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Welcome our 2020 Seeding Change Fellows!

Seeding Change is thrilled to welcome 23 young Asian American activists and organizers to be a part of the 7th cohort of the National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement.

Meet the fellows here.

The fellowship program aims to grow the next generation of organizers by developing the leadership and skills of young Asian Americans who want to organize for social change in low-income immigrant and refugee communities.

This year we are thrilled to be working with 13 host-sites in 9 cities across the country – Asian American Organizing ProjectAsian Pacific Environmental Network, Arab Resource and Organizing CenterCAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, California Healthy Nail Salon CollaborativeChinese Progressive Association – BostonChinese Progressive Association – San Francisco, Filipino Advocates for JusticeFilipino Community CenterHmong Innovating PoliticsKhmer Girls in ActionVietLead, and Seeding Change.

Learn more about the sites here.

Normally, our fellows would gathering in the Bay Area for their orientation retreat this month. However, given the current global health crisis, fellows will be convening for a weeklong virtual orientation to build with one another. They will then spend 8 to 10 weeks working remotely with their host sites from all across the country — getting to know the local community and learning how grassroots communities organize, develop leadership, and build power to win. Fellows will work on key issues impacting grassroots immigrant communities, including: housing; workers rights; youth leadership development; climate justice; and civic engagement.

We are so excited to start building with this cohort of Asian American activists and organizers looking to make change.

Alex Tom and Makani Themba-Nixon at the DC Launch of Seeding Change

Introducing Seeding Change

Today, the Chinese Progressive Association is happy to launch of a new project: Seeding Change – A Center for Asian American Movement Building. Rooted in CPA’s 42 years of history of building grassroots movements from the ground up, Seeding Change grew from CPA’s 2013 strategic planning process.

Over the last 10 years, we have deepened our tenant and worker organizing, formed a new youth program, and built strong strategic alliances on a local level. AAPIs are now the fastest growing population in the county. In a time of economic and ecological crisis, the task before us is to advance our movement building work forging stronger connections between local and national work.

Seeding Change grows a national Asian American movement to promote a just, sustainable, and democratic society. Our key strategies include building a national pipeline for the next generation of AAPI organizers; creating an infrastructure for AAPI grassroots organizing; and experimenting with building power and scale for our movements toward a vibrant social and economic justice movement.

As a part of Seeding Change, this summer, we are thrilled to launch the National Fellowship Program for Asian American Organizing and Civic Engagement, which is based on CPA’s Eva Lowe Fellowship. In its pilot year, the national fellowship program will train 17 fellows at 7 sites in 7 cities. The fellowship program runs 10 weeks, with all fellows coming together for a week-long training and orientation June 16-June 20 in the Bay Area.

If you are in the Bay Area, join us at the Bay Area launch of Seeding Change and our annual fellowship reception on Thursday, June 19th.

Event Information:

Fellowship Reception & Bay Area Launch of Seeding Change
Thursday, June 19th | 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor
San Francisco Chinatown

Meet the fellows

How can you support? As a part of our work to launch Seeding Change, our grassroots fundraising goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of 2014. We hope you can help us achieve this goal to launch this exciting new project.

Thank you for your continued support as we launch this new project.