To Mindanao With Love


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On Sunday, February 14th, forget the Valentine’s Day cards, boxed chocolates and overpriced dinners and head over to the Elbow Room in San Francisco to show your love for the indigenous people of the Southern Mindanao Region of the Philippines. “To Mindanao with Love 2” is a performance event that celebrates the resiliency of the Lumad people. The Lumad are the collective name of distinct indigenous tribes from the area. They face an on-going human rights crisis as paramilitary groups violently purge the region of suspected left-wing sympathizers.

According to Human Rights Watch, since May 2015, thousands of Lumad have been forced from their homes to avoid the crossfire. The situation is made more dire by the destructive influence of corporate lumber and mining.

“To Mindanao with Love 2” uses the power of music to raise awareness about the Lumad’s plight. Proceeds from this event will provide direct support for the evacuees.

Rachel Lastimosa, Bernardo Josue, and Mario de Mira aka Nomi talking with Nonogirl. Photo by Claire Warren.

Rachel Lastimosa, Bernardo Josue, and Mario de Mira aka Nomi talking with Nonogirl. Photo by Claire Warren.

Joining us today producer Robynn Takayama talked with the following artist-activists who will shed more light on both the event and the struggles of the Lumad. They include:

  • Rachel Lastimosa, lead vocalist with Dirty Boots, who just returned from cultural and social integrations with the Lumad communities in Mindanao

  • Bernardo Josue, a filmmaker who spent three months in Mindanao back in 2013

  • Mario de Mira aka Nomi, an organizer with Migrante-SF, a Filipino migrants organization and staff at the Filipino Community Center. He spent time with Lumad communities in Mindanao on medical mission in 2013.

Oliver Saria helped produce this segment.

1/28/16 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Asian Community


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On tonight’s APEX Express, University of San Francisco’s Professor of Law Bill Ong Hing discusses how the DREAM Act and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has impacted Asian immigrants. Two young API DREAMers who are part of ASPIRE, the first Pan-Asian undocumented immigrant led group in the country, talk about their experience and why the application rate for Asians is far smaller than that of other eligible DREAMers.

1/14/15 Justin Chin Tribute and Teacher Fired after Unit on Central Park 5

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On APEX Express, we pay tribute to poet Justin Chin, who died the morning before Christmas at age 46. Poet, educator, visionary, his loss is felt deeply. We are joined by Kirk Read, a writer and nurse and friend of Justin’s, along with friend Philip Huang.

On APEX, we talk with New York City High School teacher Jeena Lee-Walker who was fired from her job after several tense exchanges with supervisors about her lesson on the Central Park Five.

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12/24/2015 – Immigration Detention Hunger Strikes and Alex Hing.

On tonight’s show:

First we hear from Paromita Shah from the National Lawyers Guild and Sasha W., from NQPIA about the ongoing hunger strikes spreading across the immigration detention system. Though a lot of people are striking, today we’re focusing on the Bangladeshi strikers.

And we have a rebroadcast of an interview Marie and I did with Alex Hing. Alex started a revolutionary organization right here in San Francisco’s Chinatown and he was involved with the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, the free speech movement, he rode buses through the south after Martin Luther king’s death, and he’s currently a union organizer, a chef and a tai-chi master. He’s one of our old school teachers, and he had a lot to share on his experiences as well as some advice for the younger crop of movement leaders. DSC06267
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12/03/2015 An Interview with Alex Hing.

We’ve dedicated the entire show to an interview Marie Choi and I did with Alex Hing, who is promoting the book “The People Make Peace,” in which he has a chapter detailing his work against the war in Vietnam. He’s been an organizer most of his life, and the interview was so good that we decided to air it in its entirety.

He talks about his social justice  work, his professional career, his thoughts on organizing and its trajectory and the role of spirituality in the movement.




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11/26/15 No Thanks! My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers

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APEX Express has created a tradition for Thankstaking Day where we take you back to Center for Political Education‘s annual My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers event from Indigenous People’s Day, and this year, we keep it up. We celebrate these resisters to colonization with words and music from L
J. Theo (Decolonized Pinoy Poetry) (, Needa Bee (Spoken Word), Maya Chinchilla (Spoken Word) (, C Rhythm (Palestinian Rapper), and Alia Sharrief (Wombyn Muslim Rapper) ( Plus, this year’s honoree, Leila Khaled visits us via Skype!

Thanks to Rob Marquez for helping with tonight’s show. Photos by Andy Blue.

11/19/15 KSW’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab

Photo by Nye Lyn Tho

Photo by Nye Lyn Tho

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Tonight we bring you powerful words from Kearny Street Workshop’s talented teachers and students of this year’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. IWL is a three month, multi-genre class for local writers, challenged to expand their practice by working in a variety of genres and formats. Tune in to hear the fruits of their labor.

A stellar lineup of instructors included: Chinaka Hodge (writing for performance), Nayomi Munaweera (fiction), Brynn Saito (poetry). The IWL 2015 cohort was made up of Celeste Chan, Vida Kuang, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Joshua Merchant, Janine Mogannam, Shelley Wong, Phuong Vuong, Helida Silva, Audrey Esquivel, Stephen Tsai, Tanea Lunsford, Irene Tu, Diego Basdeo, Hope Casareno, Paula Junn

Tonight’s show was edited by Justine Lee and produced by Nonogirl.

Community Calendar

A Place of Her Own, an exhibition that asks Asian American women, “if you had a place of your own, what would it be,” opens Thursday at SOMArts Cultural Center. Curated by Cynthia Tom, see the dreams of women brought to life through soul-inspiring sound sculpture, a forest of giant intuitive paintings, and an enormous landscape of hand-built chairs and ladders. The exhibition will be up until December 11.

Saturday at East Side Cultural Center, check out the next in the Spirit of Bandung Series: Black Liberation and Third World Solidarity, presented by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Haiti Action Committee, Black Alliance for Just Immigration. With U.S. imperialism as a backdrop, the organizations will explore anti- Black violence and movements for resistance, liberation, and self-determination.

On Saturday at UC Berkeley’s Herbst Field Annex Room, check out the Conference on Third World`Multiracial Solidarity and Community Engagement from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This conference, free and open to the public, will engage activists and scholars involved with the late 1960s Third World Liberation Front Strikes of San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley in issues and concerns facing younger generations.

Also on Saturday there’s the 8th Annual Bike Expo! Whether you are just starting to ride or have been cycling your whole life, the SF Bike Expo is the perfect venue to support those who share the same interest and passion for cycling with booths featuring vendors from fashion and apparel to backyard bicycle fabrications. It’s at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, with a free Bike Valet; $10 parking for cars.