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Thinking Out Loud Series: CHAPTER 2 - Understanding Critical Race Theory

07/20/2021 12:00 pm

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APAWLA introduces Thinking Out Loud, member-driven small group discussions to talk about issues impacting the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The idea for this program came from the desire to carve out and hold space in our busy lives to learn, reflect and talk with our peers about issues impacting our communities. We hope Thinking Out Loud will result in APAWLA members developing their own understanding of, and engaging others about, important social issues.

How it works. We will send out a syllabus for each small group discussion. Each syllabus should take approximately two hours to complete. If you are interested in participating in the group discussion, sign up before the deadline. Discussion groups will be held at least two weeks after the syllabus is announced. The discussion groups are member-driven, so there will be no facilitators. We will provide questions to help kick off the conversation. We will aim to create small groups of no more than four participants. The small group discussions are open to current APAWLA members.

Chapter 2: Understanding Critical Race Theory

July 20, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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You may have read about “critical race theory” in the news lately. Legal scholarship that goes by the same name, Critical Race Theory (CRT), dates back to the 1970s and provides a framework through which we can examine and explain the dynamics between race and law. The phrase “critical race theory” entered the nation’s consciousness in September 2020 when then-President Trump issued an executive order prohibiting diversity training for federal contractors teaching about “critical race theory” and “white privilege.” Although President Biden has since rescinded the executive order, “critical race theory” has remained in the headlines with more than 20 states having introduced or passed legislation banning “critical race theory” from K-12 education.

We begin this month’s Thinking Out Loud by hearing from CRT scholars Kimberlee Crenshaw and Mari Matsuda. After learning about the framework CRT offers to help us understand the relationship between law and racial inequities, we explore the current controversy over “critical race theory” and how it is being deployed in public discourse about race and racism in America.

The discussion will be held on July 20, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm and is open to all current APAWLA members. Please RSVP here by July 18 if you would like to attend. We will send out Zoom information, discussion guidelines and questions to those participating. If you have any questions, please contact apawlacivicengagement@gmail.com.

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Protect Our Seniors: Elder Abuse and Hate Crime Prevention Training

08/07/2021 10:00 am

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The Improv Trick: Learning Improv Night with Bill Chott

07/21/2021 6:00 pm
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Self Care Hour

06/10/2021 5:30 pm

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APAWLA PSN Virtual Play Day for Families

06/26/2021 2:00 pm
06/26/2021 3:30 pm

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APA Bar Unity Night

05/06/2021 5:00 pm
05/06/2021 7:00 pm

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More Than Meets The Eye: How Gender and Sex Intersect With Racialized Violence Against Asian Americans

05/26/2021 5:00 pm
05/26/2021 6:30 pm

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APAWLA Trailblazer Speaker Series: The Honorable Jacqueline H. Nguyen

05/20/2021 12:30 pm
05/20/2021 1:30 pm

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APAWLA Member Happy Hour

04/15/2021 5:00 pm
04/15/2021 6:00 pm

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Catch up with Your APAWLA Friends and Meet New APAWLA members!
It's BYOD - Bring your own drink (or dessert, dinner, etc.)

Thursday, April 15, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Note - This is an APAWLA-Member-only event. For questions regarding your APAWLA membership, please email Tracy Nakaoka at apawlamembershipchair@gmail.com.

Thinking Out Loud Series: Exploring Anti-Asian Racism and Violence - CHAPTER 1

04/20/2021 6:00 pm
04/20/2021 7:00 pm

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APAWLA introduces Thinking Out Loud, member-driven small group discussions to talk about issues impacting the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The idea for this program came from the desire to carve out and hold space in our busy lives to learn, reflect and talk with our peers about issues impacting our communities. We hope Thinking Out Loud will result in APAWLA members developing their own understanding of, and engaging others about, important social issues.

How it works. We will send out a syllabus for each small group discussion. Each syllabus should take approximately two hours to complete. If you are interested in participating in the group discussion, sign up before the deadline. Discussion groups will be held at least two weeks after the syllabus is announced. The discussion groups are member-driven, so there will be no facilitators. We will provide questions to help kick off the conversation. We will aim to create small groups of no more than four participants. The small group discussions are open to current APAWLA members.

Chapter 1: Exploring Anti-Asian Racism and Violence (total syllabus time: 2 hours, 15 minutes)

April 20, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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We will explore and reflect on anti-Asian racism and violence. This is a topic that hits close to home. Most of us have experienced or know someone who has experienced an anti-Asian incident. We know this is not a new issue. The recent spate of anti-Asian hate and violence has brought renewed attention to this issue. The materials discuss the history of anti-Asian racism in America; statistics, stories and reactions about recent anti-Asian incidents and hate crimes, including against Asian American women; paths forward based on community and multiracial alliance building; and how to actively take a stand against anti-Asian harassment.

The first discussion will be held on April 20, 2021 from 6pm to 7pm. Please RSVP here by April 16 if you would like to attend. We will send out Zoom information, discussion guidelines and questions to those participating. If you have any questions, please contact apawlacivicengagement@gmail.com.

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