Shows: February 24, 2014

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The Fight to Reform NYPD Policing Practices Continues

Asia Pacific Forum is joined by community organizers Meejin Richart and Ruben An, who are involved in the movement towards reforming abusive discriminatory practices used by the NYPD. They are part of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, which is one of over 60 member and supporting organizations that make up the coalition campaign, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR). This coalition was at the forefront pushing for the Community Safety Act (aimed at bringing real accountability to the NYPD) to be passed in the summer of 2013. Meejin and Ruben discuss an incident of police violence toward an Asian community member, and how police brutality is a racial justice issue. They also discuss ways to empower individuals, families and communities impacted by police violence to take power back from the NYPD, and prevent more violent police encounters from damaging or destroying people’s lives.

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People Power Movements: Asia's Unknown Uprisings

In the second volume of his study, George Katsiaficas sheds light on a series of uprisings in nine Asian nations between 1947 and 2009. He provides historical and ethnographic research, while attempting to make sense of the potential of these people power movements and the "eros effect" of simultaneous global uprisings. APF producer, Aruna Krishnakumar, spoke with Katsiaficas soon after the book was released to discuss lessons to be drawn from these uprisings and to take a look at the current protests in Thailand.

Check out APF's interview with Katsiaficas on Volume 1.

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NYC’s First Home Video Day: Preserving the Memories of Asian Communities

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, Activist Archivists, DCTV and Third World Newsreel will host the first New York City “Home Video Day” to highlight the importance of saving individual and community media memories for future generations. A special outreach is being made to the Chinatown community, as DCTV, a community media center, is located right at 87 Lafayette Street. The APF Collective sat down with JT Takagi of Third World Newsreel to discuss the importance of preserving and archiving community produced media, particularly those that have captured the images of Asian community members, activists, and organizers, whose stories are often marginalized or left completely out of dominant narratives exhibited through mainstream media.

For more info, check out this facebook page.
Press contact: activistarchivists@gmail.com

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