Empowering Marginalized Asian Communities

Empowering Marginalized Asian Communities

Empowering Marginalized Asian Communities (EMAC) serves and support marginalized Southeast Asians by empowering our communities through advocacy and healing from our present and past disparities to build an equitable and robust future. Based in Stockton, CA, a home to various Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant communities. There was little work

Empowering Marginalized Asian Communities

Empowering Marginalized Asian Communities (EMAC) serves and support marginalized Southeast Asians by empowering our communities through advocacy and healing from our present and past disparities to build an equitable and robust future. Based in Stockton, CA, a home to various Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant communities. There was little work being done in the county to organize the SEA community to create avenues for advocacy that would foster local systemic change for community related issues. In 2017, EMAC was formed in response to this need and has worked to advocate for the Southeast Asian community.

About the Organization:

Empowering Marginalized Asian Communities (EMAC) serves and support marginalized Southeast Asians by empowering our communities through advocacy and healing from our present and past disparities to build an equitable and robust future. Based in Stockton, CA, a home to various Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant communities. There was little work being done in the county to organize the SEA community to create avenues for advocacy that would foster local systemic change for community related issues. In 2017, EMAC was formed in response to this need and has worked to advocate for the Southeast Asian community.

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

26-30 YEARS

The Issue:

The Southeast Asian community has continued to see a high concentration of violence and socioeconomic disparities, but little effort has been made to interact with the Southeast Asian community. Southeast Asians account for about 20% of the population in the County but areas that have higher concentrations of violence also have higher percentages for Southeast Asian populations. Historically, our County has become a home for refugees fleeing from war, violence, and colonization. However, there has been a lack of connection between each community and representation in policy advocacy, civic engagement, and leadership seats. Other API organizations in the area work as service providers and have no capacity to do work in community organizing and advocacy. If a community member were to be deported, EMAC is the only local organization that can support their case.

The Solution:

To address these issues, EMAC has convened the 209 Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC). 209 APIC unites local API organizations and individuals to collectively mobilize for justice and progressive change through an intersectional lens. Through our coalition, we aim to build a local and regional community devoted to healing, wellness, equity, and building power. The grant will support building out our three campaign areas: Health and Wellness, Racial Justice, and Movement Building. We hope to fill in the lack of training and youth development programs specific to build organizing capacity around the issues of the API community through youth development programs. We also will further our work in advocacy and be a representative in policy and decision-making both locally and statewide.

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