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Annual Meeting, July 16th, 5:00 pm
Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 5:00 - 5:30 pm | Online via Zoom
Meet our new CEO, Ben Hires, and hear past year's highlights and updates.
By Tuesday, July 14th, register at bcnc.net/events/2020annualmeeting to receive the link to the online meeting.
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Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
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885 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Chinatown communities across North America — from New York to Boston to Toronto to San Francisco's Chinatowns — come together to address urgent concerns in our various communities at this time, coming together for unity, solidarity, and community care.

We will be hosting a discussion with different Chinatown organizers exploring the following questions: What is on the minds and hearts of our Chinatown community at this moment? How are we confronting/strategizing to address any challenges or issues that are emerging? How are we showing care to one another/building resilience? What does intergenerational solidarity in our community look like? The conversation will be moderated by Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center curator Adriel Luis.

NOTE: We will be prioritizing BIPOC participation in these workshops and encourage you to RSVP via the corresponding eventbrite link for more info. No one will be turned away for lack of funds! Email us at wowproject@wingonwoand.co with any questions.

*We are asking for a sliding scale donation of $10-$25 to attend our anni programs with proceeds going towards our 4-year anni fundraiser in support of the W.O.W. Project’s 2020-2021 programming, an initiative that supports Chinatown’s resiliency in the wake of COVID-19 (soon to be announced!) and Communities United for Police Reform (CPR).

ABOUT THE WOW 4 YEAR ANNI PROGRAMMING & FUNDRAISER

W.O.W. Project is thrilled to be curating month-long programming centering community care and resiliency in a time that we need it the most. Through these programs, we open up space to explore what healing, resiliency, and grounding can look like as we experience and emerge from this moment of grief, rage, and most importantly, hope. Join us in celebrating the building of this cultural movement here in Chinatown, our neighborhood’s resiliency and the movement for black lives. We believe care and healing, especially in community, are key to a pathway to our collective liberation.

In honor of W.O.W.’s 4 year anniversary, we will be fundraising a total of $50,000 not only for W.O.W. Project’s 5th year programming but we will also be donating 50% (25% to each org) of our funds raised to an initiative that supports NYC Chinatown’s resiliency in the wake of COVID-19 (soon to be announced!) and Communities United for Police Reform, an NYC campaign fighting for community safety and police accountability.

Tell your friends about AACA's Free Citizenship classes!
Tell your community about this great opportunity!
For the first time ever, AACA is officially providing remote Citizenship classes to both men and women!

We rely on word of mouth referrals for much of our business. If you enjoyed your experience with us, please tell your friends by sharing this email on your social networks or forwarding to their email address.

We appreciate your support!

2020 Chinatown Master Plan, Census, Emergency Paid Sick Time, Justice for Renters!



Visioning a People's Recovery

“Our job as organizers is to bring out and grow everyone’s sense of justice.”
– Karen Chen, Executive Director

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our fight for affordable housing, workers’ rights, and ensuring our communities count in the Census is more important than ever. While COVID-19 has brought the dual pandemics of the virus and of racism, we know that the issues our community is experiencing are nothing new. We stand with other working-class communities & communities of color in building a more just world where ordinary community members have the power to make the decisions that affect our lives.

In our newsletter series this summer, we invite you to consider with us:
What does a People’s Recovery look like?


Chinatown Master Plan


This month, we celebrated the launch of the 2020 Boston Chinatown Master Plan.
Every ten years since 1990, the Chinatown community has come together to develop and publish our own vision and priorities for community development, to serve as an education, advocacy, and organizing tool for the community and as a guide to policy makers and developers.


TODAY, June 17th: Census Day of Action


Photo: Axie Breen

The Census determines resources & electoral representation for our communities. In order for all communities to get the resources we are entitled to, we must make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census!

MassCounts has made 90,888 calls to residents of low-response census tracts since March to get out the count in the 2020 Census. We want to hit 100,000 calls for the national day of action TODAY, June 17. Will you help us make 10,000 calls for Census Day of Action? RSVP today!

We’re making calls on Wednesday from 12:00-2:00 and from 5:00-7:00. We’ll provide a short training at the beginning, log-in information, and lists for phone banking. You'll need a computer and phone to participate, and we'll send them information on how to join when you RSVP



Take Action: H.1260 Tenant Right to Purchase

Please contact your legislators to support a bill that would help keep tenants in their homes by giving them the first chance to purchase or partner with a nonprofit if their landlord decides to sell the building.

The Tenant Right of First Refusal or TOPA bill, H.1260, is currently in the House Ways and Means Committee after being reported favorably by the Housing Committee.

Please contact your state rep and ask that they advance H. 1260!

Sample email or phone message:

I hope that you can urge the House Ways and Means Committee to advance H. 1260, A Tenant Right of First Refusal, to allow cities and towns to use this new tool to keep tenants in their homes and preserve permanently affordable housing. This bill is more important than ever now with the economic downturn, because we don’t want to repeat the mistakes of 2008, when so many families were displaced and homes were swept up by big corporate investors.


Take Action: Emergency Paid Sick Time

This bill calls for 10 days of paid sick leave for every worker with COVID-19 or caring for someone with COVID for the duration of Massachusetts' State of Emergency.

Click the banner below to send an email to your local legislators for 10 days of Emergency Paid Sick Time! 



APIA Vote 2020 Presidential Town Hall

CPA is excited to be a community partner for the 2020 APIA Vote Presidential Town Hall. The event will feature the Biden and Trump campaigns and will center around how these candidates will address important issues such as healthcare, education, the economy, and gun control, to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community.

Since 2008, the Presidential Town Hall has served as a forum for AAPIs to push for AAPI issues to be addressed and on the radar of campaigns and the media. In giving presidential candidates a space to directly address AAPI community members, leaders, and organizers, the town hall has become one of the few spaces geared specifically for candidates to speak directly to AAPIs, about AAPIs.

The event will be part of a larger summit, with four days' worth of programming before the town hall beginning on June 22nd and another five days of programming after. The summit will feature multiple interest tracks for participants. 


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Chinese Progressive Association


Pao Arts Center is proud to present Chinatown Presents: Finding Home, a virtual event featuring a reading by Sham-e-Ali Nayeem. Join us on Pao Arts Center's Facebook for the livestream or Zoom stream. Please register on Eventbrite here-
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinatown-presents-finding-home-at-home-tickets-105987334972

What happens when we lose our anchor? In her debut book City of Pearls, Sham-e-Ali Nayee writes poetry to offer a meditation on healing from grief. Weaving together memories of her late father and ancestral home of Hyderabad, Nayeem explores the landscapes of loss. Nayeem, an Indian Muslim American, draws from the languages of her life to express vulnerability and tenderness in her poetry: Hyderabad—the City of Pearls—become a metaphor for resilience and growth to transform the grit of migration, displacement and loss.

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Author of the poetry collection, City of Pearls (UpSet Press 2019), Sham-e-Ali Nayeem is a Muslim Indian American poet and artist of Hyderabadi descent. A former public interest lawyer supporting economic justice for survivors of family and intimate partner violence, Sham-e-Ali is recipient of the Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship.

Bao Phi is a spoken word artist, poet, author, children's book writer, arts administrator, and father.

Chinatown Presents is funded is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Chinatown Presents is sponsored by Eleanor & Frank Pao .

Contact: ashley.yung@bcnc.net


In this email:
·    Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund
·    Statement from APIsCAN
·    Update on CPA’s service work
·    Information and resources
·    [Action item] Right to the City: Call for rent moratorium
·    [Action item] Demands from the COVID-19 Equity Task Force
·    CYI Summer Internship Application
·    Support our work!


Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund

While countless communities are severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American community in Greater Boston is being hit harder than most. Many are immigrants who work in food, hospitality, home care and child care sectors that have been closed. Consequently, these workers have lost their incomes. Because of language barriers and immigration status, not everyone can access public benefits like unemployment and the new stimulus dollars. These families are in jeopardy of not having enough money to buy basic necessities and pay for housing. To top it off, our community is also facing rising anti-Asian sentiments. 

The Chinese Progressive Association, along with other anchor organizations of APIsCAN! (Asian Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network) Asian Community Development Corporation, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Asian American Resource Workshop, and Asian Outreach Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, is launching the Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund for our community. The fund will provide immediate and direct financial support to people in our communities who have lost work and are having trouble meeting their basic needs, and may not be eligible for other public benefits.

All donations through CPA of $750 or above will be matched.



Statement from APIsCAN!


The unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis has devastated Massachusetts’ Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) and immigrant communities, the fastest growing population in Massachusetts. We are a community of small businesses and service industry jobs, with an economic foundation in restaurants and nail salons across the state, as well as home health aides and hotel workers. The COVID-19 public health crisis and incitement of xenophobia has doubly impacted our community. 

APIsCAN!, a network of organizations in Massachusetts that advances equity and opposes discrimination through year-round civic action in APIA communities, urges stakeholders, policy makers and leaders to take immediate comprehensive action. 

Our organizations are on the front lines advocating for language access, data equity, and the preservation and expansion of affordable housing, economic opportunities, immigrant rights, and education justice. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have pivoted our work to meet the needs of our most vulnerable community members. 

Massachusetts’ APIA community is 68% foreign born, of which 15% is undocumented, and 80% of whom speak a language other than English at home. Approximately 32% are US-born and 34% are naturalized US citizens. The 2010-2014 per capita for Asian Americans was $35,351 and disaggregated at $18,632 for Cambodians, $35,467 for Chinese, $23,170 for Vietnamese and $50,837 for Indians. 

Loss of income, language barriers, immigration fears, uncertainty about the future of businesses and employment—all augmented by the national rise in anti-Asian hate incidents—has meant that APIAs are among those most deeply impacted during this pandemic. 

During this challenging time, APIsCAN and our allies urge the following: 

·    Publicly oppose xenophobia, like usage of the term “Chinese virus,” and hate incidents against APIAs. 
·    Pass a moratorium on evictions, rent, and mortgage payments for all residents and small businesses.
·    Create federal emergency funding to stabilize subsidized affordable housing and public housing.
·    Halt Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, detentions, and deportations.
·    Prioritize low-wage workers, undocumented people, and small businesses for any bailout, emergency funds, and resources. 
·    Expand support for small businesses, including tax subsidies, grants, and no interest loans. 
·    Ensure all residents, regardless of immigration status, have access to full and high-quality preventative and curative healthcare, including testing and treatment for COVID-19.
·    Expand earned sick leave law to increase eligibility, types of workers covered and reason (social distancing, caring for a loved one, and quarantine). 
·    Pass a moratorium on termination of public benefits such as SNAP, Mass Health and disability benefits. 
·    Expand language access to expedite applications for public benefits and unemployment insurance. 
·    Identify safe and dignified quarantine sites for those who are experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, living in safe houses or other congregate living situations.
·    Increase language-accessible communication and resources from schools to parents and more equitable online resources for students.


Update on CPA's Service Work

CPA continues to be open for service via phone Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-12pm. Please note: our temporary service number is 617-433-8522.

In the past two weeks, we have noticed a tremendous increase in the number of unemployment insurance (UI) claims due to COVID-19. While there are more claims than ever, many people face language and other barriers when trying to apply for these benefits. CPA has been working closely with Greater Boston Legal Services to help Chinese-speakers apply for UI and troubleshoot issues that arise. We are also in contact with many workers who have been told that they must continue to work despite unsafe working conditions and a lack of personal protective equipment. We have also received many calls from renters worried about the possibility of eviction. We continue to translate and disseminate news & updates in Chinese through WeChat (ID: cpaboston).


Information & Resources

COVID-19 stimulus checks
·    Individuals who made less than $75,000 in 2018, or couples making less than $150,000 will receive a direct check of $1,200. An additional $500 will be given for each dependent child. 
·    Citizens, green card holders, and those who file their taxes with a social security number will be eligible. 
·    Those who receive Social Security benefits or who do not have to file taxes due to income are eligible. We are awaiting further guidance on if those in this situation will have to file taxes or if a simpler form will be available. 
·    Those who file taxes using an ITIN are not eligible. If you or someone you know in this situation is struggling to make ends meet, please call or email us at justice@cpaboston.org for information about the Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund.
·    Supplemental funds for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits will be available for this COVID period. These will increase benefits by up to $600 per week, and covers "gig workers" like rideshare drivers and other independent contractors who normally cannot collect UI. The application will be the same as for other UI benefits, but as the system has not been set up yet, we do not recommend that you apply yet. 
·    It will take most people about three weeks to receive checks.

Eviction moratorium & court closures
·    Except for emergency matters, all courts in MA are closed until at least 4/6. 
·    All eviction court dates are rescheduled until on or after 4/21. Housing Court will remain open for emergencies only. (more information)

Tax extension
·    The deadline to file and pay federal and state taxes has been extended to 7/15.

Employment/unemployment insurance
·    Workers who have their hours reduced or eliminated or who cannot work for reasons related to COVID-19 may be eligible for benefits.


Action alerts!


Protect Renters AND Homeowners!

For 2.5 weeks now, we've been waiting for the State House to finally pass HD.4935, a full moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. But yesterday, instead of passing that bill, the MA Senate put forward a new, much weaker moratorium called S.2621.

Here's why the Senate's bill is weak (and why we need to fight hard for the true moratorium):
1.  It permits no-fault evictions
2. It fails to explicitly ban eviction filings
3.  It fails to ban Notices to Quit, which will cause folks to move out
4. It fails to stop landlords from carrying out already executed evictions
5.  It could expire before the State of Emergency ends

Contact these legislators to demand that they protect BOTH renters AND homeowners from eviction and housing debt right now!

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU CALL:
"Hello, my name is ___________ and I'm a resident of Massachusetts. I'm asking you to support a full moratorium on evictions as well as relief for both renters and homeowners during the COVID-19 crisis. Pass the immediate ban on evictions in bill HD.4935. We need the strong moratorium on evictions in this bill. Thank you."

REPORT THAT YOU CALLED by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/vxftG4TQYjLJVxKq5


Email and call Senator Spilka at (617) 722-1500, Karen.spilka@masenate.gov

Email and call Representative DeLeo at 617-722-2500, robert.deleo@mahouse.gov

Email and call Governor Baker at (617) 725-4005 


Demands from the COVID-19 Equity Task Force!

CPA is a part of the COVID-19 Emergency Task Force, convened by the Massachusetts Public Health Association. We, along with 80+ other community organizations is calling on Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey, and the Legislature to:
·    Ensure Immigrants Have Safe Access to Testing & Treatment
·    Ensure Everyone Has Access to Safe Quarantine
·    Pass Emergency Paid Sick Time
·    Enact a Moratorium on Evictions, Foreclosures, & Termination of Public Benefits

Email and call Governor Baker at (617) 725-4005 

Email and call Attorney General Healey at ago@state.ma.us and (617) 727-2200



Chinese Youth Initiative Applications due 4/8


Applications for CYI are due April 8th! The Chinese Youth Initiative brings Chinese youth from Greater Boston together to learn about our communities and fight for social change. Join us today! Youth who have a strong investment in their community, who are bilingual in Chinese, and come from immigrant families are strongly encouraged to apply.

More details and the online application are available here. Please email mark@cpaboston.org with any questions. 


Support CPA by Donating or Getting Involved!
Click below to donate to the Asian Community Emergency Fund.

ALL INDIVIDUAL UNRESTRICTED DONATIONS OF $750 OR MORE WILL BE MATCHED BY A GENEROUS FOUNDATION!


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Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund








$67,675.21
Raised
Donations
$75,000
Goal
THE NEED 
While countless communities are severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American community in Greater Boston is being hit harder than most. Many are immigrants who work in food, hospitality, home care and child care sectors that have been closed. Consequently, these workers have lost their incomes. Because of language barriers and immigration status, not everyone can access public benefits like unemployment and the new stimulus dollars.  These families are in jeopardy of not having enough money to buy basic necessities and pay for housing. To top it off, our community is also facing rising anti-Asian sentiments.  

WHAT WE ARE DOING
Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), in partnership with Chinese Progressive AssociationVietnamese American Initiative for DevelopmentAsian American Resource Workshop, and Greater Boston Legal Services’ Asian Outreach Unit is launching the Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund for our community. The fund will provide immediate and direct financial support to people in our community who have lost work and are having trouble meeting their basic needs, and may not be eligible for other public benefits.  

HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can contribute now to the fund. Your donations will go directly to help families and workers who are impacted by the pandemic and help them pay for food, medical and other basic expenses during this crisis, and will be tax-deductible. The more money we raise, the more families we can help.

This fund has been seeded with a $10,000 initial contribution from the Asian Community Fund at The Boston Foundation through the efforts of Paul Lee and Helen Chin Schlichte.
We will stand together as a community to get through these trying times. I hope you will join us.  

Upcoming Events
Experience ChinatownSeptember 29, 11:00am-3:00pm
Pao Arts Center, Chinatown Gate, One Greenway Park
Discover a new take on Asian American cultures at this free, family-friendly event featuring music and dance performances, workshops, pop-up happenings, and more! Thank you to our supporters and partners: ArtPlace America, Asian Community Development Corporation, Bank of America, Barr Foundation, Capital One, City of Boston, Creating Connection Experimentation Fund supported by Arts Midwest Metropolitan Group and Barr Foundation, Fuller Foundation, the Kensington, Maloney Properties, Rose Kennedy Greenway, and Tufts Medical Center. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, click hereTo volunteer, click here.
Experience Chinatown
Experience Chinatown After DarkSeptember 29, 7:00-9:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
The Pao Arts Center transforms into the place to be After Dark featuring multimedia, jazz, and folk performances by Asian American artists. Sit back and discover something new at this ticketed event. $30 a ticket includes 1 drink. Cash bar available. Ages 18 and up. Purchase tickets here.
Experience Chinatown After Dark
Bamboo Circle BBQ
September 15, 11:00am-3:00pm
BCNC Rooftop, 38 Ash St., Boston
Join the Bamboo Circle, BCNC's young professionals network, and Taiwanese American Professionals - Boston (TAP) for an end-of-summer rooftop BBQ featuring delicious food & drinks, a raffle, our famous dumpling-eating contest, and more! Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit BCNC's Youth Center. Purchase your tickets here.
Bamboo Circle BBQ
Chinese Brush Painting for Adults
August 25, 2:00-3:30pm

Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Learn to paint sparrows with instructor Liu Xiaoyong in the last Chinese brush painting class of the summer season. Register here.
Reading Corner + CraftAugust 24, 10:30am-11:30amPao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
 
Read some of your favorite Grace Lin books and create a craft in this fun-filled family event! Materials will be provided. Register for this free event here.
Build a Better Life
The Campaign for BCNC (2015-2018)
August 2018
Dear ,
I hope you are having a great summer! BCNC keeps on running as we welcome hundreds of children to summer programs, while adult students take a break before the September semester. Meanwhile, the Build a Better Life capital campaign is making tremendous progress and is already impacting the lives of people we serve. We are happy to share some highlights with you below.
Three years ago, we launched the Build a Better Life campaign to raise $3.5 million to help fund key initiatives such as the Pao Arts Center, workforce development programs, and family services. We are truly grateful for the support we have received thus far. Your donation is needed now more than ever to help us reach our goal.
There will be a donor wall at the Pao Arts Center to recognize campaign donors of $1,000 and above. We want to fill the wall with hundreds of names, including yours!  Please join us by making a gift by October 31. 
On behalf of BCNC, I offer my sincere thanks for your ongoing commitment and support, and your generosity. Thank you for all that you do to keep BCNC a leader in the communities that we serve.
Best personal regards,
Eugene Mahr
Campaign Chair and Board President 
Pao Arts Center - Sing Home Project
How do songs connect us to our past, ourselves, and our sense of home? Artist-in-residence Shaw Pong Liu (violinist, erhu player, and composer) completed her year-long project Sing Home last month. This song-sharing project collects songs of the people of Boston's Chinatown - residents, workers, students, visitors, passersby - and creates new musical compositions to start conversations about immigration, neighborhoods, and cultural and civic identity. Liu collected 81 songs and stories which can be viewed here
Shaw Pong Liu
Empowering Families
BCNC has expanded our family-centered services for Boston and Quincy families. The 12-week Parenting Journey program offers immigrant parents a supportive environment and tools to develop parenting skills, such as using play to communicate with their children. The Parent Solutions program teaches parents how to navigate and actively engage with public school systems. In April, BCNC organized the first Asian American Mental Health Forum where educators, youth and parents watched the film Looking for Luke and discussed the stigma, challenges, and remedies for depression and anxiety.
Campaign Matching Fund
Earlier this year, a generous donor offered a $200,000 matching fund for new gifts towards the Campaign.  We are delighted that the challenge was met. Many donors responded, including Mr. S.K. Ho, who made a gift of $100,000 via a charitable gift annuity (CGA). "I support BCNC’s mission to help Chinese immigrants establish themselves in their new lives," says S.K. "It’s important to help immigrants integrate smoothly into American society."  To learn more about S.K. Ho's story and charitable gift annuities, click here.

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