APA Heritage Month Teach-In: Building Working Class AAPI Political Power in California
As we celebrate APA heritage month, it’s important to recognize that Asian American and Pacific Islander communities possess not only a culturally dense and diverse history, but also that our peoples stem from histories of resistance, survival, resilience, and power. Join us as we share and celebrate our communities’ history of building power for working class Cambodian, Chinese, Hmong, Filipino, Lao, Mien, Khmu, and broader Asian American and Pacific Islander communities throughout California.
We are a united front of people who come from farmworkers, domestic workers, immigrants, and refugees. Time and time again, our communities have fought to gain political influence. We’ve battled the greed of corporate interests, the racism and xenophobia of white supremacy, and the intersectional struggles of sexism, homophobia, and other oppressive structures that attempt to divide us and disempower us. But our common histories and values unite us in the fight for a better California that represents working class AAPIs.
While banks bail out big corporations instead of supporting small businesses in the midst of COVID-19, our community groups are delivering care packages to elders, providing work-from-home employment opportunities for youth, and setting up emergency stabilization funds. We are the people keeping California thriving, and it’s time that California reflects our values.
Learn more about our histories, what lies ahead for our movement, and how you can get involved and #Represent alongside us.
The teach-in will be hosted by the AAPIs for Civic Empowerment coalition, which consists of Khmer Girls in Action, Chinese Progressive Association, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and Hmong Innovating Politics.
**This will be a virtual teach-in, so you can join us from any location!**
May 15th, 2020 from 2:00-3:30pm PST