Category Archives: Prison Industrial Complex

9/20/12 Reclaiming the Legacy of Richard Aoki, a Radical South Asian Walking Tour, and Paying Respect to John Vietnam

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Tonight on APEX Express, we honor our past and present stories of radical history including the Black Panther Party and Richard Aoki; a walking tour on 100 years of radical South Asian history in Berkeley; and John Vietnam, a 19-year-old poet, emcee, b-boy and dedicated community member who recently passed away.

Community Calendar

Tomorrow night at 8pm – the San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SF CHRP) is raising money for people whose homes have been destroyed by the recent typhoon in the Philippines.  Join them at The Buck bar, 1655 Market Street in San Francisco.   They’re asking a $5 donation.

Friday and Saturday September 21 and 22 from 6 – 8:30pm, Kularts is presenting Make Your Own Revolution, two evenings of performance inspired by the resistance to martial law in the Philippines.  It’s at the Bayanihan Community Center – 1010 Mission Street in San Francisco.  For more information, visit

On Saturday, September 22, the group that formed around protecting the sacred site at Glen Cove, is asking supporters to attend the East Bay Regional Parks District meeting and encourage the Parks District to respect local Native American communities in restoring and protecting cultural and sacred sites that are now part of the East Bay Regional Parks District.  The next meeting about the Parks District’s Master Plan is at the Big Break Visitor Center — 69 Big Break Road in Oakley, CA.

This Saturday at the Women’s Building in San Francisco the Asian Culinary Forum is hosting two events — the first is at 2pm, a Scholar Panel on Asian and Latin American Cross-Cultural Foodways.  Then at 5pm a Literary Reading on the Geography of Eating.  Tickets range from $10-15 for each event.  Visit for more information.

Also on Saturday at 6pm at the Arc Studios and Gallery, an exhibition reception for Obake Yashiki, an installation that incorporates artwork and sound about a dwelling place of spirits that continue to haunt us. That’s at 1246 Folsom Street in San Francisco. Seating is limited.  Call or email (510) 420-0920 or to reserve your spot.

Today through Sunday — catch the Santa Rosa International Film Fest featuring “Waking the Green Tiger,” a film by Gary Marcuse about grassroots environmental movements in China.  You can hear excerpts from the film from last week’s APEX show on our  For a schedule, information, and tickets, check out

On Wednesday, Sept 26 from 6:30-9pm, the Chinese Progressive Association presents an evening of conversation with five Asian artists and cultural workers about the role of art in movement building.  Artists include Lina Hoshino, Jon Jang, Lenora Lee, Genny Lim, and Leon Sun.  The event features an excerpt of Lina Hoshino’s documentary Living Along the Fenceline and will be held at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, 750 Kearny Street, Floor 3M inside the Hilton Hotel.  Seating is limited — RSVP to emily@cpasf.orgor call 415-391-6986 x303.

Also on Wednesday, Sept 26 at 7:30pm, the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects and the California College of Arts present a look at the invisible history of Asian American architects.  Admission is $10 and the event is at CCA, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco.  For more information email

KPFA is looking for phone room volunteers for the next fund drive beginning this Monday, September 24.  Stop by 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley anytime between 6:30am and 10pm Monday through Friday and help keep this radio station on the air.

6/28/12 Vincent Chin, A Conversation 30 Years Later


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This week we broadcast a local discussion on Vincent Chin, a victim of a hate crime in Detroit 30 years ago, and its legacy. APEX Express contributor R.J. Lozada moderated a panel with Angela Chan, staff attorney of the Asian Law Caucus, Vincent Pan, executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, Ling Woo Liu, director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, and Zahra Billoo, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. The panel delves into hate crimes, the short comings of recent legislation, and how each group is working together to change the culture of law and order.


On Friday, June 29, the Sweater Funk Dance Party kicks off at Elbo Room in San Francisco for $10, $5 pre-sale.
On Saturday, June 30 at 3 p.m. catch the opening of I-Hotel: We Won’t Move. This is a tribute exhibit for the 35th anniversary of the I-Hotel eviction. Features photographs viewable for the first time from Ira Nowinski’s I-Hotel collection. Curated by Nancy Hom. June 30 through September 15, 2012.
And then at 7 p.m. at SOMArts celebrate Hyphen Magazine’s milestone 10 years of publishing and 25 fabulous issues with music, food, and drink.

4/5/12 Oikos Tragedy, Kosal, La Femme Deadly Venoms

On this show:


(Photo from Karl Mondon, Oakland Tribune)

The recent events surrounding One Goh, and the Oikos Tragedy still leave many questions unanswered. Contributors Marie Choi and R.J. Lozada attend a vigil at the Allen Temple Baptist Church on April 3.  The two report back on what happened at the vigil, and what’s been happening.


(Photo by Cuong Pham)

Contributor Marie Choi interviews Kosal Khiev, Poet, Tattoo Artist, and Survivor of the U.S. Prison System. Kosal is an artist with Studio Revolt and is currently living in exile in Cambodia.


(Photo by La Femme Deadly Venoms)

La Femme Deadly Venoms sit with contributor Ellen Choy for another installment of the Womyn in Hip Hop Series. La Femme Deadly Venoms are Kat O1O, DJ Deeandroid, DJ Celskiii, and DJ Lady Fingaz. The four make up an amazing and truly groundbreaking set of skratch artists, and mind blowing musicians, continuing to make an impact in the Hip Hop community.


San Jose Stage presents
by Jeannie Barroga’s epic play “Buffalo’ed”

When: April 4 – April 29 (Wed – Sun) at 7:30pm
Location: The Stage -490 South First St.  San Jose, CA
Tickets: $14 – $45

Buffalo’ed retells the story of the Buffalo Soldiers, descendants of American slaves, who were stationed in the Philippines at the turn of the 20th Century, during both the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. The military presence of the United States Army’s Buffalo Soldiers’ during the Philippine occupation is a little-known thread in the fabric of American history. It is an American story told through dialogue and movement.   Click here for more details…

2012 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle

Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 4:00 PM (PT)
San Francisco, CA

330 Ritch San Francisco, CA

Hosted By Fran Boogie

Featuring Showcase sets from

Mista B (2008 DMC West Coast Champ)

La Femme Deadly Venoms (Cellskiii x Deeandroid x Lady Fingaz)

iNBiTuiN (Spintronix / Thud Rumble)

Snayk Eyez (2000/2001 DMC US Supremacy Champ)

This is the DMC’s classic solo showcase style DJ battle:

DJs must perform a 2 minute routine for the elimination round. Judges will select the top 6 who advance to the Finals. The top 6 finalists will perform a 6 minute routine. The champion of the 2012 DMC Bay Area Regional will advance to the 2012 DMC US Finals in New York City (in early August tba).

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6/9/11 Toxic Nail Salons, Deportations, and Healing

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Thanks to Making Contact, Guest Producer Pauline Bartolone and Correspondent Momo Chang take us into the toxic truth about nail salons, they talk to nail salon workers, medical experts, and policymakers on the move to safeguard workers’ health, and help salons go green.

APEX Producer Robynn Takayama explores the details and issues regarding the unique, yet universal, deportation case of Cambodian American Andrew Thi.

APEX host, R.J. Lozada brings in Hip-Hop artist, RJ Sin (pictured above), who’ll be sharing his music and information about the benefit party for Cambodian Community Development, Inc.

Community Calendar:

Youth Music Benefit for the Japan Multicultural Relief Fund
Sunday at the Starry Plough Pub in Berkeley.The Japan Multicultural Relief Fund assists underrepresented groups effected by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. The project was conceived and organized by the Bay Area youth music duo, Bayonettes and other youth musicians! From the ages of 13-25, these young musicians are a diverse lot. Indie Rock, Jazz/Psychedelic Rock, and Folk, their cover tunes and originals will inspire you. Come support the efforts of these giving young, budding musicians while helping those in need! For more information visit their facebook event page

Laced with Tradition with Tattoo Artist Melissa Manuel
Opening Reception: Friday, June 17, 2011
(Exhibit runs June 17-August 20)
Join Manliatown for an evening of music, food, and body art! San Jose/Bay Area native Melissa Manuel will be present to dialogue about and share the body art which she has masterfully created. This event features live music from Dj Krucial.
Show up and show off your tattoo(s)! Find out more about Melissa Manuel at, and

Rizal150: Bay Area Artists and Institutions Commemorate
150th Birthday of Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal

The American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) and a collective of Bay Area Filipino American artists today announced a collaboration and exhibit to celebrate the life and legacy of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal who was born 150 years ago this June 19, 2011. The exhibit will be held at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center from June 20 to August 31 kicking off with a dinner celebration and fundraiser for the ACPA and the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES) on Saturday, June 18. For more information to buy tickets to the dinner or to make a contribution, please go to or

The “spirit of Wisconsin” – working people standing up for their unions, their rights and their fair share of society’s benefits – is coming to the Bay Area on Saturday, June 18th at the 3rd Bay Area Troublemakers School at Laney College in Oakland. This School, sponsored by Labor Notes, brings together a collection of vibrant, engaged, curious and activist members of unions, worker centers, and community-based pro-labor organizations to share struggles, learn together about economic forces shaping our world, and kindle inspiration and solidarity. Workers from the Chinese Progressive Association and Filipino Community Center will be presenting workshops on the Campaign to End Wage Theft. Don’t miss it! For more information on workshops, schedules, and registration for the Troublemakers School, please go to, call (510) 542-9436  or email

12/23/10 Meet Eddy Zheng and Solstice Stories from Eth-Noh-Tec

After serving over 20 years behind bars for a robbery he committed at age 16, Chinese American community leader Eddy Zheng now faces deportation to China, a huge loss to the Bay Area community. Released from prison in 2007, Eddy has dedicated his life to preventing youth violence and delinquency through his work at the Community Youth Center, Community Response Network, and many SF Bay Area programs and organizations. Flawed immigration laws make Eddy deportable to China, although Eddy has already served his sentence and was found suitable to re-enter society by Governor Schwarzenegger himself.

Also, Winter Solstice stories with Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang of Eth-Noh-Tec.

7/8/10 Apex takes it to the streets

Rally in Downtown Oakland. Photo by Miss Renee


On July 8, 2010, former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed BART passenger Oscar Grant. The charge carries a possible sentence of two to four years in prison. Sentencing will take place on August 6th. It’s possible that Mehserle could get probation. We take you live to the streets at 14th and Broadway in Downtown Oakland with Apex reporters Miss Renee and Kiwi.

And we cover the elections in the Philippines, with Professor Bobby Tuazon, director for policy studies of the Center for People Empowerment in Governance, and Rhonda Ramiro, with Bayan USA.

4/1/10: Day of Remembrance and Resistance Behind Bars

Resistance Behind Bars

Khurshid Khoja speaks on the injustice of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the continued struggle against racist scapegoating. Assemblymember Warren Furutani shares his personal story about the first pilgrimage to Manzanar and talks about the bill he introduced, which passed last year, to award college degrees to Japanese Americans denied diplomas because of their removal to U.S. concentration camps.

Victoria Law, author of Resistance Behind Bars: the Struggles of Incarcerated Women, spent nine years researching this book on the often ignored injustice of women’s incarceration and provides us with examples of their organizing.

Peter Swing will remind us about the upcoming Asian Law Caucus fundraising dinner and Yuri Kochiyama talks about the call of support for political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal.