Tonight on APEX Express, join hosts Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee as we talk with lawyers and activists in Trump’s America. First we talk to Kevin Lo from Asian Americans Advancing Justice about the ICE round up of Cambodian Americans. Then we hear from activists Sonya Shah, Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies and founder of the Ahimsa Collective and Ke Lam from the Asian Prisoner Support Committee about the prison industrial complex in the Trump Era.We also hear from Nonogirl reporting from the Ban Trump Rally from the Bay all the way to the Philippines.
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.
Anirvan Chatterjee with the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour.
Ellen Choy with Asians 4 Black Lives. Photo by Brooke Anderson
Malkia Cyril with Black Lives Matter. Photo by MAGnet43.
Tonight APEX Express has a very special presentation of next installment of Crossing East, the Peabody-awarded radio documentary series about Asian immigration to the United States. In this 10th anniversary since the original air date, Executive Producer Dmae Roberts, with the support of APEXer Robynn Takayama and Alan Monticello, created Crossing East: Relations.
Together, they unpack systemic racism and describe a rich history of solidarity between Asian and Asian Americans and African Americans, including the Indian Independence Movement, Civil Rights Movement, and Black Lives Matter.
This week we talk with Needa Bee, founder of Feed the People and member of Asians for Black Lives. She is part of housed Oakland residents who supported The Village. She provides an update for this powerful form of reclaiming public land and build dignified housing and services for our houseless community members living in the streets
We talk with artist Christine Wong Yap. She’s one of eight Chinese American artists in the Social Energiesexhibition that opens tomorrow in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Folks in the ROOTS program put on by Asian Prisoner Support Committee talk about the School-to-Prison Pipeline thanks to the. And we play music to lift your spirits selected by new APEXer Anica Wu.
Social Energies features works on paper and editions by Kayan Cheung-Miaw, Andrew Chuani Ho, Louise Leong, Cathy Lu, Leon Sun, Chelsea Wong, Leland Wong, and Christine Wong Yap. The artists are involved in community organizing, gardening, meditating, shopping, cooking for others and for strangers, and juggling day jobs, navigating their creative communities and the current political climate, all the while balancing the determination and focus needed to sustain creative output.
Asian Prisoner Support Committee is an Oakland-based organization providing support to Asian Pacific Islander prisoners. They also educate the community about the growing number of API’s in the United States being imprisoned, detained, and deported. APSC’s Restoring Our Original True Selves, or ROOTS program, seeks to increase knowledge about API culture, history, community issues, and healing practices among San Quentin inmates. Their program provides weekly classes involving guest speakers, group discussions, and leadership/empowerment activities. They serve over 30 AAPI prisoners by building support networks and opportunities for transformation and reentry.
In this segment, we’ll share voices from three prisoners. They talk about the vulnerabilities they faced as targets of racism and bullying through the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The “School-to-Prison Pipeline” refers to the trend where minorities with histories of poverty, abuse, or neglect are disciplined more harshly for minor offenses. They’re often forced out of schools and into prisons.
This podcast was recorded, edited, and produced entirely by a team of currently incarcerated people in the San Quentin Prison Report and the San Quentin ROOTS program.
This Saturday in Watsonville, there’s an action supporting the boycott of Driscoll Berries. Farm workers in San Quintin, Mexico demand that they be treated with dignity and respect. They demand that Driscoll sit down to negotiate union contracts with the field workers. This event is on Saturday from 1-3 in Watsonville Plaza.https://www.facebook.com/events/1338481426182606/
On Monday at 7 p.m., Kearny Street Workshop starts a four-session workshop on writing narrative prose. This is a FREE, all-levels course that will help strengthen your understanding of narrative writing and help you put those stories that you’ve been wanting to tell onto the page. https://www.facebook.com/events/812772052193812/
And on Wednesday, Migrante SoMa/Tenderloin holds an immigration clinic at Bayanihan from 6 to 8 p.m. Whether you’re a permanent resident looking to file for citizenship, petitioning a family member, or looking for a path towards legalization, it’s important to get informed and take action to defend our community. https://www.facebook.com/events/343882162677691/
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.
Also 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!
Tonight on APEX Express, we have two guests hosts: Melissa Hung and Vida Huang. We’ll learn about Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus’s new Yuri Kochiyama Fellowship for formerly incarcerated Asian Pacific Islanders. We talk with young, radical, community members who have spoken about anti-black racism with their families and tried to move them towards solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives. And we hear from Justin Lin, director of Star Trek Beyond, from back when he was just starting out and taking his film Better Luck Tomorrow on the festival circuit.
On Saturday in San Bruno, Halau o Keikiali’i perform their Songs of Hilo and Tribute to Hawaii’s songbird, Lena Machado. This takes place at Capuchino High School. Doors open at 4 p.m. with Hawaiian arts, crafts, and food for sale. Performance is at 6 p.m.
Next week on August 16, you can hear a conversation with movement leader Pam Tau Lee and Steven Bingham, moderated by Steve Williams. Pam founded the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Chinese Progressive Association, and is a member of Asians 4 Black Lives, so she’ll have lots of knowledge to drop. This celebration of Movement Warriors organized by Hospitality House takes place at the Kelly Cullen Community in San Francisco.
And the Anti Police-Terror Project General Meeting is next Wednesday, August 17 atEastside Arts Alliance. The Anti Police-Terror Project is a project of theONYX ORGANIZING COMMITTEE that in coalition with other organizations working to develop a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country