On Wednesday, the DHS will release the final version of the xenophobic "public charge" rule, which will take effect mid-October. This rule would force immigrant families to chose between their immigration status, their health, and their ability to put food on the table. The Trump Administration is hellbent on advancing their blatantly racist agenda by intentionally denying immigrant families basic living needs. We cannot become a country where only the wealthy and the healthy are permitted to enter and thrive. #ProtectFamilies #PublicCharge (Art from @napawfboston)
Our Chicago Chapter has been busy canvassing for young peoples' reproductive agency 🏃♀️, making plans to expand health care for immigrant communities 🙌🏽, and soothing their sweet tooth 🍰 #StopPNA #TrustYouth
Our Chicago Chapter this weekend showed up to say:📣 Immigrant Justice *is* Reproductive Justice. #NeverAgainIsNow and we must #CloseTheCamps and #AbolishICE ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏼
Anchorage NAPAWF Chapter is fighting state budget cuts to critical health, education, and environmental programs! #45toOverride #SaveOurState Genevieve, @aknapawf member: "This land and its institutions have raised me, and everything the Governor has vetoed is a direct threat to folks like me who want to make this place better. Medicaid helped my family start their own small business - to serve our elderly with dignity through assisted living homes. The UA system's scholarships and programs gave me the opportunity to debate, showcasing that UAA can be competitive with Ivy League and international schools, while granting me the greatest academic experience: to talk through ideas and find common ground. Internship opportunities led me to work in the Alaska Legislature and research health policy in D.C., granting me the practical tools to figure out how regular people can make an impact in their government. I stay because Alaska built me, and I have an obligation to defend programs that harm the most vulnerable in the community I love." Do you live in Alaska? Take action by contacting your legislator to demand they override the veto!
Today for #Pride and Immigrant Heritage Month, we recognize Jose Antonio Vargas, an award-winning journalist and the founder of Define American. Vargas, who is openly gay and undocumented, boldly fights for immigrant rights and justice.
Hayley Kiyoko. Inventor of hashtag #20gayteen. Do we need to say any more? #pride #aapi #pride2019
June is both Pride and Immigrant Heritage Month. Today we are highlighting Kosen Takahashi, a queer Issei illustrator for a Japanese newspaper in San Francisco around the turn of the 20th century. Queer people of color have always been present in the United States 🏳🌈✊🏽 #pride #immigrantheritagemonth #aapi #issei
Founded in 1955, the Daughters of Bilitis was the first lesbian civil rights organization in the United States. Rose Bamberger, a Filipina American, was one of the founding members 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 #pride #aapi #daughtersofbilitis
@napawfabq regram: throwback to when our Albuquerque chapter met with Congresswoman Deb Haaland at the end of #APAHM last month! Thank you for a productive discussion on how to support immigrant women & our communities ♥️✨✊🏽
Happy Pride Month! We'll be featuring LGBTQ Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on our social media during June. Today we recognize Margaret Cho, a talented actress, comedian, and fierce advocate who explores her identity as a bisexual AAPI woman through her work ♥️✊🏽
Thank you @repjayapal for meeting with our Seattle Chapter! It was an exciting and productive discussion. Thank you for always being a fierce advocate for our communities & making sure AAPI women are seen and heard in Congress ♥️
Our board celebrated our phenomenal AAPI heritage this weekend at our board meeting. A special thank you to @phenomenal.ly for your support and contribution this #APAHM ♥️ To our members & supporters, keep representing your PHENOMENAL heritage all year long!
As AAPIs, we are acutely aware of the role that honor plays in our lives - and how traditionally, it is linked to shame. Today, we are celebrating our heritage with @nationalwomenslawcenter by reclaiming what honor means to us. We invite you to take part in our #IHonorMy Twitter Story Hour today by sharing your story with us. Whether it's honoring your mental illness, abortion, queerness, or rage, we are proud of what makes us unique. #APAHM
This morning, our Chicago member Jay & organizer Seri met with Representative Chuy García to discuss immigrant access to healthcare. It was a productive conversation! EVERYONE deserves to be healthy, regardless of immigration status ♥️🏥
Krithi, @napawfaz member, on #apahm2019 and what being AAPI means to her: "Being AAPI, specifically Indian American, means being a bridge between two distant lands, but never fully belonging in either and having to constantly find comfort in discomfort. It also means having to challenge harmful stereotypes within and outside of my community, particularly around anti-blackness and body shaming."
Last week, our Chicago chapter rallied for reproductive justice and #AbortionSolidarity with our allies. We're going to continue fighting for abortion access all across the country. #StopTheBans #AbortionIsHealthcare #NotYourModelMinority #Feminism #reproductivejustice #reproductivehealth #reproductiverights #feminism #feminist #AAPI
@napawf_atl Organizer Roula AbiSamra on why AAPI Women will continue to fight against these unjust abortion bans ✊🏽 #abortionsolidarity #stopthebans #abortionishealthcare #feminism #feminist #abortionrights #reproductivejustice #reproductiverights #reproductivehealth #aapi #PissedOffPeaches
In a time where abortion care is increasingly under attack, @napawfnyc is boldly joining a coalition to call for city funding for the New York Abortion Fund. #FundAbortionNYC . . . . . #reproductivejustice #reproductiverights #aapi #feminism #abortionishealthcare #fundabortionbuildpower #feminist #NotYourModelMinority
Our Atlanta chapter joined with allied reproductive rights & health groups last night to tell Governor Kemp that abortion is a human right and we are holding him accountable. #PissedOffPeaches (📸 Jaira Burke/Amplify GA) #reproductivejustice #reproductiverights #hb481 #feminism #aapi #feminist #abortionishealthcare #feminism #abortionrights
On this day in 1960, the FDA first approved the birth control pill. If the birth control pill is made available over the counter, it will remove barriers and make it easier for everyone, including AAPI women, to exercise reproductive agency. #FreeThePill
Today, Georgia Governor Kemp signed one of the nation's most restrictive abortion bans into law. HB481 bans abortion after six weeks, which is before most people even know they are pregnant. Restrictions like this disproportionately impact the health and agency of marginalized communities, including AAPI women and girls. Our Georgia chapter fiercely opposed this bill before and during its passage because it reduces our agency and dignity, and we will continue to fight for our community’s capacity for self-determination. #reproductivejustice #reproductiverights #feminism #aapi #pissedoffpeaches #hb481
Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Our communities have powerful stories that deserve to be told and traditions that should be celebrated and shared. How are you celebrating #apahm2019? #reproductivejustice #aapi #apahm
While this is a win for our reproductive agency, this ruling is only temporary. We need to remain fierce and fighting until the Title X gag rule is defeated — for good. #ProtectX
We were proud to join with our Intersections of Our Lives partners yesterday to release the results of a new poll about what motivates women of color to vote and the issues they care about. Women of color are a powerful voting block that make the difference in our elections.
Dr. Margaret Chung was the first known Chinese American female physician. She was born in 1889 to a family of poor Chinese immigrants. In 1911, she enrolled in medical school. She was the first Chinese American woman to attend medical school in the state and the only woman in her class. While in medical school, Chung dressed in tailored suits and went by “Mike.” She did her residency in Chicago, and moved to San Francisco’s Chinatown to set up her own practice. In addition to treating the residents of Chinatown, Dr. Chung treated several early Hollywood celebrities, including Sophie Tucker, and actress and comedian. Chung kept a close and personal relationship with Tucker that may have been romantic. Chung also had a similar relationship with Elsa Gidlow, who published the first North American lesbian love poetry book. Dr. Chung was sympathetic to women seeking birth control and abortion care, recommending doctors and convincing them to charge a reasonable price. In the 1930’s, Dr. Chung treated seven Navy pilots, who took to calling her “Mom Chung.” Dr. Chung began “adopting” Navy pilots who joined the Flying Tigers, American pilots who joined the Chinese Air Force to fight Japan before the US entered the war. Chung gave her sons jade Buddha necklaces and regularly wrote to them. After Pearl Harbor, Chung kept on adopting sons. By the end of the war, she had over 1,500 sons, who would recognize each other around the world by their necklaces. Her many sons came to include high ranking Navy officers, including Fleet Admiral Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. She held house parties in San Francisco, where her sons would mingle with Congressmen. Dr. Chung used her influence to push for the establishment of the WAVES, the women’s branch of the Naval Reserves. Dr. Chung tried to join but was rejected, due to her age, race, and suspected sexuality. After the end of the war, hundreds of her sons pitched in money to buy her a home north of San Francisco. Margaret Chung passed away in January 1959. In 2012, a plaque was dedicated to her in Chicago’s Legacy Walk, and outdoor public museum that celebrates LGBTQ history and culture.
Today for #WomensHistoryMonth we recognize Helen Zia, an award-winning author and journalist, an activist, and a NAPAWF Founding Sister.
It's still #WomensHistoryMonth - swipe to learn about some of the historic #AAPI women we've highlighted so far!
THANK YOU to everyone to attended one of our AAPI Equal Pay Day events last week! Together, we can end the wage gap and ensure that each member of the AAPI community can achieve pay equity and economic security. #AAPIEqualPay #NotYourModelMinority #DisaggregateAAPIData
This is why we fight for #AAPIEqualPay. AAPI Women must work, on average, an extra two months for our pay to catch up with the annual pay of white men. We're going to keep fighting for equal pay for AAPI women until the wage gap is closed. Regram @shainadoesart
Today is AAPI Equal Pay Day - the day when the average AAPI woman’s earnings catch up to what white men earned in 2018. In 2018, Asian American and Pacific Islander women made an average of $0.85 for every one dollar that white men took home. This isn’t the full story. As you can see on the chart, average wage gaps for many AAPI ethnic groups are even larger. The model minority myth - the idea that all AAPIs have achieved equality and are doing fine - hides these wage gaps within our community. Those in power, who buy into the myth, have responded by gutting, underfunding, or ignoring lifesaving programs that support us. #aapiequalpay #notyourmodelminority #disaggregateaapidata
Happy Women’s History Month! Today we are highlighting Tye Leung Shulze, the first Chinese American woman to cast a ballot in a primary election when she voted in 1912. Tye Leung was born in California in 1887 to a family of Chinese immigrants. At 14, she escaped an arranged marriage in Montana by joining a Presbyterian Mission in San Francisco. There, she learned English and became an interpreter, helping the mission rescue trafficked Chinese women from local brothels. In 1910 she was hired as a translator at Angel Island Immigration Station; Leung was the first Chinese American to pass the civil service exam and become a government employee. Here, she met Charles Shulze, an immigration inspector, and they fell in love. Charles Shulze was white. At the time, interracial marriages were illegal in California. They went to Washington state to get legally married, knowing that when they returned to California, the intense racism and prejudice from their coworkers would force them to lose their jobs. To support their family of four children, Tye worked as a night shift telephone operator. Charles was a mechanic and repairman until he died in 1935. Tye continued to be an interpreter, social worker, and an involved community member in San Francisco’s Chinatown until she died in 1972. #womenshistorymonth #aapi
Neomi Rao is Trump's nominee for the DC Circuit Court, the second most powerful court in the country. She has taken dangerous stances on these issues that are vital to the well-being and agency of our communities. Call your senators and let them know: Rao is not the nominee for us.
On this day in 1942, FDR signed Executive Order 9066. This racist, knee-jerk reaction led to the unjust incarceration of over one hundred thousand Japanese Americans. We must remember that decisions made by fear and bigotry always damage our community.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute this weekend in Atlanta. We built our knowledge of organizing, identified the issues that affect our communities, and developed ourselves as leaders ✊🏽🔥💪🏼 #BuildingPower
This weekend, we showed up. We were visible. We built power with AAPI women and girls. And most importantly, we made ourselves clear: we will never compromise on the safety, wellbeing, and autonomy of AAPI women and girls. Thank you to everyone who joined us to raise our voices and fight for agency over our bodies, our lives, and our families. #WomensMarch #WomensWave
Look at that crowd! Earlier today, we packed the room for our panel at #NIIC on the intersection of reproductive rights and reproductive health. Our Policy Manager, Jaclyn Dean was joined by Jessica Pinckney of @in_our_own_voice and Yesenia Chavez of #NLIRH to open up an informative discussion about how women of color are affected by these issues and how we can get involved and fight back. #NIIC2018
In light of repeated attacks on bodily autonomy, our Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow explores what liberation looks like for #AAPI women and how we can fight the norms that confine & dictate our appearances. Listen to the full episode on @projectvoicepod! #bodypositivity . . . #Repost @projectvoicepod . . . 👏 NEW EPISODE sponsored by @foundcoffeela: @NAPAWF: Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds through Political Advocacy and #BodyLove 👏 . It is no surprise to us how often Asian women are bombarded by harmful messages from society and media. Tired of being told how we should navigate the world, Sung Yeon Choimorrow and I will be opening up the conversation on body issues by first discussing and dispelling stereotypes fostered by microaggressions, internalized racism, fatphobia, racism, and more. Later on in the podcast, Sung Yeon also will share her professional involvement with body politics through means of organizational advocacy under the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). She will bring up topics on NAPAWF’s current agenda, such as immigration and deportation. We will end strong with closing remarks to questions that many of us in our community have asked every day: What does #bodylove mean to us? What does it mean to have agency over our bodies? How can we change the culture and attitude around our politicized bodies and finally reclaim agency over our bodies? . Sung Yeon Choimorrow is the executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), the nation’s only organization dedicated to advocacy at the intersection of gender and racial justice for Asian American Pacific Islander women and girls. She is a Public Voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project. . Follow NAPAWF at: https://www.facebook.com/NAPAWF/ https://twitter.com/napawf https://www.instagram.com/napawf/ . ✨ Illustration by Grace Abe ( @midorikoa) ✨ Podcast intro + outro by Joanne Mai Nguyen ( @joannemainguyen) ✨ Audio editing by J.J. Querubin (@jehovah.jirah)
SAY NO TO PUBLIC CHARGE: SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT NOW . Join us as we mobilize #AAPI communities to fight back against public charge, a rule that will threaten immigrants’ access to lifesaving programs. Submit a public comment explaining why you say no to public charge. Then, ask 5 friends or family members to submit their own! Link in bio. #ProtectFamilies . Art credit: @shainadoesart
Last night, we had an amazing time with dozens of #AAPI women, girls, and allies who packed the room for our fundraiser in New York City! 🍎 Interested in supporting NAPAWF? We’ll be hosting fundraisers in D.C. and Chicago soon! Subscribe for more updates — link in bio 💁🏻♀️💁🏽♀️💁🏾♀️
Our team has been hard at work canvassing to get out the vote in Gwinnett County, GA! Voter suppression is rampant in Georgia, and this election, as in the past, #AAPIs and other people of color are suffering from a much higher rate of rejected absentee ballots than white voters. Remember to vote tomorrow, November 6th, and make your voice heard! #GOTV #electionday #AAPIsrising
Happy Halloween from NAPAWF 🎃 Remember to #getoutthevote next Tuesday, November 6th! #halloween
FLASH SALE: Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Fierce. Our 3/4 sleeve tee says it all! Prices have been reduced to $10 for NAPAWF Members and $15 for Non-Members! And while you're there, prepare for the dropping temperatures with our super soft red NAPAWF hoodie and a matching beanie to go with it! See our online store here: https://squareup.com/store/napawf!
Singer. Songwriter. Immigrant. Refugee. Documentarian. @miadocumentary shows @miauniverse like you've never seen her before. Listen to her story as a South Asian woman, how she created visibility for herself and her community at miadocumentary. In this moving and groundbreaking documentary, M.I.A. shares her thoughts on visibility, representation, her experience with being separated from her father, her Tamil roots, and what it was like to bring a child into the world amidst her awareness of rising conflict in Sri Lanka. #asianrepresentation
Join over 100 AAPIs across the country who have spoken out to #StopKavanaugh! Why do you think we should #CancelKavanaugh? Tag @NAPAWF to share with us, and ***please tag your senators!*** #BelieveSurvivors #AAPI #AAPIsRising Check out the full gallery — link in bio! ↖️
↖️ LINK IN BIO . Op-ed in @truthout: “Kavanaugh Poses a Threat to Asian American and Pacific Islander Women” by Sung Yeon Choimorrow . Brett Kavanaugh is an anti-woman judge whose voting record has revealed a record of restricting contraceptive and abortion access and standing up for employers over workers. . Now, in light of the recent allegations from Dr. #ChristineBlaseyFord, we have even more reason to doubt Kavanaugh’s fitness for the role of Supreme Court Justice. . The last thing we need is another man to make decisions about OUR bodies from his seat on the highest court in our land. . #AAPI women stand strong against Brett Kavanaugh and we urge our senators to: . 1. Delay the confirmation hearing until Dr. Blasey Ford gets the thorough, nonpartisan investigation into her allegations that she deserves; . 2. (For members of the Senate Judiciary Committee specifcially) Hear Dr. Blasey Ford’s story without engaging in victim blaming or character assassination; and . 3. Vote NO on Brett Kavanaugh. #StopKavanaugh
Today is the day! Join us on Twitter from 2-3pm EST for an important conversation about Southeast Asian Equal Pay Day. Did you know that Southeast Asian women in the U.S. make, on average, only 61 cents to the white male dollar? I know, we can’t believe it either 🙎🏻♀️🙎🏽♀️🙎🏾♀️ We won’t rest until we #CloseTheGap and make equal pay a reality for ALL women of color. #SEAEqualPay #AAPIEqualPay #AAPI . . . ↖️ Click the link in our bio for more information on how you can participate!
ATTN: badass #AAPI women and girls! Are you tired of being called a “model minority”? Sick of being stereotyped as quiet and passive? Fired up and angry about how our country treats women of color? . Let our cute lil cap do the talking for you 💁🏻♀️💁🏽♀️💁🏾♀️ Join us to fight back and tell everyone that AAPI women are #NotYourModelMinority! We’re loud, bold, and fierce. Shop our caps and more — link to store in our bio :) . 📸: @lestalusan
Last night, our New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Atlanta chapters hosted film viewing parties to bring awareness to Southeast Asian Equal Pay Day. NAPAWF members and folks from all over the communities attended and had important conversations about why equal pay matters to AAPIs and how we can close the wage gap for #AAPI women (over some delicious food!) #SEAEqualPay #closethegap
#Repost @voxpopuligallery: Join us for a film screening and discussion about what equal pay means for Southeast Asian women in the U.S.! #SEAEqualPay #AAPIEqualPay . . . TOMORROW (Thurs, Sep 6) at 6:30pm, join the Philly chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum ( @napawf) at Vox Populi for a free screening + workshop to mark Southeast Asian Equal Pay Day. More info: voxpopuligallery.org/calendar 🖤