OUSD Teachers Strike

Posted by Eujean Do On February 21 to March 3, Oakland teachers went on strike for better wages, smaller class sizes, and more funding for specialized education. Teachers have asked for a 12 percent increase over 3 years, smaller class sizes (most classes had more than 30 students per teacher), and less caseloads for specialized[…]

THE FIGHT FOR STUDENT VISIBILITY AND EQUITY

Posted by Vivian Wu and Kathy Liang Seven days of strike backed up by a 2,206 to 105 vote from the teacher union. 97% of OUSD students not in school. Over $7 million lost from OUSD. Yet still, the final agreement has its flaws. Sure, our OUSD teachers will be receiving a 11% salary increase[…]

YAC ATTENDS IWAY’S LIFTING THE VOICES OF API YOUTH TALENT SHOW

Posted by Vivian Wu and Kathy Liang On a chill evening, YAC members Kathy and Vivian joined the warm crowd of IWAY’s API Talent Show: Lifting the Voices of API Youth. IWAY stands for “Improving the Wellness of Asian Youth,” and they are part of a collaboration between Asian Health Services and Public Health Institute to promote wellness in the API[…]

YAC PARTICIPATES AT SYMBOSIS 2019

Posted by Eujean Do, Nicholas Chung, Emily Liang, Kathy Liang, Hua Wei, and Vivian Wu On February 9, 2019, YAC members attended the 2nd annual Symbiosis, a conference in Fremont for LGBTQ+ youth and allies to uplift the LGBTQ+ community. Their theme was “TBH…,” letting youth to speak their truths and find community in a[…]

YAC PRESENTS AT BERKELEY SOCIAL JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM 2019

Posted by Kathy Liang, Nicholas Chung, Emily Liang, Hua Wei, and Vivian Wu On January 26th, 2019, YAC Interns were invited to hold a workshop at the Berkeley Social Justice Symposium at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. For our workshop, we decided to present our ‘Understanding Teen Dating Violence’ presentation with a slight twist. Although the event mainly consisted of adults and lacked youth representation, YAC[…]

YAC CELEBRATES 48TH ANNUAL OSHOGATSU MATSURI

Posted by Kathy Liang, Vivian Wu, Emily Liang, and Eujean Do On January 5th, 2019, the Youth Advisory Council celebrated the 48th annual Oshogatsu Matsuri in San Francisco’s Japantown. This year’s Oshogatsu Matsuri honored the boar. The festival brought together the community as we centered culture and tradition. YAC interns were invited to be a part of the celebration; we ran both a[…]

SOUTHEAST ASIAN DEPORTATION

Posted by Eujean Do An increase in deportations of Southeast Asian-Americans has been having a devastating impact on our API communities. Many Southeast Asian-Americans immigrated to the U.S. as refugees of wars, bombings, and genocide that occured in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos that the U.S. was involved in. Many of the refugees do not even have a memory[…]

MIGRANT ISSUES ONCE AGAIN

Posted by Nicholas Chung October 13th, the migrant caravan has now reached the Mexico-United States border. The group is mainly made up of migrants trying to escape from the dangers in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. In addition, there are also smaller groups of migrants heading towards the border who are currently sheltered in Guatemala[…]

#IMREADY, #WEAREREADY, ARE YOU?

Posted by Kathy Liang, Vivian Wu, Eujean Do, Queenie Tu, and Hua Wei On November 3rd, the Youth Advisory Council had the honor of attending The AAPI Women Lead Conference 2018, a meaningful gathering for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) self-identified women to raise awareness and learn about women empowerment. Through panels and discussions,[…]

YAC SPEAK AT APILO’S ANNUAL GALA!

Posted by Alex Dionicio Rodriguez and Queenie Tu On October 11, 2018, our parent organization, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO), hosted its 43rd annual gala at the San Francisco Design Center. The gala was attended by influential community members, APILO staff and board members, and of course, the Youth Advisory Council. This year, the[…]