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

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

asianmosaicfund.wedid.it/campaigns/7566
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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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📍Sign the petition: bit.ly/phlpeoplesbailout
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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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To hear more from AAPI community leaders, go to
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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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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

Tune into PhillyCAM on Thursdays through April at 2:30pm to watch our previous forum "Coming Together Against Anti-Asian Bias in COVID-19" where community leaders joined together to share how anti-Asian harassment has been affecting Philadelphia's Asian American community in the wake of COVID-19. ... See MoreSee Less

We can't let another week go by! @GovernorTomWolf @JohnFetterman @PAhumanservices You say you care about immigrants and refugees, but now you are literally fighting in court to keep babies in a prison as you fight against the Kings Bench petition that’s been filed. Instead of fighting the people trying to close the illegal baby jail in your state, you should be issuing an Emergency Removal Order.

PA DHS’s lack of action to address the public health risk will have consequences not just for the families held at the family prison, but for staff, their families and communities and the public health of all. #ShutDownBerks #FreeThemAll
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actionnetwork.org/petitions/ceab1d144f30b3ada8f63823912d21076e74fd1a?hash=994773cf97aeba41e026e24...
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ORDER LUNCH & SIGN OUR PETITION TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS TENANTS FROM COVID-19 ECONOMIC IMPACT: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdai-i52-jTEZsXpZ_XRzT01FA7YuoXYGQjSqNzEBkRAEXadw/viewform ... See MoreSee Less

From Mayor Jim Kenney: “We’ve heard some reports of discrimination against members of our Asian community as fear around COVID-19 continues to spread. I want to state clearly that acts of hate and discrimination against anyone based on their ethnicity or the perception that they are sick or a carrier of COVID-19 will not be tolerated in Philadelphia." See the full press release from Philadelphia's Mayor's Commission on Asian American Affairs in Chinese, Indonesian, Khmer, Vietnamese, and Korean. ... See MoreSee Less

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Asian Americans United

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Today at 3:30pm Eastern Time!
📌 Here's final call info. 📌

At the time of the event, you will have 3 options to join live:

‣ via Zoom (click: zoom.us/j/7251087105 -- attendees will be in a waiting room until the event begins.)
‣ via Facebook Livestream (check back at this page under "Videos")
‣ via YouTube Livestream (we'll drop the link here)
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❗️UPDATE: due to high turnout, we will be livestreaming on AAU’s Facebook page and YouTube Live. We’ll drop the YouTube link in our Instagram bio the day of. ❗️ THIS THURSDAY! Grassroots community leaders will share how parts of Philadelphia's Asian American community have been affected by anti-Asian harassment and threats of violence in the wake of COVID-19.

Let’s listen and come together around what we are facing in our Asian American communities and move towards healing all communities. ✨PLEASE SHARE!✨ All are welcome to attend.

Organizations speaking include: VietLead, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP), Modero & Company, Woori Center, and more.

We’ll share more information soon. For now, translation is unavailable due to the short turnaround time.
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❗️UPDATE: due to high turnout, we will be livestreaming on AAU’s Facebook page and YouTube Live. We’ll drop the YouTube link in our Instagram bio the day of. ❗️

THIS THURSDAY! Grassroots community leaders will share how parts of Philadelphia's Asian American community have been affected by anti-Asian harassment and threats of violence in the wake of COVID-19.

Let’s listen and come together around what we are facing in our Asian American communities and move towards healing all communities. ✨PLEASE SHARE!✨ All are welcome to attend.

Organizations speaking include: @VietLead, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (@cambodian.association), @moderocompany, the Woori Center, and more.

We’ll share more information soon. For now, translation is unavailable due to the short turnaround time.
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THIS THURSDAY! Grassroots community leaders will share how parts of Philadelphia's Asian American community have been affected by anti-Asian harassment and threats of violence in the wake of COVID-19.

Let’s listen and come together around what we are facing in our Asian American communities and move towards healing all communities. PLEASE SHARE! All are welcome to attend.

Organizations speaking include: @VietLead, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (@cambodian.association), @moderocompany, Korean Americans for Civic Participation (KACP), and more.

We’ll share more information soon. For now, translation is unavailable due to the short turnaround time.
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Did you know that Philadelphia’s paid sick leave law doesn’t apply to gig workers like Uber drivers, food delivery people, and many caregivers?

familyvaluesatwork.salsalabs.org/pacoalitionpetition/index.html

✏️ SIGN THE PETITION ✏️ via Coalition to Respect Every Worker to make sure workers are protected during this crucial public health emergency!

#RespectEveryWorker
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No one should lose their job because they have to stay home during a global pandemic, including care workers.

familyvaluesatwork.salsalabs.org/pacoalitionpetition/index.html

✏️ SIGN THE PETITION ✏️ to urge Philly City Council to amend the city’s paid sick leave law, so workers can protect their health and their job!

#RespectEveryWorker
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While schools are closed March 16-27, the School District of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia Government will provide meal service and drop-in activity space for students at 80 locations.

• Meal sites (schools): Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon. Two grab-and-go student meals will be available (breakfast and lunch).
• Activity sites (recreation centers): Open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Activities will be available and limited meals served at 3 p.m.

Find meal and activity sites in your neighborhood ➡️ bit.ly/2TPka2J
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📌 Due to concerns with COVID-19, AAU will be working remotely until further notice. 📌

✨ PLEASE SUBMIT ALL JOB APPLICATIONS VIA EMAIL✨ We will not be in the office to take your applications.

If submitting paperwork online isn’t possible for you, please email us. We can try to accommodate on a case-by-case basis.
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3 months ago

Asian Americans United

✨FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS✨
💥 AAU Summer Program applications are due Fri March 20 (for priority review). Final deadline is Tues Mar 31.
💥 CYOP Summer applications are due April 22.
💕 QUESTIONS??? DM US!!! 💕
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