Workshop Session II

>> Afternoon Workshops 1:45 – 3:15PM

The Art and Practice of Disability Justice
by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn, share and co-create our strategies at creating movements for disability justice and liberation that center Black, Indigenous, People of Color, low income folks, prisoners, sex workers, queer and trans folks and others who are marginalized within mainstream disability rights movements. Leah will present clips of artwork and performance from Sins Invalid and other disabled performers of color, talk about art and performance as a means of advancing disability justice, and share concrete tips for building accessible, liberatory events, movements and communities.
* This workshop will have ASL interpretation

Staying Rooted—Resisting Displacement in our API Communities
by Mike Pichay and Chanel Ly
In this workshop, facilitators and participants together will explore the idea of displacement in many ways: through the movement of our families; the stages, tools, and impacts of displacement; by considering possible solutions to displacement; and through self-reflection on how we may contribute to anti-displacement efforts on individual, cultural and systemic levels.

Be a True Ally to the LGBTQ in the API Community
by Manumalo Ala’ilima and Ty Chance
Participants will examine their knowledge, attitudes and awareness about what it means to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Queer, what it means to be an ally and how that all fits in together with also being an Asian Pacific Islander. They will identify what internal and external factors influence their views, speech and behaviors towards LGBTQ people, and try to recognize and eliminate hurtful, offensive and hateful speech and behavior that serve as barriers for LGBTQ people and assist in creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for them to exist.

Using the Power of Our Vote for Transformative Change
by Kathy Wai and Yian Saechao
Despite being one of the largest and fastest growing racial communities in Oregon, API’s have been historically disenfranchised due to generations of disinvestment, voting restrictions, and discrimination. This has resulted in our communities having lower rates of civic engagement. In this workshop, we will explore how civic engagement builds power and visibility for our communities, how we can push back against anti-immigrant rhetoric that is wedging communities of color, and how we can advocate on the issues that impact us this major election year and beyond.

Our Families, Our Communities: Policies for the People
by Kalpana Krishnamurthy
What do our families look like in the API community in Oregon? How do our culture and policy support API families—which are multinational, intergenerational, and rich in their diversity? This workshop will explore family stories in Oregon, and how we can move policy and culture to support all families in our community. Participants will also discuss possible 2017 policy solutions and learn about opportunities to get involved with APANO’s advocacy in the future!

APIs for Black Lives
by Jeanice Chieng and Teresa Nguyen
Across the nation, amidst the tensions and violent killings between the police and Black community, APIs are grappling over whether to support the Black Lives Matter movement.  In this workshop, we will explore how White supremacy and the model minority myth has posed as a barrier for our communities to be in solidarity with BLM.  We will also look at how movements for social change work and how our communities have been impacted by the civil rights movement, and ask what our role is in the BLM movement for racial justice.  Where are the opportunities and what are the strategies for change?