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OFP cohort member news: SAN’s 20th Anniversary on October 23rd, 2010

Congratulations to our friends at the South Asian Network on your 20th Anniversary!

SAN's 20th Anniversary

SAN's 20th Anniversary

The Journey to Justice Continues

Come celebrate with South Asian Network on October 23rd and continue the journey with us to justice!  Join us with invited speaker Kiran Ahuja, a performance by Shyamala Moorty, and special presentations journeying through SAN’s past years and the years to come.

Event info > http://san20thanniversary.eventbrite.com/?ref=ecount

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President Obama Celebrates Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Earlier this year, NGEC’s 12 OFP cohort organizations convened in New Orleans and met community leaders from VAYLA-NO,  Father Vien from Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, and S. Leo Chiang (the director of A Village Called Versailles).

Check out the great post below via 8Asians.com about Monday’s AAPI Heritage Month celebration at the White House which featured Father Vien.

This past Monday, President Obama hosted a reception at the White House celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Amongst the honored guests was Father Vien of the Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans, who was profiled in an excellent documentary which I saw earlier this year at a film festival called A Village Called Versailles. The film, which is part of PBS’s Independent Lens series, will be airing this Tuesday, May 25th on PBS and follows the Vietnamese American community awakening politically in the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina. Now, Father Vien and others are fighting another crisis in New Orleans. The BP oil spill has hugely impacted the Southeast Asian/Vietnamese American fishermen who make up 35-45% of the fishing industry along the Gulf Coast.

Read more about our OFP Convening in New Orleans.

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2010 Advancing Justice Conference (AAPIs United In Strength) June 23-25 Alexandria, VA

2010 Advancing Justice Conference

Coming up next month!

June 23 – June 25, 2010

“The Advancing Justice Conference is a national civil rights and social justice conference that 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.

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).”

AJC Workshop Tracks include:

Register online by June 2nd for their early bird discount
http://www.advancingjustice.org/2010/registration

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The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps

In June, AAPIP will be participating in a program at the  Smithsonian Institution/Renwick Gallery, Art of Gaman Installation about the shared experiences of Asian American and Arab Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities in the post-9/11 era, through the expression of culture and art.

http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2010/gaman/gaman_keyimage.jpg

Artist Unidentified, Interned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, Camp Scene, Wood, paint, Collection of the Japanese American Museum of San José, From "Art of Gaman" by Delphine Hirasuna, ©2005, Ten Speed. Terry Heffernan photo.

Visit the exhibit website for more information, including an online slideshow of images from the galleries.

For our friends and allies in the DC area can visit the installation at:

Special exhibition galleries, 1st floor, Renwick Gallery
Open from March 5, 2010 – January 30, 2011

And  here’s a listing for free public programs!

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The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946

Free Public Programs
Friday, March 5, at noon, lecture by Delphine Hirasuna
Wednesday, March 10, at noon, gallery talk with Kennedy
Wednesday, March 31, at noon, lecture by Karen Matsuoka
Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m., artist talk with Mira Nakashima and Wendy Maruyama
Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Family Day

Read recent posts on the Museum’s blog Eye Level
Gaman: FDR and the Japanese American Internment Camps

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A few other resources:

(Updated 4/5/10 by GM)


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The 22nd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change Feb 3–7

FYI, an upcoming LGBT equality conference.   The info below is from the Creating Change website:

http://www.thetaskforce.org/events/creating_change

Think Big and Live Large at Creating Change in Dallas, Texas! -The 22nd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change

The 22nd National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change will be held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in beautiful downtown Dallas, Texas, Feb. 3 – 7, 2010. Produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Creating Change Conference (as it is affectionately known) is the nation’s pre-eminent political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBT social justice movement. Since 1988, Creating Change has been the opportunity for thousands of committed people to develop and hone their skills, celebrate victories, build community, and to be inspired by visionaries of our LGBT movement and allied movements for justice and equality.

The primary goal of the Creating Change Conference is to build our movement’s political power from the ground up to secure our overarching goal of full equality, social justice and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States.

Please join us!
Upwards of 2000 people attend the Creating Change Conference from all over the United States, with a few attendees from other countries. Attendees include:

  • people just like you who are creating change every day
  • young and old activists
  • organizers and activists of color
  • paid and unpaid staff people at LGBT political or community organizations
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates and straight allies
  • elected and appointed officials
  • leaders of campus communities and local community centers.

Creating Change is an annual gathering of organizers and activists working to create a world in which our sexual orientations and gender expressions will be welcomed and celebrated. Please join us in Dallas, Feb. 3 – 7, 2010!

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Upcoming Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) Training, March 2010

Sharing this online event that AAPIP NGEC friends and allies might want to check out in March!  Visit their website for complete information:

The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) is a multiracial organization that promotes the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building. GIFT believes that how groups are funded is as important to achieving their goals as how the money is spent, and that building community support is central to long-term social change. GIFT provides training, resources and analysis to strengthen organizations, with an emphasis on those focused on social justice and based in communities of color.

Upcoming Webinar:
Create a Culture of Fundraising at Your Organization
March 16, 2010
(10am Pacific/11am Mountain/12pm Central/1pm Eastern)

Tired of working in isolation, feeling like you’re the sole person responsible for raising your organization’s budget? Heard about creating a culture of fundraising, but unsure of what it actually means in practice? Then this is the webinar for you!

Join fundraising consultant Rona Fernandez as she takes you through concrete steps to build a culture of fundraising within your organization. Learn about how to create buy-in, demystify the process of fundraising for non-development staff, and bring the FUN back to fundraising! Fundraising doesn’t have to be something your force onto your coworkers, but instead CAN be a regular part of how your organization functions.

http://www.grassrootsfundraising.org/article.php/webinars

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NCG event: Strengthening Organizations: Capacity Building Frameworks to Serve Communities of Color

(reposting via www.ncg.org an upcoming event featuring NGEC /AAPIP staff and grantees)

Date: 11/10/2009
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Mechanics’ Institute Building 57 Post Street, 4th Floor
Registration: <!–Register for this meeting–> Register for this event

Building capacity in nonprofits that serve communities of color is the focus of multi-year initiatives being implemented by Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), respectively. This program will highlight the frameworks being used by these two intermediary organizations, and will provide lessons for potential implementation by other funders. In addition, representatives from nonprofit beneficiaries of HIP and AAPIP’s capacity building approaches will be participate in a panel discussion.

This program will also provide a quantitative look at the value that “diversity funds” bring to the challenge of supporting diverse communities. Defined by culture and shared community goals, diversity funds, such as HIP and AAPIP, often address immediate community needs and social change, using their close affinity to the needs of specific communities to strengthen their work. Program participants will review highlights of a Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors study supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the national Diversity in Philanthropy Project that will offer a landscape view of such diversity–focused funds.

This program will feature a quantitative look at the value that these funds bring to the challenge of supporting diverse communities. Diversity funds often address immediate community needs and social change; and are defined by culture and shared community goals, instead of by geography. They are also used to conduct research and advocacy on community issues, as well as for technical assistance and capacity building to community nonprofits.

Come join us to

  • Review some initial data on the impact of diversity funds, and some potential lessons that might be transferable to other philanthropic entities;
  • Learn about the capacity building frameworks that HIP and AAPIP have in place;
  • Hear from nonprofit representatives who serve diverse communities about the range of capacity building support that helps them be more effective; and
  • Consider different strategies that foundations might employ to identify and address capacity building needs of nonprofits that serve diverse communities.

Target Audience

This program is free and open to NCG members.

Presenters

Diana Campoamor is the President of Hispanics in Philanthropy. Prior to joining HIP, Diana served as a director at the Shalan Foundation, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), the United Way, and the YWCA. She holds an MA in Communications from the University of Miami and a BA from the University of Florida. She has served on the boards of the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, the Inter–University Project for Latino Research, California HACR, Horizons Foundation, BRAVA! For Women in the Arts, and several other nonprofits.

Dana Kawaoka–Chen is Capacity Building Manager at AAPIP’s National Gender & Equity Campaign (NGEC) and is responsible for leading implementation of the Organizational Fellowship Program in California. Before joining NGEC, Dana served as the Executive Director for a community development credit union in West Oakland, California. Previously, Dana also served as the Executive Director of Public Allies Silicon Valley, the local chapter of a national leadership development organization. She brings more than ten years of experience working with community–based organizations.

Rae Richman is the Director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ (RPA) Bay Area office. Her funding expertise includes climate change and environmental protection, education, and cultural preservation. She has also been actively involved in RPA’s leadership on the issue of Mission Related Investing (MRI.) Rae is formerly a consultant with expertise in corporate social responsibility, meeting facilitation and organizational development. Prior to starting her own consultancy for values–based organizations, she was Senior Manager of Consulting Services at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).

Confirmed Nonprofit Panelists

HIP grantee:
Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA)
Andrea Lee, Co-Director for Development and Administration
Claudia Gomez, Grassroots Fundraiser

AAPIP grantees:
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)
Vincent Pan, Executive Director

Narika
Atashi Chakravarty, Executive Director

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Nov 5th in San Jose ~ “Finding the Words Translating API/LGBT Issues Into Action”

FREE (donations are welcome!)

November 5, 2009 | Registration Begins 6:30 PM | Event 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
United Way Bldg., Rm. 105
1922 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

” LGBT issues are API issues. Find out how immigration and marriage equality affect our communities and how conversations about these issues are lost in translation.

Panel includes representatives from API Equality, Out4Immigration and Song That Radio.  For more information or to RSVP, go to www.firstthursdays.org”

South Bay First Thursdays is a monthly dinner series for people in the non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors interested in Asian American & Pacific Islander (AA&PI) community issues and service opportunities. Our mission is to foster a sense of community and understanding through educational events, focusing on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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Social Justice Philanthropy Resources (via rosettathurman.com)

from Rosetta Thurman’s blog: a recent discussion and a roundup of links to resources on Social Justice Philanthropy below…

Real Talk About Race and its Impact on Social Justice Philanthropy”

“… a frank discussion about the current dynamics of social justice philanthropy, and how race, in particular, impacts this work in the nonprofit sector. How much progress has been made in this arena of social change? What’s happening right now? Guests include:

What do we already know about social justice philanthropy? It seems that there is a definite distinction between it and what we might call “traditional philanthropy.” But how is it defined? A 2003 whitepaper from National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) contains this definition:

Social justice philanthropy is the practice of making contributions to nonprofit organizations that work for structural change and increase the opportunity of those who are less well off politically, economically and socially.

As well as the assertion that:

NCRP believes that social justice philanthropy involves giving to create a more equitable distribution of power — to truly reform institutions so that the need for chronic charity is eliminated. This, we believe, is the most important role that philanthropy plays in our democracy.

Beyond those basic ideas, though, social justice philanthropy seems open to interpretation, a sentiment echoed by Albert Ruesga in several articles below. And why do we need to talk about race along with social justice philanthropy? Because, as we all know, people of color have historically been disadvantaged, or less well off politically, economically and socially. The real question is, can we NOT talk about race as part of this work?

“Here are more than a few good resources to continue our thinking about social justice philanthropy: what it is, what it’s not, and what it could be.”

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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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