Below are brief descriptions of our potential host organizations for 2022.
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. Accepting full time fellows.
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities (New York City)
Instagram & Twitter: @caaav
CAAAV is a pan-Asian community-based organization that works to build the power of working class Asian immigrants in New York City. CAAAV develops leadership in Asian communities to impact the policies and institutions that affect their lives and to participate in the broader movement for racial and economic justice. Accepting full time fellows.
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. Accepting full time fellows.
VietLead’s mission is to develop innovative solutions to improve health, increase sovereignty, and develop Vietnamese leadership in solidarity with communities of color. We do this through intergenerational farming; youth leadership; health navigation & direct services; policy advocacy; and civic engagement.
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (Bay Area, CA)
CA Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative (Southern CA and Bay Area)
Instagram & Twitter: @CA_HNSC
Founded in 2005, the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative is a statewide grassroots organization that organizes nail salon workers and owners to address the epidemic of environmental justice, reproductive justice issues, immigrant rights workers rights issues faced by its low-income, female, immigrant and refugee workforce. The organization emerged in direct response to an increasing concern of nail salon workers who exhibited serious health issues such as chronic asthma, dermatitis, and reproductive health issues. Using a multi-pronged approach that blends community organizing, grassroots policy advocacy, and community-based research, CHNSC builds power of both workers and owners in developing solutions that benefit the nail salon workforce, their families, small immigrant and refugee owned businesses, and the Vietnamese community.
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
Filipino Community Center (San Francisco, Daly City)
Since our humble beginnings in 2004 in an unused room at a neighborhood church, the Filipino Community Center (“FCC”) has blossomed into a vibrant, central hub of community activity, services, and political action for Filipino residents in the Excelsior District and throughout the City of San Francisco. The Filipino Community Center has conducted education, advocacy, organizing, and direct services to serve the more than 13,000 Filipino workers, unemployed and underemployed people, youth, women, and parents living in the Excelsior District. We stand for paninindigan, where social, cultural, political and economic rights are respected; where relationships are based on equality; and where people actively work for a just society. We believe in pakikibaka and self-determination, so that all people have decision making power in their lives, in the community in which they live and work, and in the larger society.
Hmong Innovating Politics (Sacramento and Fresno, CA)
Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) is a grassroots organization whose mission is to advance social justice and build power with Hmong youth and families through leadership development and multi-generational community organizing. HIP is based in Fresno and Sacramento, CA — home to two of the largest Hmong American populations in the state and nation. HIP continues to serve as the largest Southeast Asian American power building organization in the Central Valley. Since establishing in 2012, HIP has dedicated itself to organizing and mobilizing historically disenfranchised communities in support of systems change that reduces health disparities and dismantles institutions that perpetuate socioeconomic disparities. HIP’s work is rooted in 3 core strategies: (1) Civic Engagement and Base Building; (2) Youth Leadership Development and Empowerment; and (3) Narrative Change.
Khmer Girls in Action (Long Beach, CA)
Facebook: Khmer Girls in Action
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.
Pilipino Workers Center (Los Angeles, CA)
Pilipino Workers Center aims to secure the dignity and safety of the Pilipinx community in Southern California and build labor leaders in the domestic worker industry.
North Carolina Asian Americans Together (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill)
North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to supporting equity and justice for all by fostering community among Asian Americans and allies in North Carolina through civic engagement, leadership development, grassroots mobilization and political participation. Our vision is for a more inclusive democracy built by drawing on the strength of diverse traditions, common values and community togetherness. We envision a socially conscious and informed society that integrates greater participation and representation by Asian Americans. We believe that for such a society to exist we must work within a cross-racial, cross-ethnic framework focused on grassroots power and solidarity.
The Demo Lab South (Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Houston, TX; Austin, TX)
THE DEMOCRACY LAB SOUTH, OR DEMO LAB SOUTH, IS A PROJECT OF ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE – ATLANTA. THIS PROJECT IS DEDICATED TO BUILDING movement POWER IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KEY AA/PI COMMUNITIES IN THE SOUTH BY DEVELOPING LEADERS, BUILDING organizing INFRASTRUCTURE, AND SUPPORTING collective CAMPAIGNS AND ACTION.
OPAWL – Building AAPI Feminist Leadership (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati)
Founded in 2016 under the original name “Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership”, OPAWL is a grassroots member-led community that organizes for social justice and elevates the voices, visibility, and progressive leadership of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and nonbinary people in Ohio. We are a multi-ethnic, multigenerational, intersectional feminist community centered around immigrants, refugees, and adoptees; women; and queer and trans individuals. Our members represent the diverse diaspora of Asia and the Pacific Islands, including those of South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Central Asian, Southwest/West Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian descent.
We are building a strong intersectional feminist community with the purpose of building collective power and progressive leadership in Ohio. OPAWL has three regional hubs in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland as well as an online community of members across the state and beyond. Our primary strategies for building power are through community building, art and storytelling, political education, and organizing campaigns.
Rising Voices of Asian Americans Families (Michigan)
Asian Americans are the fastest growing electorate in the United States and the largest growing racial group in Michigan. We organize and develop the leadership capacity of Asian American women (cis, trans, GNC, and femme-identifying) and young people for power in Michigan through culturally competent programming and values-based organizing.