Grassroots APIs Rising Convening 2013

Grassroots APIs Rising for Racial Justice
July 31 – August 2, 2013
New Orleans, LA

On July 31st to August 2nd, over 120 Asian Pacific Islander organizers, activists, and community members will gather in New Orleans to discuss the role of API communities in the racial justice movement.

With the theme, “Grassroots APIs Rising for Racial Justice,” we want to explore our collective experiences of being API in the US, our role within theracial justice movement, how we organize and build power among API communities, and how we can be leading and working in solidarity with other communities for social change.

We are excited to be hosting the convening in New Orleans, where we will be engaging with local organizing groups and supporting the growth of API activism in the South! VAYLA-New Orleans is our local host and we are excited at the opportunity to support and growth the work of API and multi-ethnic communities in New Orleans!

Our Program

Goals for Conference:

  • To demonstrate impact of racial inequity within API communities and families
  • To create unity around what role APIs play in racial equity and racial justice organizing, given the context of our community’s history
  • To support, strengthen, and grow basebuilding in API communities as a critical strategy for achieving racial equity
  • To build strong relationships among low-income immigrant and refugee API organizations

Grassroots APIs Rising for Racial Justice is a collaborative effort between the following organizations:

  • VAYLA New Orleans (VAYLA)
  • Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)
  • CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities (CAAAV)
  • AYPAL Building API Community Power (AYPAL)
  • Chinese Progressive Association San Francisco (CPA)
  • Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

Materials from the Convening: