A Force For Change: A Comic Book by AAPI FORCE-EF

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June 2024

For the past year, our communications team has been working with Los Angeles-based artist Audrey Chan (2023–2024 18th Streets Arts Center California Creative Corps Fellow) to create A Force For Change. This comic book illustrates how greedy corporations have created terrible conditions in California AND how our network of grassroots Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations are working to transform our government into one that cares more about people than profit. The comic book is a political education tool for people of all ages and will be available in 8 Asian languages later this summer.

Download your free digital copy of A Force For Change.

We launched A Force For Change at two of our steering committee organizations’ offices: Khmer Girls in Action (Long Beach) and Hmong Innovating Politics (Sacramento).

AAPI FORCE-EF staff Ashley and Shania with Audrey (center) in front of KGA’s Y2K-themed photo backdrop
Panel on the creation of the Sacramento Children’s Fund moderated by Cha (AAPI FORCE-EF Director of Politics and Partnerships) and featuring Dao Vang (HIP), Ana Taukolo (Alliance for Education Solutions) and Yee Thao (HIP young adult member)

Homewreckers Update

AAPI FORCE-EF Field Director Mike with allies from Filipino Advocates for Justice and Jakara Movement at the San Jose Press Conference against the CBRT initiative

On June 20, the California Supreme Court moved decisively to keep the California Business Roundtable (CBRT)’s anti-tax initiative OFF the November ballot. The unconstitutional initiative would have stripped $3 billion in funding from affordable housing projects, schools, and emergency services voters already approved.

The CBRT tried to illegally rig the rules of government so corporations and their billionaire friends could get richer while everyday people struggle to pay for housing, put gas in their cars, and keep food on their tables. We applaud the California Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of communities over corporations!

Read the Press Release from the No on Taxpayer Deception Act Campaign

This November, we’ll keep fighting the billionaire agenda which seeks to criminalize our neighbors and loved ones, pollute our neighborhoods, and put profits over people.

From Our Network

  • Chinese Progressive Association worker organizers helped 17 former employees of a closed San Francisco dining institution win a settlement of nearly $60,000 in back wages owed. CPA is a member of the Workers Rights Community Collaborative, a partnership between San Francisco’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement and community organizations. Read SF Chronicle article
  • Asian Pacific Environmental Network Richmond team organized and mobilized Richmond voters to urge their city council to advance the #PollutersPay measure to make Big Oil pay for health and pollution damages. Richmond City Council voted unanimously to place this measure on the November ballot.
  • Pilipino Workers Center partnered with Voyage Studios to create a documentary film that follows the lives of two PWC Worker Leaders, Amelia and Lord, who have experienced wage theft, human trafficking, employer abuse, and exploitation. With the support of PWC, Amelia and Lord fought back for a life with dignity and justice.

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AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund

A statewide network that builds progressive AAPI governing power in CA through campaign organizing, policy advocacy, IVE, and narrative change.