Category Archives: electoral politics

5/28/14 Will the real Modi please stand up? Making Sense of the Indian Elections

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The recent elections in India are touted to be a political and historical watershed moment. The landslide victory of the BJP, the right wing Hindu fundamentalist party caught everyone by surprise, including the BJP themselves. How do we make sense of these election results? What does it mean for a “new India”? What are the bloody histories and sordid realities underlying this victory that the Indian media and some sections of the Indian public would like us to forget, move on and start over, lured by promises of development and jobs in a post-globalized India?

Tune in at 7 pm PT to KPFA 94.1 FM  for a discussion on APEX Express, with journalist and author Dionne Bunsha, activist Biju Mathew and sociologist Shiv Visvanathan share their reflections on the Indian elections.

 

 

8/29/13: Bumabalik: Reporting from the Philippines

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(Bumabalik translates into “returning.”)

On this installment of APEX Express:

APEX contributor R.J. Lozada is back from the Philippines!

Contributor R.J. Lozada amidst a crowd of protestors at the SONA ng Bayan (People's SONA, or State of the Nation Address). Photo Courtesy of A. Beltran

Contributor R.J. Lozada amidst a crowd at the SONA ng Bayan (People’s SONA, or State of the Nation Address). Photo Courtesy of A. Beltran

 Aerial shot of the crowd that joined the ‘Million People March.’ Photo courtesy of Architect Paulo Alcazaren.

Aerial shot of the crowd that joined the ‘Million People March.’ Photo courtesy of Architect Paulo Alcazaren.

Monday, August 26 drew nearly 100,000 Filipinos in peaceful protest against political corruption and pork barrel politics. R.J. brings us an interview with author Laurel Fantauzzo who participated in the peaceful rally.

Famers and organizers from Hacienda Luisita protest the distribution of lands in front the House of Representatives in Manila. Photo courtesy of R. Lozada

Farmers and organizers from Hacienda Luisita protest the distribution of lands in front the House of Representatives in Manila. Photo courtesy of R.J. Lozada

Land is life. When Spain forcefully took and claimed land from the Philippines in 1521 they created a sociopolitical climate that would birth long-standing systems of oppression, manifesting in everything from political infrastructure to psychology to cuisine. Among the remnants and ghosts of colonization is Hacienda Luisita. The farmlands that belong to natives long before the Spanish were taken, and ended up in the hands of the family of the current President Benigno Aquino III, since the late 1950s. R.J. spent some time with farmers of Hacienda Luisita to learn what agrarian reform can really look like.

Flordia Sibayan, or "Pong," is the chair of AMBALA, the farmworkers union at Hacienda Luisita. She and about 50 farmers and organizers camped out in front of the offices Department of Agricultural Reform. They're protesting the lottery system, and other divide and conquer tactics to disrupt the movement for genuine agrarian reform. Photo courtesy of R. Lozada.

Flordia Sibayan, or “Pong,” is the chair of AMBALA, the farmworkers union at Hacienda Luisita. She and about 50 farmers and organizers camped out in front of the offices Department of Agricultural Reform. They’re protesting the lottery system, and other divide and conquer tactics to disrupt the movement for genuine agrarian reform. Photo courtesy of R.J. Lozada.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

  • On Saturday, August 31st at 7:30PM at the Solespace in Oakland, RAMA presents this months installment of Go! Ohana, featuring musicians Ben Ahn, Cynthia Lin, hosted by Tim Huey, and Leila Ramanculova. http://www.facebook.com/events/185431461636494

  • On Thursday, September 5th at 6:00PM, Undocu-Health: Healthcare and the Undocumented — this event at the Asian Resource Lobby in Oakland will feature a talk regarding the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare, and the undocumented community. http://www.facebook.com/events/203747449792250

  • On Friday, September 6 at 7:00PM, the “Ordinary Guy,” Afro-Filipino Joe Bataan, will be at the I-Hotel in San Francisco for a meet and greet! http://www.facebook.com/events/574934042570084/

12/27/12 Year in Review

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Happy Holidays from the APEX Express Collective.

Contributor R.J. Lozada compiles different stories from the bay, the country, and around the globe. Every month, a moment, a story-either read on your facebook feed, heard in your conversations, or viewed on broadcast. You’re invited to tune in, and a take an hour to reflect on 2012.

11/15/12 Grassroots Power: From Sandy to the Elections

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This past month we saw incredible shows of grassroots power across the country.  On this week’s APEX Express, we hear stories about how grassroots efforts both led major relief efforts for immigrant communities in the aftermath of Sandy, and helped gain major wins for API communities in the 2012 elections.  Including interviews with:

  • Helena Wong, Executive Director of CAAAV in New  York City speaks on how CAAAV was able to respond with major relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy, and provide language-accessible support on-the-ground when the City failed to do so.
  • Christina Samala, Director of 18 Million Rising, speaks on surprising API voter statistics and offers her post-election reflections from an API perspective.
  • Emily Lee, from CPA Action Fund, and Timmy Lu, from APEN Action Fund, break down how grassroots power won major victories in SF’s Supervisor elections and in California’s proposition races.

And as always, host Ellen Choy brings great musical breaks, including some exciting new joints!

PLUS: we’re giving away one pair of tickets for a lucky listener to see one of Kidlat Tahimik‘s rare film screenings in the Bay Area! Don’t sleep – listen in!

11/8/12 2012 Elections Recap Local, National, and International Perspectives

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Purple States by DJ Cousin Cole

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APEX Contributor Marie Choi got on the phone with organizers and residents from around the Bay Area to bring us a highlights this week’s local races in Oakland, San Francisco, and Berkeley, and highlights from the elections.

We hear from Jen-Mei Wu of Liberating Ourselves Locally, Timmy Lu of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and Ener Chiu from the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation on statewide propositions and local Oakland races; Barnali Ghosh, one of the hosts of the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour on Prop S and the Berkeley elections; and Emily Lee from the Chinese Progressive Association and Julia Wong from HERE Local 2 on the results of the San Francisco elections.

APEX Contributor Preeti Mangala Shekar talks with South Asian activist and Hyphen correspondent Nadia Hussain about the national implications of an Obama win.

APEX Contributor R.J. Lozada talks with Bobby Tuazon, Evita Jimenez, an Dr. Manalastas from the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG), sponsored by BAYAN USA, who traveled from the Philippines to talk about Philippine voting and share some observations about U.S. voting just days before the elections.

1/5/12 Reflecting Back on 2011

BAYAN USA marching to the Oakland Port during the General Strike



Tonight, we bring you a special 2011 year-in-review show featuring:

  • Eddy Zheng and youth from Community Youth Center
  • Reflection on the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami with updates on the floods in Thailand and the typhoon in the Philippines
  • Ellen Choy talking about the Occupy Movement, with a focus on the Bay Area
  • Alex Tom of the Chinese Progressive Association, taking about Occupy, what Ed Lee’s mayoral win means to the Chinese community, and the unrest seen in Wukan, China
  • Continued discrimination against the Muslim American community in New York and on the media
  • An update with Anh Pham, her grand jury trial, and her response to the NDAA of 2012
  • Lisa Chen of Asian Law Caucus talking about the California Dream Act and what campaigns they’ll work on in 2012
  • Bernadette Ellorin of BAYAN USA looks at the issuance of the arrest warrant for former General Jovito Palparan and the calling of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to trial for human rights abuses
  • Matthew Ledesma‘s commentary which challenges Manny Pacquiao‘s masculinity
  • National Film Society, a new media studio co-founded by filmmakers Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco in Los Angeles
  • And Irene Kao, executive director of Hyphen, talks about  independent media and its important role in challenging what the mainstream has put forth including Tiger Mom and Wesley Yang’s interpretation of Asian male-ness

Whew! Tune in!

9/23/10 Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority


Tonight on Apex Express, we highlight the documentary film, Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority. This film by Kimberlee Bassford explores the political life of Patsy Takemoto Mink, an Asian American woman who battled racism and sexism and redefined American politics. Mink was the first Asian American woman and woman of color in the United States Congress. She entered the 1972 presidential primary, making her one of the first women to seek the nation’s highest office.

The Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program Franklin Odo says in the documentary, “Patsy Mink offers a phenomenal political story, because she was so outside what you would expect of a woman, of a Japanese American, and of a member of Congress. She was truly a force of nature.”