We visit Bindlestiff Studio to learn about Welga, their latest production that weaves labor rights, educational rights, and family into a coming of age story set in SOMA Pilipinas.
Welga playwright Conrad Panganiban and labor activst Daz Lamparas.
And we talk with artists participating in Kearny Street Workshop’s annual showcase of Asian Pacific American artists, APAture. Interviews include Focus Artist Award recipient, Kristina Wong; visual artist Selena Ching; featured literary artist Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities; and featured book artist Innosanto Nagara, author of the popular children’s book, A is for Activist.
Books illustrated by APAture featured artist Innosanto Nagara.
Welga continues through October 21 at Bindlestiff Studio.
Kearny Street Workshop is also participating in at Lit Crawl at Five and Diamond in San Francisco featuring alumni from their three month summer program for writers of color.
Also on Saturday, El Rio hosts a punk and hip hop benefit for Migrante SoMa/TL- San Francisco, a grassroots community organization that advocates and organizes Filipino migrants and workers in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Tonight, we talk about the significance and practice of direct action from Asian Americans who believe that this tactic is crucial to our movement. We look at the history of Asian Americans doing direct action, notable examples, and most importantly, how direct action is being used by Asian Americans today.
Tonight’s show will feature brilliance and wisdom from Sabiha Basrai from Alliance of South Asians Taking Action and Sarah Lee from Asians 4 Black Lives. We have special guest hosts from API Equality – Northern California, Spam and Spam and the Cynthisizer.
Guest hosts Sammie Ablaza Wills and Cynthia Fong. Photo by Brooke Anderson.
Our first guest is Sabiha Basrai from Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, also known as ASATA. ASTA is a San Francisco Bay Area all-volunteer group working to educate, organize, and empower the Bay Area South Asian communities to end violence, oppression, racism and exploitation within and against our diverse communities.
Our second guest is Sarah Lee from Asians 4 Black Lives, a diverse group of Asian voices based in the Bay Area that came together in response to a call from Black Lives Matter Bay Area and the larger Black Lives Matter movement. Asians 4 Black Lives is not an organization but they’re are organized; they believe in embracing frontline leadership, organizing our folks, and striving to use a diversity of tactics.
We’re very excited to have Sabiha from ASATA and Sarah from Asians 4 Black Lives here because today, we’re just going to have a conversation about direct action as Asian Americans in the movement.
Asians 4 Black Lives
APAture is happening throughout the month of October. Support Kearny Street Workshop, the Bay Area’s hub for Asian Pacific American arts, by a multi-day, multidisciplinary arts festival featuring a lineup of some of today’s most exciting emerging artists from the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ll hear more about the festival on APEX Express, next week.
Just a few weeks shy of the October 10 hearing, the Trump administration announced its third iteration of the Muslim Ban. Join the resistance on October 9th at Civic Center Plaza in SF, to band together against Trump’s Muslim Bans and their impact on our communities – no Muslim ban ever!
“I learned to use chopsticks when I was seven,” says our guest Dolores Huerta about growing up in diverse Stockton, California. Join us on Apex Express to hear Host Miko Lee and guest contributor Jalena Keane-Lee interview the legendary activist Dolores Huerta and filmmaker Peter Bratt all about the new documentary “Dolores“.
Dolores shares her experiences with intersectionality and community development. She talks about the Dolores Huerta Foundation which trains community activists and her struggle with making the film that features much of her personal life including interviews with many of her 11 children.
Peter Bratt talks about adding the human side to Dolores Huerta’s remarkable life. The film, produced by musician Carlos Santana, has been having sold out screenings throughout the Bay Area.
Voices from the Emergency DACA Rally in San Francisco, organized by Bay Resistance on the day Trump ended the program. You’ll hear from a young woman with ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education), the first Pan-Asian, undocumented immigrant led organization in the country. You’ll also hear from Sharif from AROC, the Arab Resource and Organizing Center.
ASPIRE activist speaking at the Emergency DACA Rally at the SF Federal Building
Tonight we will be talking about U.S. militarism and intervention in the Asia Pacific. Since Trump’s presidency, the U.S. has has escalated bombings, airstrikes and troop deployments abroad and intensified repression at home. Trump’s slogan of America First has been a battle cry to maintain U.S. global hegemony in a crisis-laden multipolar world.
The U.S. has had a long presence in the Asia Pacific with many of its 900 military bases abroad base in the region. Since the rise of China as a world power and an economic and military threat to the U.S., former President Obama declared the Asian Pivot strategy. Trump promises to fulfill the Asian Pivot with renewed threats against North Korea and the Philippines.
Our guests today are organizers from the Korean, Chomorro, and Filipino communities. will talk about the current threats, what people on the ground are doing to resist U.S. intervention, and what people here can do.
Die In Action at the Solidarity and Fightback Anti US-led War Conference
Joining us are:
Mari Choi with HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans) provides some perspective on North Korea; U.S. military interests in the Korean peninsula; and what peace, reunification, and self-determination can look like.
Kerri Ann Borja is with Independent Guåhan.and will share with us the current threats to Guam and what people there are doing to resist.
Guest host is Raquel Redondiez, who has been an anti-war and international human rights advocate for the last 20 years.
We also hear from speakers at the Emergency DACA Rally on Tuesday.
ASPIRE activist speaking at the Emergency DACA Rally at the SF Federal Building
On Friday, Alameda County will host the controversial SWAT training, war games and weapons expo, Urban Shield. At the same time, communities around the world are gathering to resist police militarization! In Oakland, starting at 4 p.m., Stop Urban Shield Coalition offers trainings and resources on People’s Fire Safety, Earthquake Kits, and How to Be Cop-Free. The rally is at the Alameda County Board of Supervisor’s Office, 1221 Oak St.
In DACA news, on Saturday, September 9th at 2 p.m. in Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland, unDACAmented folks, families and allies are invited to participate in a rally and march to show love and support for #DACA. This peaceful demonstration will be centered around showing endless support and love for our community members who are under attack by this administration.
Tonight, we head back to school and look at some amazing programs preparing young people to engage in the fight for justice.
WALC hiking up Yosemite’s Mist Trail towards Nevada Falls
APIENC’s POP Camp, a training camp for LGBT, API high school youth
ACT4CUSD speaking at the Cupertino Union School Board
First we hear from high school teachers Rachelle Urzua and Jody DeAraujo. They work with the Wilderness Arts and Literacy Collaborative, a small learning community that teaches high school curriculum through a lens of environmental stewardship.
Then we speak with Sammie Ablaza Wills from API Equality- Northern California, an API LGBTQ organization in San Francisco training and building a youth-led movement.
And we’ll hear from Medha Asthana with ACT4CUSD who is working to make sure public schools in the South Bay have comprehensive sex education that covers important things like consent and uses inclusive language around gender expression and sexual orientations.
On Labor Day, there’s a strike and march in Oakland in support of organized labor. Fast food workers in 300 cities and in the UK will be on strike to demand a liveable wage. Meet at 1330 Jackson St, Oakland Monday morning.
On Tuesday, the Parkway Theater screens “And Then They Came for Us.” The documentary features actor and activist, George Takei and many other Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War 2. This screening includes a post-show discussion.
Tonight DJ Baagi returns to host a show on Beats of Resistance and Solidarity from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities worldwide.
This episode features Omar Offendum, Shadia Mansour and more artists from Syria, Palestine and Afghanistan rapping about the political impact of war on their communities, and of gender oppression within their communities. And for the new fascist time we are living in, she’ll be going back for more DrumNbass and Jungle beats from the UK-Based South Asian, anti-racist group Asian Dub Foundation. And special guest Sharif Zakout from the Arab Resource and Organizing Center joins us!
The Kominas, SETI X, Commissure, Faluda Islam
Brick and Mortar Friday at 9pm
Several Events Marching against white supremacy. Check Bayresistance.org to see upcoming events. 2 events in san francisco and 2 events in berkeley
Sa Timyas ng Paglaya: Closing Party — Art by Filipino Political Prisoners
August 25th Friday at 6 PM – 9 PM
E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore
410 13th St, Oakland, California 94612
Several SF Chinatown community organizations and activists are sponsoring “Light Up the Night From Charlottesville to Chinatown: No Hate,” a candlelight vigil and program in the memory of slain activist Heather Heyer. The event will be held on Friday, Aug. 25 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., San Francisco.