Open E.A.R.S. for Change

A brand new anti-racism and social justice initiative!

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What is “Open E.A.R.S. for Change” about?

The “Open E.A.R.S. for Change” program will be an on-going project that aims to build stronger allyship and co-conspiratorship among our API audiences with local Black communities in order to foster a more diverse and inclusive culture in our communities that is anti-racist and anti-discriminatory in the Oakland/East Bay Community.

The two key objectives of the series are

1) address anti-blackness in API communities and meaningfully confront issues of colorism/racism in a safe space; and

2) address Black-Asian community relations specifically in the Oakland Chinatown area.

 

What does this program look like?

This program series will consist of several distinct categories:

  • “Activate” – events that help maintain the momentum and energy of informed, engaged individuals already involved in anti-racism efforts and learning.
  • “Engage” –  efforts that seek to directly engage key community sectors to cultivate a better understanding about the values expressed by the Black Lives Matter movement and address relations between API and Black communities. 
  • “Inform” – a message campaign to help share educational information about anti-racism across a broad area.

We cannot do this work alone. We invite community members and organizations to partner with us on this multi-layered effort. Get involved! Got questions or ideas? Email programs@oacc.cc.

Series Content

We will continue to publish and build content related to this new initiative in this section. Please check back periodically for updates!

 

Episode 1: “Let’s Talk Oakland Chinatown!”

What does anti-racism look like in our communities?
Local business owner Alicia Wong shares how Oakland Chinatown-based Fortune Cookie Company incorporated anti-racism as a business priority and achieved national visibility as a socially conscious enterprise. She is joined by Jessica Li (OCA-East Bay) and Trinh Banh (Good Good Eatz).

Click here to access the full transcript: English Transcript, Chinese Transcript

Episode 2: “Let’s Talk Vietnamese Community!”

How do we address anti-racism through the lens of community building and leveraging the virtual space?
We hear from Dr. Jennifer Tran (Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce) about her on-the-ground efforts to support local Vietnamese community members through the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and BLM. Vina Vo and Josie Nguyen share how The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT) has shifted their social media outreach to be more outspoken about anti-racism and focusing on the upcoming elections to engage and inform Vietnamese voters.

Transcripts to come!

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