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Established in 1985, Asian Americans United 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 is seeking High School and College Interns for our Summer Leadership Programs!


Application Deadline:  April 12, 2019

Start Date:  June 26, 2019

End Date:  August 7, 2019

Assault at Ben Franklin High School

On Thursday, May 5th, 2016, Brian Burney, a member of the Philadelphia Student Union and student at Benjamin Franklin High School, was assaulted by a school police officer while attempting to use the bathroom at his school.  Please read and share Philadelphia Student Union’s statement and video here:  http://phillystudentunion.org/2016/05/12/1380/



AAU Statement on the Passing of Grace Lee Boggs

AAU BPSOS Grace Lee Boggs

We are saddened by the passing of Grace Lee Boggs, a visionary leader who dedicated her life to fighting injustice and building towards a new vision of community. We hold her legacy dear to our hearts and our mission. She has inspired generations of new leaders to continue in her steps, and the steps of those that came before her – walking the long road towards liberation. She inspired and impacted countless people, particularly in the Asian American community to stand up and fight injustice.

Rest in Power Grace Lee Boggs.

CYOP Report and Findings:  Chinese immigrant student experiences with the Pennsylvania Keystone Exams

Our Chinese Youth Organizing Project (CYOP) is taking on the Pennsylvania Keystone Exams!  In November 2014, our CYOP youth delivered their formal report to Superintendent William Hite and the City Council and shared their immigrant student experiences with the Keystone Exams.  They found that many Chinese immigrant students:

  • many schools did not explain to ELL students their rights to accommodations
  • were not receiving appropriate accommodations in spite of state regulations
  • most students were denied access to qualified interpreters


Failure rates among immigrant students for the 2013 pilot test were:

  • 84% failed Algebra I
  • 90% failed Literature
  • 97% failed Biology

Asian Americans United – Philadelphia City Council Standardized Testing testimony from Ken Derstine on Vimeo.


Read the full Report and Findings:  Chinese immigrant student experiences with the Pennsylvania Keystone Exams.


Listen to Our Oral Histories and Tell Your Own!

For many of our alumni, Asian Americans United was our first political home, a place for consciousness building and emerging awareness of the power and possibility of change. Whether working on a neighborhood campaign, creating a mural, leading a program, or fighting for justice, our alumni share transformative moments that have impacted them throughout their lives.

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