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June 2022 Newsletter
Dear Friends of ACDC,

On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued its final decision on Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women Health Organizationwhich overruled Roe v. Wade and the federal constitutional right to abortion. We condemn the decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion. Thank you to Governor Baker for acting quickly to sign an executive order to protect access to reproductive health services in Massachusetts.

The impact of today’s ruling in Dobbs v Jackson’s Women Health Organization will be swift and devastating for communities of color, working poor individuals, and immigrants. This will leave almost 40 million women without crucial reproductive care and exacerbate existing barriers, especially for people of color, individuals with low incomes, and immigrants. We cannot fight for social justice and equity without defending abortion rights. The same lawmakers determined to ban abortions are also working to suppress LGBTQ people and limit our right to vote. Stay tuned for action items across our social media channels and upcoming newsletters.

In light of this devastating news, we are grateful to have reconnected with our friends in person at the Dim Sum event earlier this month. It was humbling and inspiring to listen to our esteemed honorees' sage advice about community building and fostering solidarity while facing overwhelming adversity. It's in these times that we can find renewed hope by connecting with one another and joining in resistance against the assaults on our most vulnerable communities. Thank you to our supporters for fueling ACDC's work to foster communities where everyone can thrive and feel a sense of belonging.

Lastly, starting in July I will be on a three-month sabbatical to spend time with my family back in Taiwan. I am grateful for the ACDC staff and board members' enthusiastic support for taking time for rest, renewal, and reconnecting with my roots. Jeena Chang, Director of Community Programs & Design, and Christine Nguyen, Director of Development & Communications, will serve as interim co-directors. Please reach out to them during this time. I look forward to reconnecting with you in October.
Sincerely,
Angie Liou
Executive Director
Youth-Led Events to Check Out on Saturday, June 25
A-VOYCE youth will be hosting an event featuring fun activities for everyone to learn about Chinatown’s history and the prospect of a permanent Chinatown Boston Public Library Branch.

🕒 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
📍Hudson Street Stoop at 66-68 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

The event is free, family-friendly, and open to all!
Bring your kids to Chinatown for SaturPLAY for games and arts and crafts in the theme of: A Summer’s Day!

🕒 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
📍Mary Soo Hoo Park at the Greenway on Hudson St & Beach St, Boston, MA 02111 

June’s theme is ☀️A Summer’s Day ☀️! We will be playing games and creating fun arts and crafts!

SaturPLAY is a series of six youth-led interventions in collaboration with the Rose Kennedy Greenway to activate Mary Soo Hoo Park by hosting events on every last Saturday of the month, from April to September.
Dim Sum Highlights
Our 2022 Dim Sum Honorees from left to right: Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH; Chef Irene Li of Project Restore Us and Mei Mei Street Kitchen; and John Lian ACDC Volunteer. Photo by Mel Taing.
You helped us raised over $5,000 to
support young leaders!
💖 Thank you all for the outpouring of support and kind words you shared in support of ACDC’s youth Summer Leadership Academy (SLA) campaign!

We exceeded our goal and raised over $5,000 to support young people as they develop and strengthen community leadership skills!

SLA applications close Wednesday, June 30th at 11:59 PM. If you're an educator, youth worker, parent/parent figure or have high school-aged family members, please share the application linked below with youth in the Greater Boston area!
ACDC Partners with the City of Malden to Expand Affordable Housing
From left to right: Alex Pratt, City Councillor Peg Crowe, Angie Liou, Mayor Gary Christenson, City Councillor Amanda Linehan; Photo by Ron Cochran
ACDC has acquired The Salvation Army’s property at 213 Main Street in Malden, the City of Malden. ACDC will work closely with Mayor Gary Christenson, Ward 1 Councillor Peg Crowe, and the City’s Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development (OSPCD) to ensure a transparent, inclusive, and community-centered planning process to develop a neighborhood-scaled project bringing needed affordable housing for working families in Malden.

A 100% affordable housing development will replace the vacant building at 213 Main Street. Community input will support the design process for this neighborhood-scaled project.

The City of Malden provided financing for the acquisition using $949,900 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The project was recommended by the City’s ARPA Subcommittee on Housing, including Co-Chairs Councillor Amanda Linehan and OSPCD Director Deborah Burke, and members Andrew Spofford, Katzia Small, and Councillor Karen Colón Hayes.
Virtual Civic Engagement Workshops
for Malden Residents
Are you interested in community building and engagement? Do you want to make an impact in Malden? Come and join us for the ACDC Virtual Workshop Series. You wil learn about community building and engagement with your friends, and you will also receive a certificate and gift as our appreciation. Show your passion for making Malden a better place!

🌐 Cantonese & Mandarin interpretation provided.
🕕 Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Presented by ACDC, Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition, and Chinese Progressive Association.
Save the Date!
By Lee-Daniel Tran
Photo of 2021 Films at the Gate Festival by Lee-Daniel Tran.
16th Annual Films at the Gate Festival
Join ACDC and the Chinatown community for another three nights of films under the stars!
Chinatown Gate
Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28
Takes place in the evenings
Photo of 2021 Residence Lab artwork made by Sheila Novak and Cass Li by Christopher Rucinski; courtesy of Sheila Novak
Residence Lab (ResLab) Kick-Off
Come meet our ResLab artist and Chinatown resident cohorts in celebrating the installation of public art they co-created and interact with the various artworks!
Tentatively Scheduled for Friday, July 29
(More details to come!)
Housing Assistance
Are you behind on mortgage payments due to the impacts of COVID-19? The Massachusetts Homeowner Assistance Fund (Mass HAF) can give you relief for overdue mortgage payments.

Find out if you qualify at www.massmortgagehelp.org and share this with your networks if you know someone who needs help with their mortgage payments.
Additionally, ACDC will be wrapping up its multilingual rental relief hotline at the end of June, as public funding for RAFT support has not yet been renewed.
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August 2021 Newsletter

 

Dear Friends of ACDC,

 

It has been a busy summer here at ACDC. In addition to running programs to support youth leadership and financial literacy for new immigrants, continuing to support households in need of rental assistance, and partnering with local artists and other nonprofits on public art projects, we have some exciting events coming up and we hope to see you there!

 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We are grateful to our donors, sponsors, funders, and volunteers for investing in youth and families and the communities they call home.

 

Wishing you a safe and fun rest of the summer,

 

Angie Liou

Executive Director

 

 

 

 

15th annual Films at the Gate Festival

Friday, August 27 - Sunday August 29

 

 

A Chinatown youth enjoying , by Black Dog Pictures.

 

Get ready for ACDC's 15th Anniversary Films at the Gate Festival! We are excited to once again host our free, three-day community event. Join us for games, activities, and family-friendly films that celebrate Asian and Asian American stories and artists.

 

The festival will open every evening starting at 5:30 pm from Friday, August 27 through Sunday, August 29. Films will start at approximately 8:00 pm.

 

Shoutout to current and former A-VOYCE youth who are working hard to organize this event for the community, and in particular Lily Tang, an A-VOYCE alum who is managing this year's event!

 

 

 

2021 Residence Lab Kick-Off

Friday, August 27 at 5pm

 

 

Join ACDC and our Residence Lab (ResLab) partners, Pao Arts Center and The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy as we celebrate the first day of the 2021 Residence Lab exhibit!

 

When: Friday, August 27 at 5:00 pm

Where: Mary Soo Hoo Park at the Greenway

 

Our 2021 ResLab artists and residents will activate the space with art installations co-created in response to this year’s theme of collective care. The evening will include opportunities to hear from the participants as well as music and family friendly activities.

 

Stick around for the first night of Films at the Gate, which starts at 5:30 pm!

 

 

Images from workshops and fabrication sessions with this year's cohort of Chinatown residents and artists, courtesy of Pao Arts Center.

 

 

Hudson Street Stoop Events

 

 

Artist Gianna Stewart with residents who shared their Chinatown stories to help create Storytell & Sway; by Christine Nguyen

 

Upcoming Stoop Events - Organized by ACDC's MorePlay! Program

Don't miss out on the last Stoop events of the season! Programming will return in spring 2022.

 

·    Saturday, August 21st, 7:00 -8:00 pm: Open Mic: Story Time - Check out stories and performances shared by residents and local artists!



·    Saturday, September 4th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Chinatown Story Cart is hosting a pop-up event with ACDC. Come by and enjoy free storybooks, art making kits, and zines made by local artists with story contributions by Chinatown residents + youth!

 

 

For questions about events, email info@asiancdc.org and follow ACDC on Instagram for updates.

 

Shout out to our A-VOYCE youth alumni and SuccessLink Interns Angela Guan, Olivia Moy, Bryce Moy, and Ada Wu for organizing the events with Chinatown resident Dianyvet Serrano!

 

 

New Video About "Where We Belong - 歸屬,歸宿" Mural

 

 

Video by Olivia Huang, courtesy of Oxford Properties Group

 

Get a look behind the scenes of the "Where We Belong - 歸屬,歸宿" mural by local artist Ponnapa Prakkamakul, located at 79 Essex Street in Boston's Chinatown.

 

The mural is part of ACDC's placekeeping ANCHOR initiative. ANCHOR is one of the ways ACDC combats gentrification and displacement through public art and space activation that celebrates the history and culture of Chinatown and resident voices. This project is a collaboration between ACDC, Ponnapa, and our A-VOYCE youth, and was supported by Oxford Properties Group .

 

 

 

Summer Leadership Academy Youth Present:

Showcase on Identity and Social Justice

 

 

ACDC’s A-VOYCE Summer Leadership Academy (SLA) is a six-week-long youth leadership program. The 2021 SLA theme was "The Art of PersuAsian." Youth gained an understanding of their Asian identities and experiences, learned about Asian American History, and explored how systemic racism affects BIPOC communities.

 

They additionally developed skills in building empathy, creative storytelling, critical thinking and analysis, and collaboration.

 

 

 

An excerpt from an SLA youth's poem.

 

 

In the News

 

 

"Hudson Street was once home to many immigrant households and supported a thriving stoop culture where neighbors connected outside their homes. Many of those residents were displaced during the highway construction of the 1960s. Now, with the development of affordable housing and creation of public art installations like this one, ACDC hopes to bring that sense of community back to Hudson Street."

 

 

“ACDC is grateful for Eastern Bank Foundation’s commitment to vaccine equity. The Foundation’s generous grant supports our collaborative efforts with community partners in Chinatown, Dorchester, Lowell, Malden and Quincy to serve immigrant communities with the culturally competent services and resources that they need to get vaccinated and stay safe.”

 

“There have been a lot of relief programs that sprung up…but there’s so much information which is confusing for people...Most of our constituents have limited English proficiency or are monolingual…what we found is most of them didn’t even know about these programs so a big part of what we had to do was a big outreach push…and helping them apply for those.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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