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.
Meejin Richart is a Member of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, Leadership Committee Member of People’s Justice for Community Control and Police Accountability, Co-coordinator of Poongmul Movement Builders, and member of the Bushwick CopWatch team. Her work is committed to building leadership of queer, trans, and people of color communities to achieve racial and economic justice through community engagement. She works toward peace in Korea and anti-militarism around the world.
Ruben An is the Program Coordinator of Asian Youth in Action at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities. Currently, he works with Asian youth on education around police accountability. He coordinates Know-Your-Rights Trainings with the youth for local Asian communities, in order to inform community members about how to protect themselves from abusive policing.
"Divide and Conquer" by Chris Kando Iijima & Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto
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.
George Katsiaficas George Katsiaficas is author or editor of eleven books, including ones on the global uprising of 1968 and European social movements. A longtime activist for peace and justice, he was a student of Herbert Marcuse. He has done research and written books on contemporary social movements that have emerged throughout Asia.
"Free the Land" by Chris Kando Iijima & Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto
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.
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Marie Lascu is a practicing audiovisual archivist and a member of the Activist Archivists, which is a network of media archivists who support the efforts of individuals and communities to voice their concerns and opinions utilizing all of the digital tools available in our age.
JT Takagi is a filmmaker and member of Third World Newsreel, which is an alternative media center that distributes, produces and trains in media production, emphasizing media by and about people of color and social justice. Third World Newsreel has a particular interest in documenting and preserving peoples’ history through media, as people of color communities are usually not covered or misrepresented by mainstream media.
"Imperialism is Another Word for Hunger" by Chris Kando Iijima & Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto