Board member and former SOUL member Pitu Sim co-moderates the Asian American Youth Rising Panel at the 2011 Free Minds, Free People Conference!
Boston organizer Yoojin Lee also co-moderated the panel, which featured members of VAYLA-NO (Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans) and ASAP (Asian Student Association of Philadelphia), who shared stories of how their organizations created and ran successful campaigns to fight for their communities. VAYLA teamed up with adults and elders in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to shut down a landfill in their community, and ASAP organized a huge campaign for non-violent schools in response to a slew of anti-Asian violence.
We were so inspired by everyone’s stories that the next day, the three orgs came together to eat, celebrate, share some poetry, and talk about the APIA youth movement until super late.
It was pretty awesome.