Tag Archives: Fred Ho

3/18/15 Celebrating Fred Ho

Saxophonist/Cultural Worker Fred Ho from Fred Ho's Last Year

Saxophonist/Cultural Worker Fred Ho from Fred Ho’s Last Year

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This week, we feature the life and impact of Fred Ho. Fred Ho was a composer, an activist, and a radical cancer survivor. The documentary, Fred Ho’s Last Year by Steven De Castro screens at CAAMfest on Saturday, March 21 at the New Parkway Theater at 2:45 p.m.. We bring you a short interview with Jason Bayani from Kearny Street Workshop, a co-presenter of the film, as well as words and music from the Fred Ho Memorial Tribute held in Oakland last year and recorded by producers Freedom Archives.

Community Calendar
Tonight, get your boogie on at the Left Bass Dance Party, a fundraiser for the BlackOut Collective. These are the folks responsible for the West Oakland BART Shutdown and Black Brunch which brings conversation about race into spaces where they need to be had. Hear APEX’s DJLN along with DJ Baagi, T. Rockwell, and Nurelix and local MC Rashidi Omari while raising funds for ongoing #BlackLivesMatter work. The action starts at 9 at Oakland’s Legionnaire Saloon.

A couple weeks ago, APEX featured the struggle of Jo Nan Hui, mother, survivor of domestic violence, and undocumented immigrant. For the past 7 months, she has been held without bail on “child abduction” charges and was recently convicted. On Friday at 6:30, folks will gather at the Korean Community Center of the East Bay for a letter writing campaign so that this brave woman knows there are supporters who stand with her. Build community and solidarity at this potluck letter writing event.

Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. Some of our friends who went through the KPFA Apprenticeship Program wanted to create a public way to address the state of violence, specifically in Oakland. So on Saturday from 11 to 3 p.m., head to the Park Community Garden at the corner of Park and Cleveland for  Her Resilience: A Mural Unveiling and Ceremony for Women Affected by Violence in Oakland.

There are also actions on Saturday in Bernal Park and the Mission to commemorate the anniversary of Alex Nieto’s murder by SFPD.

And on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco, local poet Genny Lim and scholar Judy Yung talk about their book Island, which features the poetry and history of Chinese immigrants on Angel Island.

1/1/15: 2014 on APEX Express

A Year of Covering Movement Building #Peoplepower

As we kick-start the new year, we bring you the best of 2014 that the APEX Express crew covered in 2014. From the fierce movements challenging autocratic state and police power in Ferguson and across the U. S. through #Asians4BlackLives and other phenomenal grassroots groups; to demanding real democracies in Hong Kong and India; to celebrating the lives of revolutionaries like Fred Ho and Yuri Kochiyama, it’s been a year of celebrating and covering the power of movement building. South Asian American activist Nadia Khastagir joins us to highlight the context and importance of South Asian solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

Tribute to Fred Ho

On Saturday, April 12, we lost a true revolutionary warrior–Fred Ho. After fighting cancer for eight years, Fred Ho passed away in his Brooklyn home at the age of 56. This radical activist infused politics into his music making and art into his politics. Although Fred had an intellectual background (his father was a scholar and Fred graduated from Harvard) he was committed to the proletariat. He said in a speech at Kearny Street Workshop in 1985, “Revolutionary art must energize and humanize; not pacify, confuse, and desensitize. This is the liberating function of art, freeing the imagination and spirit, yet focusing us to our revolutionary potential.”

Robynn Takayama brings us this tribute.

To learn more about Fred Ho and to hear the voice of a dear friend and brother in the movement, the documentary Fred Ho’s Last Year screens at the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 6. Let’s hope it makes it up to the Bay Area soon.

Sounding Off!: Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution
Legacy to Liberation: Politics and Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America