Category Archives: Educational Rights

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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5/4/17 Immigration and Activism

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Tonight on Apex Express Mother/Daughter hosts Miko Lee and Ayame Keane-Lee spoke to Yvette Felarca from By Any Means Necessary about taking direct action out into the streets and stopping the Trump ICE raids.  More information about an upcoming immigration forum is listed in the calendar below.

We spoke to Michelle Lee,  curator of Shifting Movements, Art inspired by Yuri Kochiyama, which opens with a big celebration tonight at SOMARTS Cultural Center and runs through May 25. Shifting Movements is part of the 20th Annual United States of Asian America Festival. Some of the art pieces are shown above, but go check it out in person to see how amazing the work is.

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Mari Nakagawa interviewed punk band Aye Nako who hits the Bay Area tonight and tomorrow night.

Poet Yujane Chan came into the studio and performed her erasure poem derived from her formal immigration papers. Ayame, also a youth poet, chatted with Yujane about her inspiration and process. Yujane performed this as part of Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam in April.

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Miko spoke with award winning filmmaker Felicia Lowe’s about her latest work Chinese Couplets which is her personal tale about the Chinese Exclusion Act. They also discussed the big Rally for Inclusion that is happening this Saturday in Portsmouth Square Chinatown to acknowledge the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Find out more about the Rally and how to take action page here.

Community Calendar

May 4 -June 11, United States of Asian America, various locations

May 4 Aye Nako at the Luckyduck Bicycle Cafe located at 302 12th Street in Oakland.

May 5 Aye Nako at the STUD located at 399 9th St in San Francisco.

May 4-25, 2017  Shifting Movements: Art inspired by the life of Yuri Kochiyama

Venue: SOMArts Cultural Center, Main Gallery, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco. Exhibition Dates:  Tuesday through Friday from 12-7pm, and Saturdays from 12-5pm.  Closing Reception: Thursday, May 25, 2016. 6-9pm.

May 6, 2017 noon Rally for Inclusion, Portsmouth Square, Chinatown

May 6, 2017:  Asian Pacific Heritage Festival, Asian American Alliance of Marin

May 9, 2017  Immigration Forum and Community Meeting, Bay Any Means Necessary 6-8pm, Manzanita Recreation Center, 2701 22nd Ave., Oakland, CA 94606

May 16 Asian American Bar Association presents – Lessons from Mass Incarceration

 

 

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.

1/22/15 Ethnic Studies and Reconciling Churches

Bay Area teachers panelists at the Ethnic Studies solidarity event at Mission High.

Bay Area teachers panelists at the Ethnic Studies solidarity event at Mission High.


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This week, we look at Ethnic Studies: what gains have been made in San Francisco and what challenges are faced in Arizona? We hear voices from an Ethnic Studies teach in just before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments about the school district in Tucson that was accused by state officials of violating their Ethnic Studies ban.

We also learn what it means to be a reconciling church, or a church that welcomes all sexual orientations and gender identities. We talk with Lauren Quock with the Network on Religion and Justice about the upcoming Reconciling Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church in San Jose.

NRJ's One Big Family Photo Solidarity Project

NRJ’s One Big Family Photo Solidarity Project

10/30/14 Filipino Innovators

Aileen Suzara and Members of Sama Sama Cooperative

Aileen Suzara and Members of Sama Sama Cooperative


In honor of Filipino Heritage Month, we celebrate the new crop of leaders who are bringing fresh approaches to community problems, with grassroots and inclusive strategies. Join us for our show on “Filipino Innovators.”

Through the lens of radical health, we will be speaking with Sustainable Foods Educator and Eco-Chef Aileen Suzara whose research at U.C. Berkeley and interactive “Sariwa” workshops are focused on tackling food related disease in the Filipino Community through the exploration of precolonial diets.

Through the lens of radical parenting, we’ll be speaking with the parents and students of Sama Sama Co-op, a newly launched and member led summer program that explores Filipino culture, traditions, arts, ecology and language immersion.

Community Calendar

Saturday, November 1; 8:00 PM
Kearny Street Workshop Fundraiser
Sub-Mission, 2183 Mission St., San Francisco

Music lovers and arts supporters, you can do both at once by going to Kearny Street Workshop’s Hardcore Punk Benefit this Saturday at 8 p.m. at Submission in San Francisco’s Mission District, just a few blocks from BART. Local bands singing in English and Tagalog rock the stage for the nation’s oldest multidisciplinary API arts organization. More details are available at kearnystreet.org

Saturday, November 1; 7:30 PM
Totally Radical Muslims Volume 3 Zine Release Party!
Solespace, 1714 Telegraph, Oakland
$5-10 Door

Performances by:
** Tala Yazdi & Paradise Khanmalek
** Bellydancing by Happy Hyder
** Mahfam Malek
** Amal Rana
** Zeno Bia
** Sabina England: the deaf muslim Punk playwrighthttps://www.facebook.com/events/1475606666045952/

Saturday, November 1; 7:30 PM
Hyphen Revolutions Issue Release Party
111 Minna, San Francisco

Join Hyphen in celebrating the release of our R/Evolution issue, where we push the boundaries of conversations surrounding identity, solidarity, history and community. Come engage with social justice leaders and advocates at an event full of pride and passion. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the new R/Evolution with your community! Buy your tickets and the R/Evolution issue at
www.hyphenrevolution.eventbrite.com

November 6-9, and 15
Thirdi South Asian Film Festival

The premiere annual South Asian film festival in the U.S, the San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (SFISAFF) has brought the cinematic heritage and culture of South Asia to Bay Area audiences for more than a decade. Presented by 3rd i Films, the oldest South Asian media arts organization in the U.S., the festival promotes diverse images of South Asians and catalyzes change through independent film. http://www.thirdi.org/

2/27/14 Spotlight on South Asia

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On tonight’s APEX Express, tune in for a spotlight on South Asia – learn more about the newly launched Bangladeshi initiative at the Center for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley in a discussion with Sanchita Saxena, the Director of the Center. Then, listen to an important discussion with Vidya Sri and Darakshan Raja, authors of a critical report titled Voices From the Frontline: Addressing Forced Marriage in the US, on the disturbing phenomenon of forced marriages in different communities in the US, including South Asian communities. Vidya Sri is a survivor of forced marriage and founded an organization to address and end forced marriages; Darakshan Raja is a researcher focused on criminal justice interventions. Plus music from Beats for Bangladesh, and community calendar.

Hosted by Preeti Mangala Shekar

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1/16/12 Save CCSF and Suigetsukan

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The existence of community-based, community-run institutions are critical now more than ever, as gentrification and displacement plague cities across the country. Tonight we celebrate two institutions who have decades of serving Bay Area communities – City College of San Francisco and Suigetsukan Dojo in Oakland.

WeAreCityCollegeThe struggle to save CCSF has been ongoing over the past couple of years. Currently, CCSF is gaining traction in its struggle to maintain accreditation and promote high quality, low-cost, accessible education. Salima Hamirani speaks with students Matthew Martinez and Kerri Ann Navarro-Borja, and professor Vike Palaita of the Save City College of San Francisco Coalition to get the latest updates on the campaign, and to hear why they’re encouraging as many as people as possible to enroll in City College classes this semester.

Suigetsukan is a non-profit collective martial arts dojo in Oakland that teaches and trains in the traditional Japanese martial arts of Jujutsu, Aikido, and Japanese Sword.  With so many martial arts training halls and dojos in the Bay Area – what makes Suigetsukan such a special place?  Ellen Choy hears from Mike Esmailzadeh, Rebecca Wong, and Aiko Yoshitani about why this 23-year-old community institution has created a place many of their students call home.

Hosted by Salima Hamirani.