Shows: November 18, 2013

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Typhoon Haiyan and the Philippines' Climate Plea

At the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference, Philippines climate change commissioner Naderev Sano made an urgent plea for real change against global warming shortly after Typhoon Bopha caused unprecedented destruction in his country, displacing millions of people and killing over a thousand. A year later, Sano has returned as an even more important voice at the same talks in 2013, which coincidentally commenced just three days after Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the strongest storm ever recorded. While it may have been made painfully clear that the unimaginable devastation--and the seemingly impossible recovery efforts of which we've seen images and heard stories over the last week and a half--was wholly preventable, we have yet to see if any meaningful outcome that Sano is pursuing is realized.

Tonight APF talks with members of community-based Filipino American organizations that work transnationally in the U.S. and the Philippines about their grassroots Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts and also about the work for environmental justice to bring real long-term solutions to the archipelago’s ongoing environmental disasters.

For more information on how to donate and participate in grassroots Haiyan relief efforts, please visit www.nafconusa.org.

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Writing Down the Flushing Experience

In October, the Asian American Writer’s Workshop had its Page Turner Food and Book Festival bringing together more than 30 writers and performers and the best of Brooklyn culinary culture. Of the couple dozen workshops and exhibitions offered at the festival, one particular panel showcased Asian American writers each of whom spent the past year covering a different Asian American neighborhood in New York City while producing creative non-fiction literature for AAWW’s online magazine, Open City, which is dedicated to telling the subterranean or hidden stories of what it means to be Asian American in New York. Open City writer Sukjong Hong illustrates the nuances of how people “read” or identify each other in the midst of the complex racial, ethnic, and class demarcations continually being redefined by Flushing’s recent transformations from being an Asian immigrant enclave to becoming more of an (sub)urban spectacle.

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Resisting the Thanksgiving Mythology

As we approach Thanksgiving, many Americans prepare to celebrate the first European settlers that made contact with the indigenous people of this land. For centuries, Native Americans have been struggling to provide a counter-narrative about the violence of European colonizers enacted upon the indigenous peoples. Every year since 1970, United American Indians of New England (UAINE) have organized the National Day of Mourning observance in Plymouth on Thanksgiving Day. Hundreds of Native people, as well as many people of color activists gather to remember the true history behind Thanksgiving. Lakou New York, a Haitian community activist organization, shows its solidarity by coordinating its sixth bus trip to Plymouth for New Yorkers seeking to support UAINE and the struggles of Native American communities.

For more info, contact 718-907-0484 or lakounyenfo@yahoo.com and check the following video: https://vimeo.com/79111861
For those who would like to take a bus from Manhattan, check out the
IAC website
. You can also contact International Action Center (IAC) at iacenter@iacenter.org or call 212.633.6646.

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This program is brought to you by Mijounga Chang and Danny Kim of the APF collective.

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