#DalitHistoryMonth Spotlight, Intersectionality of Caste, Gender and Sexuality

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Dalit History MonthOn the 125th anniversary of ‪#‎Ambedkar‬‘s birth anniversary and in celebration of ‪#‎DalitHistoryMonth‬, hear from inspiring activists Benjamin P Kaila and Sumit Baudh.  Find out about how Dalit activists have been mobilizing in the bay area and beyond, and the incomparable legend, leader and visionary that #Ambedkar was!

 

 

Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story


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Eddy Zheng and Filmmaker Ben Wang at the World Premiere of Breathin' at San Quentin

Eddy Zheng and Filmmaker Ben Wang at the World Premiere of Breathin’ at San Quentin

Guest host Renee Geesler speaks with activist, immigrant, and former prisoner Eddy Zheng about Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story, the newly released documentary film by Ben Wang. Breathin’ documents Eddy’s 21-year journey through the California Prison system and his  eventual release.

The segment ends with a song by hip-hop artist Bambu about Eddy Zheng.

4/6/16 Higher Education and Preventing Yellow Face


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This week, we talk with members of Ferocious Lotus Theater Company about their organizing against a potentially offensive musical theater production coming to the Bay Area.
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Then we focus on higher education:

  • Li Miao Lovett, member leader of AFT2121 and City College academic counselor

    Li Miao Lovett, member leader of AFT2121 and City College academic counselor

    Li Miao Lovett, a member leader of AFT 2121 at City College of San Francisco, talks about their stand-off with the administration and the strike vote 92 percent of their members recently passed.

  • Vincent Pan from Chinese for Affirmative Action talks about a bill they are supporting for FREE public higher education in California!
  • And Rex Halafihi, a student at San Francisco State University, talks about their efforts to support Ethnic Studies and ENHANCE it with the addition of Pacific Islander Studies, separate and distinct from Asian American Studies.

Peter Liang Conviction, Granny Cart Gangstas and More

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Thursday, March 24 on APEX Express –

Last month, NYPD officer Peter Liang was convicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter.  His conviction set off a firestorm of protests as Chinese Americans held rallies across the country demanding justice for the police officer. APEX contributor, Marie Choi, was in conversation with Esther Wang of CAAAV in NYC Chinatown and Alex Tom of the Chinese Progressive Association in SF Chinatown in the months after the shooting took place.

Then, Cecilia Tran talks with Kayan Cheung about her comic that depicts the relationship between an Asian-American sister and brother as the brother grows into a police officer caught up in the shooting of an unarmed Black trans youth.

We also speak 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, which according to documents from a federal lawsuit cited school officials as saying her lesson plans would “rile up black students and potentially and lead to riots.” We talk with her about the campaign and petition launched against her termination.

And APEX contributor Rizal Adanza speaks with the all-female, women of color comedy troupe, Granny Cart Gangstas.

We have all that and more—tune in 94.1 or http://www.kpfa.org.

3/10/2016 – Eddy Zheng, Chinese Couplets and Dreams Deported

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Justine Lee talks to award-winning filmmaker and Bay-Area native Felicia Lowe about her documentary Chinese Couplets. The film is an intimate family story that explores the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act on one family, over two centuries, in three countries, on four generations of women.

For the entire month of March, the film will be broadcast through Xfinity and on PBS in select markets. For more details, check out ChineseCouplets.com

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Guest host Renee Geesler speaks with activist, immigrant, and former prisoner Eddy Zheng about Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story, the newly released documentary film by Ben Wang. Breathin’ documents Eddy’s 21-year journey through the California Prison system and his  eventual release.

And Alec MacDonald takes us to a gathering of immigration activists to talk about the recently released UCLA student publication “Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation.” In addition to describing how this book came into being, speakers Kent Wong, Amy Lin, Steve Li, and Mario de Leon Estrada discussed current challenges facing undocumented immigrants and the urgent need for policy reform in this area. Mario de Leon Estrada

Community Calendar

In the Crosshairs

On Fridays at 8pm March 11, 18 and 25. At the stage werx theater in SF. Join us for the stage show “in the crosshairs” – solo performance powerhouses Martha Rynberg and Thao P. Nguyen join forces to give you “In the Crosshairs,” a two-person sketch comedy show about hair. Yes, hair! http://crosshair.bpt.me/

When She Rises

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8pm-11pm – In partnership with the Trust Your Struggle Collective and Galería De La Raza, Studio Grand is pleased to present When She Rises, an exhibit dedicated to the resilience of women. The artists will be examining the experience of women in their countries of origin – the Philippines, India, and Japan. That’s at Studio Grand in Oakland from 8pm to 11 pm.

Growing Our Souls, Building Our Soil

This is a little ways off, but we’re trying to create some buzz. On Saturday, March 19 at 10 AM – 3 PM join us for Growing Our Souls, Building Our Soil :: A Day of Vision In Action.A part of the Bay Area Grace Lee Boggs Memorial Celebration Week at  Urban Tilth’s Edible Food Forest @ 16th Street & Ohio Ave, The Richmond Greenway, Richmond, CA

Celebrating Grace Lee Boggs: A Century In Love & Struggle

Sun. 3/20 – 12-3 pm, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St, Oakland. In celebration of Grace, we will bring together activists and organizers to share their reflections on Grace’s work, ideas, and current movements/struggles in the Bay Area. We will also be joined by guests from Detroit and the Boggs Center.

2/11/16 Brown Is the New White, Zika Virus and Reproductive Rights, Match4Lara

Tune into APEX Express on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m., when we talk with Steve Phillips, author of Brown is the New White, about how people of color in the United States are a progressive majority.

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Then, we discuss the Zika Virus. The World Health Organization has issued warnings across Asia and the Americas. We look at how governments in Latin America are responding to the epidemic by issuing recommendations for women not to be pregnant. What could this mean for women globally? How do reproductive rights and access to birth control fit into the epidemic?

Finally, we are in conversation with Sujitpan Lamsam and Carol Gillespie, organizers from the Match4Lara campaign about the challenge of finding donors for multiracial people in need of bone marrow transplants.

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Sujitpan Lamsam, Lara Casalotti’s aunt

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Asian American Donor Program Executive Director Carol Gillespie

We also have tickets to give away to Dr. Israel performing tomorrow night at Dub Mission. Listen to APEX Express.

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.