Community Organizing

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Community Organizing 2017-07-25T19:54:35+00:00

The core of APANO’s work is a place-based approach to building a powerful base of members who create and lead solutions that address real issues in their communities and shift the balance of power.

APANO’s organizing is rooted in the belief that those most affected by an issue should be the ones shaping the solutions.  This approach requires disciplined year-round work to support our members in identifying and prioritizing the issues APANO works on, building skills, knowledge and confidence through APANO campaigns, and increasingly taking on public leadership.

Through our organizing we envision:

  • Leadership roles for people and communities most impacted
  • Solutions that challenge the root cause of the problem
  • Advocacy efforts that shift the balance of power to the communities who are most affected
  • Space for reflection that provides for personal and institutional transformation

APANO’s Asian youth organizing arm, ALLY (Asian Leaders for the Liberation of Youth), aims to build the leadership skills of working-class Asian high school youth through community organizing. Youth leaders undergo leadership development and political education, including annual overnight youth-led retreats and  summer Social Justice bootcamps, to develop a community organizing campaign. Open to all Asian students, and primarily operates in Portland Public Schools; hosted at the APANO office.

Read about their 2015-2016 campaign: Missing Pages of our History, in which ALLY youth were victorious in getting the Portland Public Schools School Board to vote unanimously for a resolution to bring ethnic studies to all PPS high schools within 4 years.

Started in 2017, APANO’s Pacific Islander youth organizing arm focuses on social justice and seeks to address the erasure and invisibility of Pacific Islanders in the umbrella term of API (Asian Pacific Islander) through community organizing. ONYCS draws from new and existing Pacific Islander groups at Portland Public High Schools, with plans to move into David Douglas and Parkrose High School for the 2017-2018 school year.

The parent organizing program at APANO works with API parents on empowerment and leadership development. Our goal is to help break down the barriers that prevent API immigrant/refugee parents from getting involved in their child’s education. Currently, APANO is organizing Chinese Parents in SE Portland neighborhoods and outreaching to Vietnamese Parents.

In Fall 2017, APANO is relaunching its College organizing program, building off on the mission of C2C (Classroom to Community) — organizing safe spaces for Asian Pacific Islander (API) college students, in order to create a member pipeline for college students and higher education activism.