August 27, 2015

CORAL Fall 2015 Catalog

The Community Organizing, Advocacy and Leadership Development (CORAL) program of APANO is made up of workshops, issue forums and experiential opportunities offered to build the analysis, skills and confidence of Asian and Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Each opportunity is free and offered in English, unless otherwise noted. Childcare can be provided upon request. Please contact Kara Carmosino, Training Manager, at for more information.

Our Families, Our Homes: Jade Fall Film Series
Gentrification and displacement have been transforming cities across the country. Low-income communities and communities of color are most affected--and they are also organizing to fight back. Join us for this monthly film series to learn more about how communities of color, from New Orleans to Boston, have organized to fight for affordable housing, environmental justice, and community-controlled development. After the films, we will engage in discussions led by APANO/Jade members about how we can use these experiences and stories in our organizing efforts against displacement in the Jade District and in the city overall.

All films held from 7-9 PM at JAMS (8114 SE Division St, Portland):

  • Sat, Sept. 26 - My Brooklyn Filmmaker Kelly Anderson examines gentrification in Brooklyn, NY, and how skyrocketing prices and property values have forced many residents out of their old neighborhoods.
  • Sat, Oct. 10 - Village Called Versailles Vietnamese community in New Orleans organizes against the siting of a toxic landfill and discovers the power of intergenerational community organizing. (Vietnamese subtitles)
  • Sat, Nov. 7 - Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street African-American, Latino, Cape Verdean, and European-American residents in Roxbury, MA united to revitalize their community in 1985 (Spanish subtitles)
  • Sat, Nov. 21 - Gaining Ground: Building Community on Dudley Street This follow-up to Holding Ground explores the innovative, grassroots organizing efforts of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) to prevent foreclosures and bring jobs to one of the city’s most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods. (Spanish subtitles)

Building Strong Families for Reproductive Justice!
Join APANO Strong Families for a two-day reproductive justice retreat this fall! On Saturday, Sept. 19 - Sunday, Sept. 20, we will learn about the histories of reproductive oppression and resistance in our communities; deepen our analysis and personal connections to reproductive health access and body sovereignty; and identify the culture shifts we need to work toward to value all families and their access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion. On the second day, we will join with other leaders of color and Western States Center to build our voices to speak out for what all our families need to thrive. This retreat uses curriculum from Western States Center's We Are BRAVE Toolkit, co-written by members of APANO Strong Families.

Admission is based on a short application, accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Apply at

APANO Parent Academy
Want to be a parent leader? Join our parent academy and learn how to support your child to succeed in school, advocate for your child, and get your child on track to college. For more information on how to join, please contact Jeanice Chieng at 971-266-5897 or Apply by Sept. 15 as the program begins in October in both Portland and Salem. Interpretation in Cantonese and Vietnamese will be provided.


Unpacking the Model Minority Myth
Thurs, Aug. 20, 6-8 PM, APANO (2788 SE 82nd Ave, Portland) - Registration closed
Thurs, Sept. 24, 6-8pm, APANO (2788 SE 82nd Ave, Portland) - Registration open

Where does the term “model minority” come from, what does it mean and how does it pit Asian and Pacific Islander communities against other communities of color? We will discuss API history and stereotypes, as well as how working for racial justice requires a model minority mutiny as we stand in solidarity with other communities of color.

A Community of Contrasts: Asian Pacific Islanders in Oregon
Weds, Oct. 14, 6-8 PM, JAMS (8114 SE Division St, Portland)

What is the State of Asian & Pacific Islanders in Oregon? Join us for a groundbreaking demographic report examining who and where our communities are, and how are they are doing on a range of social, economic and political indicators. Working in partnership with the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), we invite members and the public to this special release party.

Who's Left Out?Lifting the Veil on Oregon's Uninsured Population
Tues, Oct. 27, 6-8 PM, APANO (2788 SE 82nd Ave, Portland)

Join APANO and partners for an interactive workshop on who's currently excluded from affordable, accessible healthcare--low-income families, legal permanent residents under the five year bar, citizens of Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations, undocumented immigrants, and all people who can get pregnant without truly accessible reproductive health coverage. Join us as we leverage data from our new statewide report to learn about possible policy solutions to ensure everyone in our state has access to the care they need, and how to get involved with APANO's health campaign work!

Mapping the Political Landscape: What’s Ahead for 2016?
Tues, Dec. 8, 6-8 PM, APANO (2788 SE 82nd Ave, Portland)

Join APANO for a look ahead at the most pressing issues affecting APIs in Oregon in 2016, from legislative bills to ballot measures, from local races to the national election. Participants will also learn about APANO’s policy advocacy and civic engagement efforts and how to get further involved.