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Apex Express with Dolores Huerta & Peter Bratt

Dolores“I learned to use chopsticks when I was seven,” says our guest Dolores Huerta about growing up in diverse Stockton, California. Join us on Apex Express to hear Host Miko Lee and guest contributor Jalena Keane-Lee interview the legendary activist Dolores Huerta and filmmaker Peter Bratt all about the new documentary “Dolores“.

Dolores shares her experiences with intersectionality and community development. She talks about the Dolores Huerta Foundation which trains community activists and her struggle with making the film that features much of her personal life including interviews with many of her 11 children.

Peter Bratt talks about adding the human side to Dolores Huerta’s remarkable life. The film, produced by musician Carlos Santana, has been having sold out screenings throughout the Bay Area.

 

 

 

 

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Emergency DACA Rally

Voices from the Emergency DACA Rally in San Francisco, organized by Bay Resistance on the day Trump ended the program. You’ll hear from a young woman with ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education), the first Pan-Asian, undocumented immigrant led organization in the country. You’ll also hear from Sharif from AROC, the Arab Resource and Organizing Center.

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ASPIRE activist speaking at the Emergency DACA Rally at the SF Federal Building


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9/7/17 U.S. Militarism and Intervention in the Asia Pacific

Tonight we will be talking about U.S. militarism and intervention in the Asia Pacific. Since Trump’s presidency, the U.S. has has escalated bombings, airstrikes and troop deployments abroad and intensified repression at home.  Trump’s slogan of America First has been a battle cry to maintain U.S. global hegemony in a crisis-laden multipolar world.

The U.S. has had a long presence in the Asia Pacific with many of its 900 military bases abroad base in the region.  Since the rise of China as a world power and an economic and military threat to the U.S., former President Obama declared the Asian Pivot strategy. Trump promises to fulfill the Asian Pivot with renewed threats against North Korea and the Philippines.

Our guests today are organizers from the Korean, Chomorro, and Filipino communities. will talk about the current threats, what people on the ground are doing to resist U.S. intervention, and what people here can do.

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Die In Action at the Solidarity and Fightback Anti US-led War Conference


Joining us are:

  • Mari Choi with HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans) provides some perspective on North Korea; U.S. military interests in the Korean peninsula; and what peace, reunification, and self-determination can look like. 
  • Kerri Ann Borja is with Independent Guåhan. and will share with us the current threats to Guam and what people there are doing to resist.
  • Irma Shauf- Bajar is the chairperson for GABRIELA USA.  GABRIELA is the largest alliance of Filipino women’s organizations in the Philippines and around the world fighting for national sovereignty and genuine democracy.  Irma is also a leader for the International Women’s Alliance which organized the Solidarity & Fight Back Conference in Toronto last month.
  • Guest host is Raquel Redondiez, who has been an anti-war and international human rights advocate for the last 20 years.

We also hear from speakers at the Emergency DACA Rally on Tuesday.

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ASPIRE activist speaking at the Emergency DACA Rally at the SF Federal Building

Community Calendar

  • On Friday, Alameda County will host the controversial SWAT training, war games and weapons expo, Urban Shield. At the same time, communities around the world are gathering to resist police militarization! In Oakland, starting at 4 p.m., Stop Urban Shield Coalition offers trainings and resources on People’s Fire Safety, Earthquake Kits, and How to Be Cop-Free. The rally is at the Alameda County Board of Supervisor’s Office, 1221 Oak St.
  • In DACA news, on Saturday, September 9th at 2 p.m. in Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, unDACAmented folks, families and allies are invited to participate in a rally and march to show love and support for #DACA. This peaceful demonstration will be centered around showing endless support and love for our community members who are under attack by this administration.

8/31/17 Back to School

Tonight, we head back to school and look at some amazing programs preparing young people to engage in the fight for justice.

  • First we hear from high school teachers Rachelle Urzua and Jody DeAraujo. They work with the Wilderness Arts and Literacy Collaborative, a small learning community that teaches high school curriculum through a lens of environmental stewardship.
  • Then we speak with Sammie Ablaza Wills from API Equality- Northern California, an API LGBTQ organization in San Francisco training and building a youth-led movement.
  • And we’ll hear from Medha Asthana with ACT4CUSD who is working to make sure public schools in the South Bay have comprehensive sex education that covers important things like consent and uses inclusive language around gender expression and sexual orientations.

Community Calendar

  • On Labor Day, there’s a strike and march in Oakland in support of organized labor. Fast food workers in 300 cities and in the UK will be on strike to demand a liveable wage. Meet at 1330 Jackson St, Oakland Monday morning.  
  • On Tuesday, the Parkway Theater screens “And Then They Came for Us.” The documentary features actor and activist, George Takei and many other Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War 2. This screening includes a post-show discussion. 


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8/24/17 Beats of Resistance and Solidarity



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Tonight DJ Baagi returns to host a show on Beats of Resistance and Solidarity from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities worldwide.

This episode features Omar Offendum, Shadia Mansour and more artists from Syria, Palestine and Afghanistan rapping about the political impact of war on their communities, and of gender oppression within their communities. And for the new fascist time we are living in, she’ll be going back for more DrumNbass and Jungle beats from the UK-Based South Asian, anti-racist group Asian Dub Foundation. And special guest Sharif Zakout from the Arab Resource and Organizing Center joins us!


Song/Clip List:

  • Song: Hamdulillah, Artist: Narcy featuring Shadia Mansour
  • Song: Somos Sur Artist: Shadia Mansour with Ana Tijoux
  • Song: Long Live Palestine Part 2 Artist: Low Key, Shadia Mansour, Narcycist, DAM and various artists
  • Song: Ya Halali Artist: Sharif Zakout
  • Song: Nalestan, Artist: Paradise Sourouri
  • Song: Afghanistan, Artist: Paradise Sourouri and Diverse
  • Song: Change a Gonna Come, Artist: Asian Dub Foundation

Arab Resource and Organizing Center: araborganizing.org
Sharif Zakout: https://soundcloud.com/shaboombap

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Omar Offendum

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Paradise Sorouri

Community Calendar

  • The Kominas, SETI X, Commissure, Faluda Islam
    Brick and Mortar Friday at 9pm
  • Several Events Marching against white supremacy. Check Bayresistance.org to see upcoming events. 2 events in san francisco and  2 events in berkeley
  • Sa Timyas ng Paglaya: Closing Party — Art by Filipino Political Prisoners
    August 25th Friday at 6 PM – 9 PM
    E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore
    410 13th St, Oakland, California 94612
  • Several SF Chinatown community organizations and activists are sponsoring “Light Up the Night From Charlottesville to Chinatown: No Hate,” a candlelight vigil and program in the memory of slain activist Heather Heyer.  The event will be held on Friday, Aug. 25 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., San Francisco.

Call to Action for Ny Nourn


Greetings, my name is Danny Thongsy I am a Yuri Kochiyama Fellow at Asian Americans Advancing Justice/Asian Law Caucus. I am deeply inspired by Ny Nourn. Her strength and resilience speaks to the spirit she carried which defied so many odds and obstacles. The trajectory of her life – migration-school-prison-detention/deportation pipeline – disclosed the results of our nation’s militarism/capitalism and its failure to help immigrants and disadvantaged members within our community. Her life has raised so much awareness regarding this and domestic violence issue.

Ny Nourn (center)

I can empathize with Ny, being a child refugee of parents who escaped war and the Khmer Rouge genocide only to resettled in an impoverished setting, and I only imagine how difficult it truly was for her and her family; in addition, to the trauma of war she and her family carried and the challenges of acculturation. Also, as a young lady she was shackled in an abusive relationship with a man who is older than she is and to escape seems detrimental. As a results of this toxic relationship  she was later accused by our failing criminal justice system for a crime her abuser committed and then she was branded with a prison number and given a life sentence.

However, regardless of her circumstance, after a decade and numerous years of being warehoused and separated from her family and her community, she persevered and attained her freedom but only to face, once again, a threat of being  separated from her family and her community through deportation. The question is: when is enough enough especially for a domestic violence survivor who served an unjust sentence for a crime her abuser committed and all she wants is to forgive him, bring healing to her community, and be reunited with her family.

Once again as she perseveres through this challenge, we at the Asian Law Caucus and other organizations and community groups are supporting her by advocating for her release.  

By Danny Thongsy, Yuri Kochiyama Fellow
#FREENYNOURN

Yuri Kochiyama Fellow Danny Thongsy with Ny’s Attorney, Anoop Prasad.

8/10/17 After the I-Hotel

Tony Robles at the 40th anniversary of the I-Hotel eviction


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Tonight, we reflect back on lessons from the Fall of the International Hotel and organizing against gentrification and displacement today.

  • First we hear from Tony Robles, writer, activist, and president of the board of directors of the Manilatown Heritage Foundation. This segment was produced by Ikino Kubo and Sarah Lee.
  • We also hear from Angelica Cabande who continues the fight for working people in South of Market where many of the Filipino I-Hotel residents moved to
  • And we talk with Raquel Redondiez, project manager of the new SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District. And Gina Rosales will talk about the new night market launching this month in the neighborhood.

SOMCAN worked with Trinity Plaza Tenants Association to preserve 366 units of rent controlled housing.

Tonight we have a guest host, co-owner of Arkipelago Books, former KPFA apprentice, and music superstar, Golda Supanova! And we have a special call to action by Yuri Kochiyama Fellow Danny Thongsy.

Community Calendar

Friday at 8:30 a.m. people will pack the court to show support for Ny Nourn.

Granny Cart Gangstas show opened tonight and runs Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Bindlestiff Studio with a matinee at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The 24th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival is this weekend at Yerba Buena Gardens.

New Filipino Cinema 2017, a showcase of independent films from the Philippines opens on August 17 at YBCA.

The Undiscovered Creative Night Market launches on August 18!