[AAPIP Connect] October 2020

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AAPIP Connect

Dear Philanthrofolk, 

During a month filled with immense anticipation - and hope - we extend healing and restorative energies out to each and every one of you.

As we inch closer to an historic election, AAPIP is organizing a WTF (Why the Face) Post-Election Community Space that’ll be held on Wednesday, November 4th from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET. To kick off our discussion, we will be joined by Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director of General Service Foundation and Kiran Ahuja, CEO of Philanthropy Northwest. While it is not clear what the day after the election will look like and whether there will be clarity about election results, we can be reasonably sure that it will not be the end, but likely the beginning of a new phase in the post-election cycle. This will be a dedicated space for AAPIP members and friends to simply come as you are and process our reactions and responses post-election. RSVP for the Post-Election Community Space here.

Last week, Philadelphia based immigration rights activist and Executive Director of VietLead, Nancy Nguyen, was arrested for bogus charges in what is a blatant retaliatory act of intimidation for opposing ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Thanks to the swift actions of many who called the Mayor’s Office and Philadelphia Police Department, Nancy was released. The fight for immigration rights is far from over, however, as 8 members of Charlotte Uprising had arrest warrants issued for them by the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. We put this on your radar in philanthropy as yet another example of the erosion of our democracy. Follow the full story and learn how to get involved here.

October certainly has been a busy month, being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Filipino American History Month, and includes Indigenous People’s Day leading up to American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month in November.

Anywhere from 21-55% of Asian women in 2015 reported experiencing intimate physical or sexual violence. This year’s theme for Filipino American History Month is celebrating the history of Filipino American activism which dates back to 1587 when the first Filipino community was recorded in California. This marks Filipino Americans as the first Asian Americans to settle on this land, and currently are the second largest Asian American ethnic group in the nation.

Alongside this important, largely unknown history, as we near American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, we also honor the original custodians of this land that was forcibly taken and occupied. Working towards racial justice and uprooting white supremacy means decolonizing this land and our perspectives while acknowledging and preserving sovereignty of Indigenous peoples. 

These and more are the narratives for philanthropy to reflect and act upon as the sector evolves as we move through the final quarter of 2020, a year like no other.

With fortitude and deep gratitude,


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