image description: a graphic detailing the three APIENC programs: Dragon Fruit Project, Leadership Development, and Trans Justice

What’s Coming Up in 2018?

image description: rows of smiling faces with their hands up. text on the image reads: “2018: growing, healing, and learning”

As 2017 comes to an end, APIENC is strategizing and planning for 2018 and beyond. In 2018, APIENC will be providing even more leadership development opportunities for our membership, growing our financial and organizational capacity, and strengthening our community’s abilities to respond to crisis, heal from trauma, and keep each other safe. Our programs, as shown in the graphic below, will continue to be led and guided by our 80+ regular member leaders.

image description: a graphic detailing the three APIENC programs: Dragon Fruit Project, Leadership Development, and Trans Justice

Concretely, some of the things we have planned include:

  • Healthy Communication in Relationships: This collaboration with Asian Womens’ Shelter (AWS) will be a 5 week workshop series called “Chai Chats” on positive communication practices and how we can build healthier relationships.
  • Trans Rights and Empowerment Day: As part of our work to create more spaces for trans and gender nonconforming people, we will host the first ever Trans Rights and Empowerment Day for TGNC people to share resources, create safety plans, and strategize around trans justice in our own Asian communities.
  • APIENC Leadership Trainings: From our annual Core Committee retreat to our Leadership Exchange to our grassroots fundraising trainings, APIENC will be providing even more workshops on community organizing, outreach, strategy building, and facilitation so that our work can be leader-ful and shared across our community.
  • Dragon Fruit Network: Starting with small, intergenerational gatherings, the Dragon Fruit Network will provide a space for younger activists, elders, and people of all ages to dialogue about our material needs. As our community members age, try to find community, struggle with health, and deal with housing in a gentrified Bay Area, we will work to create community-based solutions that are grounded in our personal relationships.

…and even more beyond this, including our 9th Summer Internship cohort, organizing with other grassroots Asian American groups to act on trans justice, and the NQAPIA National LGBTQ API conference! As hateful rhetoric, state-sponsored violence, and environmental catastrophe continue to harm our communities, we will continue to fight back and build a new world. Stay tuned for an amazing year.

Want to power this work for the following year? Send your end-of-year donations through this online form, and get involved with us through this link.