AAU exists so that people of Asian ancestry in Philadelphia exercise leadership to build their communities and unite to challenge oppression.


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AAU supports youth to become individually, socially, and politically aware; to exercise their voice; and to participate in active struggles for justice.

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AAU fights for time and space to honor, celebrate, and remember so that our communities will have roots, embrace memories and know the power of passing on traditions.

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“Building community strengthens our capacity to fight for justice. When we create a street festival, teach folk arts, grow a community garden, or build a school – we create connections among people, honor the knowledge of the elders in our communities, activate people, and value our own cultures. This work is fundamental to social justice work.”
— Ellen Somekawa

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Today at 4pm PT / 7pm ET!
RSVP at: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdO2gqjIrHtEEfSEBAyH-sq-PkRrYUjS1Join us for a conversation with AFL-CIO Executive VP Tefere Gebre and Minnesota Chapter leaders Kimberly Colbert and Zarlasht Niaz on the role of AAPI-Black solidarity in labor!

This Thursday @ 4pm PT / 7pm ET

RSVP: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkdO2gqjIrHtEEfSEBAyH-sq-PkRrYUjS1
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As our city rises up against racial violence and systemic injustice, and years of disinvestment, let’s make sure all Philadelphians also hear about the importance of being counted in the Census. We fight for our communities every day, and one critical action that we can all take to help our communities is to complete the 2020 Census. Immigrants, citizens, undocumented folks--we all count! Fill out the Census today via phone, by mail or online at my2020census.gov #PhillyCounts #Blacklivesmatter #2020Census

The Census is critical for funding programs that help low-income families and children thrive! We can’t take for granted the support structure we have right now will last for the next 10 years. Philly needs our help to rebuild from the economic and health devastations post Covid-19. Watch our message and make sure to fill out the Census today via phone, by mail or online at my2020census.gov #PhillyCounts

Whether it’s natural disasters or pandemics, the Census is a vital tool that helps save lives. Watch our message this Immigrant Heritage Month and go to my2020census.gov to ensure your community is prepared for future emergencies. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and support a fair distribution of wealth to heal and uplift the most affected from Covid-19 and police brutality pandemics. #PhillyCounts

When #COVID_19 closed schools, AAPI students who relied on school lunch & breakfast were facing hunger. The Census is critical for funding programs that help low-income families and children thrive! Census impacts $8.7 BILLION for school meals. Watch our message to AAPI communities citywide and get counted to help students for the next 10 years #AAPI2020 #PhillyCounts my2020census.gov
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Today @ 4pm PT / 7pm ET
RSVP at: apiavote-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gPR-IkDhQBaD7Zo5mzOhAw?_x_zm_rtaid=jDXMyPt5SkS-vOtVcryKL...HOW WIDE IS THE GAP?

Hear from workers, experts and Grace Meng on what we can do to address the wide income disparity in AANHPI communities!

HINT: policies good for AANHPI workers are good for ALL workers ✊

Tomorrow at 4pm PT / 7pm ET
RSVP: apiavote.org/townhall

#AAPI2020
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AAU stands with Philly Thrive in opposing Councilman Johnson’s bill to extend tax breaks for the PES refinery. All of our communities need healthcare, parks, libraries and the right to education!

Swipe to read a snippet of the article!
Read the full article here: www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/south-philly-refinery-sale-2020-environmental-racism-justice-...

Sign the petition here: actionnetwork.org/letters/16070f76b37528fe91bf1c4c87fb24c6270dc124
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3 weeks ago

Asian Americans United

Today we passed out 1000+ masks and gloves to 100+ seniors at the Chinatown senior free meals site (On Lok Social Service Center for Seniors). Thanks for the support from Nationalities Service Center, NSC and Philadelphia Chinatown Dragon Boat Team #费城华埠龙舟队 . ... See MoreSee Less

AAU supports the Movement for Black Lives (m4bl.org) this Juneteenth. In 1862 slavery was abolished. In 2020, we must continue to fight for everyone's right to safety and protection which in this current moment means defunding the police in connection with a broader movement to ensure that our communities have access to the resources they need for health and healing and education and more.

🎥Recording of the Asian American Call with the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL): www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Im_XqBedPs&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1obMlZLo9dLla9W_PnZ1Z5zl-ExwWnyrh...

📍Check out this list of Juneteentn celebration events in Philly: whyy.org/articles/how-philadelphia-is-celebrating-juneteenth-this-year/

[Infographic titled “Asian American Call with Movement for Black Lives” with the hashtags #SixNineteen, #DefendBlackLife, and #DefundPolice. The image includes information about the 3 Demands, 3 Days of Action, Principles, Asks, and Anti-Blackness in Our Communities, as well as doodles of and quotes by Chhaya Chhoum, M. Adams, Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele, Cha Vang, Nikita Mitchell, Esther Jeon, and Maurice Mitchell.]
Artist: @lizar_tistry

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Take over the comments on council leadership’s most recent posts and tell them to #DefundThePolice by $120 million and #FundOurCommunities!!We are running out of time to influence the budget. Calls are going to voicemail and council is filtering our emails out of their inboxes. But they’re still on social media, sharing their bad takes on how to address police violence and systemic racism, but not talking about defunding and investing in communities.

It’s time to take our messages directly to council leaders, and let them know we’re not asking for reform around the edges. We need them to #DefundThePolice by $120 million and invest that money directly into communities: housing, education, social services, mental health resources, homeless services, and violence prevention. These are the life-saving public safety measures that we actually need.

Takeover the comments on council leadership’s most recent posts and tell them to #DefundThePolice by $120 million and #FundOurCommunities:

Darrell Clarke: www.facebook.com/DarrellLClarke/posts/3171536759651282

Mark Squilla: facebook.com/cmmarksquilla/posts/1694736447344220

Curtis Jones: www.facebook.com/CouncilmanCurtisJones/posts/10220155710515739

Maria Quinones-Sanchez: www.facebook.com/MariaQSanchez/posts/3531816353513716

Cherelle Parker: www.facebook.com/CouncilwomanCherelleLParker/posts/3386771068024245?__tn__=-R
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Join us TONIGHT at 5pm PT/8pm ET to hear from M4BL leaders about how Asian Americans can plan and mobilize in unity with M4BL. RSVP at bit.ly/AAM4BL to receive your unique Zoom link!Calling all Asian Americans! We are co-hosting an URGENT Zoom call with the The Movement for Black Lives on Tuesday, June 16th at 8pm ET.

We will be hearing from M4BL leaders about how Asian Americans can plan and mobilize in unity with M4BL. RSVP at bit.ly/AAM4BL to receive your unique Zoom link.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the community forum "Coming Together: Asian American Solidarity in Support of Black Lives" last Thursday! SWIPE ➡️➡️ TO THE END TO SEE A PIC OF OUR FORUM!! If you missed it, the recording is on our Facebook page under Videos (www.facebook.com/AsianAmericansUnited/videos/259080155434789/)

Swipe ➡️ to read AAU youth organizer Huidan Mei's personal statement, and you can find AAU's full statement here: docs.google.com/document/d/1eLdAs5Bs2uzCjuQQN0gUgFXv0OTWlNF_gnJXo5MAp10/edit?usp=sharing

📕 Check out these resources suggested by the Forum speakers:
- Check out this page of resources for ways to support: blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
- Open resource from Yale University Library -- a number of open access readings around Black History Month (drive.google.com/drive/mobile/folders/0Bz011IF2Pu9TUWIxVWxybGJ1Ync)
- University of Minnesota Press’s “Reading for Racial Justice” open access collection (manifold.umn.edu/projects/project-collection/racial-justice?utm_source=Reading+for+Racial+Justice...)
- Sign the community Letter for Unity and Solidarity (caalmn.org/api4georgefloyd/)
- If you’re in academia, there is this letter: Statement in Solidarity with African Americans in the Fight for Justice (docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeh6QiC4lTxJWm09wwcQP0R1XIL_-N3SVlhLOKDqyXku7upbA/viewform)
- Attend the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington Digital Gathering to lift up a new moral agenda in our public life that promises transformative change to heal the wounds of systemic racism on 6/20 at 10AM & 6PM ET and 6/21 at 6PM ET (www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/june2020/)
- the southeast asian anti-racism toolkit: bit.ly/SEA4BlackLives
- Organizations to check out/donate to: Black Lives Matter Philly; Philly for REAL justice; Philadelphia Community Bail Fund; Black Brown Workers Cooperative; Amistad Law Project; Youth Art Self Empowerment Project (YASP); Soil Generation; Youth United for Change; Philadelphia Student Union
- For more information join our mailing list: www.aaunited.org
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Even now, during this unprecedented crisis, the federal government is separating immigrants from their families, destabilizing communities, and risking public health. Programs like the Pennsylvania Immigrant Family Unity Project (PAIFUP), which provides publicly-funded legal representation is a critical tool for immigrants in detention.

Now, it’s more important than ever before, but funding is at risk. We urge @phillymayor @kendraforphilly @helengymphl @councilmemberjg to #SavePAIFUP to help immigrants seek safety and freedom.

Restore funding for this vital program during this time of national crisis to safeguard lives, keep families together, and protect communities.
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Detention and deportation tear families apart and risks lives. During this time of crisis as Philadelphia's elected leaders are reevaluating the City's budget and considering ways to promote fairness and equity for the most vulnerable, the Pennsylvania Immigrant Family Unity Project (PAIFUP) should be a priority. PAIFUP lawyers are fighting to keep families together and promoting justice by giving detained immigrants - predominantly people of color - a fair chance in immigration court. Bit.ly/SavePAIFUP ... See MoreSee Less

Check out this page for the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO's Civic Engagement Fellow job opportunity with Asian Americans United: www.apalanet.org/opportunities.html

FULL JOB DESCRIPTION: www.apalanet.org/uploads/8/3/2/0/83203568/ce_fellow_phila_2020_updated.pdf
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1 month ago

Asian Americans United

Join us at our community forum on Asian American Solidarity in Support of Black Lives. Hop in our zoom here: paimmigrant.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqdemvrT8vHNaBnn7Mp2GLjeofyOpYwjKa ... See MoreSee Less

THIS THURSDAY! Join us in this community forum as we discuss organizing in the context of current events: how are our Philadelphia Asian communities responding; what are the tensions; how can we stand in solidarity with Black communities; what actions can we take; and how can we support one another. We will be having speakers from the organizations API FORCE, VietLead, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, Modero, and CAIR.

We will be streaming on Zoom (meeting info in description) and Facebook live on Thursday (6/4) from 4 - 5:30pm!

PLEASE SHARE!! All are welcome to attend!

Check out this page of resources for other ways to support: blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
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It has been devastating and enraging to learn about the murder of George Floyd even as we are still reeling from the news just days and weeks earlier of Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. It is outrageous to read names of more stolen lives on the long list that continues each year – some we hear about in the media and many others we will never know.

Then we learned that an Asian American police officer, Tou Thao, had looked on and not stepped in to stop this violence. We know that this incident could easily happen here also, in our beloved city of Philadelphia. We know that all of us who are a part of Asian Americans United must respond and that we must work harder to oppose anti-black-racism in our Asian communities, in our families, and amongst our friends. We must work to unlearn the centuries of oppression that has divided us from each other and that daily devalues the lives of our black neighbors, friends, and broader community members. We must build projects, networks and relationships of mutual support and joint struggle. We must continue in the work to hold law-enforcement officers and officials everywhere accountable and demand that they serve the communities they pledge to serve with justice for ALL people.

And now as Minneapolis protesters are portrayed in the press as rioters and looters (though their previously peaceful protests were met with extreme reactions from the police which remained largely uncovered in the popular press), we must also stand in solidarity with others around the country who are raising their voices louder than ever to say in unison that this institutional violence must be stopped. We must reach even further and do all we can now to end the oppressive systems that increasingly, visibly, denies us our most basic human rights (to healthcare, to a living wage, shelter, food and water, an education and to safety) and to the very right to raise our voices in protest of what is wrong.

Our hearts go out to the family and all those who loved George Floyd, and all the other names known and unknown to us whose lives are taken unjustly.
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Here are a list of resources for babies and children during COVID-19!
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📍All information for the free baby food and diapers; free crib delivery; online/virtual pregnancy and family support programs can be found at: https://www.phila.gov/2020-04-15-free-pregnancy-baby-and-toddler-supports-during-covid-19/?mc_cid=d0e02969de&mc_eid=59428f7601

📍To enroll in Philadelphia WIC residents can apply online at https://www.pawic.com/OnlineApplication.aspx?mc_cid=d0e02969de&mc_eid=59428f7601, email phillywic@northwic.org, or call 215-978-6100

📍For the free mobile app Pacify (www.pacify.com/), use the enrollment code PHILLY at signup for free 24/7 access.

📍For free online breastfeeding support groups, email Galissa.Jones@phila.gov for more information and to register for a group.

📍Public Citizens for Children + Youth (PCCY) offers a COVID-Toolkit to help children and families during this shutdown. For resources for families and children, go to www.pccy.org/covid/. For information on health and other resources translated in multiple languages, go to www.pccy.org/resource/howtogethealthinsuranceduringcovid19/.  

📍For more information translated into other languages, go to https://www.phila.gov/2020-04-15-free-pregnancy-baby-and-toddler-supports-during-covid-19/?mc_cid=d0e02969de&mc_eid=59428f7601
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The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is hiring people who are bilingual in English and other languages as COVID-19 Contact Tracers! Swipe to see the full job descriptions in English and Chinese! Please share with others and spread the word!! ... See MoreSee Less

Philly is suffering from unprecedented rates of unemployment. Families can't get back on their feet if they are also dealing with homelessness.

Sign the petition for the Emergency Housing Protection Act to keep Philly renters in their homes: bit.ly/housingPHL

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⚡There will be a virtual hearing in the Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless this Friday (5/29), 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

⚡To attend the Council hearing on Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2615091168733906/

⚡To watch the hearing online, go to PhlCouncil.com/watch or Channel 64 (Xfinity) and Channel 40 (Fios)

@CouncilmemberHelenGym @CouncilmemberJG @KendraPHLCouncil
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The Education Law Center has developed a set of "5 Things to Know" resources for students and families on what to know about education during COVID-19! They have developed guides related to general information; students in foster care; students experiencing homelessness; students with disabilities; and English learners and limited English proficient parents (available in 6 translations).

⚡Check out the page of resources: https://www.elc-pa.org/covid-19/

⚡Check out the resource page for English learners and limited English proficient parents: https://www.elc-pa.org/resource/covid-19-english-learners/
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DID YOU REQUEST YOUR MAIL-IN BALLOT YET? Applications are due by 5pm TONIGHT (5/26)! Stay safe and vote from home!! To apply for a mail-in ballot online, go to VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot ... See MoreSee Less

1 DAY LEFT TO REQUEST YOUR MAIL-IN BALLOT!! Stay safe and vote from home! To apply for your mail-in ballot online, go to VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot ... See MoreSee Less

We had 40+ volunteers turnout today, from AAU, VietLead, KACP 한인유권자연대/Woori Center 우리센터 Seamaac, Inc. and CAIR - Philadelphia Chapter for a successful join phone banking on the topic of mail-in ballots education and COVID-19 check in & support...
Thank you all volunteers hard work! AND Remember to apply your Mail-In Ballot, if you have vote yet !
www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/#/OnlineAbsenteeBegin
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Did you request your mail-in ballot yet? 5 DAYS LEFT TO REQUEST!!

To apply for a mail-in ballot online, visit: VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot

Stay safe & vote from home!!
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Free these dates? We need help in making COVID-19 community check-in and voter outreach calls!

📅 Saturday | May 23 | 3 - 6pm
📅 Saturday | May 30 | 3 - 6pm

⚡Fill out this form to volunteer with us: https://forms.gle/Ma5iau4C5ikBWHnR7
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"The “Unprepared” ad must be taken down, and all campaign messaging that fuels anti-Asian racism and China-bashing must end. We refuse to allow the Biden campaign to sacrifice our dignity in the name of political expediency."

⚡Read more and share this open letter to the Biden campaign about its "Unprepared" ad here: https://medium.com/@aapiforce/open-letter-to-the-biden-campaign-on-unprepared-e372356f4eaa
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May 2020 - in the midst of so many challenges in our Asian communities, AAU is still celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and 35 years of AAU history building leadership and working to unite to challenge oppression! 🎉🎉 ... See MoreSee Less

@PHLCouncil and President @Darrell_Clarke Philadelphia families needed stronger renter protections BEFORE COVID-19 and we need them even more now #ProtectPhillyRentersNowPhiladelphia City Council was canceled again this week. Meanwhile, everyday Philly’s front line and essential workers risk themselves to keep our city running during this pandemic. PHLCouncil and President Darrell L. Clarke this is shameful! We need Worker, Housing and Safety supports NOW!

We must pressure them to pass good policy today!!
Message, call and tag them!! #ProtectPhillyRentersNow

@CouncilmemberAllanDomb, @CouncilmemberHelenGym, @cmmarksquilla, @CouncilmemberJG, @Mr4thDistric(@MariaQSanchez ,@cindybassphilly

Rise with us and strong Philly community groups.

More background on Philly Housing Justice in the time of COVID-19:

On May 1, 2020, Philadelphia City Council members Brooks, Gym and Gauthier introduced the Emergency Housing Protections Act (the Act), which consists of six separate bills that are aimed at protecting Philadelphia renters suffering from financial instability due to the pandemic.

The number of evictions in Philadelphia have always been undercounted. We see so many of our people evicted off the books, leave bad living situations, or forced out because they simply could no longer afford the rent. As organizations committed to protecting housing as a human right, we call on @PHLCouncil, @Darrell_Clarke and Mayor Kenney to take swift and bold action to prevent displacement and homelessness in the City of Philadelphia by passing the Emergency Housing Protections Act which would #ProtectPhillyRentersNow and after the pandemic is over.

Homelessness among people of color, young people, immigrants and mothers were only getting worse BEFORE Cov-id 19. One-third of Philadelphias were severely cost-burdened, spending half of their monthly income on housing, 400,000 Philadelphians living in poverty and half of Philadelphians spend more than one-third of their monthly income on housing. This problem is not new, it's just getting worse! We need you to #ProtectPhillyRentersNow.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Philadelphia was suffering from a housing crisis that disproportionately affected people of color and low-income communities. Among the top ten big cities, Philadelphia has the highest percentage of residents living in deep poverty, with 11.1% of us with incomes below 50% of the overall poverty rate. @PHLcouncil must take immediate steps to #ProtectPhillyRentersNow against housing instability

@PHLCouncil The Emergency Housing Protections Act will ProtectPhillyRentersNow and after this crisis is over by: Extending the eviction moratorium, setting up a payment plan, mandating mediation, stopping illegal evictions and stopping rent hike. We need to pass these bills 1) Because we can’t pay rent because workers are getting sick and can't pay their bills; because Philadelphians are suffering; because we are in this together. Show up to work and move these bills!
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Proud of our allies APALA Philly who rallied yesterday to protest the barriers that face all workers and families needing immediate unemployment relief or protections at work. #StandwithAAPIWorkers

"The reason why I am here today is for my family and community members who are still working during the pandemic. They don't have enough protection equipment at work and I think it's the government's duty to make sure safety equipment is available and also affordable for all community members. Language Justice is key for AAPI workers when key services are really needed for all. Join me in demanding stronger
worker protections not only for AAPI workers but all workers regardless of immigration status who are working in all industries. And I am here to be in solidarity with Black, Brown and Latinx workers who are bearing the brunt of COVID at work and at home." - Wei Chen, AAU Civic Engagement Coordinator
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Join Philadelphia Chapter Asian American Journalists Association next Wednesday (5/20 @ 6 pm) will host a Zoom panel on the increase of anti-Asian racism and the importance of continuing to include Asian Americans in coverage of the coronavirus. The panel is being hosted in partnership with the Pen & Pencil Club
Inquirer reporter Bethany Ao will moderate, with panelists Nydia Han of 6ABC, Alix Webb of Asian Americans United, and therapist Hider Shaaban.

Email aajaphiladelphia@gmail.com for the zoom link!
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ICE is making parents across the country who are DETAINED WITH THEIR CHILDREN to choose between staying incarcerated with their children during a pandemic or be separated from their children. This is immoral and unconscionable - in our country!Governor Tom Wolf John Fetterman while you and your family are able to safely quarantine, ICE is making families at at Berks choose between staying with their children but in dangerous conditions or BEING SEPARATED from their kids. FOR SHAME #ShutDownBerks #EndFamilyDetention ... See MoreSee Less

2020census.gov/
The 2020 Census will impact your family’s access to quality healthcare services. It is critical for healthcare facilities, services, and resources to have proper data and funding to properly serve our communities. Your response is confidential.
Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) #APICount #APIA4Census #2020Census #PhillyAPIACount
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Free these dates? We are looking for volunteers to help send text messages and make phone calls for mail-in ballot education!

🗓 Thursday | May 14 | 4-7pm
🗓 Saturday | May 16 | 3-6pm
🗓 Sunday | May 17 | 3-6pm

⚡Fill out this form: forms.gle/Ma5iau4C5ikBWHnR7


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AAU appreciates support for Philadelphia’s undocumented Asian communities from Asian Mosaic Fund! Please support them!In recognition of the rich history and narratives of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), we must also acknowledge the historic and existing challenges our communities have faced. AAPI communities have always and continue to struggle with social disparities that impact our most vulnerable. In light of COVID-19, we face ongoing racism and anti-Asian violence and witness how our systems are failing to respond to AAPI communities everywhere.

AAPI communities have always fought to stay resilient. This is especially important in times of crisis, in order to mobilize our communities to solution-oriented action and advocacy. Today, we’re taking action.

This Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Asian Mosaic Fund (AMF) is proud to announce the launch of the AAPI Communities Relief & Recovery Fund, in partnership with Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Philadelphia Chapter (Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy - AAPIP).

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact vulnerable communities, this relief fund will allow AAPI-led and AAPI-serving organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region to sustain operations and respond to emerging needs during this crisis.

Join us in making a difference by donating and sharing this post! Tag us @asianmosaicfund @aapip! #AAPIcommunitiesfundPHL #AsianMosaicFund #AAPIPphilly #inthistogether #AAPIcommunitiesPHL

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AAU appreciates support for Philadelphia’s undocumented Asian communities from the PA Immigrant Relief Fund! Please support them!The current crisis magnifies the inequities that immigrant communities in Pennsylvania already experience. While we are fighting to create the long-term change our community needs, we must also take care of people today.

The PA Immigrant Relief Fund is a statewide fund that will provide direct emergency assistance to people excluded from federal COVID-19 assistance programs due to their immigration status or the immigration status of a family member and are in need of immediate financial assistance.

#ShareYourCheck - Donate Today: paimmigrant.org/pa-immigrant-relief-fund/

Every dollar donated here will be directed to community-based organizations to be distributed as emergency assistance to eligible individuals.

This fund is the labor of love of organizations across the state, including: ACLAMO Family Centers, AFAHO, Aquinas Center, Asian Americans United, CASA Pennsylvania, Casa de la Cultura, Casa San José, Ceiba, Centro de Apoyo Comunitario, Upper Darby, CWS - Lancaster Immigration & Refugee Program, Africom-Philly, CATA- The Farmworkers' Support Committee, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, Free Migration Project, Grupo de Apoyo e Integración Hispanoamericano, HIAS Pennsylvania, Immigrant Rights Action, Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh, Juntos, Justice at Work PA, La Puerta Abierta (ICFamWell), Make the Road Pennsylvania, Mighty Writers, MILPA - Movimiento de Inmigrantes Líderes en Pensilvania, Nationalities Service Center, NSC, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia - Nuevo Movimiento Santuario, Project Libertad, Puentes de Salud, Put People First - PA, VictimServices SouthPhiladelphia, VietLead, Welcoming The Stranger
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Free this Saturday from 3 - 6 pm? We are looking for volunteers to help send text messages for mail-in ballot education!

⚡Fill out this form for AAU volunteer opportunities: forms.gle/Ma5iau4C5ikBWHnR7
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VOTING FROM HOME? Check out this information from the City Commissioners' office on how to vote from home!
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Interested in volunteering with AAU? Fill out this form: forms.gle/Ma5iau4C5ikBWHnR7
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Housing Stability is crucial to economic recovery. Evicting thousands of Philadelphians once the Stay at Home order is lifted is not only counter-productive to helping families get back on their feet, it's also cruel and unnecessary.Housing Stability is crucial to economic recovery. Evicting thousands of Philadelphians once the Stay at Home order is lifted is not only counter-productive to helping families get back on their feet, it's also cruel and unnecessary.

That's why I was proud to introduce the Emergency Housing Protection Act last week with my colleagues Councilmember Helen Gym and Councilmember Jamie Gauthier. The legislation will stop large rent increases, waive late fees, extend the eviction moratorium, require mediation before evictions take place, and create rent repayment plans to support Philly renters through this difficult time.

Dozens of grassroots organizations have signed on to support our Emergency Housing Protection Act because they believe that keeping families in their homes is the right thing to do.

We will continue to stand together to demonstrate that housing is, and must be, a human right here in Philadelphia.
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We know the Coronavirus is putting a strain on Philly families. The mayor & city council have options that can provide relief that DON’T include cutting our budget. Check out our plan: bit.ly/justrecoveryplan #JustRecoveryPHL
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📖 Letter: bit.ly/justrecoveryletter
📖 Proposal: bit.ly/justrecoveryplan
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There is a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in our communities during this pandemic, and it is important to know that they will NOT be tolerated in Philadelphia. Check out this information from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations on standing up to and reporting hate crimes as well as support for victims! ... See MoreSee Less

AAU is a coalition member of @ajustphilly in demanding a People's Bailout For Philly that puts our communities before corporations during this crisis. @phlcouncil @phillymayor We demand new policies that will support the people of Philadelphia who are struggling during this COVID-19 crisis.
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"The Indonesian community in South Philadelphia stand against the rise of Anti-Asian bias that is happening in many of the AAPI communities in the region. We are disappointed that this was spearheaded by our current leadership in Washington, D.C. Just as the Indonesian community tries to recover from the recent robberies in South Philly that were targeting our people these past few months, we are now, again, being attacked just for being who we are. Since we are all ordered to stay-at-home to flatten the curve of COVID-19, we ask everyone's collaboration to use their common sense and kindness in an effort to (also) flatten the racism and prejudice against the Asian communities. Terima Kasih, Thank You!" -Indonesian community statement from Modero & PPC
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💡The People's Collective for Justice & Liberation's townhall "Redefining Safety & Security In The Time of COVID-19" [us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/191Ecp3u2T1JX6fu4mrmd6sCJdrneaa8hiJM_vALxUnHZVu57YBVAI7tlDVqW45E]
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“We as a country and a city are not only fighting against a virus, but racism is also a human-made disease that needs attention, treatment, and rehabilitation. Symptoms and side effects of racism include prejudice and biases, something that exists in all of us. We may never fully find a cure for it. But working together and exposing ourselves by addressing these biases is our first step towards living a more healthy and harmonious life with ourselves, our intentions, our neighbors. Thank you for everyone’s time."

-Sarun Chan, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia

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To hear more from AAPI community leaders, go to
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💡AAU's forum "Coming Together Against Anti-Asian Bias in COVID-19" [www.facebook.com/AsianAmericansUnited/videos/169829047358926/?t=17]
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💡The People's Collective for Justice & Liberation's townhall "Redefining Safety & Security In The Time of COVID-19" [us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/191Ecp3u2T1JX6fu4mrmd6sCJdrneaa8hiJM_vALxUnHZVu57YBVAI7tlDVqW45E]
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On April 22, 2020, President Trump banned most immigration by issuing an executive order that temporarily suspends the issuance of new green cards for at least 60 days. He says this is to protect American jobs, but this immigrant ban acts as a distraction from the deep failures in our system and the resulting health and economic crisis. This ban will increase the xenophobia already present, as well as prevent family reunification. The largest number of those affected are likely to be Asian Americans who sponsor family members.
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To read Value Our Families Campaign's full statement on Trump's Proclamation, go to www.valueourfamilies.org/press.
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www.valueourfamilies.org/immigration-proclamation
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AAU is looking for volunteers this weekend to join us to make calls to Asian Americans in Philadelphia for Census and COVID-19 community outreach. Saturday and Sunday 3pm-6pm over zoom. In these difficult times reaching out to the community means more than ever. Sign up HERE: forms.gle/dXGwfoZ3WkUPCupw8 ... See MoreSee Less