Asian Activists & Artists Discuss Ongoing Campaigns for Social Justice

New York, NY

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Join us on Wednesday, May 30th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a discussion about ongoing campaigns addressing a range of social, economic and political concerns affecting the rapidly growing Asian community in New York City.

Spoken Word Artist, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai facilitates a conversation with Helena Wong, Executive Director of CAAAV,  Organizing Asian Communities; Marissa Martin, Policy Coordinator at the Coalition of Asian American Children & Families (CAFC); and ManSee Kong, Filmmaker about their current work and future goals.

Facing big challenges, Asian activists and artists are tackling issues such as gentrification, police violence, hate crimes and racism, workplace exploitation, and lack of access to public services and political office. A new generation is moving forward organizing at the grass roots, building coalitions, and making new alliances seeking equal rights and social justice.  

This forum is part of the Community Studio Dialogue monthly series held at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center. Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) is dedicated to the exercise of First Amendment rights through moving image media and creates opportunities for communication, education, artistic expression and other non-commercial uses of video facilities. Founded in 1992, the public access network operates four channels reaching 620,000 cable subscribers, streams programs on the Internet reaching global audiences, and offers  training in video production, editing, and broadcasting to Manhattan residents who wish to become certified producers for MNN.