Resistance and Resilience: Summer Dinner Series on the Current Political Moment and the Vision Forward

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Please join the Chinese Progressive Association for Resistance and Resilience: Summer Dinner Series on the Current Political Moment and the Vision Forward!

6 week series on Tuesdays, June 30 to August 4, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Bring your dinner and come together to engage in conversation with movement leaders & organizers to deepen our individual and collective analysis of the current political moment. This is a critical time for us to explore what it means to build power and organize for the future we want.

RSVP here: We will send you a link the day of the event.

Topic List (Speakers will be updated as confirmed)

  • Tue. 6/30 – Looking at the Current Moment
    • Speakers:
      • Emily Ja-Ming Lee is the Director at San Francisco Rising, leading city-wide electoral campaigns with key partners. Previously, she spent 10 years doing youth organizing and ultimately serving as the Political Director at the Chinese Progressive Association, a founding member of SF Rising. In 2017, Emily helped start Bay Resistance, a powerful new regional organization leading the fight against right-wing attacks on immigrants and communities of color. 
      • Kevine Boggess is the Political Director at Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth in San Francisco. Before joining the Coleman staff team, Kevine worked with Black Youth Vote in Atlanta and led the Morehouse University Amnesty International chapter. While at City College of San Francisco, Kevine served as the Student Body President and Coordinator of Students Serving Students (S Cubed), a peer mentoring program at CCSF.
  • Tue. 7/7 – Community Safety
    • Speakers:
      • Joe Wilson is the Executive Director of Hospitality House in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. Previously, Joe was the Assistant Organizing Director for AFSCME, the largest union in the AFL-CIO, with more than 1.6 million members. Joe has been honored multiple times by members of the California Legislature and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for his continued work on behalf of homeless people and low-income working class communities in San Francisco. Joe is also formerly homeless.
      • Eddy Zheng is the President & Founder of New Breath Foundation, and works to mobilize resources to support Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) harmed by violence and the unjust immigration and criminal justice systems. Previously, he served as Co-Director of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee and co-founded the first ever ethnic studies program in San Quentin State Prison – ROOTS. Eddy is the subject of the award winning documentary “Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story.”
  • Tue. 7/14 – Economic Crisis and Disaster Capitalism 
    • Speakers:
      • Libero Della Piana is the Senior Strategist at Alliance for a Just Society. For Thirty years, Libero has worked as a writer, editor, organizer, strategist, and educator for progressive social change and racial justice. Libero is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and lives in East Harlem, New York.
  • Tue. 7/21 – State of Worker Organizing
  • Tue. 7/28 – Future of Education and Youth Organizing
    • Speakers:
      • Emily Wong is a first-generation Chinese American with immigrant and working-class parents. Emily is an incoming second-year at UC Davis majoring in communication, and possibly also sociology. She started her political journey in social justice two years ago as a Youth MOJO member at CPA. Together with MOJOers, Emily helped organize a youth-led campaign, “Our Healing in Our Hands” to win $1.25 million in mental health resources in SFUSD.  
  • Tue. 8/4 – No Justice, No Peace: The Future We Want

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