Category Archives: Politics

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.

6/25/15: Spotlight on Burma and Allied Media Conference Report Back

Rohingya refugees in the Nayapara camp. Photo by Ruben Flamarique/Austcare

Rohingya refugees in the Nayapara camp. Photo by Ruben Flamarique/Austcare.


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Tune in tonight to learn about the terrifying plight of Rohingya Muslims in the Buddhist state of Burma or Myanmar. Preeti Shekar talks to journalist and Burma expert, Sufyan bin Uzayr, and Bay-Area-based Burmese immigrant activist and feminist, Nwe Oo, about how this state-sanctioned massacre is unfolding even as Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyii has been widely criticized for her shocking apathy on the issue.

mmmWe also feature a quick update on the Allied Media Conference that took place last weekend in Detroit, Michigan, including highlights from a powerful network gathering of Asian American activists called Igniting a Model Minority Mutiny which had a goal to collectively reflect and work on dismantling the model minority myth and internalized anti-Black racism in our communities, and be better allies for #BlackLivesMatter.

The Battle Over Twelfth Street

 

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We’re giving you an overview of the City of Oakland sale of public land to a private developer and why residents and organizers are fighting it because the parcel is still being contested. Which means YOU can get involved.

Interviews with:

Christine Cherdboonmuang – East Lake Communities for Justice

Monica Garcia – East Lake Communities for Justice

Sydney Fang – East Lake Communities for Justice, APEN, and Asians for Black Lives

Xan West – Black Seed

Lucy Saephan – Long time East Oakland resident.

And sound taken from the public video of the City of Oakland Planning Commission Hearing.

5/14/2015 – Fund Drive and Yuri Kochiyama’s Birthday


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We have a fund drive show tonight and we’re going to be paying tribute to Yuri Kochiyama who passed away last year. May 19th would have been her 94th birthday and we wanted to celebrate her life with some of our favorite Yuri pieces. Donations to KPFA get you Yuri’s memoir: Passing it On.

Join us at 7pm on KPFA 94.1 FM.

Yuri Kochiyama print by Melanie Cervantes with Dignidad Rebelde

Yuri Kochiyama print by Melanie Cervantes with Dignidad Rebelde



Until May 23rd is RECLAIMING OUR ROOTS: APA arts activism  from the 1960s on. at the Kearny Street Workshop. This event brings KSW to the very street from which it takes its name, bringing the past and the present together through a multidisciplinary presentation of literature, music, and visual art. 

On March 16th and 17th, Live Oak Park in Berkeley hosts the Himalayan Fair. Both days start at 10 am and run until the early evening. All donations and raffle proceeds received this year will support efforts to send aid to Nepal after now, two devastating back to back earthquakes. They will also host a prayer each day of the Fair to remember the people of Nepal. 

Next Wednesday, join the Teach in to Free West Papau in Oakland or in SF on Thursday, May 21 at 518 Valencia Street at 6 pm for Free West Papau as we think about the questions “What does self-determination look like for West Papua and other indigenous peoples? How does the struggle for West Papua’s independence connect with other third world liberation movements?” we learn about its history and its struggle.

Also next Thursday May 21st from 7 to 8:30 pm join us for the opening of The State of the State: Contemporary Filipino/American art in the Bay Area at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

4/16/15 E. 12th Street Parcel, Suite J-Town, and Working Intersectionally

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Tonight we learn about the East 12th Street parcel sale in Oakland and why its creating such a stir. We also talk with Brenda Wong Aoki, Mark Izu, and their son KK about Suite J-Town, the Art of Resilience. And we hear from three Asian American organizers (Harrison Seuga with Asian Prisoner Support Committee; Sabiha Basrai with ASATA and Design Action Collective; and Ellen Choy with Movement Generation, Asians 4 Black Lives, and APEX) about how they work across multi-racial lines in their organizing. This panel was part of a retreat for Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality.

Sabiha, Ellen, and Harrison sharing the work they do at AACRE retreat. Photo by Mioi Hanaoka.

Sabiha, Ellen, and Harrison sharing the work they do at AACRE retreat. Photo by Mioi Hanaoka.

Shout out to Christine Cherdboonmuang, East Lake Communities for Justice; Monica Garcia, East Lake Communities for Justice; Sydney Fang, East Lake Communities for Justice, APEN, and Asians for Black Lives; Xan West, Black Seed; and Lucy Saephan, Long time East Oakland resident. Sound for the E. 12 Street Parcel story was taken from the public video of the City of Oakland Planning Commission Hearing. Also thanks to Michelle Lin for editing the AACRE panel.

3/26/15 Human Rights Work Under Attack, Avijit Roy Vigil, and Sandip Roy

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Tonight’s edition we revisit the R.J. Lozada’s trip to the Philippines and bring you an interview with Brandon Lee, a human rights worker who moved from the United States to the Philippines to be with his family and serve the people. Lee is currently being threatened by authorities in the Philippines, and we’ll talk to some of his friends and fellow organizers about how people can help protect Brandon and other activists.

We bring you thoughts from the vigil for slain Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy.

To conclude, we’ll bring you a lively discussion by Preeti Shekar Mangala with noted journalist and author Sandip Roy on his debut novel that has already been making waves, Don’t Let Him Know.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Krisantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta
Reading and Reception

Visiting Sri Lankan Canadian poet from Toronto makes a rare U.S. West Coast appearance

Thursday April 2, 6:30-8:30PM at Kearney Street Workshop (ARC Studios and Gallery – 1246 Folsom St., San Francisco)

Free & open to the public
Suggested $5 donation (all proceeds go to the artist)
Light snacks provided
Co-sponsored by Kearny Street Workshop

KRISANTHA SRI BHAGGIYADATTA plays on the links between history, Sri Lanka and the Americas, Africa and Asia. He was a broadcaster of the radio show Bourgeois Blues, Bourgeois News on Toronto’s CKLN (now banned). He is presently compiling: A Very Personal English History of the World. His books of poetry include: Transfixed in Twilight (2015), Cheqpoint in Heaven (2005), Aay Wha’ Kinda Indian Arr U? (1997, 2015), The 52nd State of Amnesia (1992), The Only Minority is the Bourgeoisie (1985), and Domestic Bliss (1981). He has read poetry in Colombo, Kandy, Beijing, Port of Spain, New York, San Francisco, London, and Toronto.

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On Memory and Place: Writing Workshop with Manilatown’s Tony Robles

April 4, 11, 17 & May 2, 1-3 PM at I-Hotel Manilatown Center (868 Kearny St., San Francisco)

Join Kearny Street Workshop for a 4-part writing workshop exploring the sacred places where our poetical sense of community blossoms and grows. Guided by Tony Robles, participants will write about their sense of home, sense of self, and sense of place. We will draw inspiration from the works of Asian Pacific American literary elders such as Jeff Tagami, Shirley Ancheta, Al Robles, and others who explore the heart of Manilatown, the heart in exile, and what it means to come home.

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3/5/2015 Jo Nan Hui and Avijit Roy

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This week on Apex Express we feature interviews and analysis of two cases you probably have not heard much about.

First we bring you in-depth coverage of Jo Nan Hui – woman fighting deportation, and the right to keep her child, after fleeing her abusive partner. We examine how her particular case sheds light on  a broken immigration system, which often makes it difficult for victims of domestic abuse to seek help, and we look at how  Korean and Women’s Rights advocates are fighting her case.

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And, we talk to Raj Hameed and Anirvan Chatterjee, from the local South Asian Community  about their response and organizing, in the aftermath of Avijit Roy’s murder in Bangladesh. Avijit Roy was an outspoken secularist blogger who was killed this week by a fundamentalist group. His murder sparked protests across Bangladesh, and has galvanized Bangladeshi-Americans to look to Congress, in the US, to help hold the government, and his killers, accountable.

That tonight at 7 pm, on 94.1, KPFA .

 

Hosted by Marie Choi and Salima Hamirani



 

Community Calendar

March 5, join us at Oakland Through Our Lens Featuring photographs of life in Oakland taken by women, the show will focus on women of color, queer women, and first time photographers. The exhibit will be at both Betti Ono Gallery and Show and Tell Concept Shop.

  March 5th, at the International Hotel in San Francisco. There is a hip hop benefit for BlackOUT Collective & TGIJP (Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project). All ages, 6:30 to 11pm. 

Saturday March 7th, from 9 am to 7 pm, is the Empowering Women of Color Conference. No better time than now: Transnational resistance, solidarity and love. in Wheeler Hall, at UC Berkeley.

 Also Saturday March 7th from 3 to 5 pm, at the Asian Resource gallery, is your last time to see Rebel Legacy, which connects the century-long history of South Asian American activism with contemporary social movements, linking local and global struggles for equity and social justice.