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CAPITAL CAL Mini-Grant Program

Our Story: A Movement of UndocuAPIs

Join us for this 4-part series that showcases the stories of undocumented Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Of the 11 million undocumented residents of the United States, about 10% are API. 250,000 APIs have been deported out of a total 2 million deportations under the Obama administration. It is time to take action!

Our Story offers a look into the stories of API immigrants through a panel and screenings of:
1. Why We Rise by Raise: Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast
2. Return to Sender by Studio Revolt
3. Us by Seth Ronquillo

Save the dates for Our Story!
Wednesday, July 30, 6-8PM at East Los Angeles College (Foyer Room in Ingalls Auditorium)
Monday, August 4, 6-8PM at Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)
Monday, August 11, 6-8PM at UTLA
Wednesday, August 27, 6-8PM at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles

RSVP: http://bit.ly/APIstories

Hope to see you at one of these events!

[event page location will be updated for each event]

Plate by Plate: Project by Project's Annual Tasting Benefit

Every year, Project by Project selects a non-profit partner based on a theme or issue that addresses current needs in the Asian American community. This year, Project by Project LA is partnering up with Pacific Asian Counseling Services (PACS), whose mission is to enrich the lives of children and families through counseling and caring. PACS provides culturally sensitive and language specific services with expertise in the immigrant Asian Pacific Islander populations.

We are featuring some of the most popular and renown restaurants and drink purveyors. You also may find a list of our participants here.

Project by Project (PbP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in New York City in 1998 by a group of young Asian American professionals. The founders surveyed the non-profit landscape and noticed a recurring need in the Asian American community—organizations were spending so much time on fulfilling its missions and executing programs that they were unable to pay enough attention to the business of being a non-profit. The founders of PbP realized that what the community needed was social entrepreneurs, and that is what they sought out to build.

Comprised of a team of professionals with backgrounds in finance, consulting, technology, media, entertainment and law, PbP’s founding team felt it could play a strong role in assisting community groups in securing capital, reaching out to new groups of volunteers and bringing greater awareness to issues affecting the Asian American community. Based on those principals,  PbP created its campaigns around a 3-pronged mission that is still in practice today:  Volunteerism, Awareness, and Fundraising.

Building upon those principles and looking to impact as many causes as possible as it expands, PbP created a method of taking on a different local beneficiary community partner every year, touching on a different issue each year. This method of focusing on one issue at a time for a period of a year allows PbP to work in-depth with the partner and thoroughly educate its volunteers on the cause.

Our signature event is “Plate by Plate,” our annual tasting benefit, formerly the “Food & Wine Tasting.” We are the only Asian American non-profit organization in the country that produces a large-scale food tasting event with star chefs, top rated restaurants and celebrities who participate by serving dishes to our attendees. 

August 2, 2014 at Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

6:30PM – 7:30PM · VIP Reception
7:30PM – 10:00PM · General Admission

Dress Code: Black Tie/Formal

This is sure to be an amazing event for an amazing cause, I hope to see you there! For more information and ticket purchase, click here. This is not only an opportunity to truly give back to the community, but also see talent like the hosts jennyyangjokes of Jenny Yang comedy and seanmiura, Mr. Hyphen 2013!

Jul 3

Congressman Mike Honda & Councilman Evan Low Call for End to Discriminatory Blood Drive Regulations

Jul 2

Pacific Islanders are included within the API coalition, but oftentimes don’t get the space they need. To provide training and empowerment specifically for Pacific Islanders by Pacific Islanders, there is a community-based program my friends are a part of called PILOT (Pacific Islander Leaders of Tomorrow). They’re expanding their program this year and need help getting the word out!The PILOT Institute is comprised of a five-day Institute, followed by monthly workshops in the subsequent semester. Through PILOT, 15-20 Pacific Islander undergraduate students will acquire the awareness, motivation, skills, network, and resources needed to become community advocates.This year the program will run in BOTH Orange County and Los Angeles!—Orange County: July 21 - July 25. Application Deadline: July 7th—Los Angeles: August 11 - August 15. Application Deadline: July 28thAPPLY NOW AT: https://tinyurl.com/PILOTINSTITUTE2014


Pacific Islanders are included within the API coalition, but oftentimes don’t get the space they need. To provide training and empowerment specifically for Pacific Islanders by Pacific Islanders, there is a community-based program my friends are a part of called PILOT (Pacific Islander Leaders of Tomorrow). They’re expanding their program this year and need help getting the word out!

The PILOT Institute is comprised of a five-day Institute, followed by monthly workshops in the subsequent semester. Through PILOT, 15-20 Pacific Islander undergraduate students will acquire the awareness, motivation, skills, network, and resources needed to become community advocates.

This year the program will run in BOTH Orange County and Los Angeles!
—Orange County: July 21 - July 25. Application Deadline: July 7th
—Los Angeles: August 11 - August 15. Application Deadline: July 28th

APPLY NOW AT: https://tinyurl.com/PILOTINSTITUTE2014

Oakland Asian Cultural Center Zine NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

OACC is currently in the process of compiling submissions for a zine that highlights the works of API cultural producers. 
The intent of this project is to create space within our zine for APIs’ cultural presence to be expressed and for artists to build community in sharing their works within the same anthology. 
We accept submissions of photos, paintings, poems, song lyrics, etc. 
The theme of the zine is “I Am Here,” to build off of the Smithsonian APA Center’s APAHM 2014 theme of “I Am Beyond.”
The deadline to submit is Tuesday, 7/1. If people are interested in submitting, we also ask that they send us a 150 word or less bio with a high-resolution head shot of themselves. 
If they are submitting a poem, we ask that it be 20 lines or less. They can feel free to share 20 lines from poems that are longer. 
If they are sharing from a song, we ask that they limit it to one verse from their song if the song is longer than 16 bars. 
If they are submitting a prose piece, we ask that it be 200 words or less. 
All submissions, bios, and head shots can be sent to stevencong@oacc.cc.
Please email  if you have any questions!

Equal Voice SoCal - General Survey

I’m an intern at AAAJLA (Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles) & we’re part of a coalition called Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance

So, for the first time in over a decade, California has a budget surplus, that means we have an abundance of money. & Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend that money on the Prison Industrial Complex, paying off the state debt, and saving the money for an emergency. But, the thing is, California has the highest poverty rate of the nation (23.5% of Californians are living in poverty). So we need that money now! Equal Voice’s campaign is to redirect the $4.1 billion into education, prevention programs, and safety-net programs (CalWorks, UC/CSU funding, IHSS services, SSI/SSP, youth jobs/centers, & childcare) to lift ourselves up out of poverty.

I’m asking you to take a few minutes out of your evening to complete this survey. It’s a survey that allows us to include the people, the community, in our planning process so when we approach our gov’t with our budget proposal, it has the community’s wants/needs.

Thank you so much! & if you have any questions, I’ll be more than glad to answer it through email: mdao@advancingjustice-la.org.

Did you know that 8.7 million Californians live in poverty? That’s almost a quarter of our state’s population, which means California has the highest percentage of poor people in the nation. But, even though so many in our communities are struggling to meet their basic needs, our state has CUT billions of dollars of funding to public programs like Medi-Cal and CalWORKs—the kind of programs people need to survive and move out of poverty. It’s clear that our state’s leaders need a wake up call.

That’s why we’re fighting for an EQUAL VOICE for Southern California families. EQUAL VOICE is a united alliance of community organizations waging a campaign for an equitable state budget that puts enough money into the programs our communities need to move out of poverty.

Will you join us to ensure an EQUAL VOICE for the 8.7 million?Help grow the EQUAL VOICE campaign by completing this survey. The information you provide is confidential, and will only be used for the purposes of developing the EQUAL VOICE campaign and network.

Prefer to take this survey in Spanish? Click here.


Our APA friends at UCSD are fighting for resources for their community and need our help. They are presenting a letter to their student government TOMORROW (Wednesday) demanding resources like an Asian American Studies minor and more APA faculty members and counselors.

They need support in the form of signatures and we can sign on both as individuals and as an organization. Please read over the letter of demands found below and sign on to show support!!

JACCC Awarded Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant


WHAT:  JACCC Awarded Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant from the Getty Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to increase the diversity in professions related to museums and visual arts.  The internships are intended specifically for outstanding students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in these professions, including individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander descent.

The Visual Arts Intern will work directly with the Visual Arts department, experiencing first-hand the work, organization and installation that goes into setting up this summer’s programs, including the 74th Annual Nisei Week exhibitions in August.

To be eligible for the Visual Arts Internship candidates must be a currently enrolled undergraduate, having completed at least one semester of college by June 2014 or will graduate by of before September 2014.  Candidates must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County.  Intern candidates may come from any area of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

The intern will receive a gross salary of $3,500 for a ten-week period at the JACCC. Internships are a full-time position running from Monday, June 16 through Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Those interested in applying for the position may submit the following no later than noon on Friday, May 2, 2014:

  • Resumé/CV

  • statement (no more than 500 words, double-spaced, typed)
  • First, middle & last name (if not on your CV)

  • Email, phone & address (if not on your CV)

  • College or university you are currently attending

  • Major/area(s) of study
  • Anticipated graduation date

  • 2 Letters of reference or contact info (email, phone) for 2 references: either a teacher, professor, or a former employer
  • Please note the dates of the JACCC’s 10 week program, as well as the requirements in the Getty link below, before submitting to make sure you are both eligible and available to participate in the program.

Preliminary candidates will be contacted to do an in person interview for the week of Monday, May 5, 2014. All applicants will be contacted by the week of May 12 with the final decisions.

Please note the following “Save The Dates” required intern events by the Getty Foundation:

  • Arts Summit (mandatory)
The Getty Center, Los Angeles: Monday, June 30, 2014 (all day, exact times TBA)

A day-long orientation for all interns participating in the Summer 2014 Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. Interns will be introduced to the program, meet with their Learning Community Hub Leaders, and attend panels highlighting career opportunities in the arts.
  • Learning Communities (two mandatory events)
Regional Hub Events Dates, Times, and Locations are TBD. These activities are meant to enhance the internship experience and expose interns to other organizations, arts professionals, and career opportunities in their area. Dates and times of hub meetings will vary, though interns must notify supervisors of scheduled activities in advance. Supervisors must allow interns to attend the two required events in their Learning Community.   

General information about the program and requirements:

WHERE:             Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

244 South San Pedro Street, in the Little Tokyo area of downtown Los Angeles.

INFO:             For more information please contact Wakana Kimura at (213) 628-2725 ext. 146.


In honor of this day of remembrance: April 17, 1975

Is the change I seek revolutionary? Is every revolution going to require bloodshed? When “The Revolution” comes will I be able to take my mother and father with me? And what about my children? The Revolution did come to us. On April 17, 1975 the revolution marched into Phnom Penh. It emptied out the city. Nearly every single family in Cambodia suffered losses during the time of the Khmer Rouge. An estimated 2 million Cambodians died. There is no exact body count.

I was too young to be recruited as a child soldier. In 1975, The People’s Revolutionary Party instead enlisted me in the fields where I would pick up cow dung. The unrelenting sun scorched my hair a shiny amber.1978 my mother almost died giving birth to my brother. There were no doctors or nurses in their commune. Professionals, intellectuals, former government officials, and religious figures were targeted for torture and execution. Kindness spared my father who would have otherwise been executed for being a teacher and a Muslim. The oppressive Khmer Rouge regime lasted 3 years, 8 months and 20 days. In 1979 when the borders reopened, my family was forced to leave Cambodia for the nearest Thai refugee camp. Survival is an instinct the body remembers well. On June 30, 1979, my family left the Thai camps for America. I do not need to have memories of violence to know that the experience of genocide has never left my body.

My parents never left me behind even when the Revolution left us with nothing. The change I seek has to include my family even if their politics differ from mine. The change I seek must be rooted in love. I believe that you can’t serve your people if you don’t love your people. Acts of violence can never be acts of love.”

- Artist and activist, Anida Yoeu Ali. Anida is also the producer of the award-winning documentary, Cambodian Son. It screens today at 3:30pm at East Bay Media Center in Berkeley, CA.