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

6 days ago

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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4 weeks 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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(Vietnamese)

Share out this 2-minute video from Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) on the 2020 Census!

This video has been translated into 26 languages: English, Bengali, Burmese, Chamorro, Mandarin, Cantonese, Chuukese, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Marshallese, Nepali, Palauan, Punjabi, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Urdu, Vakaviti, Vietnamese.
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(Korean)

Share out this 2-minute video from Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) on the 2020 Census!

This video has been translated into 26 languages: English, Bengali, Burmese, Chamorro, Mandarin, Cantonese, Chuukese, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Marshallese, Nepali, Palauan, Punjabi, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Urdu, Vakaviti, Vietnamese.
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(Cantonese)

Please share out this 2-minute video on the 2020 Census from Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)!
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(Mandarin language)

Please share out this 2-minute video about the Census from Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)!
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Watch this 2-minute Census Explainer Video from Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)!

Not just in English, but in 26 other Asian and Pacific Islander languages: English, Bengali, Burmese, Chamorro, Mandarin, Cantonese, Chuukese, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Marshallese, Nepali, Palauan, Punjabi, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Urdu, Vakaviti, Vietnamese.
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✨ AAU is hiring! ✨ Please share the job description for our Youth Program Coordinator! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Asian Americans United

Spread the word: at our 2/22 Census Job Fair we’ll help folx apply to census jobs.

✨ To apply and learn more details: 2020census.gov/jobs ✨ Check our previous posts for #Census2020 job openings!

#CountMeIn #PhillyCounts #PhillyCounts2020 #CensusChampion #Census2020 #Census #2020Census @ International Bethel Church Bethany Phila
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2 months ago

Asian Americans United

🗣 Make two phone calls today to confirm that Philadelphians want permanent closure of the PES refinery and community-controlled redevelopment! 🗣

Today's news, that PES was the highest emitter of cancer-causing benzene than any other U.S. refinery, gives us even more standing to demand our #RightToBreathe.

Learn more at @PhillyThrive!

Let's spend today calling Mayor Kenney asking him to stand strong until the sale is finalized and calling the company who Trump wants to take over the land that their polluting business is not welcome in Philadelphia. @ PES Refinery/NYRT
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#Census2020 #CountMeIn2020

Via Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)
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2 months ago

Asian Americans United

Here’s Sophie and Civic House intern Andy Zheng at today’s #PhillyCount AAPI Subcommittee meeting. We planned Census Day of Action (April 1st) outreach and more!

📸 Sophie Song

#CountMeIn #PhillyCounts #PhillyCounts2020 #CensusChampion #Census2020 #Census #2020Census
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2 months ago

Asian Americans United

Our Census Job Fair last Saturday!! We helped folx apply to census jobs. Thank you to the Census Bureau and to Stephanie Sun from #PhillyCounts AAPI subcommittee for helping!!!

#CountMeIn #PhillyCounts #phillycounts2020 #censuschampion #Census2020 #Census #2020Census
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2 months ago

Asian Americans United

✨NOW HIRING:✨ College students for summer internships. Please apply & share!

(High school youth: your app will be available in March to be a high school youth leader in our CYOP Summer and AAU Summer Programs) @ Asian Americans United
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2 months ago

Asian Americans United

Happy Lunar New Year! 🧧✨ Here’s Chinese Youth Organizing Project (CYOP) making dumplings, playing games, and welcoming the new year! 🐭🧧🎊 @ Chinatown, Philadelphia ... See MoreSee Less

Please share to your networks: AAU will be hosting a Census job fair this Saturday 9 - 12:30 (food provided). Learn what it means to be a Census worker, get help applying on the spot, and contribute to making sure every community is counted!

Census workers earn $23-$28/hour. Part-time and Full-time positions available. Work begins end of March and goes through the summer. Apply now - positions will fill quickly. To be eligible to apply:
Be at least 18 years old.
Have a valid Social Security number.
US Citizen or valid working papers
Have a valid email address.
Complete an application and answer assessment questions.
Interested or have questions? Come out Saturday and we are here to answer!!!

Location: AAU 1023 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia PA 19123
Time: 9:00 - 12:30
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We’re hiring summer college interns! Our CYOP Summer(华人青少年组织会) and AAU Summer Program are looking for college students. (For high school youth: your app will come out in March!)

FMI and to apply: Tinyurl.com/AAU-college-intern-2020
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App review begins: Feb 18 (Summer Program) & Mar 15 (CYOP)
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At the #TriCoRecruiting Fair with @haverfordedu @swarthmorecollege @swatcareers @brynmawrcollegecpd
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Over the last few months, major items on the People’s Platform have become law. This includes creating a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights and passing a bill ensuring Right to Counsel for those facing eviction, two policies that will directly support thousands of people in our city. We will continue to work together for a just city and to win policies that truly support every Philadelphian.

In that light, as part of the Alliance for a Just Philadelphia, we have launched #100DaysofJustice, our demands for the first 100 days of City Council. These demands draw from the People’s Platform and many of them we presented to the at-large council members at our forum last March. #100DaysofJustice means holding hearings on rent control, starting the process to create a public bank, increasing school funding, enacting a moratorium on local fossil fuel production and so much more.

PHL Council are you ready to start working on these major priorities?
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Over the last few months major items on the People’s Platform have become law. This includes creating a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights and passing a bill ensuring Right to Counsel for those facing eviction, two policies that will directly support thousands of people in our city. We have made it our mission to continue to work together to win policies that truly support every Philadelphian.

In that light, we have launched #100DaysofJustice, our demands for the first 100 days of City Council. These demands draw from the People’s Platform and many of them we presented to the at-large council members at our forum last March. #100DaysofJustice means holding hearings on rent control, starting the process to create a public bank, increasing school funding, enacting a moratorium on local fossil fuel production and so much more. PHL Council are you ready to start working on these major priorities?
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2 months ago

Asian Americans United

Freezing and windy Sunday, Chinatown Vote tabling and collecting #Census2020 pledge cards at the NE Development Corporation Lunar New Year Festival. Thanks to our youth volunteer(s) and Stephanie Sun from #phillycounts2020.

To pledge online: tinyurl.com/AAUCensusPledge

🗓 🄸🄼🄿🄾🅁🅃🄰🄽🅃 🄲🄴🄽🅂🅄🅂 🄳🄰🅃🄴🅂 🗓
✎ March 12: Paper invites to complete the census mailed to each household 📬
✎ April 1: Census Day! 🥳

Talk to your friends and family about why completing the Census is so crucial! Especially non-English speaking elders, who are most at risk to be undercounted.

#CountMeIn #PhillyCounts #PhillyCounts2020 #censuschampion #Census2020 #Census #2020Census @ Northeast Philadelphia
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PA API Power Caucus! Really excited to come together with AAPI community- and power-building orgs from all over PA, including:

APALA Pittsburgh ◦ Bangladesh Association of PA ◦ CAIR Pennsylvania ◦ Governor Tom Wolf AAPI Commission ◦ Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh ◦ Inspire PA ◦ Korean Americans for Civic Participation ◦ Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of PA & SNJ ◦ PICC ◦ Rangoli Pittsburgh ◦ SEAMAAC ◦ VietLead

Together, we coordinated GOTV work, capacity building trainings; a needs assessment survey for statewide AAPI community, … and more!
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JOB POSTING - Philadelphia Census Office

Apply now at: 2020census.gov/jobs

Details in comments below
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3 months ago

Asian Americans United

#Philly: Have you signed a Census Pledge card yet? It’s got 🔑 info about this year’s Census, and reminders!

To pledge online: tinyurl.com/AAUCensusPledge

🗓 🄸🄼🄿🄾🅁🅃🄰🄽🅃 🄲🄴🄽🅂🅄🅂 🄳🄰🅃🄴🅂 🗓
✎ March 12: Paper invites to complete the census mailed to each household 📬
✎ April 1: Census Day! 🥳

Talk to your friends and family about why completing the Census is so crucial! Especially non-English speaking elders, who are most at risk to be undercounted.

#CountMeIn #PhillyCounts #PhillyCounts2020 #CensusChampion #Census2020 #Census #2020Census @ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 months ago

Asian Americans United

Staff pie day! 🥧✨ We played UNO, ate yummy lunch from @banana_leaf_cuisine_philly, and celebrated a great year! @ Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Cs ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Asian Americans United

🥳✨ ℕ𝔼𝕎 𝕐𝔼𝔸ℝ, ℕ𝔼𝕎 𝕎𝔼𝔹𝕊𝕀𝕋𝔼 ✨🥳

Huge thanks to Victoria Lai, who’s worked on this revamp for almost a year. She helped us reorganize and reimagine how we want to present our work. We couldn’t have done it without you, Victoria!!!!

Check us out at ⇨ www.aaunited.org
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3 months ago

Asian Americans United

Yay, CYOP leadership retreat 2019! Just in time for the new year & the new decade 🥰 @ South Philadelphia ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Asian Americans United

In 2019, AAU worked with hundreds of youth, like:
🔹 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣➕ youth volunteers with the Mid Autumn Festival
🔹 7️⃣5️⃣➕ youth who took part in our year round Chinese Youth Organizing Project program
🔹 4️⃣0️⃣ youth volunteers who made our Chinatown Vote work possible
🔹 3️⃣0️⃣ youth who worked as mentors and teachers for 4️⃣6️⃣ children in our AAU Summer Program.
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Here is our CYOP Summer 2019 cohort doing teambuilders and trustfalls at The Rail Park and Franklin Square Park. This summer, CYOP youth leaders surveyed more than 400 peers; wrote a report that talked about conditions at their schools that were potentially harmful to their health, the lack of teachers in classrooms, the lack of language access. Youth presented this report to City Council leaders, as part of AAU's wider efforts in 2019 to document and amplify what challenges youth are facing in our public schools.
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💕 Donate what you can to AAU to support our youth work: www.aaunited.org 💕 @ The Rail Park
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3 months ago

Asian Americans United

This year, AAU's Civic Engagement team trained more than 1️⃣7️⃣0️⃣ volunteers. Here's our April 2019 volunteer training, held with @VietLead, PICC, and @APIAVote.

With our volunteers, we knocked on more than 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ doors, phone banked more than 9️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ calls, and supported more than 1️⃣4️⃣0️⃣ people to apply for citizenship.

This summer, for #Census2020 education, we trained 1️⃣5️⃣0️⃣ youth and community members about the importance of the census, held 2️⃣0️⃣ census events, and collected Census pledge cards.

⚡️ Sign-up to volunteer with AAU: tinyurl.com/aauvotes
💕 Donate what you can to AAU: www.aaunited.org 💕 @ Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Cs
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3 months ago

Asian Americans United

Though key decision-makers Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) were not present, the community listening session was a key opportunity for folx to share concerns, hopes, and questions about DRPA’s proposed re-opening of Franklin Square PATCO station.

SAVE THE DATE for Jan 13, 2020! Per @RepDwightEvans, DRPA has agreed to a community meeting then. For updates and upcoming actions, sign @annaperngpa’s petition: bit.ly/ProtectFranklinSquare

Thanks to @annaperngpa’s leadership in gathering community members as well as representatives like @RepDwightEvans, @CMMarkSquilla, Mohan Seshadri, Scott Heppard (Office of @congressmanBoyle), @samanthainPHL (Office of @RepMaryIsaacson), and Marissa Moylan (Office of @Larry_Farnese).

Thank you @whyy @planphilly @6abcactionnews and @nydiahan for education the public about these issues.
#Philly #Chinatown #Pennsylvania #LoveYourParks #LanguageAccess #UrbanRenewal #EquitableDevelopment #EnvironmentalJustice #Transportation #Health #ClimateChange #Sustainability #Democracy #Changemakers @ Crane Chinatown
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3 months ago

Asian Americans United

This year, AAU has worked to address detentions and deportations in our communities. Here's Teresa with Van from @VietLead presenting on Community Defense at @TempleASA's PAYS conference.
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In collaboration with other orgs, AAU has tried to grow a space of mutual support across Asian ethnic and cultural communities in Philadelphia. AAU held Know Your Rights and individual case support for Restaurant Association members and childcare centers. With @VietLead and @moderocompany, we worked to support the Indonesian community that has been targeted here in Philadelphia.
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💕 Donate to AAU today to support our future work: www.aaunited.org 💕 @ Temple University
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Photos from our 34th Annual Community Lunch!

✨ Please tag yourselves! ✨Our informal, celebratory lunch with AAU community. We mingled with friends old and new, and shared brief updates about AAU's program areas, our impact in 2019, and looking ahead to 2020. Thank you Ginza Restaurant for the delicious food!
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✨ Save the date for AAU's 25th Annual Mid-Autumn Festival! ✨ Every year, this youth-led festival features performances, carnival games, and celebrations of various community cultures. See you there?

💕 #donate what you can to support the Mid-Autumn Festival and other AAU programs: www.aaunited.org 💕
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