Oftentimes, in activism, it can seem as if we are in isolated bubbles, fighting uphill battles that never end. In this cohort, I think we have seen that we are all a valuable piece of a larger puzzle, pieces that can come together for broader changes. ASATA as an organization feels empowered to know that we are part of a greater movement.
In September of this year, I had the privilege of attending the inaugural celebration event for the Rainbow Dragon Fund (RDF) the nation’s first giving circle by and for Queer Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and a member of AAPIP’s National Giving Circle network.
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.
Noelle Ito, AAPIP Director of Community Philanthropy, received a White House "Champion of Change" award on August 17, 2012 as part of President Barack Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Honorees are selected by the White House Office of Public Engagement, in partnership with AmeriCorp Alumni and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Noelle served with the AmeriCorp National Youth Service Project in Washington DC at the beginning of her career in the public interest.
Kathy Reich, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Thanks to all of you for inviting me to the CEF convening. I truly appreciated the opportunity to get to know you in a relaxed, candid, and open environment.
I learned (or re-learned) a few very valuable lessons from our time together.
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.