural education.
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.
DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving (New York)
Founded in 2000, DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving, is an intergenerational, 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.
VietLead, founded in September 2015, serves the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities in Philadelphia and South Jersey. As descendents of a people impacted by war and trauma, we understand that our community is at different places ideologically, emotionally, and materially, so we must meet our community where they are at and utilize different methods in order to build unity towards social justice. Therefore, our mission is to provide services to meet the direct needs of our community while also providing political education, and organizing our community towards community-centered and -led solutions. Thus, our work develops supporters, thinkers, fighters, and growers for grassroots power in the Vietnamese community.
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 grassroots organizing 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.
North Carolina Asian Americans Together (Raleigh, North Carolina)
North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on bringing together the AAPI community in North Carolina through civic engagement and political participation. To progress in their mission, NCAT works in three areas: education, expression, and civic discourse.