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

Don't be fooled. This administraiton 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

1 week 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

2 weeks 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

1 month 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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Join Philly's Department of Public Health's COVID-19 info sessions on January 26 @ 6pm and January 28 @ 11am for more information on COVID vaccines and testing! There will be closed captioning in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, and French as well as ASL interpreters.

Register here:
January 26 @ 6pm: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Oc2ggqCnQIymOPm_obavlg
January 28 @ 11am: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vYpw1nPRR1aOuFP88GgpsQ

Please share and stay safe!!
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Thank you so much for everyone who came out to our 35th anniversary virtual celebration this weekend! We enjoyed reconnecting with so many of you and hope that you felt as inspired as we were. Thank you community members, volunteers, and fellow organizers for your support all these years. We are excited to continue organizing and fighting for change alongside all of you!

A very special thank you to our keynote speaker, Ed Nakawatase.
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Hi AAU family! From 1/16-1/24 anyone who donates to AAU will be able to get 10% off their order total at Bubblefish Tea & Sushi or Ginza restaurant. Supporting our community organization and local restaurants! We love that for you🤩

Donate here:
aaunited.org/donate/
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This entry is from Lin Lin, a current youth leader in our youth intern program 🤩 ... See MoreSee Less

This entry is from Jessica Feng, who worked with us as a Community Action Project Intern in 2015 and is now a teacher. Thank you so much for sharing this sweet message, we love you Jessica! ... See MoreSee Less

Hi AAU Fam! Just under a week away from our 35th anniversary virtual celebration! This year we will be hosting a very special intergenerational conversation between AAU elder, Ed Nakawatase and AAU youth programs coordinator, Grace Fan. Ed is a movement elder whose social justice experience includes being one of very few Asian members of SNCC in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, three decades of work as the AFSC National Representative for Native American Affairs, as well as decades of work with Asian Americans United and local and national Japanese American organizing work.

If you would like to join us this Saturday (01/16) from 1 PM to 2:15 PM please RSVP through this link: paimmigrant.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIocuyrrDMpG9LP3xJ9iQuwjLGHmRDyVgRM

We can't wait to see you all there!
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Thank you for everyone who has filled out our form so far! This is from Linda, a former youth leader and volunteer. We love you Linda!

Lookout for more stories this week 😊
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Questions about DACA? Project Libertad and Immigrant Rights Action are hosting a DACA info session on Tuesday 1/12 at 7pm via Zoom! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy New Year AAU Family! The team has been taking some time to reflect on 2020 and we'd like to share some of our accomplishments with you all. Thank you to all of you who worked hand-in-hand with us in our fight for change and in supporting our communities. Have a wonderful week everyone! ... See MoreSee Less