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

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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Ramadan Mubarak everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks 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

1 month 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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Join us with Philly Asians 4 Liberation & Mutual Solidarity (PALMS) and several other groups in a candlelight vigil for Christian Hall, a Chinese-American teen who was shot and killed by PA state troopers while experiencing a mental health crisis. The vigil will take place tomorrow Tue. 3/30, 7-8:30 pm, at Mifflin Square Park in South Philly.

Please share!
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For more information on what to expect when receiving the COVID vaccine! Available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese - please share! ... See MoreSee Less

Philadelphia Rallys & March AGAINST ANTI ASIAN HATE & VIOLENCE ✊✊✊
#StopHateAAPI
#PhillyAgainstRacism #RallyAgainstAntiAsianViolence
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We've received question as to whether there are incidents that have occurred in Philadelphia. The answer is yes. Reported and not reported. We are angry and sad that this has happened to youth in our Asian communities. And we are grateful to the Indonesian community for sharing this with us and speaking up.Let's SPEAK-UP and STAND-UP for our community. This just happened on Sunday!
If you are experiencing a hate crime or discrimination, please call 9-1-1 immediately or contact our community leaders.
You can also contact Aldo Siahaan, Lilian Christaka, Dewi Broad or me.
Please stay safe!
#StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate
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Join us in Building It Better Together Town Hall: Take Action Against Hate for Asian Americans on Sunday @ 9:30 am with Nydia Han on 6abc! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Asian Americans United

We will be live-streaming at 7 PM tonight, for folks who cannot make it, but are still interested! ... See MoreSee Less

Visit this doc for our list of resources:
docs.google.com/document/d/1vwfjQEQu5n14YRMvDSZ5L2nlVnKlY7yKRN6TA1nutM8/edit
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Visit this doc for our full statement, resources to learn more, and action items:
docs.google.com/document/d/1ldXQTx5ZcaOt6gIUihfp1slNM1h5uunthlFWvjkmMN4/edit
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Justice for Christian Hall !!! ... See MoreSee Less

We Support Sanctuary Schools Campaign!!!✊ ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for the premiere screening of @BigPictureAlliance’s COmmunity VIDeo Resiliency Project FRI Feb 19th, 6-8pm! Featuring youth documentaries about social justice, education, arts & culture, and self-care during the COVID pandemic. Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers & community partners reflecting on “a year of resilience and the road ahead”. REGISTER: crowdcast.io/e/covidresiliencyproject

FILMMAKERS:
@bigpicturealliance @vialuxmedia @ntj.photography @_.mimishy._ @theo.wyssflamm @cindyphvm @jose_qu417 @thecreatordemi @tysonandreas @theblossomboy @talaya.amanda.productions

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: @asianamericansunited @moderocompany @votethatjawn @racialjusticephilly @mvmalliance @215studentunion @yungphillyartists @rosemontcollege @oicworkforceacademy

SUPPORTERS: @cinespeak @phillyaaf @siftmedia215 @presentemediacollective @philaindie @phlatinfilmfest @philadelphiaoic @phillyfilmsociety @gpfophilly @ming_media @resolvephilly @spiralq @youthsetthestage @phillycamyouth @whyyedu @lilfilmakers @whatspoppyn @maestrofilmworks

FUNDERS: @lenfestinstitute @lenfestinst @knightfdn @IPMFoundation

#covidresilience #phillyfilm #youthfilm #youthmedia #bpafilms #communityjournalism #communitymedia #solutionsbased #phillyyouth #philadelphia
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We continue to stand with Philly educators!📢📢 Share if you agree! 📢📢 ... See MoreSee Less

Join us for the premiere screening of @BigPictureAlliance’s COmmunity VIDeo Resiliency Project FRI Feb 19th, 6-8pm! Featuring youth documentaries uplifting stories of resilience during the COVID pandemic. Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers & community partners reflecting on “a year of resilience and the road ahead”. REGISTER: crowdcast.io/e/covidresiliencyproject

FILMMAKERS: @bigpicturealliance @vialuxmedia @ntj.photography @_.mimishy._ @theo.wyssflamm @cindyphvm @jose_qu417 @thecreatordemi @tysonandreas @theblossomboy @talaya.amanda.productions

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: @asianamericansunited @moderocompany @votethatjawn @racialjusticephilly @mvmalliance @215studentunion @yungphillyartists @rosemontcollege @oicworkforceacademy

FUNDERS: @lenfestinstitute @lenfestinst @knightfdn @IPMFoundation

SUPPORTERS: @cinespeak @phillyaaf @siftmedia215 @presentemediacollective @philaindie @phlatinfilmfest @philadelphiaoic @phillyfilmsociety @gpfophilly @ming_media @resolvephilly @spiralq  @youthsetthestage @phillycamyouth @whyyedu @lilfilmakers @whatspoppyn @maestrofilmworks @loadedpixelcreative 

#covidresilience #phillyfilm #youthfilm #youthmedia #bpafilms #communityjournalism #communitymedia #solutionsbased #phillyyouth #philadelphia
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Hi AAU family & friends! Late last year our team grew a little bit bigger, so we wanted to introduce you all to everyone on the team. We will be sharing more team members through the end of this week and into next week!

Starting off with the amazing youth interns from our new Youth Intern Leadership Program, wooohoo! Meet Lin Lin, Ivan, Benxin and Yi Huan 🙂
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AAU family! We just want to uplift the #PhillySchoolsDeserve campaign-- take a look at this thread to find out how to join us!

Our city’s schools have been facing public health crises long before coronavirus. Over 80% of our schools have crumbling asbestos. Students have developed lead poisoning from peeling lead paint. And mold has triggered asthma attacks in students. Much of our school funding relies on property taxes, yet wealthy nonprofits like Penn, Drexel, and Jefferson, are excused from paying property taxes.

Philadelphians are calling for these wealthy nonprofits to pay Payments in Lieu of Taxes (or PILOTs) to the Philadelphia School District to fund the removal of environmental hazards in our schools! PILOTs are a common practice done by wealthy nonprofits to pay their fair share to local tax-funded establishments (like schools, fire departments, or trash collection).

Learn more about this campaign and receive updates by following @fundphillyschools on Instagram!
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PHILLY RESIDENTS! Fill out the COVID-19 vaccine interest form to reserve a place in line and know when you are eligible to receive the vaccine! 

➡️LINK: https://covid-vaccine-interest.phila.gov/?mc_cid=1b685ee82a&mc_eid=ff7dc038a8

➡️For more information, check out Philly's Department of Public Health's FAQs here: https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/vaccines/frequently-asked-questions/?mc_cid=1b685ee82a&mc_eid=ff7dc038a8 

In the meantime, stay safe by continuing to social distance and wear masks!
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To truly #BuildBackBetter @POTUS should restore our country’s welcoming spirit by welcoming refugees, restore the resettlement program #RestoringWelcome @jakejsullivan @VP @WhiteHouse

⚡LINK: cwsglobal.org/action-alerts/urgent-take-action-urge-biden-administration-to-protect-refugees-and-...
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Protect our Courts! Town Hall with API PA and Kadida Kenner !!!
#ProtectOurCourts #protectpacourts
Co-Host by Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance, Asian Americans United, CAIR - Philadelphia Chapter, VietLead, Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh, Woori Center 우리센터, SEAMAAC, Inc.
Protect our Courts! Town Hall with API PA and Kadida Kenner
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