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Creating Hmong LGBTQ Space Everywhere by Alice Y. Hom

“Creating Hmong LGBTQ Space Everywhere” By Alice Y. Hom


Shades of Yellow (SOY), a Hmong lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer organization located in the Twin Cities, Minnesota has been creating safer spaces and a community for Hmong LGBTQ people to meet others to share and learn more about integrating their ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in affirming and supportive ways. They also have developed ally relationships to build understanding and acceptance for Hmong LGBTQ members within their Hmong and LGBTQ communities of which they are a part.

As the Director of AAPIP’s Queer Justice Fund, I met with SOY staff, board, and a few members on February 7th to lead a facilitated discussion about the history of LGBTQ AAPI community organizing, my own development as a Queer AAPI activist, and their thoughts about the future direction for SOY as they contemplate new leadership and strategies to build the organization and their members.

A former board member, Fue Khang shared, “This conversation was definitely something we needed. We have not yet had an individual come in to work one-on-one with our Board and/or Staff, so this meeting re-energized me. For a while I was feeling the affects of burnout and a bit hopeless, but having this meeting to talk over our concerns and visions gave me a new perspective for SOY.”

A group of 11 met over a tasty dinner at a Cambodian restaurant where we made a Queer AAPI space in a semi-private back room where we spoke freely, laughed loudly, and at times, turned serious on topics such as coming out, family and community acceptance, discrimination, social change, and how best for SOY to play a role in changing social and community conditions by addressing racism, homophobia, and sexism in ways that make sense culturally from the different perspectives of SOY members and leaders. “[This] meeting helped reinforce my thoughts and helped me redefined what social change is and can be,” said Doua Xiong.


People shared their challenges of being Hmong and queer, how they navigate the sometimes different worlds of their LGBTQ community and their Hmong community, and how they encounter a variety of reactions when coming out to friends and family members. Huey Lee remarked, “I had the best and most productive night ever with SOY and Alice Hom. I never thought just talking with people [would] be this great and that I would learn so much. I really enjoyed talking about the concept of space and that as Hmong Queer, we have the opportunity to create Queer space where ever we go!”

The final topic of the evening centered on SOY’s current leadership transition and the short-term and future direction of the organization. Everyone chimed in with their different perspectives and opinions based on their connection, history, and roles with SOY. The next steps include creating more opportunities to have larger gatherings to continue the dialogue and to bring interested people together who want to do the work of maintaining and sustaining SOY because it is a valuable resource for the Hmong LGBTQ community and to ally communities.

Chong Moua, a SOY staff member, summed it up, “It was good to know that SOY is not the only organization that goes through challenges, change, and transitions. Discussing our specific concerns and having the opportunity to share our ideas and thoughts connected everyone, board, staff, and constituents, on a deeper level. Having this understanding regrounded everyone back to the same starting point. I am reassured, hopeful, and excited for all the opportunities ahead!”

 

Please come and support one of SOY’s signature events, SOY New Year celebration, this Saturday, February 26th.

Buasavanh Banquet Hall
7324 Lakeland Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428.
Doors Open at 3 pm
Open-Mic and After Party at 9 pm
For more information, please see http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/157121

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Call to Action: California API groups mobilize for Arizona May 28-29

compiled by Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Capacity Building Manager

The passage of Arizona S.B. 1070–a bill that gives authorization to police officers to stop any person they think is undocumented—last month has prompted national outcry.  Many of the organizations in the National Gender & Equity Campaign’s Organization Fellowship Program are actively involved in efforts to repeal SB 1070 and stand in solidarity with targeted communities in Arizona.

This weekend–May 29, 2010, people of conscience from throughout the United States and Phoenix will march in the tens of thousands to the State Capitol to demand justice in the face of legalized discrimination and hate. They will demand that President Obama stand on the right side of history and take immediate and concrete action to stop SB1070.

At least two API delegations are being organized from California—from the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and there are a number of local actions being planned.  Below, please find more information about how you can get involved:

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Vietnamese American environmental justice activism in post-Katrina New Orleans

interesting article via New American Media about the Vietnamese American community activism in post-Katrina New Orleans

“Vietnamese Americans Battle Landfill in New Orleans”
ColorLines, News feature, by Kari Lydersen, Posted: Dec 24, 2009

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Other links of interest:   “A Village Called Versailles”

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A Village Called Versailles - documentary

A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES

Winner of the Documentary Feature Audience Award at the 2009 New Orleans Film Festival

A Village Called Versailles is a feature documentary about Versailles, an isolated community in eastern New Orleans  settled in the late 70’s/early 80’s by Vietnamese “boat people”. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents impressively rise to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before any other flooded neighborhood in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. Formerly content to stay within their own “village” and below the public radar, the Vietnamese community rallies to oppose the landfill and become an effective force in local politics. A Village Called Versailles recounts the empowering story of how this group of people, who has already suffered so much in their lifetime, turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.

Directed by S. Leo Chiang. USA. 2008. 68 min.

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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

    http://www.startribune.com/yourvoices/70295047.html

    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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    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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