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Movement Convergences

NQAPIA is coming to your city to ask you: where are we now, and where will we go? Let’s identify the threats we’re up against and build our QTAPI political home!

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Movement Convergences

Program

Each Movement Convergence is an opportunity for us to learn, share, and grow with one another between our local and national LGBTQ API community. We’ll share our values with one another, and you’ll teach us the threats in your area. How do we organize with these two things in mind, and how can NQAPIA as a national organization support you locally? Together, we will build power and build our QTAPI political home!

Locations & Dates

Click each city’s name to join their Facebook event.

City Date Time
Austin March 10 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Washington, DC April 14 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New York City April 16 6:00-9:30 p.m.
Portland April 29 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Seattle April 30 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Bay Area May 14 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Los Angeles May 16 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Chicago May 26 12:00-4:00 p.m.

RSVP

To attend, please RSVP at bit.ly/convergences18. Select your city in the drop-down menu

Accessibility

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For more access needs, please let us know when you register at bit.ly/convergences18.

Donations

Any donations will go towards food and materials at each of the Movement Convergences. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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If you can’t attend a convergence but still want to support us, please make a donation by selecting “No RSVP – Donation Only” in the drop-down city selection. We appreciate any support!

The Past Seven Days and What’s Next

The Past Seven Days and What’s Next

Seven days ago, NQAPIA kicked off a whole week of whirlwind activity. A quick overview:

  • Friday 3/21: I joined my NQAPIA Co-Director Glenn Magpantay and SALGA-NYC’s Karen Naimool to provide a training for the We Build Community cohort of South Asian Americans Leading Together. Because Nico Quintana from the DC Trans Coalition also provided training specific to transgender communities, NQAPIA’s “LGB/Q” training gave local South Asian organizations tools and resources to better think about creating space for queer South Asian people in their communities and programs.
  • Saturday 3/22: NQAPIA took a break from one South Asian crew to join another as we hosted local DC partner KhushDC’s Queer Women’s History Month event. Using technology to bring together contingents from Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Madison, WI, Chicago, IL, and Toronto, Canada, participants held a national dialogue about increasing membership and involvement by queer women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people. All in all, a memorable weekend with South Asian LGBTQ and allied people building community and justice.
  • Tuesday 3/25: LGBT AAPI leaders from Boston, MA, the Bay Area, CA, and Washington, DC joined the National Council of Asian Pacific American’s (NCAPA) solidarity fast for We Belong Together and the #Fast4Families campaign. My fast took place during the Alliance for Citizenship’s Campaign Summit where I built up more hunger for immigration reform and justice for families torn apart by deportation. The following day, the NCAPA issued a statement about the House Democrat’s “discharge petition,” and our ongoing work to fight for immigrant families.

The action doesn’t stop here. In the next week, we’ve got even more action happening:

  • Saturday 3/28: NQAPIA’s 2014 Community Catalyst Awards will honor Q-WAVE on their 10th anniversary, as well as activists Namita Chad and Andy Marra. It’s going to be a full house in TriBeCa, and we’re looking forward to bringing the New York City area community together!
  • Friday 4/4: NQAPIA will launch its 2014 Regional Summits with events in Atlanta, GA (4/4-6) and Portland, OR (4/11-4/13). We’re looking forward to joining our local partners in the South and Pacific Northwest to build skills, build community, and build ACTION!

Keep up with us on our web site and blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’re sure we’ll be in your neck of the woods soon!

In partnership,

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs

NQAPIA Regional Summits

caption: 2010 NQAPIA Chicago Summit

 

NQAPIA is excited to announce our 2014 Regional Summits! In previous years, we have brought leaders from AAPI LGBT organizations for one national face-to-face meeting that provides opportunities to build community, build skills, and build knowledge together. For 2014, in order to improve local partnerships and build local presence, instead of doing one national meeting, we will be holding five, count ’em, 5 Regional Summits.

We’re proud to work with local Planning Committees to bring Regional Summits in the following cities:

April 4-6: Atlanta, GA

April 11-13: Portland, OR

July 18-20: Philadelphia, PA

July 25-27: Fresno, CA

August 15-17: Minneapolis, MN

The Regional Summits are, for the most part, invitation only and open to organizations that are part of the NQAPIA alliance. The notable exception is Atlanta, where we are happy to accept registration from AAPI LGBT identified advocates and leaders from across the South (registration is here: https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7100/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=69594)

For more information about the Summits, please contact me via e-mail at ben_deguzman@nqapia.org.

 

Thanks!

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs

 

NQAPIA on West Coast Swing!

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs, is in the middle of a West Coast swing!  From Seattle to Portland, he is meeting with local AAPI LGBT groups, our partners and allies to share information about NQAPIA work, updates from Washington, DC and the latest about our upcoming conference!

If you’re in the Los Angeles area on Saturday, March 31, join him for a “Worlds Collide” meetup in downtown Los Angeles at Pizza Urbano (630 W. 6th Street) on Saturday, March 31 at 5pm.

On his trip, he’s met and/ or talked with the following organizations:  

Seattle:

Trikone- NW

Asian Counseling and Referral Services (Thanks for hosting our meeting!)

UTOPIA- Seattle

Pacific Asians in the NW Doing Allied Queer Organizing Realness (PANDAQORN)

Asian & Pacific Islander Safety Center/ Chaya

 

Portland:

API Pride- Portland (Thanks for lunch!)

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon

 

Los Angeles:

GAPSN (Thanks for hosting Ben at Game Night!)

API Pride Council (Thanks for the NQAPIA shout-out at the Queer Auction and Mixer!)

Satrang

AQWA

API Equality- Los Angeles (Thursday Mixer with LGBT Lawyers group!)

Asian Pacific Islander AIDS Intervention Team (Thanks for hosting Ben at your staff meeting!)

Asian Pacific American Legal Center

 

San Diego:

UTOPIA- San Diego

San Diego LGBT Center

 

For more information about his trip, e-mail: <ben_deguzman@nqapia.org>

Much thanks to everyone he’s met along the way!