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

Building an arena in the heart of our city would have a huge impact on Chinatown, Center City and Philadelphia at large. It demands full information and a rigorous public education and input process, which means we need a full set of impact studies completed by a qualified firm—not flunkies who will rubber stamp whatever the developers want. Come to the march and rally on 6/10 to tell our elected officials that our city is NOT for sale! RSVP: secure.everyaction.com/WK9gtSVPy0ar3edlMCrstw2
#savechinatown #philadelphia
#chinatown #PhillyChinatown
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It's time to Vote for Philadelphia primary election🗳️ the poll will open 7am to 8pm today.
And here is where you can find your polling locations:
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The deadline for the CYOP Summer application has been extended! Click the link in our bio to apply! ... See MoreSee Less

New Date Alert!
We need YOU to join us for a march and rally on 6/10! Did you know the arena developers have spent over a million dollars trying to lobby City Council to advance the arena? They want to ignore the facts that this arena would be bad for Chinatown, bad for businesses, bad for workers, and bad for Philly. The developers may have billions, but we have something they don't: YOU.

Meet us on June 10th at 11 AM at the 10th Street Plaza (10th & Vine) for the No Arena in The Heart Of Our City Rally! RSVP: secure.everyaction.com/WK9gtSVPy0ar3edlMCrstw2
(also linked in our bio)
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We’re ramping up the campaign to stop the arena and #SaveChinatown, and we need your help! Join us along with the other groups listed at the bottom of this caption. Save the date: Saturday, April 29th at 11am.

Together we must fight to protect our community from this arena. Arena developers ignore the the facts that this arena will be bad for Chinatown, businesses, workers, and the city as a whole. Please come out and show your support as we, The Philadelphia Suns, stand with the Save Chinatown Coalition and will be there in support every step of the way until this battle has been won.


#NoArenaInChinatown #PhiladelphiaSuns
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2 months ago

Asian Americans United

No Stadium in Chinatown - 2nd Community Meeting ... See MoreSee Less

No Arena in Chinatown! The Arena is NOT a Done Deal....
The Save Chinatown Coalition and the Chinatown Coalition to Oppose the Arena have been working to stop the arena. The fight is continuing and heating up.
Come out to learn all that has happened since our last Town Meeting and learn about next steps we can take to defeat the arena.
WHAT: Town Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
WHERE: Chinese Christian Church Annex, 11th and Vine
Protect our Beloved Community! Save Chinatown!
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We're hiring!! AAU is seeking two Youth Programs Coordinators to oversee, coordinate and develop its social justice youth programs. For more information, please visit bit.ly/aaujoinourteam ... See MoreSee Less

WATCH: No More Wrecking Balls in Chinatown! www.youtube.com/watch?v=1677ietuGxw

Folks from @No Arena in Chinatown, @Asian Americans United, Restaurant Industry for Chinatown’s Existence (RICE), @Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance, @POWER Interfaith, @Students for the Preservation of Chinatown, @Save the UC Townhomes, @ Positive Movement Entertainment, and @Philly CAM joined together to create a parody music video encouraging public opposition to the proposed arena that billionaires want to build in the heart of our city, which would threaten the existence of Chinatown and small businesses in the surrounding area.

1. SIGN the petition: apipa.vote/chinatown
2. SHARE this video + follow all #NoArena allies above for updates and ways to volunteer and support.
3. CALL City Council and share why you oppose an arena in the heart of our city: apipa.vote/chinatowncall
3. JOIN us for an event:
*April 15 & April 22 from 4-6 pm — Join @No Arena in Chinatown for an Art Build and Organizing meetup at Asian Arts Initiative
*April 29th — City Hall Protest

Did we miss some tags? Please tag yourself and friends!
#noarenainchinatown #savechinatown
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Please Join us, The 2023 People’s Forum: hearing from all City Council candidates about how they will prioritize our communities to saving Chinatown from destruction by the proposed 76ers arena.
Please RSVP: actionnetwork.org/events/the-peoples-forum-3?source=aau
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2 months ago

Asian Americans United

It's that time of year again! Applications for our 2 summer high school internships are open! Click the link in the bio to get deets on each program to see which one is the best fit for you ✨ ... See MoreSee Less

What can I do to protect myself at work? You should keep all records of interactions with you employer such as

✅ schedules

✅ emails to/ from your employer

✅ texts to/ from your employer

✅ handwritten records

Keep records for at least THREE YEARS. You can still contact @LaborPHL if you don't have these. Find out more about worker protections here: bit.ly/3Xw2CXp
03/17/2023- Worker Guide

✅ 排班表

✅ 跟雇主往来的电子邮件

✅ 跟雇主往来的短信

✅ 手写记录

记录至少保存三年。即使没有这些记录,您仍可以联系 @LaborPHL。请在这里了解更多劳动者保护的信息:http://bit.ly/3Xw2CXp
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Regardless of immigration status or if you are paid in cash, workers in Philadelphia are covered by one or more of @laborphl’s worker protection laws. Click here to find out more: bit.ly/3Xw2CXp
无论你的移民身份如何,或是否以现金向你付薪,费城的工人都受到 @laborphl 的一项或多项工人保护法的保护。点击这里了解更多:http://bit.ly/3Xw2CXp
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IT’S EASY! Request language access over the phone:
✅ Call 215-686-0802
✅ Say your preferred language
✅ Wait while we include an interpreter
You can file a complaint over the phone or ask questions about Philly labor laws. Language access is available upon request! Find out more: bit.ly/3Xw2CXp
✅ 致电 215-686-0802
✅ 说出你的首选语言
✅ 等待,我们会接入一名口译员
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What’s your preferred language? Call the @LaborPHL Hotline to ask questions or talk about a possible labor law violation over the phone. Language access is available upon request! Find out more: bit.ly/3Xw2CXp
你的首选语言是什么?请致电 @LaborPHL 热线,通过电话提问或谈论可能违反劳动法的违规行为。可应要求提供语言无障碍服务!了解更多:http://bit.ly/3Xw2CXp
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We are re-launching the search for our next Executive Director! Join our dedicated team of organizers and community builders to grow the power of the Asian community in the Philly region. More information and how to apply at tinyurl.com/aauexecutivedirector ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Lunar New Year! AAU wishes you health, prosperity and joy! ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

Asian Americans United

Launch of the 2023 People’s Platform from the Alliance for a Just Philadelphia.
The 2023 municipal elections must be rooted in a real vision for Philadelphia that prioritizes communities over corporations and centers the needs of all Philadelphians, especially Black and brown, immigrant, refugee, poor and working class residents who bear the brunt of systemic neglect.
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Today 41 Chinatown organizations announced the Chinatown Coalition to oppose the arena. Our community knows the proposed arena would destroy Chinatown, close small businesses, harm not just our precious neighborhood, but also all of Philadelphia.

Were proud to stand alongside the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the powerhouse civil rights legal organization which has represented Chinatowns in Boston and New York City in fighting inequitable, predatory development and POWER Interfaith, which represents more than 150 congregations across Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania committed to racial and economic justice.

This coalition has been organizing inside and outside of Chinatown in multiple languages, and reaching out to Chinatown businesses about the proposal. We learned that Chinatown businesses overwhelmingly oppose the arena proposal. 90 businesses declared they opposed the arena, 3 requested more information, and 0 voiced support.

This arena is NOT a done deal and organizing continues. Everybody in Philadelphia needs more information to know how the proposed arena would impact our city. At our December meeting Councilmember Squilla made a commitment that this proposal will not advance until full impact studies are completed, so that Philadelphia has all the facts. We will be making sure that impact studies are completed by qualified, independent consultants to determine how the arena will impact Chinatown, Center City and all of Philadelphia.

Saving Chinatown and stopping the proposed arena will take all of us. Share this post to make sure your community knows about the fight to save Chinatown and make sure you sign the petition (linked in our bio) to stay updated about future events and volunteer opportunities!
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Happening Now: we have 50 students from Philadelphia public schools are meeting and discuss about the opposition of the 76ers arena...✊✊✊ ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

Asian Americans United

The proposed arena that billionaire developers want to build in Philadelphia’s Chinatown is not a done deal. The community has a right to know the facts, ask questions, and express concerns about the arena. Our community has the right to decide its own future.

Philadelphia Chinatown community members are gathering for a community meeting about the proposed arena that developers seek to build in Chinatown, to provide a space for local residents to ask questions of 76Place developers and voice their concerns. Meeting organizers have invited the 76Place developers to attend so that they can answer community members’ questions.

Although the developers announced their plans for this proposed arena in July, all meetings have been by invitation only. Many members of the Chinatown community still have little information about the project, since the information released by 76DevCorp has been almost exclusively in English.

The meeting is hosted by 24 Chinatown community organizations including:
Asian Americans United
Concerned Citizens of Chinatown Association
Changle Association of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia Hoyu Chinese American Association
On Leong Association
Pennsylvania United Chinese Coalition
Chinese Restaurant Association of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia Suns
Philadelphia Chinatown Dragon Boat Team
Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance (API PA)
Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School
Students for the Preservation of Chinatown
Hoyu Chinese Folk Culture Center
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (Philadelphia)
Asian Arts Initiative
Greater Philadelphia Fujian Association
Hok Shan Association
Greater Philadelphia United Chinese American Chamber of Commerce
Guangxi Association of Pennsylvania
Greater Philadelphia Lianjiang Association
Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society
Chinese Northeast Association of USA
American Philadelphia Chinese Women Association
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
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5 months ago

Asian Americans United

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Join SPOC this Friday for a march to demand that David Adelman stop the predatory development of the 76ers arena in Philly's Chinatown! ... See MoreSee Less

💥 #AAPIPAPowerCaucus members have put in months of work. We know what’s on the line for #AAPI communities across PA.

⭐️ Today, we’re counting on YOU to cross the finish line with us to #POWERtheAAPIVote. Polls are open 7AM-8PM.

💪🏼 Let’s get it done, Philly.
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📳 APIAVote runs a national, multilingual voter hotline to ensure everyone in our communities can cast their ballot. #POWERtheAAPIVote

📳 Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683) with your questions about voting for in-language support!
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📳 Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) runs a national, multilingual voter hotline to ensure everyone in our communities can cast their ballot. Assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali #POWERtheAAPIVote #aapipapowercaucus

📳 Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683) with your questions about voting, leave a message, and someone will return your call with in-language support
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🗳 This November 8th, voters across Pennsylvania are voting on:
One US Senator
17 US House Representatives
One PA Governor & Lt. Governor
25 PA State Senators
203 PA State House Representatives
Local government representatives
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Volunteers Needed! Click the link in our bio to learn more! ... See MoreSee Less

⏰ Election Day is just ONE week away! Cast your vote for all those in our communities who are still unable to participate in our democracy, and make sure our diverse needs are represented by our elected officials! #POWERtheAAPIVote
📬 If you’re voting by mail, send your ballots back TODAY.
🗳 If you’re voting in-person, make a plan to get to the polls on November 8th!

#POWERtheAAPIVote #AAPIPAPowerCaucus #WeArePennsylvania
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That's a wrap! Thank you for being a part of AAU's 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival- our first year running fully in-person since the covid-19 pandemic! We are so incredibly thankful to all of the volunteers, performers and supporters who helped us bring this festival to life. We hope that this year's festival was as memorable for you as it was for us and can't wait to see you all at next year's festival! ... See MoreSee Less

小提醒💡: 为了我们记录和确保所有人的安全,在活动之前请填写好报名表、紧急联系人、以及疫苗卡照片
Link: forms.gle/FBDa7xpcZDjdx6if6
Hi everyone! After not meeting all summer, CYOP is starting up again! We are having our first meeting next Friday, 10/7 from 4-5:30 at FACTS School. Please remember to fill out the registration form below and upload your vaccine card as well.
Link: forms.gle/FBDa7xpcZDjdx6if6
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8 months ago

Asian Americans United

The truck is all packed and locked up! We’re ready for the festival tomorrow! #phillymaf2022 #philly #moonfestival #midautumnfestival ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago

Asian Americans United

Are you ready to play some games? Teacher Eric created a new game called “Nine-Headed Bird”. Can you use the magic rope to capture all 9 heads of this beast? Let’s see if you can do it tomorrow! Carnival games open at 12pm. #phillymaf2022 #philly #midautumnfestival #moonfestival ... See MoreSee Less

🚨New merch alert! Get your No Arena in Chinatown t-shirt at #philymaf2022 tomorrow! $10 🚨 ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago

Asian Americans United

Are y’all ready? Here’s the lineup for our stage performances and speakers for #phillymaf2022 See you all on Saturday! @helengymphl @kyodaiko @cagempowering @lmdancestudiophilly @h4t_official @pennenchord ... See MoreSee Less