Category Archives: Labor

4/27/17 Bay Area May Day

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Tonight, we celebrate May Day, or International Worker’s Day!

  • We hear from Terry Valen and Lyle Prijoles with Filipino Community Center as well as Irma Shauf-Bajar with GABRIELA USA. They all make connections between immigrant rights and worker rights here in the U.S. and globally.
  • We speak with two home care workers from Asian Immigrant Women Advocates who share the unique challenges they face as immigrant domestic workers.
  • Diep Tran, head chef and owner of L.A. restaurant Good Girl Dinette tells us how “cheap eats” lists celebrate inexpensive immigrant foods at the expense of immigrant labor.
  • And we talk with Zuha Khan who curated an amazing line-up of performers at El Rio this Saturday as a fundraiser for Bay Area Solidarity Summer.

1/12/17 Prepping for #J20 and #CareNotChaos

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Tonight on APEX Express we talk with two members of Asian Prisoner Support Committee about their focus for this year. We hear from healthcare workers at Kaiser and San Francisco General about Saturday’s national day of action that Bernie Sanders is calling “Our First Stand: Save Health Care.” And we talk with Kung Feng at Jobs With Justice about their Dump Trump protest at Justin Herman Plaza on Friday, January 20th at 8 a.m.

The Asian Prisoner Support Committee works with Asian and Pacific Islander prisoners to educate the broader community about the growing number of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States being imprisoned, detained, and deported. Joining us tonight are Ke Lam and Harrison Seuga. Harrison is the re-entry director at APSC and Ke is the re-entry coordinator.

dumptrumpAlso joining us are Gina Macalino, a member of National Nurses United, and Arnel Roca, a member of SEIU 1021, who are gearing up for January 15 when nurses and community members rally at SF City Hall to send the message that everyone deserves healthcare.

Lastly, we hear from Kung Feng, lead organizer at Jobs with Justice about their victories in 2016 and their rally on January 20th to Dump Trump!

10/13/16 Labor Strikes in S. Korea, Network on Religion and Justice, and Illustoria

Members of NRJ participating in the Digital Storytelling Project

Members of NRJ participating in the Digital Storytelling Project

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Tonight on APEX Express:

Photo by Melissa Kaseman

Photo by Melissa Kaseman

Community Calendar

Tonight is the opening night of Bindlestiff Studio’s Stories High! This culmination of their annual page to stage workshop series features six one-act plays about bike lane politics, popping the question, and urban legends. Performed at the country’s longest running, Filipino American performing art space, you don’t want to miss these performances by, for, and about our communities. Stories High runs for three weeks, so get your tickets now.

On Sunday, the Amandla Collective at KPFA hosts 24 hours of interviews, music, features, speeches, documentaries and more, celebrating the legacy and 50th anniversary of the black panther party for self defense, it’s relevance and necessity then and now. The Amandla Collective is comprised of Black programmers and engineers at KPFA who produce African Diaspora–Black–African-American content/shows. Make sure you tune in! 

Also on Sunday, October 16, reigning Miss GAPA 2016, Juicy Liu hosts Community Connections: The Bow Tie Party. This celebration honors the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation scholarship and grant recipients from across the country continue GAPA’s mission to empower the Asian & Pacific Islander LGBTQ community. Hosted by  Bayanihan Community Center

10/22/15 Feminist Films at this year’s 3rdi South Asian Film Fest; Tribute to Larry Itliong

On tonight’s show, find out about the feminist films screening at this year’s 3rdi South Asian Film Festival kickstarting in San Francisco tonight through Sunday October 25th. Pakistani Canadian Fawzia Mirza talks about her queer performance, Me, My Mom and Sharmila and her short films; local film maker Nyna Caputi discusses her film Petals in the Dust focusing on the pervasive issue of female infanticide in India and in the South Asian diaspora. Plus Sara Bronco and Frank Sterling pay a melodious tribute to farm workers through spotlighting the legendary Filipino labor organizer Larry Itliong. Plus community calendar. Hosted and Produced by Preeti Mangala Shekar

2/26/15 Art, Film, and Hiking

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This week, we cover a unique collaboration between Kearny Street Workshop and the Chinese Progressive Association featuring artist Ka Yan Cheung who tells stories through “sequential art” otherwise known as comics. We talk with Festival Director Masashi Niwano about this year’s CAAMfest, the Center for Asian American Media’s annual storytelling extravaganza. And we take you on a MANGO hike, a monthly hike organized by the Manilatown Heritage Foundation in the spirit of fitness and fellowship. Robynn Takayama and Vida Kuang host the show.

10/9/14 Delano Manongs and My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers

Larry Itliong, arriving at AWOC meeting in Central Valley ©1976 George Ballis/Take Stock / The Image Works

Larry Itliong, arriving at AWOC meeting in Central Valley ©1976 George Ballis/Take Stock / The Image Works

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In honor of Filipino American History Month, we bring back an interview with Marissa Aroy, director of Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers. This short documentary celebrates the unsung Filipino American field workers who laid the foundation to the founding of the United Farm Workers union. For a donation to KPFA, YOU can have a copy of this documentary that reminds us of the unsung heroes of  1965the Delano Grape Strike.

franzMari from the Center for Political Education joins us to talk about the much-anticipated event, My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers. Back by popular demand for a third time, this annual event held on Indigenous People’s Day uses storytelling, spoken word and performance to celebrate global warriors who defend the land, people and indigenous ways. This year’s featured hero is Frantz Fanon. Bring a light colored t-shirt and have this image silkscreened on.

Robynn Takayama and special guest Vincent Pan from Chinese for Affirmative Action  co-host the show.

Community Calendar
Upcoming screenings of Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 -Cupertino, CA
10:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. De Anza College will be screening the film along with a discussion by director Marissa Aroy.   Hinson Campus Center Conference Rooms A & B

Wednesday October 15th, 2014 -San Jose, CA
Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations and the FANHS Santa Clara Valley Chapter are among several groups screening the documentary.  Marissa Aroy, director, in attendance.
7:30 PM Issac Newton Auditorium, Santa Clara County Government Building, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95110

Thursday, October 16th, 2014-Cupertino, CA
Second screening by DeAnza College and talk with Johnny Itliong, son of Larry Itliong.
1:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Hinson Campus Center Conference Rooms A & B.

Thursday, October 16th, 2014-San Francisco, CA
Positively Filipino and The Philippine Consulate in San Francisco will screen the film.
A discussion with director Marissa Aroy will follow.
6:00 pm Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco
RSVP by emailing by October 13, 2014

1/2/14 Korean Railway Workers Strike + APEX’s Best of 2013

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Happy 2014! To bring in the new year, we have a great show lined up tonight:


Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and the striking Korail labor union members stage a demonstration march in central Seoul (photo credit: Korea Joongang Daily)

  • We start with an update from the Korean Railway Workers strike in Korea.  On Monday, the Korean Railway Workers Union ended the longest strike in the history of Korea Railroad, or KORAIL.  The 22-day strike is just the latest chapter in a decade-long fight between the South Korean government, which has been looking for ways to privatize the rail system, and the workers who keep the railway running. APEX Contributor Marie Choi brings us an interview with Wol-San Liem, Director of International Affairs for the Korean Federation of Public Services and Transportation Workers Union to hear what’s happening on the ground.
  • And for the second half of our show, we want to bring you the APEX Best of 2013!  Since it’s the beginning of the new year, we chose a few of our most exciting pieces from the past year to re-play tonight:  (1) Robynn Takayama’s conversation with Amita Swadhin and Preeti Mangala Shekar in response to the gang rape in Delhi and violence against women in India, (2) RJ Lozada’s interviews with API community members struggling with mental health issues, and (3) Robynn Takayama aka Nonogirl’s interview with members of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee about the dehumanizing conditions in California state prisons including the inhumane solitary confinement units.

Don’t miss it!


Saturday, January 11, 2014
Bela Alma Dance Collective Presents UniverSoul
8 PM – 11 PM
Doors open at 7:30 PM. Performances start at 8 PM.

UniverSoul is a cross-cultural benefit (intimate/informal) show for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Featuring a collective of San Francisco Bay Area performing artists. Hosted by the Bela Alma Dance Collective (Christine Joy Ferrer and Desiree Dela Pena), in collaboration with Sons of Cayuga, Audio Pharmacy and Taskforce Haiyan. Sponsored by Startistic Expressions.

Proceeds and donations from this event will be gifted to Operation Air Drop and NAFCON USA. An extra donation box will be at the door for those who’d like to give more.

Suggested donation $10-$30/person sliding scale.
Limited number of tickets available. 60 person capacity, standing room only.
Advanced tickets: $8 minimum/ticket on Brown Paper Tickets.
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