Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

Vigil Volunteer Orientation & Sign Making Party

Join us for vigil volunteer orientation and sign making party at Eastern Cafe on February 21st. Bring yourself, your family and friends! We need your support in outreach and day-of volunteer support. If you're interested, complete the volunteer form here: bit.ly/vigil2018

23rd Annual Vigil: Finding Refuge in Each Other
March 1st 2018
King County Courthouse
Volunteer shifts: 1pm - 5pm, 3pm - 7:30pm
On March 2, 1995, Susana Remerata Blackwell and her unborn child, baby Kristine, as well as Susana’s friends Phoebe Dizon and Veronica Laureta, were murdered by Susana’s estranged husband in the King County Courthouse. Join us on March 1st, 2018 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm for the 23rd Annual Vigil at the King County Courthouse to remember all lives lost to domestic violence. This year’s theme is “Kapwa: Finding Refuge in Each Other.” Here at API Chaya, we are dedicated to generating a culture of safety and care, where survivors are believed and supported. 

We also want to acknowledge the many other forms of violence that are tearing our families and communities apart, including police violence, Islamophobia, transphobia, deportations and much more. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence and our communities are deeply impacted by these systems of power and control. 

If you have questions, contact volunteer@apichaya.org. Thank you for your time and support.

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Mar
1
4:03 PM16:03

23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil: Finding Refuge in Each Other

We will gather to remember the lives of Susanna Blackwell and her unborn child, baby Kristine, Phoebe Dizon, and Veronica Laureta, as well as all those who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. This tragedy organized the API community as a group of women (known as our founding mothers) came together to form the Asian Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center (currently known as API Chaya). While the tragedy and loss of Susanna Blackwell, Phoebe Dizon, and Veronica Laureta occurred 23 years ago, we continue to see the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence in our communities.

We also want to acknowledge the many other forms of violence that are tearing our families and communities apart, including police violence, Islamophobia, transphobia, deportations and much more. Survivors of domestic and sexual violence and our communities are deeply impacted by these systems of power and control. 

Accessibility information:

We will try to provide a space that is low-scent. The bathrooms are gendered and are not guaranteed scent-free, but API Chaya will provide scent-free soap. We are working towards ensuring scent-free spaces in our future events. To honor that goal, we are asking all participants to please come to the vigil fragrance-free (no perfumes, colognes, scented laundry soaps, etc) and to use the scent-free soaps provided by API Chaya in the restrooms so that our valued community members with multiple-chemical-sensitivities or environmental illnesses can participate. 

There are two portions of this event. An outside program and rally followed by a program inside the courthouse.

OUTSIDE ACCESS:
The outside program is ADA accessible. 
Chairs will be available for people who want to sit during the outdoor program.
The outside program is near a busy street with lots of vehicle emissions and pollutants that might not be safe for some participants with multiple chemical sensitives. 
Due to nearby construction, parking as well as space may also be impacted.
Restrooms are located inside the courthouse (see screening information below).

INDOOR ACCESS: 
The courthouse is ADA accessible, with elevators and ramps located throughout the building. Our event is going to be on the 9th floor of the courthouse, in the presiding courtroom. 
We cannot guarantee gender neutral bathrooms. 
The indoor event requires a security screening by the court house by passing through a metal detector. Please see this prohibited items list:http://1.usa.gov/18LqGxs
There will be seating available inside the courthouse. There are also benches located inside the courthouse. 

We will provide food that has been donated by local restaurants and volunteers. There will be vegetarian and meat options available. All food will have a list of ingredients. 

PARKING (cars, bikes)
The courthouse is located in downtown Seattle in the midst of a lot of traffic. Due to construction nearby, there may not be a lot of street parking avaialble. Please review the information linked here for more information about other parking in the area, http://1.usa.gov/1M3YO3I. For folks on bicycles there are bike racks located outside the courthouse on the 4th avenue side of courthouse. Due to nearby construction, this area may also be impacted.

METRO: Link Light Rail Pioneer Square Station the 7, 14, 36, 60, 71, 101, 106 and the C and E lines. If you would like to plan your bus route here is a link to the King County Metro Trip Planner. http://1.usa.gov/1EgUjCd 

CHILDCARE: Children are welcome! If you would like support with childcare please email nikki@apichaya.org with the child’s name and age so we can request childcare. We also will have paper and pens available for children if they want to draw. 

LANGUAGE ACCESS: Please let us know if you need an interpreter for the event by emailing nikki@apichaya.org.

If you have any other questions, please email info@apichaya.org

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Jan
28
3:00 PM15:00

Rapid Response Team Meeting

API Chaya’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) is a group of volunteers who will activate and coordinate our Rapid Response network, including people who are currently signed up and our broader networks if necessary (through listserve or facebook).

At our monthly meetings, volunteers will build and share skills necessary to respond to violence and oppression happening in our communities.This group will be facilitated by API Chaya’s volunteer coordinator.

We will be responding to the following--

Policies on local and national levels that impacts the communities we serve i.e. muslim ban
Specific events that require a community response i.e. targeted hate violence, raids, national calls to action, etc.
Local actions connected to campaigns we are a part of i.e. No New Youth Jail
Media/ news that need to be signal boosted or corrected.

Bring yourself and your pods. Learn more about pods here: https://batjc.wordpress.com/pods-and-pod-mapping-worksheet/

If you've not completed our RRT form, please follow this link:
https://tinyurl.com/APIChayaRapidResponseForm
Email volunteer@apichaya.org if you've questions/ concerns

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Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Volunteer Meeting

API Chaya Volunteer Meeting
January 27th
2pm - 4:30pm
Hing Hay Coworks, 409B Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Join us for our volunteer meeting. Learn about our current and upcoming projects, volunteer needs, training and events. 
If you're a new volunteer, please complete the volunteer application here:bit.ly/APIChayaVolunteer

Scent/ Fragrance Free Request: Please attend the meeting SCENT/FRAGRANCE FREE. For more information, please check out:https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/
- Although the venue is not scent-free, we ask that participants refrain from using scented products to respect those with chemical sensitivities.

PARKING: There is paid street parking and paid parking lots nearby. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: S Jackson St & 5th Ave S (Streetcar), International District/Chinatown Station (Link, 41, 74, 101, 102, 150, 255, 550), S Jackson St & Maynard Ave S (7, 14, 36, 70, 99, 106), 5th Ave S & S Jackson St (217, 252, 255, 257, 268, 311, 554). 

For questions or access needs, contact volunteer@apichaya.org

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Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Human Trafficking 101

  • 16225 NE 87TH ST, SUITE A-4 REDMOND, WA 98052 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Human Trafficking 101 training
6 pm API Chaya Orientation and networking
6:30- 8 pm Educational Discussion
Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) 
16225 NE 87TH ST, SUITE A-4 REDMOND, WA 98052

These trainings are free and open to everyone, no registration is required.
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Childcare provided upon request. This space is wheelchair accessible. We will strive to accommodate accessibility needs such asl interpretation, materials ahead of time, etc. to the best of our ability, contact volunteer@apichaya.org.

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Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

Make Your Voice Heard 2018: An MLK Day Youth Advocacy Workshop

  • Seattle University Student Center, Room 160 1100 E James Way, Seattle, Washington (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you concerned about the dramatic increase in hatred and discrimination in the US?

Are you interested in learning more about Islamophobia and Antisemitism?

Do you want to use the power of your voice to say that bigotry and discrimination have no place in our communities?

Do you want to meet other youth from all over the Puget Sound region who are inspired to work for change in their communities and nation?

If so, join us for a Youth Advocacy Workshop!

The event is open to youth of all (or no) faith backgrounds in 6th-12th grade and is organized by Kids4Peace. Presenters include the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Washington State), Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle21 ProgressThe Seattle GlobalistEssam Muhammad, and Northwest Film Forum

This four-hour workshop will empower youth with the tools to speak out publicly against Islamophobia and Antisemitism, while also building relationships between diverse communities:

Hour 1. Introductions; sharing of concerns about the current climate in the US; background on Islamophobia and Antisemitism in the US; the importance of speaking up and telling our stories

Hour 2 & 3. Breakout sessions designed to equip you with specific tools for speaking out: Film, Spoken Word, News Media, and Talking About The Issues You Care About

Hour 4. Sharing about breakout session experiences; committing to taking action in our community

Transportation to and from the event is available. Please indicate your interest when you register through the Eventbrite link above.

Questions? Please contact Jordan Goldwarg at jordan@k4p.org or 617-335-7603.

This workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from the Seattle Foundation and the Abe Keller Peace Education Fund, and is endorsed by the following (growing list of) co-sponsors:

21 Progress
ACLU of Washington
API Chaya
CAIR-WA
Call of Compassion NW
Church Council of Greater Seattle
Congregation Beth Shalom
Congregation Kol Ami
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
Densho
Eastside Refugee & Immigrant Coalition
East Shore Unitarian Church
Empowering Connection
Epiphany Parish (Episcopal)
Episcopal Diocese of Olympia
Euphrates Institute Seattle
Faith Action Network
FIUTS
Global Social Business Partners
Hate Free Delridge
Healers of Tomorrow
Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation
Holocaust Center for Humanity
IMAN Center
International Rescue Committee
Iraqi Community Center of Washington
Jewish Family Service
J Street
Kavana Cooperative
Neighbors in Faith
Noor Weekend Academy
Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Interfaith
OneWorld Now!
Peace Catalyst International
Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA)
Seattle Globalist
Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry
Somali Family Safety Task Force
St. John's Episcopal Church
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
Temple Beth Am
Temple B'nai Torah
Treacy Levine Center
University Unitarian Church
Wasat
We Say Salam
West Seattle Democratic Women
West Seattle Family YMCA
World Mind Creation Academy
Youth Development Executives of King County

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Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

QTPOC Snack & Chat

It's that time again! API Chaya is excited to host a social event for Queer, Trans and Ally People of Color*! Come snack, build community with other LGBTQ people of color, and vision for the new year! Make new friends - catch up with old ones! There will be ice-beakers and conversation over food. We also want to create space to discuss the needs of our communities and how we can best serve our people in 2018 and beyond.

Join us on Saturday Dec 16th from 11am-1pm at Island Soul Restaurant (4869 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118)

Vegetarians and Vegans welcome! Here is a link to the menu: https://www.islandsoulrestaurant.com/menu

We ask, if you are are able, to make a donation to help cover the cost of food of $5-25, but it's optional, so please come even if you can't make a donation. We want all to enjoy the magic of Caribbean-Southern food!

* This is event is for Queer, Trans and ally people of color. 
* Please respect this event is for people with POC heritage (mixed folks are welcome!)* 
(Please join us if you self-identify as African American/Black/of the African Diaspora, Asian, South Asian, West Asian/Arab/Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, First Nations/Alaskan Native/Native American/Indigenous, Chican@/Latin@, or Multiracial/Mixed-Race) 
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Accessibility information:

No stairs, meets ADA requirement
Single stall bathroom

Fragrance free soap will be available in the bathrooms. We are asking participants who will be sitting at our tables to come scent-free and avoid wearing perfumes and other fragrances to reduce the risk of exposure to our community members with chemical sensitivities. More information about why and how to be scent-free is available at http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.htmland http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/MCS-ACCESSIBILITY-BASICS.pdf 

We strive to make this and future events as accessible as possible. Please let us know your access needs by emailing priya@apichaya.org, and we'll make sure our events can fit the needs.
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Directions:
Buses: 9, 50, 39, 7, 106
Street Parking

Link: 6 mins walk from Columbia City Station (Head east on S Edmunds St toward Martin Luther King Jr Way S then turn right onto Rainier Ave S and you’d see the restaurant!)
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Brought to you by API Chaya's Queer Network Program.The Queer Network Program creates spaces for LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islanders to connect, share stories, and increase visibility, in an effort to build safe, healthy and violence free communities. The Queer Network Program welcomes all LGBTQ people of color to access its events and services. Throughout the year there will be social events, natural helper training, queer educational workshops and media arts projects. We'd love your voice in shaping these events and workshops! 

The Queer Network Program exists as a service to you. API Chaya welcomes all individuals to access our services including advocacy, case management, support groups, and/or referrals. We welcome feedback and suggestions to better serve your needs within our limitations and capacity. Volunteer opportunities are available and donations are much appreciated in sustaining this program.

API Chaya's mission is to organize communities, educate, train, and provide technical assistance and comprehensive culturally relevant services on domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking to Asian and Pacific Islander community members, service providers, survivors, and their families. More info at www.apichaya.org

RSVP, questions, comments or accommodation needs? Email priya@apichaya.org or message https://www.facebook.com/APIWFSC

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