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Join us for a spectacular evening of fun, food, and community! We are excited to celebrate 14 years of Southeast Asian youth organizing to confront and end state, street, and interpersonal violence affecting the Southeast Asian community in RI!
PrYSM has been busy in 2014! In addition to our leadership in the Community Safety Act campaign to push forward a city ordinance that will hold the Providence police accountable to their profiling practices, we’ve also restarted two weekly drop in programs for young people, After Hourz and Queer and Trans Thursdays. Come learn more about our programs and campaigns!
When & Where
Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)
The Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) was founded on November 8th, 2001, when a series of repeated Cambodian gang fights and resulting deaths inspired youth and local college students to fight for positive change in the community. Our first campaign was to fight the deportations of Cambodian American refugees, who were being sent back to the country from which they fled a genocide and civil war. Though our campaign goals have shifted over the years to reflect the changing needs of our base, we continue to fight the criminalization of our community and honor our refugee roots. Today, PrYSM is a 501c3 non-profit youth organization which supports Southeast Asian (SEA) youth to become leaders, organizers, and critical thinkers, by offering educational workshops, leadership opportunities, mentorship, and oversight of youth-led community organizing projects. For the past fourteen years, PrYSM has provided SEA youth with the tools they need to design and run campaigns aimed at shifting oppressive systems through concrete policy change.
Providence Youth Student Movement envisions a strong, healthy SEA community free from state, street, and interpersonal violence. PrYSM organizes at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation by centering youth, female, queer, and people of color leadership in our campaigns, our organization, and our communities. PrYSM mobilizes SEAyouth, families, and allies to build grassroots power and organize collectively for social justice.
Peace: We must confront and end cycles of violence in our communities. PrYSM must work towards transforming our communities by building safe spaces that foster accountability, healing, and dialogue.
Love: Social justice, community organizing, and institutional change must be rooted in compassion and unity. Love for ourselves, our families, and our communities must guide PrYSM’s work, actions, and collective vision.
Power: We must shift power into the hands of the people through direct action, base building, community coalitions, and youth organizing. PrYSM builds power by centering the experiences of the most oppressed and developing local grassroots leadership.
Visit www.prysm.us for more information.