Providing a voice on issues impacting the Asian community
AACI advocates for civic engagement, health care access and social justice for the Asian community. We support coalition building, leadership development and advocacy to help immigrants integrate into the community as a whole.
Advocacy at AACI
South Bay First Thursdays (SBFT) is focused on engaging young Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) interested in supporting community activities and organizations throughout the South Bay Area. Consisting of early-to-mid career professionals from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors, SBFT provides a forum for networking, shared learning among peers and community service opportunities. SBFT organizes a monthly dinner to discuss an issue or event important to the API community. Panelists with knowledge of the topic are invited to share expert opinions. After the panel, audience members break -out into small groups to brainstorm and discuss.
Recent Event Topics
- API Activism: History and Evolution of Movements
- Movies & a Mixer: Showcasing API Filmmakers from around the Bay Area
- (re)present: Showcasing API Talent in the Arts
- Bound to Perfection: Mental-Wellness in API Women
- API Gangs: Gang Violence in Our Community
Did You Know?
- Raising awareness in the community. In 2010, SBFT hosted sessions on critical topics such as hepatitis B, diabetes, problem gambling and domestic violence.
- Pipeline for civic leaders. SBFT has become a pipeline for future civic leaders, with volunteers becoming commissioners, nonprofit advocates and legislative staff.
For more information, contact Kenneth Wong, email@example.com
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The Advocacy Program at AACI provides a voice to Asians in Santa Clara County, advocates on issues of equality and social justice, and builds relationships among local Asian groups and policymakers. The program addresses issues of equality and social justice while promoting civic engagement and local leadership among Asians.
- Asian American Voices. The Silicon Valley Asian American Voices project uses multimedia tools to tell the stories of Asian American immigrants, engage the community on cross-cultural issues, bridge understanding between diverse communities, and inspire action in support of immigrant communities. The project created a “Asian American Voices” DVD and discussion kit, website, social media campaign, policy brief, community dialogues, and community educator program.
- Census 2010. AACI played a key leadership role in the census by canvassing neighborhoods to promote the importance of participation, conducting ethnic media outreach, and serving as a Census Questionnaire Assistance Center in order to bring adequate federal funds and resources to the local community. Participation rates increased 10% within AACI’s targeted neighborhoods.
- Cultural Sensitivity. In response to recent police incidents involving members of the Asian community, AACI advocated for San Jose law enforcement to have more cultural sensitivity and mental health training. AACI hosted community meetings, provided training and worked with city leaders to improve safety and communication.
Did You Know?
- Making it count. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Santa Clara County’s Asian population grew from 25.4% in 2000 to 31.7% in 2009. From 2007 to 2008, as stated in a May 2009 San Jose Mercury News article, Santa Clara County added more new Asian residents than any other county nationwide
For more information, please contact Jorge Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 975-2730 x230
The Asian Pacific Islander Justice Coalition of Silicon Valley (APIJC) is a network of organizations that advocates for social justice, and seeks to unite and empower the Asian Pacific Islander Community. APIJC seeks to be a united voice of positive change on the issues that affect the Asian community, including immigrant rights, social and human services, race relations, anti-Asian violence prevention and awareness, API-focused legislation, voting rights and language access.
- Rapid Response Network. APIJC has an infrastructure for timely advocacy on critical issues and mobilization through public statements, press releases, press conferences, letter writing and petitioning. When an issue arises, through the Rapid Response Network APIJC is equipped to respond immediately to the community.
- Monthly Dinner Meetings. APIJC’s monthly dinner meetings provide members an opportunity to network and collaborate on issues affecting the Asian community. The meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 P.M. at a designated location.
- Community Events and Trainings. APIJC sponsors and hosts community events promoting civic engagement and trainings that enhance the work of our member organizations.
- Community Calendar. APIJC maintains a calendar of API events to promote community involvement and participation.
Did You Know?
- How it All Started. In the summer of 2006, AACI joined with the Asian Law Alliance, the Asian Pacific Bar Association, and the Japanese American Citizens League of San Jose to address the need of connecting Asian-focused organizations into a unified voice of advocacy in the Silicon Valley. In response, they formed the Asian Pacific Islander Justice Coalition of Silicon Valley (APIJC). AACI currently provides administrative and technical support for the coalition.
- APIJC is not a 501(c)3 organization; rather, it is a network of organizations united in a shared effort to ensure the well-being and uphold the rights of Asians in Silicon Valley.
For more information, visit http://apijustice.org/.
The Silicon Valley Asian American Voices project uses multimedia tools to tell the stories of Asian American immigrants and to educate, advocate, and engage people on related community issues. The project features an “Asian American Voices” DVD & Discussion Kit, interactive website, social media campaign, policy brief, community dialogues, and community educator program. Through these tools and activities, the project deepens understanding of the immigrant experience, builds trust between diverse groups of people, and inspires action in support of immigrant communities.