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Freedom Inc ~ Kabzuag Vaj

NGEC just wrapped up our final 2009 peer learning call with the  OFP cohort and our  special guest speaker, Kabzuag Vaj of Freedom Incorporated.  The OFP participants asked great questions and heard engaging examples of Freedom Inc’s work around what cultural change means  for them and what kinds of decisions and strategies have shaped who they are as a social justice organization.


About Freedom Inc
:  Freedom, Inc.’s mission is to inspire and educate individuals through leadership development and community organizing that will bring about social, political, cultural, and economic change to low-income communities.  Their projects include advocacy & services for victims of domestic violence, as well as weekly youth groups where girls and boys learn about & discuss leadership, healthy relationships, academic & community issues, and anti-oppression principles & tactics.

Freedom Inc was founded in 2000 by a group of young Southeast Asian girls in Wisconsin who came together to talk about community issues. As stories were shared, they realized that many forms of oppression were taking place within and amongst their community, which consists of low-income Hmong and other Southeast Asians.  They reflected on the violence within many of their own families, & realized that those incidences related to larger systemic issues of poverty, racial profiling, immigration, & other forms of violence that continually impact their community.

Freedom Inc: http://www.myspace.com/freedomincorporated

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Kabzuag Vaj is a long-time advocate for Hmong women, girls, and families.  She is a co-founder and current Executive Director of Freedom Inc. As part of her position, she also works on program development and advocacy for families experiencing domestic violence. Formerly, she worked at the Hmong American Women Association. More recently, she has been part of a team of Hmong women activist/advocates working to address root causes of abusive international marriages. Kabzuag has participated in several groups including INCITE! Radical Women of Color Working to End Violence, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Advisory Board of Creative Intervention-San Francisco and the Madison Equal Opportunity Commission. She earned a B.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kabzuag has studied and lived in Thailand. A Hmong refugee, she and her family have been active community members in Madison for more than 25 years.


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December 2009 ~ new AAPIP Job Announcements!

AAPIP is hiring!  Follow the links for more detailed information.

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Founded in 1990, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national membership and advocacy organization dedicated to improving Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities through philanthropy. AAPIP also seeks to advance traditional philanthropy by making it more inclusive, just, equitable, and accountable. AAPIP members include foundations, staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations, and nonprofit organizations in eight regional chapters in the United States. AAPIP engages AAPI communities and philanthropy to address unmet needs; serves as a resource for and about AAPI communities; supports and facilitates giving by and to AAPI communities; and incubates new ideas and approaches for social justice philanthropy.

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Membership Services Manager, AAPIP, San Francisco

Summary:
Located in the San Francisco national office, the Membership Services Manager is responsible for establishing, implementing, maintaining and evaluating the organizations membership programs to contribute to the organizations mission and goals in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. AAPIP is expanding its membership strategy to encompass a network of members, giving circle volunteers/donors, and nonprofits/grantees; refining program strategies and activities accordingly.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develop, implement and maintain an effective strategic membership retention and recruitment plan for each membership level to meet membership goals.
  • Analyze and prepare accurate and complete membership data for reporting and strategic implications.
  • Organize effective membership programs including annual membership; meeting/programs and leadership retreat within established timeframes and budget.
  • Effectively develop and support existing chapters and grow new regional chapters in accordance with organization strategy.
  • Effectively develop and implement national and regional programs and projects to meet organization mission and goals.
  • Effectively develop and implement fundraising plan for institutional members to meet established goals.
  • Develop clear, complete and concise recruitment and retention materials.
  • Maintain complete and accurate databases and records including but not limited to integrated donor and membership database, current membership data and records, and current national and chapter email list servers and website pages related to membership.
  • Promptly responds to requests for information about membership and follows up as appropriate including processing membership forms.
  • Effectively coordinates program activities, such as annual membership meetings and events for the national office, chapters, and other funds during all phases of the event from planning to implementation.
  • Provides chapter co-chair support.
  • Write clear, complete and effective grant proposals and reports.
  • Supports the Director, Strategic Communications in planning and implementation of Council on Foundations and AAPIP annual meeting and leadership retreat activities as well as activities for other philanthropic conferences and other affinity groups. With Research Director, develops and submits program proposals for these events.
  • Prepare thorough and well-supported annual budget for assigned area of responsibility and monitor allocation of resources according to budgetary limitations.
  • Identify, develop and implement opportunities for additional or improved services and procedures to ensure program services are delivered in accordance with policy and organization mission and goals and to meet membership and communication needs.
  • Actively participate in the development of organizational goals. Develop, recommend, and administer organization policy and procedures.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

May select and direct the work of consultants and volunteers.

Essential Skills & Qualifications:

  • Thorough knowledge of activities related to membership, development, preferably in a philanthropy or community service organization as evidenced by a minimum of 3 years related experience..
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen effectively, to select and use appropriate communication methods, and to present ideas and information effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to routine and non-routine inquiries or issues from members, the media and the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and priorities to conclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively resolve problems that balance multiple needs and interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to changing and sometimes ambiguous situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to use sound and accurate judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a work pace appropriate to workload.
  • Demonstrated ability for accuracy and thoroughness in completing work.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to view every action and decision in terms of organization impact and to understand and anticipate organization needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain desired work results without direct authority in working with consultants, volunteers, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete objectives and projects with periodic review by manager at key milestones.
  • Intermediate proficiency with MS Office applications.

Education/Experience:

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from an accredited four-year college or university, preferably in Marketing or related field.
Minimum three years of experience in membership or marketing is required, preferably in a philanthropy or community service organization.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: None

Work Environment:
Work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee works primarily in an office environment. Position requires travel up to 20% of time on the job.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The position requires extended periods of sitting and working at a computer. Position requires clear vision at 20 inches or less and ability to adjust focus. Position also requires occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds.
To apply & more info, go to > Membership Services Manager, AAPIP, San Francisco

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2010 Meeting and Events Coordinator, AAPIP, San Francisco

Summary:
Located in the San Francisco national office, the 2010 Meeting and Events Coordinator directly reports to the Director, Philanthropic Advocacy and is responsible for coordinating in the: 1) standardizing systems and protocols for all meetings and events 2) end to end management and ownership of all program elements in order to create positive meeting and event experiences that meets meeting or event goals for all stakeholders. This is a one-year staff position with full benefits.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

  • Coordinate the development, implementation and maintenance of systems and protocols for planning meeting and events. Coordinate the preparation and management of work plan aligned with meeting purpose, programmatic considerations/needs, and audience on a proactive and timely basis.
  • Coordinate the development and management of timeline, budget/pro-forma, and group reporting within established requirements.
  • Coordinate the maintenance of financial accountability for programs including adherence to standard terms and conditions of vendor/consultant contract, and billing guidelines.
  • Act as the on-site point person for assigned programs.
  • Provide complete and accurate program feedback to all stakeholders through summary and distribution of program debrief notes.
  • Create and maintain meeting profiles for assigned programs.
  • Coordinate the negotiation and management of vendor contracts related to a particular event, including, air, hotel ensuring best available pricing and timely payment to vendors.
  • Manage supplier partners and internal support areas to ensure quality and timely delivery of services.
  • Coordinate meeting/event related travelEssential Skills and Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate successful events and meetings as evidenced by a minimum of 2 years experience as a meeting and event planner.
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure that meeting and event activities are planned and implemented consistent with mission, vision and values of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization and with external vendors, suppliers and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and monitor meeting and event budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing and to represent the organization to internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities to conclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively resolve problems that balance multiple needs and interests.
  • Demonstrated ability to use sound and accurate judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a work pace appropriate to workload.
  • Demonstrated ability to view every action and decision in terms of organization and constituent impact and to understand and anticipate organization and constituent needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain desired work results without direct authority in working with peers, consultants, vendors and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete objectives and projects with periodic review by supervisor at key milestones.
  • Intermediate proficiency with MS Office applications.Education/Experience:
  • Bachelors degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Minimum 2 years experience as a meeting and events, preferably in a philanthropic or affinity organization.
    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: None

    Work Environment:
    Work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    The employee works primarily in an office environment. Position requires extended periods of sitting and working at a computer. Position also requires travel up to 15% of time on the job.

    Physical Demands:
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Position requires extended periods of sitting and working at a computer. Position requires clear vision at 20 inches or less and ability to adjust focus. Position requires occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds.

    To apply & more info, go to >  2010 Meeting and Events Coordinator, AAPIP, San Francisco

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    My First Protest: Asian Americans and Activism, Part 1

    Your Voices

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    One of our NGEC OFP leaders, Katie Ka Vang of CHAT, was featured by Bao Phi,  performance poet and community organizer/ activist.  He was asked to start a blog  called “The Blaog” for the the Strib – a large MN mainstream paper.

    In addition to other recent events he’s covered, there’s a new feature called Asian Americans: My First Protest, where he features Asian Americans and their first protest experience. 

    Share your own story, and check out the The Blaog!

     

    My First Protest- Featured: Sahra Nguyen, Michelle Myers, and Katie Ka Vang


    More about Bao Phi: Performance poet, community activist

    “Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. Read more about Bao Phi.”

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    Advancing Justice Conference, AAPIs Building New Foundations for Civil Rights ~ 10/29 – 10/30 in LA

    Featured panelists at this event include speakers from some of the NGEC’s OFP organizations:  KGA, SAN, KRC, & CPA!

    Visit the Advancing Justice site for all the details and scroll down for more information on specific workshops.

    Advancing Justice 2009

    “The Advancing Justice Conference is an inaugural national civil rights and social justice conference, expected to draw several hundred individuals from across the country. The conference aims to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders in one place to address a broad range of issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It serves as a unique forum where researchers, advocates, direct service providers and other leaders can meet face-to-face, talk about their common challenges and find ways to work collaboratively.

    Taking place over two days, the conference covers a variety of issues including: immigration reform and enforcement, immigrant integration, human rights, civil rights and national security, health care, Census 2010, redistricting, low-wage workers, hate crimes, and LGBT rights. It also includes presentations on corporate and foundation fundraising, new media, community organizing, board and commission participation, capacity building, and intergroup collaboration.

    The Advancing Justice Conference is a joint project by the Asian American Institute (Chicago), Asian American Justice Center (Washington, D.C.), Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco) and Asian Pacific American Legal Center (Los Angeles).”

    A few workshops to note:

    Civil Rights at the Intersections of Gender Identity, Sexuality, Immigration and Race

    Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
    Time: 2:15 – 3:45
    Place: Room 6, First Floor
    Workshop Track: Civil & Human Rights

    This workshop will explore intersections between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) struggles and the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander civil rights agenda, with a goal of promoting greater inclusion of LGBT issues by Asian American and Pacific Islander allied organizations and advocates. Speakers will cover issues such as the parallels between the efforts to ban marriage between same-sex partners and earlier laws prohibiting interracial marriage, the similar struggles of undocumented immigrants and transgender individuals, and the efforts to raise the concerns of same-sex binational couples in both the marriage equality and immigration reform movements. An allied organization will also discuss its challenges to support LGBT issues in a community that is highly religious.

    The Asian Pacific American Legal Center is a California State Bar certified provider of MCLE credits and this workshop has been approved for 1 hour of credit. To receive California MCLE credit, attorneys must pay an additional $10 per workshop that offers MCLE credit. Payment collected separately onsite.

    Speakers:

    Ben de Guzman
    Co-Director of Programs
    National Queer API Alliance
    Yongho Kim
    Civic Participation Coordinator
    Korean Resource Center
    Hector Vargas
    Deputy Director, Education and Public Affairs
    Lambda Legal
    Karin Wang
    Vice President of Programs
    Asian Pacific American Legal Center
    (Workshop Moderator)
    Doreena Wong
    Co-Founder
    Asian/Pacific Islander Queer Women/Transgender Activists
    Shin-Ming Wong
    Helpline Attorney
    National Center for Lesbian Rights

    Organizing Low-Wage Workers and Fighting for Justice

    Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
    Time: 10:45 – 12:15
    Place: Room 3, First Floor

    Asian immigrant workers throughout the United States face numerous obstacles to fair wages, equal treatment and safe and healthy working conditions. In response, low-wage workers and their advocates have fought for justice through the courts, governmental agencies and organizing. Advocates focusing on problems in the taxi industry, home care workers, guestworkers and restaurant workers will share the effective strategies they have successfully engaged to address the unique challenges facing each community.

    The Asian Pacific American Legal Center is a California State Bar certified provider of MCLE credits and this workshop has been approved for 1 hour of credit. To receive California MCLE credit, attorneys must pay an additional $10 per workshop that offers MCLE credit. Payment collected separately onsite.

    Speakers:

    Yungsuhn Park
    Staff Attorney
    Asian Pacific American Legal Center
    (Workshop Moderator)
    Jennifer Rosenbaum
    Legal Director
    New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice
    Sentayehu Silassie
    Founder
    Los Angeles Taxi Workers Alliance
    Aquilina Soriano
    Executive Director
    Pilipino Workers Center
    Alex Tom
    Co-Director
    Chinese Progressive Association

    National Security and Civil Rights

    Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
    Time: 10:45 – 12:15
    Place: Room 5, First Floor

    Since September 11, 2001, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Americans (AMEMSA) have come face to face with racial and religious discrimination with disturbing regularity. From the workplace to schools to the United States border, these communities are subjected to higher levels of scrutiny and suspicion in the name of national security. This workshop will showcase how community members and advocates are working to reverse the trends in laws, policies and attitudes that have endangered the civil rights and civil liberties of all.

    The Asian Pacific American Legal Center is a California State Bar certified provider of MCLE credits and this workshop has been approved for 1 hour of credit. To receive California MCLE credit, attorneys must pay an additional $10 per workshop that offers MCLE credit. Payment collected separately onsite.

    Speakers:

    Sameer Ahmed
    Skadden Fellow
    Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
    Veena Dubal
    Staff Attorney
    Asian Law Caucus
    (Workshop Moderator)
    Nadeen Elshorafa
    Organizer
    Arab Resource and Organizing Center
    Hamid Khan
    Executive Director
    South Asian Network

    Capacity Building For Small Organizations

    Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
    Time: 2:15 – 3:45
    Place: Room 5, First Floor
    Workshop Track: Capacity Building

    Small community-based organizations often have challenges in getting off the ground, particularly in difficult economic times. This session will discuss board development and volunteer management tools to enable small organizations to grow and expand.

    Speakers:

    Jury Candelario
    Director
    Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team
    Deborah Ching
    Principal
    Nonprofit Consulting Group
    Preeti Kulkarni
    Board Member
    Asian Pacific Americans for Progress
    Tuyet Le
    Executive Director
    Asian American Institute
    (Workshop Moderator)

    Don’t be Left Behind: Get the Buzz on Integrating New Media Techniques into Your Work

    Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009
    Time: 2:15 – 3:45
    Place: Room 5, First Floor

    The Obama Campaign revolutionized online communications that ultimately led him and his team to the White House. In California’s gubernatorial race, candidates have already demonstrated the importance of this phenomenon as they announce their candidacy. From galvanizing the community to outreaching to potential donors, online communications are becoming more essential to organizational success. It offers community-based organizations timely and cost-effective opportunities to reach their target audiences. It’s not just a trend of the future; it has established itself as the 21st century industry standard. How can your organization develop these mediums to reach its goals? Where does your organization start? Where can it improve? Join us to answer these questions and learn about how your organization can use this interactive, participatory medium—such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter, action alerts, YouTube and podcasts—to build fresh communications strategies and strengthen constituent support. Participants will learn about online communications tools available at minimal or no cost, gain insight into which online techniques will best meet your goals, receive materials and recommendations for further resources, and participate in a world-class discussion with the industry’s experts.

    Speakers:

    Ted Fang
    Editor/Publisher
    AsianWeek
    Keith Kamisugi
    Director of Communications
    Equal Justice Society
    Peter Swing
    Director of Communications and Donor Relations
    Asian Law Caucus
    (Workshop Moderator)
    Jen Wang
    Co-Creator
    DISGRASIAN.com
    Phil Yu
    Creator and Editor
    AngyAsianMan.com

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    Asian American Women Artists Celebrate 20th Anniversary

    September 14, 2009 from AsianWeek
    Cynthia Tom’s piece entitled, “Location, location, location.”

    Photo by J.W. Diehl

    Photo by J.W. Diehl

    One of the longest running U.S. Asian American arts organizations representing women – The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a series of events and art exhibitions.

    AAWAA will be hosting an art showcase entitled “Vision, Vitality and Visibility Exhibition” from Tuesday, September 22 to Sunday, October 4 at SOMArts Cultural Center located at 934 Brannan St., San Francisco.

    AAWAA’s 20th Anniversary Celebration will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, at SOMArts Cultural Center. AAWAA, a nonprofit organization, ensures the visibility of Asian American women artists and offers projects and programs that challenge, inspire and document its members’ works.

    “Since its inception, AAWAA has promoted the artistic and organizational growth of the Asian/Pacific Islander visual and literary arts community,” says Lenore Chinn, AAWAA member, artist and activist. “Its programming is now an institution serving a diverse, intergenerational cross-section of the Asian/Pacific Islander artists’ community. As an individual artist and long-time member of AAWAA, I have experienced and benefited by the organization’s ambitious projects.”

    More on AAWAA’s 20th Anniversary Art Exhibitions:

    • A Place of Her Own, thought provoking mixed media 2D and 3D installations, several of which were featured at the de Young Museum in January 2009. Artists answer the question: If you had a place of your own, what would it be? (www.aplaceofherown.org)

    • Cheers to Muses, AAWAA’s exhibition complementing the AAWAA anthology, Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women Artists, a valuable historical and pictorial resource already adopted by several universities in the Bay Area and East Coast. Artists write dedications to an Asian American woman who informs and inspires her art.

    • Made In AAWAA – A grand showcase depicting AAWAA’s 20 years of milestones that illuminate what AAWAA is growing for the future.

    For information about AAWAA, visit www.aawaa.net or call AAWAA at 415-722-4296.

    Written by AsianWeek Staff Report · Filed Under Art, Bay Area

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