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

On Tuesday, 7/13, at 7 pm, First Lady of PA Frances Wolf, Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson and the Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs will host Vax Facts Virtual Q&A Discussion for the Asian Pacific American (APA) Community, a virtual conversation to answer questions about COVID-19 and vaccines from members of the APA community.
Facilitator by Stephanie Sun
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On Tuesday, 7/13, at 7 pm, First Lady of PA Frances Wolf, Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson and the Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs will host Vax Facts Virtual Q&A Discussion for the Asian Pacific American (APA) Community, a virtual conversation to answer questions about COVID-19 and vaccines from members of the APA community.

WHERE: www.facebook.com/pagacapaa/
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Please share these helpful resources on staying safe against anti-Asian hate! ... See MoreSee Less

Join the Cambodian community and our supporters THIS AFTERNOON at 3PM in Mifflin Square Park to hear from Cambodian Community Leadership and Experts, The Police Department, and Elected Officials. >>> If it rains, we will move the event indoors directly across the street to Preah Buddha Rangsey Temple (6th & Ritner Street) ... See MoreSee Less

Call to action! Demand York County Prison STOP transfers and RELEASE our loved ones NOW! Call in to the Philadelphia ICE office and/or join the rally in front of the ICE office on Friday @ 4

actionnetwork.org/letters/release-our-loved-ones?source=direct_link&
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The James and Grace Lee Boggs Foundation seeks funds to preserve the historic home of James and Grace Lee Boggs on the Eastside of Detroit as a community museum to honor the Boggses’ revolutionary lives and works. The Boggs Museum will be a dynamic site of history, culture, and activism, offering lessons from past struggles for today’s movement builders working to reimagine everything and shake the world with a new dream. Sharing the building with the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership and coordinating activities with the James and Grace Lee Boggs School (K-8) down the street, the museum will be embedded within a movement-oriented neighborhood that inspires people of all ages to transform our selves and our societal structures through radical models of education, urban farming, cooperative ownership, collective care, and self-governance. We seek to demonstrate what our world will look and feel like when we prioritize collective life and humanity over capitalist profit and exploitation.

📢📢📢 READ MORE & DONATE HERE: givebutter.com/BoggsHouse
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Are you a Philly resident and received your COVID-19 vaccination? You can enter a lottery to receive a cash prize!
36 vaccinated Philadelphians will win cash prizes up to $50,000. In each of the three drawings on June 21, July 6, and July 19:
Two residents will win $50,000
Four residents will win $5,000
Six residents will win $1,000
All Philadelphians who would like to participate in the sweepstakes are encouraged to register on phillyvaxsweeps.com to sign up. Names will be drawn from a pool of those who register and those in an existing residential database.
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According to the US Census Bureau, between 47,206 and 87,732 Philadelphia citizens of voting age would benefit from expanded language accommodation. Take action for immigrant ballot access in Philadelphia!

➡️Sign the petition here in English: bit.ly/languagepetition

➡️In Chinese: bit.ly/cnlanguagepetition
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Hi all! A few weeks ago AAU Volunteers, led by our equitable development organizer Jenny Chen, came to work on our community garden. They filled beds with compost and planted cultural crops. This is land that was transformed years ago from a trash-filled vacant lot by AAU youth leaders and FACTS students. Swipe to see pictures of the making the garden 🌼 ... See MoreSee Less

86% of the students in PA public schools attend school districts that the state is not adequately funding - and that’s according to state law. Check out the #FundOurSchoolsPA map to see and share data for your district.

Find out more and get involved at FundOurSchoolsPA.org
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In honor of AAPI Heritage month, Philly Fighting Asian Hate will take place at the Rail Park on May 22-23.

The event will provide free self-defense classes for the Philly’s AAPI community taught by 3rd generation disciple of the Ip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu family, Grandmaster Eng.

The event's mission is to fight against anti-Asian hate, and empower the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community through self-awareness and self-defense training and education. The event is community focused, and volunteer-run and operated.

Participants will learn basic self-awareness and self-defense techniques to protect and defend yourself in this 50-minute class. You can learn more and register for a time slot below:

Event Details:

Philly Fighting Asian Hate
Date: May 22-23, 2021 (Rain date: May 29-30)

Location: The Rail Park (1200 Noble St, Philadelphia, PA)

Learn more and register here: bit.ly/phlfah
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Polling place close at 8pm today( however, if there on the long line, even pass 8pm you still have right to vote)
It's time to blowing whistle for our community's voice and safety
Join The Yellow Whistle project with my community!
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Even Mr. Gu did not registered with any party, but he still want to vote in today's primary election ballot questions. #phillyaapivote
And he is happy that we bring him and his friend The Yellow Whistle s.
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2 months ago

Asian Americans United

These two elders never missed a vote since they become citizens.
And we make sure they received The Yellow Whistle
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How to use the voting machine in Philadelphia (Indonesian)
Please tag your community members who may need this.
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Register here:
us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodO2hqz4vGtSmf50zdeu0l0Tw_wPGRduV
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For The Ones I Remember by Deborah Wei.

Listen to this powerful poem about AAU's history of organizing against anti-Asian violence in Philadelphia by one of our founders, Deborah Wei.
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Happy AAPI Heritage Month! To celebrate, AAU staff will be sharing stories and talking about the organizers we look up to all month long. Look out for future posts! ... See MoreSee Less

It’s time to #EndFamilyDetention Support the Freedom For Families Act! The bedrock of our country is freedom. When we deny families that freedom, we’re threatening freedom itself. cutt.ly/yvVqHhz #FreedomForFamilies

#EndFamilyDetention 
#FreedomForFamilies
#FreeThemAll
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VietLead has been fighting to protect the Hoa Binh Plaza and the South Philly community from displacement by luxury housing developer, Streamline. They need your help to SUBMIT A LETTER (actionnetwork.org/letters/protect-washington-avenue-from-streamline-2) to Councilman Johnson to let him know we don't want Streamline's project in the neighborhood unless they address community concerns. Thanks for your action!*ACTION REQUESTED*
We need your support. 2 years in, we are still trying to hold Streamline accountble to community needs! Streamline is directly lobbying Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to sponsor legislation to allow them to build their project despite community objections.

IF YOU LIVE IN Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson's District - PLEASE help us tell CM Johnson that we DO NOT want Streamline’s project in the community unless they will negotiate with SOSNA, NOWAC and VietLead to make sure community concerns are fully addressed.

SUBMIT YOUR LETTER HERE: actionnetwork.org/letters/protect-washington-avenue-from-streamline-2/
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Join us in this virtual information session on how to apply for rental assistance on Wednesday 4/28 from 5:30 - 7:30pm! Register here: http://bit.ly/GetRentAssistance ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us for a multiracial interfaith vigil to grieve and stand in solidarity with the Sikh community one week after the mass shooting in #Indianapolis. The massacre is touching the open wound of decades-long racial trauma. In the wake of the verdict over George Floyd’s murder, we will gather to recommit to ending anti-Black racism and racial violence in all forms. We will be joined by faith leaders, artists, activists, and Sikh community members. This online event will be a night of testimony, music, prayer, and song. We will gather in grief, rage, and love — and the Sikh spirit of Chardi Kala, ever-rising spirits even in darkness. Happening this Thursday, April 22nd at 8pm ET | 5pm PT. RSVP at SolidarityVigil.com. #StandWithSikhs #StopAsianHate #EndRacialViolence Art: @anandpurarts

The background is an illustration by @anandpurarts of Amarjeet Kaur, one of the 8 people who were murdered due to the shooting at the Fedex facility in Indianapolis. She is pictured from the neck down wearing yellow with black sleeves, with her hands clasped and holding red flowers. The title reads "Solidarity Vigil", with smaller text that says "Thursday, April 22. 8PM ET | 5PM PT. RSVP: SolidarityVigil.com." At the bottom, it says: "Join the Sikh community in grief, rage, and love in the wake of racial trauma and violence on BIPOC communities. #StandWithSikhs #StopAsianHate.
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Manipulation of Cambodian genocide victims by a white artist, published in @VICE, is anti-Asian violence. Join others in calling for @VICE to meet with community organizers to put forth humanizing, accurate coverage of our history. bit.ly/demandsforvice #stopasianhate ... See MoreSee Less

Register here:
bit.ly/AAUtalk1
We hope to see you there!
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Check out @theyellowwhistle for more on the work they're doing!

www.theyellowwhistle.org/

"IN NATURE, YELLOW IS THE COLOR OF DAFFODILS AND SUNFLOWERS, SIGNALING THE ADVENT OF SPRING, BRINGING HOPE, OPTIMISM, AND ENLIGHTENMENT.

IN AMERICA, YELLOW HAS BEEN WEAPONIZED AGAINST ASIANS AS THE COLOR OF XENOPHOBIA.

THE YELLOW WHISTLE™ IS A SYMBOL OF SELF-PROTECTION AND SOLIDARITY IN OUR COMMON FIGHT AGAINST HISTORICAL DISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE. THE WHISTLE IS A SIMPLE GADGET WITH A UNIVERSAL PURPOSE—TO SIGNAL ALARM AND CALL FOR HELP—FOR
ALL AMERICANS.

WE SHALL NOT REMAIN SILENT, BECAUSE
WE BELONG."
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Don't be fooled. This administration has yet to proove itself. We need to see real change around immigrant rights and an end to ICE detention and deportations. #freesaroun ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for a virtual Community Meeting regarding the development of 800 Vine Senior on WEDNESDAY 4/21 at 6-7pm!

Swipe to see the meeting agenda in both English and Chinese! Please share!!
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SIGN THE PETITION TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: STOP SILENCING COMMUNITY VOICES

Join with us as we demand that the Philadelphia Board of Education rescind the speaker changes and remove the cap on speakers and restore the three-minute speaking time.

actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-to-the-board-of-education-stop-silencing-community-...
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4 months ago

Asian Americans United

A teach-in on Anti-Asian Violence and AAU organizing history in Philly featuring incidents that have impacted AAU's organizing work and reflect on lessons from these times. ... See MoreSee Less

Livestreaming tonight 7pm on Asian Americans United's page as well as bit.ly/AAUYoutube and on PhillyCAM. So grateful to Debbie Wei, Ellen Somekawa, Trang Dang, Scott Kurashige, Mohan Seshadri, Aldo Siahaan who are speaking. Join us! You can still register at: bit.ly/AAUteachin. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Asian Americans United

Thanks to Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP) invited AAU to take part in this vigil - Good to seeing people turned out for another moment to come together in struggle and peace!! ... See MoreSee Less

Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP) invited AAU to take part in this vigil - looking forward to seeing people for another moment to come together in struggle and peace!!We are happy to share that our beautiful Southeast Asian refugee community, who founded the Vendors Association of FDR Park, will be hosting an Anti Asian Hate & Violence Vigil at the Southeast Asian Market in FDR Park. Please join us as we reflect, unify, and strengthen our diverse communities. All Supporters Welcome! ... See MoreSee Less

Register here:
tinyurl.com/yt5h9kut

We hope to see you there!
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**** Update!!!****
She was found and home as of 3am. Thank you everyone for spreading the word!!

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MISSING of Asian Grandma:
Name: Kim Tran
Outfit: Purple coat, Dark pants, with glasses
Last seen around 18th and snyder(around 10am-11am)
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Hi everyone, our Youth Leadership Summer Programs are officially open to applicants for summer 2021! Find the applications below or on our website.

AAU Summer Application:
docs.google.com/document/d/1HRGy5fvxVpGKkGKvA_XYpGqHidFobxLAsBIQJg1avsI/edit#

CYOP Summer Application: docs.google.com/document/d/1sQOjAdZc61Fo_ZYODZ7JgPoIjky3QckwZYlxDhf2oPk/edit?usp=sharing

We can't wait to meet you😊
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