AAPIP Voices

Original pieces authored by AAPIP and key partners

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23 Circles and Growing!

Noelle Ito, Community Philanthropy Director


Through AAPIP’s National Giving Circle Campaign, AAPI dreamers and doers have been rolling up their sleeves and pooling their funds to affect positive change. Year 2 of AAPIP’s 5-year campaign reflected this spirit as we saw an incredible year of growth, giving, and gratitude.

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Dreamers Leading

Catherine Eusebio, Social Justice Fellow

Dream Summer was one avenue where I could reclaim my agency. It’s the only national effort, led by and for undocumented young people that aims to build a generation of leaders of an inclusive, progressive movement. Through Dream Summer, I had the opportunity to learn and grow as an intern at AAPIP for ten weeks. I am not exaggerating when I say that summer was life-changing.

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Summer DREAMs

Hertz Alegrio, Queer Dream Summer Intern at API Equality Los Angeles

Summer may only be three months long, but a lot can happen during this spirited season… What I know for sure is that this summer has been life-changing for me and the 1.4 million young undocumented Americans who will benefit from Deferred Action.

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Civic Engagement Fund (CEF) Critical Collaboration Series

Laila Mehta, Director, Civic Engagement Fund

At AAPIP we are recognized by many as convenors. As such, convenings are the hallmark of our work, and on July 18 and 19 the CEF cohort met to continue to share lessons learned and to delve into the political realities of AMEMSA immigrant and refugee rights issues. This work has been the cornerstone of CEF’s efforts to build capacity and collaborations in AMEMSA communities, and we’re beginning to see multiple outcomes, but these kinds of results come only with time and deep investment.

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Identities Clashing

Catherine Eusebio, 2012 DREAM Summer Intern

A clashing of identities was a common theme from the participants of the conference. Many people expressed that they had to fully leave behind their ethnic or religious self because it was at odds with their queer identity. It was uplifting, however, to hear someone say, “We do this [social justice oriented] work to heal ourselves so that we no longer have to exist as fragmented people.”

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