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SEAC Village believes in collective liberation where all people are safe and cared for. We are a grassroots organization created for and by impacted communities in the South. We are creating a world where we center the needs of Southeast Asian, Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ people and work to liberate one another through the lenses of abolition, decolonization, collectivism, no borders, and the right to reclaim our lands, nor be stripped from our homelands. Our points of unity are rejections of these forms of oppression: colonialism, capitalism, imperialism, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, ableism, colorism, classism, racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, queerphobia, fatphobia, xenophobia, misogynoir, patricharchy, and ageism. Our current work includes transformative organizing through direct services and mutual aid, political education, power building, direct action, pouring into meaningful community relationships and creating safe collective spaces.
About the Organization:
$500,000 - $1 MILLION
The SEAC Village supports, advocates, and represents for the Southeast Asian and Black communities of Charlotte, North Carolina. Historically Southeast Asian refugees have been replaced in low-income Black and Brown neighborhoods in Mecklenburg county alongside nearby counties such as Wake, Guilford, and Catawba; this is our base. On the West, East, and North side of Charlotte, Black, Latinx, and Southeast Asian folks share community in the most underserved neighborhoods in the city. There is little to no access to quality services and basic needs. Families live in unfit housing, children attend overcrowded schools that lack funding and their cultural histories, and parents work long hours. There is a huge need for access to healthcare, childcare, clothing, food and safe housing. We see the intersection of over-policing that leads to the mass incarceration and the crimmigration of our Black and Brown youth; Southeast Asian folks face deportation at higher rates. The limited options of our village creates a need for access to immigration and legal services such as legal review, direct case work, bail funds, and naturalization applications. We believe in collective liberation and assist and support the fights of our trans, LGBTQIA, indigenous, brown and black immigrants siblings here in Charlotte and across the globe. We know that none of us are free until we’re all free.
Our priorities in this work are building leadership of directly impacted people, pouring our resources into local and national collective movements, combatting divisive narratives in the immigrant rights movement, and providing family support and services. Immigration and Anti-Deportation: Organizing free citizenship fairs with an anti-deportation lens Supporting a network of community members that have been deported in Vietnam through a Vietnam-based fellowship that helps Villagers navigate paperwork, job and housing searches, community building and life in Vietnam Continuing to merge our fights against the police and ICE via workshops, campaigns, film screenings, direct actions, direct case work, political education sessions, and organizing Continuing to support and organize with local and national movement collectives including Grassroots Asians Rising, Shared Liberation Network, SEADN, SEAFN, SEIRN, and pushing forward SEADRA (national anti-deportation policy). Youth: SEAC Village youth program organizes with youth of impacted families and the broader youth community. We organize 2 9-week cohorts per year, creating space for political education, creative expression, and community building. We also organize a leadership pipeline through our Young Activist and Student Organizer fellowships - creating a space for deeper political education, sharing organizing skills, and practical application of both. Movement: Strengthening and building relationships in local, regional, and national movements: Building community power through gatherings, teachins, and political education Organizing and directing a yearly cohort of community members as fellows to complete community projects and organizing Holding direct actions and issue campaigns: Crimmigration Mass incarceration Police Brutality Anti-deportation Civic Engagement and Power Building Canvassing Black and Southeast Asian neighborhoods during elections and share voting information Organizing Southeast Asian and Black civic engagement, holding forums, and education sessions for community members Managing partner network of other grassroots Southeast Asian organizations in the Carolinas: Working with each organization on civic engagement of their communities Monetarily and organizationally supporting their work We are committed to building towards a dedicated program for mutual aid as financial strain grows in our community. This year we have begun building through the hiring of a Mutual aid Research assistant as we build out some small infrastructures in Charlotte.