Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) is the nation’s only pan-Asian advocacy organization bringing together community-based organizations as well as youth and community members to fight for equity for Asian Pacific Americans (APA). CACF was founded in 1986 by social service providers concerned that New York City

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) is the nation’s only pan-Asian advocacy organization bringing together community-based organizations as well as youth and community members to fight for equity for Asian Pacific Americans (APA). CACF was founded in 1986 by social service providers concerned that New York City human service institutions were not adequately serving APA/immigrant families. CACF advances policies that improve child welfare, health, and education services for APAs. Leading a coalition of almost 50 Asian-serving community nonprofits, CACF effectively advocates for their communities, ensuring that APAs have a platform to voice their concerns.

About the Organization:

The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) is the nation’s only pan-Asian advocacy organization bringing together community-based organizations as well as youth and community members to fight for equity for Asian Pacific Americans (APA). CACF was founded in 1986 by social service providers concerned that New York City human service institutions were not adequately serving APA/immigrant families. CACF advances policies that improve child welfare, health, and education services for APAs. Leading a coalition of almost 50 Asian-serving community nonprofits, CACF effectively advocates for their communities, ensuring that APAs have a platform to voice their concerns.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

New York City’s public school system, one of the most segregated in the nation, is overdue for opportunities to help Asian American families explore and understand U.S. structural racism and their location within it. “Racism” is often framed by a binary narrative of Black vs white that excludes Asian Americans by grouping them with whites, exacerbating the lack of an Asian American narrative. In reality, the position of Asian Americans in the racial hierarchy is complex. Throughout history, we have simultaneously been allies and adversaries to other people of color. The Model Minority myth places Asian Americans adjacent to whiteness and its privileges, however Asian Americans frequently experience racism in all forms. While Asian Americans have fought for their rights, anti-Blackness often prevents them from forming coalitions across the colorline. At this very moment, we have an opportunity to build a movement for liberation of all BIPOC, including Asian Americans.

The Solution:

CACF will create a shared learning community of Asian American families in New York City public schools, one of the few programs of its kind solely focused on understanding racism through an Asian American lens.
The project will include an advisory group of racial justice activists who will help to develop a curriculum, recruit participants, create an online resource library, and host a series of workshops.
In addition to learning facts, the program will build relationships between participants by respecting them as agents of change and as resources to the community.
At the end of the project, we will have a group of Asian American families who will have a deeper understanding of our struggle and positions in the racial hierarchy; are competent in the Asian American narrative in public education; and can bring more families into the learning community.

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