Generations Festival 2019
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Generations Festival 2019

  • TAF Bethaday Community Learning Space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

API Chaya is excited to bring back Generations Festival!

Generations Fest is a space for people of all ages to share skills and stories to celebrate and strengthen our ancestral wisdom. Through this gathering of workshops, activities, and cultural offerings, we hope to grow inter-generational intimacy by centering leadership of elders and young people, providing opportunities to connect with each other, and increasing our skills and knowledge to have the relationships we want

Exact times of the event are in the works. Stay tuned for as we release the times, accessibility information, theme, workshop tracks, and other community offerings!

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GenFest Track: Natural Helpers Training
Oct
26
to Oct 27

GenFest Track: Natural Helpers Training

  • TAF Bethady Community Learning Space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The training provides an overview of systems of oppression with a deep focus on gender-based violence and community-based responses. To be Natural Helper, attend our two-day Natural Helpers (NH) track of Generations Fest.

The Natural Helpers Project was started over 15 years ago to develop bilingual outreach volunteers that help link people experiencing domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking to our services. The volunteers are trained to recognize the dynamics and warning signs of these issues. They understand the barriers to obtaining services in API communities and they seek out assistance for families and individuals in need.

These volunteers are natural helpers in their community. They are hair stylists, lawyers, faith leaders, business owners, day care providers, doctors, teachers, community organizers, etc. They are the ones people come to when they are having problems; they are the ones who are willing to help. Natural Helpers find other potential natural helpers to create a network of individuals who become our eyes and ears in our communities.

The Natural Helpers Project is especially valuable because it also works as a leadership development program that nurtures natural community leaders to address gender-based violence in our communities and to work for long-term social change. It works within the framework of community accountability and transformative justice, although it was developed before these concepts became popular.

Request ASL or language interpreter services by October 20th. If you have questions, concerns, or access needs, contact volunteer@apichaya.org. We will try our best to accommodate and meet your needs.

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GenFest Track: Shut Down the NWDC workshop
Oct
26
3:40 PM15:40

GenFest Track: Shut Down the NWDC workshop

  • TAf Bethady Community Learning Space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

La Resistencia's Workshop on Shut Down The NWDC

This workshop will be a part of Community Organizing Track of our 2nd Annual Generations Festival.
Generations Fest is a space for people of all ages to share skills and stories to celebrate and strengthen our ancestral wisdom. Through this gathering of workshops, activities, and cultural offerings, we hope to grow inter-generational intimacy by centering leadership of elders and young people, providing opportunities to connect with each other, and increasing our skills and knowledge to have the relationships we want
More information about Generations Festival here
More details coming soon.
For access needs contact volunteer@apichaya.org

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GenFest Track: Unlearning Caste Supremacy
Oct
27
9:15 AM09:15

GenFest Track: Unlearning Caste Supremacy

  • TAF Bethday Comming Learning Space (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

API Chaya is excited to bring Equality Labs to Seattle for their highly anticipated Unlearning Caste Supremacy Series! Based on the historic and groundbreaking Caste in the United States Report. They have developed an all day workshop designed to open up the difficult but necessary dialogues of caste privilege in our community, and how we can start dismantling it.

Space is limited. For location details, RSVP.

The workshop will introduce participants to the history of caste in the diaspora, train folks in identifying structures of caste privilege, and create collaborative co-learning spaces where communities can talk across caste and faith divides to start addressing caste oppression.

***There is a lot of interest for this workshop and we want to make sure that as many people who want to attend are able to do so. Please register ONLY if you are certain to attend the full day of training from 9:15 am - 5:15 pm. We understand that unexpected things happen that might impede participation. However, DO NOT register as a placeholder.***
** Register here **

This workshop is tailored for progressive South Asian and Indo-Carribean communities, who want to work to be allies to caste oppressed Americans. We are a liberatory space for caste oppressed immigrants who want to learn more about their history.

For more information, please contact volunteer@apichaya.org

This workshop is organized with the support from South Asia Center at the University of Washington Seattle.

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QTBIPOC Snack n Chat - Reclaiming Plant Medicine for TQPOC
Nov
24
1:00 PM13:00

QTBIPOC Snack n Chat - Reclaiming Plant Medicine for TQPOC

  • WA State Labor Council - Large Conference Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE EVENT
REGISTRATION REQUIRED *limited space due to materials*
REGISTER tinyurl.com/qtbipocplantmed
Sunday, November 24, 2019 | 1-3:30pm
Location: WA State Labor Council - Large Conference Room
321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

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Ale Abre of Abre Caminos
Reclaiming plant medicine for Trans & Queer People of Color

Reclaiming plant medicine for Trans & Queer People of Color. Together we will explore and talk about our personal journey’s in connection to land and plants & explore the ways they intersect with indigenous teachings, ancestral wisdom, our bodies, and the seasons. We will talk about guiding principals for how how to work more intentionally and consensually with plants and learn how to prepare an immune support daily tonic for FALL

Ale Abreu They/She( Afro-Lenca) Is a two-spirit curanderismo ritualist, artist, plant medicine maker, birth doula, for Abre Caminos. Ale is also currently one of the indigenous healers for Canoe Journey Herbalists & the creative director of performance art collaborative Hijx de Su Madre. They currently prepare plant medicine, offer cultural consultations, host ceremonies, ritual performances, offer birth doula support & curate healing spaces in the Duwamish, Puyallup, Nisqually, Squaxin (Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia) areas & beyond. Instagram @Abre_Caminos @HijxDeSuMadre, Canoe Journey Herbalists

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION:
WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBILITY: This space is wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp leading to the entrance as well as steps.

SCENT FREE: Please come scent-free and avoid wearing perfumes and other fragrances to reduce the risk of exposure to our community members with chemical sensitivities. *The space is an older building and is not completely scent free.* We will post periodic articles/info about how to show up to a space scent-free.

For now, more information about why and how to be scent-free is available here: https://bit.ly/2Dh9zpm

BATHROOMS:
2 restrooms will be converted into all-gender restrooms.
Restroom 1: Has wheelchair accessible stall with bar + one urinal
Restroom 2: 2 stalls, one wheelchair accessible stall with bar
Baby Changing stations available in both restrooms

ASL INTERPRETERS:
We are currently requesting ASL interpreters and will update this page as soon as they are confirmed.

TRANSPORTATION:
- PARKING: Free 2 hour street parking is available on 16th avenue in front of the office.
- PUBLIC TRANSIT: Buses 7 (3 minute walk from bus stop) and 8 (9 minute walk from bus stop).

***We will strive to accommodate accessibility needs such as language interpretation, childcare, materials ahead of time, etc. to the best of our ability***

please share any access needs with Lourdez@apichaya.org.

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Human Trafficking 101
Sep
30
6:00 PM18:00

Human Trafficking 101

API Chaya Community Education Series
Human Trafficking 101
Monday, September 30th
6pm - 8:30pm
Mercer Island Library
4400 88th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Join us to learn about our anti trafficking work what you can to do to support survivors.

These trainings are free and open to everyone, no registration is required.
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ACCESSIBILITY

SCENT FREE: Please come scent-free and avoid wearing perfumes and other fragrances to reduce the risk of exposure to our community members with chemical sensitivities. *The space is an older building and is not completely scent free*
More information about why and how to be scent-free is available here: https://bit.ly/2Dh9zpm

Childcare provided upon request
Free parking is available in library parking lot.
BUS LINES: 204, 630, 891, 894
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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A New Beginning
Sep
15
4:00 PM16:00

A New Beginning

  • Muslim Association of Puget Sound - MAPS (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A workshop for sisters and their youth who may require resources and healing following separation or divorce. Panelists will include a life coach, therapist, counselor, self-care coach, youth advocate, and representatives from the Child Support Department.

Dinner will be served following the event at 6:00 pm.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please click here to register.

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QTBIPOC Snack n' Chat - Lake fun!
Jun
29
12:00 PM12:00

QTBIPOC Snack n' Chat - Lake fun!

LAKE TIME FUN! Come hang, float and eat snacks with the Queer Network Program! This will be a family, kiddo, elders intergenerational space!

This event is for Two Spirit, Trans, Gender diverse, Queer, Black, Indigenous, People of color. *please respect this event is for QTBIPOC*

Saturday June 29 from 12-5pm
Seward Park - Lakeside
5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118

Please RSVP on facebook or to Lourdez@apichaya.org, so we know how many folks to expect. :)

WHAT TO BRING:
- your awesome self! floaties, favorite snacks, blankets, towels, books, games if ya want!
- we will have food too (vegetarian and vegan options too!)

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION:
Need ASL interpretation? Need Childcare? Please contact Lourdez by Thursday June 20th if you will be attending and want these services.

CHILDCARE + CREATIVE STATIONS:
FOCS - Families Of Color Seattle will be supporting with childcare and creative, interactive space for a fun time! (art, toys, books, face-painting, interactive activities)

WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLE:The park is wheelchair accessible. With sidewalks from the parking lot that lead to grassy, leveled area where we will be located

SCENT-FREE: Seward Park is a public park, so we cannot guarantee a fragrance-free space, we are asking participants who will be present to be 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.html and http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/MCS-ACCESSIBILITY-BASICS.pdf

BATHROOMS
Bathrooms are located south of the location we will be at Seward Park . Bathrooms are gendered and have scented soaps, one wheelchair accessible bathroom with bar. We are asking participants to please use the fragrance-free soaps API Chaya will provide in the restrooms.

We'd like to work with you to make this and future events as accessible as possible. Please let us know your access needs by emailing Lourdez@apichaya.org, and we'll work with you to make sure our events can fit your needs.

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API Chaya empowers survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking to gain safety, connection, and wellness. We build power by educating and mobilizing South Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander, and all immigrant communities to end exploitation, creating a world where all people can heal and thrive. More info at www.apichaya.org

RSVP, questions, comments or accommodation needs?
Email Lourdez@apichaya.org

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Anti-Violence Advocacy & Criminalized Survivors
Jun
27
5:30 PM17:30

Anti-Violence Advocacy & Criminalized Survivors

API Chaya Community Education Series Special Topic:
Anti-violence Advocacy & Criminalized Survivors

Join us to learn how advocates and community members can shift to better support those impacted by abuse, immigration and criminalization.

"For many immigrant survivors, accessing support from anti-violence organizations is challenging, especially when they are prosecuted or convicted of crimes. Advocates often identify and manage “crisis” very specifically, looking for victims fleeing abusers with the help of shelters and police. When isolation, intimidation, and violence come from state entities like district attorneys, prisons and ICE, abuse may not be recognizable as such—particularly as state control over “criminals” is broadly normalized. As a result, advocates may judge them as not being “real victims” in “real crises” and deny resources." - Survived & Punished Criminalizing Survival Curricula.

Refreshments will be provided. For questions, concerns, access needs, contact volunteer@apichaya.org

This training is free and open to all. No RSVP is required.

Accessibility information:
The 2100 Building has a wheelchair accessible entrance with no steps. There is street parking surrounding the building, and a loading zone directly in front where vans can park to unload wheelchair users and their chairs. The bathrooms are accessible to wheelchair users.

Buses 7, 9, and 48 stop one block away. 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.

Scent/ Fragrance Free Request: Please attend the training SCENT/FRAGRANCE FREE. For more information, please check out: https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/
- We ask that participants refrain from using scented products to respect those with chemical sensitivities.

Childcare provided upon request.
We'd like to work with you to make this and future events as accessible as possible. Please let us know your access needs (including interpretation) by emailing volunteer@apichaya.org, and we'll do our best to work with you to ensure our events can fit your needs.

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API Chaya and Tenants Union: Housing Rights and Language Access!
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

API Chaya and Tenants Union: Housing Rights and Language Access!

Housing and Language Access are human rights. Join us and Tenants Union of Washington on June 25 to learn more! Register here: https://forms.gle/TTSTUidSqxk1GUfE9

Join us for a community workshop on Housing Rights and Language Access
Tuesday, June 25
6:30pm-9pm
Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S, Seattle WA 98118
All tenants have the right to affordable and decent housing. And we know that language barriers present challenges in accessing and keeping housing. This is why API Chaya and the Tenants Union have decided to team up to support community in knowing their rights, and also coming together to advocate for more access for communities that speak languages beyond English. Please join us for an evening of learning about our rights as renters, sharing barriers, challenges, and also creative community solutions to making housing access language accessibile and to helping shape an emerging campaign to further raise awareness of what it takes to treat language access as a human right.

This event is free and open to all.

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ASL interpreting and real-time captioning can be provided upon request, as well as interpretation for other languages. Childcare is available upon request. This space is wheelchair accessible. We will strive to accommodate accessibility needs such as language interpretation, materials ahead of time, etc. to the best of our ability - please contact laurie@apichaya.org.

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Community Organizing & Bystander Intervention 101
Mar
23
2:30 PM14:30

Community Organizing & Bystander Intervention 101

Join us on Saturday, March 23rd to learn more about community organizing & bystander intervention. These trainings are free and open to everyone, no registration is required.
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ACCESSIBILITY

SCENT FREE: Please 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 here: https://bit.ly/2Dh9zpm

Library has free parking
BUS LINES: 9, 49, 60, 47.
Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station is four blocks away from the library.
This space is wheelchair accessible
Library has single-occupant all-gender restroom and multi-stall single-gender restrooms.
Childcare provided upon request
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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Qtbipoc Snack n Chat + Black and Pink - Seattle Chapter
Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Qtbipoc Snack n Chat + Black and Pink - Seattle Chapter

API Chaya's Queer Network Program is partnering with Fox Hampton from Black and Pink's Seattle Chapter, to learn about Black & Pink's prison abolition work, how to write letters & become pen pals with our incarcerated trans & queer siblings on the inside.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE SPACE:
---DIALOGUE + INFO: Fox will provide letter writing tips, hold space for dialogue, resources and info to learn more about Black and Pink!
---LETTER WRITING: letter writing materials and contact information for queer and trans incarcerated folks will be available for folx interested in starting penpalship or even sending a bday card!

**There is no expectation to become a penpal or write a letter.**
***QTBIPOC Snack n Chat plans to have Black & Pink Letter Writing Stations at every future monthly snack n chat***
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This event will center space for Trans, Queer, 2 Spirit, Gender Diverse Black, Indigenous, People of color (QTBIPOC) *please respect this event is for people who identify as QTBIPOC*

RSVP on facebook or lourdez@apichaya.org,
Vegetarians and Vegans welcome!

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TRANSPORTATION:
- PARKING: Free 2 hour street parking is available on 16th avenue in front of the office.
- PUBLIC TRANSIT: Buses 7 (3 minute walk from bus stop) and 8 (9 minute walk from bus stop).

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION:
WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBILITY: This space is wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp leading to the entrance as well as steps.

SCENT FREE: Please come scent-free and avoid wearing perfumes and other fragrances to reduce the risk of exposure to our community members with chemical sensitivities. *The space is an older building and is not completely scent free.* We will post periodic articles/info about how to show up to a space scent-free.

For now, more information about why and how to be scent-free is available here: https://bit.ly/2Dh9zpm

BATHROOMS:
2 restrooms will be converted into all-gender restrooms.
Restroom 1: Has wheelchair accessible stall with bar + one urinal
Restroom 2: 2 stalls, one wheelchair accessible stall with bar
Baby Changing stations available in both restrooms

ASL INTERPRETERS: We are currently in the process of searching for ASL interpreters for this event. If you or anyone you know who is interested in participating in this event wants an ASL interpreter, please contact lourdez@apichaya.org. We will post periodic updates regarding where that process is at, and stay in close contact with any folks who reach out to us via email regarding ASL interpreter status.

***We will strive to accommodate accessibility needs such as language interpretation, childcare, materials ahead of time, etc. to the best of our ability***

please share any access needs with Lourdez@apichaya.org.

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Black and Pink (Seattle chapter) is a group of local organizers who are engaged in many types of work alongside others struggling for abolition.
http://www.blackandpink.org/chapters/seattle/

API Chaya empowers survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking to gain safety, connection, and wellness. We build power by educating and mobilizing South Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander, and all immigrant communities to end exploitation, creating a world where all people can heal and thrive. More info at www.apichaya.org

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RSVP, questions, comments, or other needs?
Email Lourdez@apichaya.org
More info at apichaya.org

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Annual Vigil
Mar
7
4:00 PM16:00

Annual Vigil

Beloved community,

On the first Thursday of March each year, API Chaya holds a vigil to honor the legacies of Susana Remerata Blackwell and baby Kristine, Phoebe Dizon and Veronica Laureta, whose lives were taken at the King County Courthouse in 1995. Their courage and compassion, amidst an epidemic of violence, served as catalysts for a movement that led to the founding of our organization.

On March 7, we invite you to join us at the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall at 4pm as we gather, reflect on survivorship, and march to the King County Courthouse for a brief program outside. There will not be a program inside the courthouse after. As we prepare for the 25th anniversary next year, our staff and program participants will be spending time with our founding mothers, re-grounding in our own stories and deepening our commitment to this legacy. Throughout the year, API Chaya will be offering more healing spaces for us and our loved ones, recognizing that survivors must feel consistently connected to build power and lead this work.

Survivors are exposing abuse and exploitation by those in power in record numbers, and we demand to be heard and believed. We invite our community to honor the survivors in your lives by taking a moment to reflect about how you can show support, hold space for vulnerable stories, and take action to stop rape culture and end systemic violence.

With love and solidarity,

API Chaya

Accessibility information:  

This place is accessible by wheelchair.

We strive to create accessible spaces for all of our community members. If you have any access needs, including interpretation services, please reach out to jessie@apichaya.org, and we will do our best to accommodate.


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Pretty Funny Ladies
Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

Pretty Funny Ladies

Pretty Funny Ladies’ is a benefit show to raise money for API Chaya, a non-profit organization seeking to end systemic gender-based violence. API Chaya empowers survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking to gain safety, connection, and wellness and build power by educating and mobilizing South Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander, and all immigrant communities to end exploitation, creating a world where all people can heal and thrive.

Pretty Funny Ladies is an all-female comic stand-up comedy show, featuring funniest comics of Seattle. All the profits from this show will be donated directly to API Chaya. Please consider donations to API Chaya even if you are not able to make it to the show.

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Human Trafficking 101
Jan
26
2:30 PM14:30

Human Trafficking 101

  • Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

API Chaya Community Education Series
Human Trafficking 101
Saturday, January 26th
2:30 to 5:30pm
Northeast Library
6801 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

These trainings are free and open to everyone, no registration is required.
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Childcare provided upon request
Free parking is available in library parking lot.
This space is wheelchair accessible
Has multi-Stall Single-Gender Restrooms
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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A New Beginning: Support for Single Sisters
Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

A New Beginning: Support for Single Sisters

  • The Muslim Association of Puget Sound (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join API Chaya, MAPS and MAPS-MCRC for a presentation and panel on housing, training programs, self employment, and health insurance. This event is open to sisters going through sisters going through a separation or divorce. 

**Child care will be available on request**
Please contact neelam@apichaya.org for more information. 

Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/RQzEx2rSV8iK9Ol13

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API Chaya Donor Appreciation Night
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

API Chaya Donor Appreciation Night

API Chaya welcomes our donors and friends to come together for appetizers and wine. This will be a time to celebrate our community's strengths and share an update of our programs. Please RSVP to nat@apichaya.org and/or send them volunteer inquiries if you'd like to support this event! 

Children are welcome to attend this gathering. However, please prepare them for content related to gender-based violence and our work to create a better world. This area is served by metro bus 24/33. The space is wheelchair accessible. We ask that guests come scent free to support a great experience for everyone. Food will include vegan, gluten free and dairy free options. If you would like to request interpretation or other access support, please let us know by October 20th and we'll do our best to coordinate! 

We're excited to celebrate the resilience of our communities with you. Please join us!

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We Seed: Generation Taking Root and Thriving
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

We Seed: Generation Taking Root and Thriving

  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On October 20th, 2018, API Chaya is hosting We Seed: Generations Taking Root & Thriving, a space for all ages to share skills and stories to celebrate and strengthen our ancestral wisdom. Through this gathering and workshops, we hope to grow intergenerational intimacy by centering leadership of elders and young people, providing opportunities to connect with each other, and increase our skills and knowledge to have the relationships we want. 

This event is FREE and OPEN TO ALL
Register here
Interested in volunteering for the event? Sign-up here

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ASL interpreting and real-time captioning will be provided. Childcare is available upon request. This space is wheelchair accessible. We will strive to accommodate accessibility needs such as language interpretation, materials ahead of time, etc. to the best of our ability - please contact jessie@apichaya.org.

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QTPOC + Language Access Snack & Chat!
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

QTPOC + Language Access Snack & Chat!

  • Washington State Labor Council (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for QTPOC + Language Access Snack & Chat! 

Saturday, September 29th
3pm-6pm
Washington State Labor Council ("Labor Hall")
321 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

This session, API Chaya’s Access for All will partner with our Queer Network Program to snack and chat together about the intersections of Queer and Trans People of Color narratives and language access.

Language is vital to communication, communication is crucial to being able to express and meet needs. Shared language allows us to have a shared understanding of violence, and the tools to be able to interrupt and prevent violence. This is why we say language access is a human right. Please join us for an evening of sharing barriers, challenges, and also creative community solutions to language access and to helping shape an emerging campaign to further raise awareness of what it takes to treat language access as a human right. 


This event is FREE and open to all - we ask that people who join us will center and honor QTPOC folx and narratives in the space. 

Please register online at tinyurl.com/lasc0918

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ASL interpreting and real-time captioning (CART) will be available. Childcare will be provided upon request. This space is wheelchair accessible. We will strive to accommodate accessibility needs such as language interpretation, materials ahead of time, etc. to the best of our ability - please contact jessie@apichaya.org.

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Language Access snack & chat! - Community Education Series
Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Language Access snack & chat! - Community Education Series

Join us for Language Access Snack & Chat! 
August 25th
3pm-6pm
Hirabayashi Place
442 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104

Language is vital to communication, communication is crucial to being able to express and meet needs. Shared language allows us to have a shared understanding of violence, and the tools to be able to interrupt and prevent violence. This is why we say language access is a human right. Please join us for an evening of sharing barriers, challenges, and also creative community solutions to language access and to helping shape an emerging campaign to further raise awareness of what it takes to treat language access as a human right. 

Register: https://goo.gl/forms/sz8aCOKFntdIJEJu2

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ASL interpreting and real-time captioning (CART) will be available. Childcare will be provided upon request. This space is wheelchair accessible. We will strive to accommodate accessibility needs such as language interpretation, materials ahead of time, etc. to the best of our ability - please contact jessie@apichaya.org.

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Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

U Mad? Wisdom and Activism for Rageful Times: Larry Yang

Please join us for a U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times training, an examiniation of transforming anger into spiritually based activism. This series of trainings is in partnership with Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Parisol, CASA Latina, and API Chaya's Rapid Response Team.

We will be listening to a RECORDED TALK by Larry Yang on Buddhist Anger and Mindful Resistance. In our discussion, we will examine how to personally reconcile our experiences with anger and oppression with our core values of social liberation. How do we hold the paradox of our spirit, our wellness, and out fight to end oppression?

About Larry Yang:

Larry Yang teaches mindfulness and loving kindness retreats nationally and has a special interest in creating access to the Dharma for diverse multicultural communities. Larry has practiced meditation for almost 30 years, with extensive time in Burma and Thailand, and a six month period of ordination as a Buddhist monk under the guidance of Ajahn Tong. Larry is on the Teacher’s Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, is one of the core teachers of both East Bay Meditation Center (Oakland) and Insight Community of the Desert (Palm Springs).

His current focus is training spiritual leadership within Communities of Color and LGBTQI communities. Larry was honored for his work in racial justice by being selected as the community’s choice for Grand Marshal in the 2016 San Francisco LGBTIQ Pride Parade. He is part of the coordinating team developing future diverse community meditation teachers in Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Programs and is one of the core trainers for the next Spirit Rock Dharma Teacher Training Program to develop the participation from multicultural communities as fully empowered Dharma teachers.

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Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

Relationship Violence 101 - Community Education Series

  • Muslim Association of Puget Sound - MAPS (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Relationship Violence 101
July 21st
3pm - 6pm
Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052.
3pm API Chaya Orientation and networking (recommended for first time attendees)
3:15pm Educational Discussion

There's free parking at MAPS.
Bus routes: 
269 (12 min walk to MAPS)
216 (10 min walk)
219 (18 min walk)

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Childcare provided upon request. This space is wheelchair accessible. We will strive to accommodate accessibility needs such as interpretation, materials ahead of time, etc. to the best of our ability - please email volunteer@apichaya.org.

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Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

QTPOC Snack n Chat with Utopia Seattle!

  • 205 East Meeker Street Kent, WA, 98032 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

API Chaya Queer Network Program is partnering with U.T.O.P.I.A Seattle (United Territories of Pacific Islander Alliance) to host a social event for Queer and Trans People of Color - at their NEW OFFICE! 

Come snack and build community with other Two-spirit, Gender Diverse, LGBTQIA+ people of color. Make new friends, catch up with old ones! there will be ice-beakers and conversation over food. 

This event is for Trans, Queer, 2 Spirit, Gender Diverse people of color. *please respect this event is for people with POC heritage (including mixed folks!)* 

Join us on Saturday July 21st | 11am-1pm
UTOPIA's New office in Kent!
205 E. Meeker St.
Kent, Washington

Please RSVP on facebook or to selena@apichaya.org, so we know how many folks to expect. :)

Vegetarians and Vegans welcome!

Directions:
205 E. Meeker St.
Kent, Washington

FREE: Street parking is available on Meeker St. in front of the office. 

CARPOOLING: Since this event will be in Kent, we plan to organize carpooling, please contact selena@apichaya.org if you would like to volunteer carpooling people from Seattle or throughout the city. 

Accessibility information: 
The space is wheelchair accessible. No steps at the entrance.
Please 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.html and http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/MCS-ACCESSIBILITY-BASICS.pdf 

Bathrooms: One stall all gender restroom

We'd like to work with you to make this and future events as accessible as possible. Please let us know your access needs by emailing selena@apichaya.org, and we'll work with you to make sure our events can fit your needs. 

Brought to you by UTOPIA Seattle and API Chaya's Queer Network Program

UTOPIA Seattle (United Territories Of Pacific Islanders’ Alliance), a non-profit organization of volunteers in the Greater Seattle working to provide sacred spaces to strengthen the minds and bodies of QTPIs – Queer and Trans Pacific Islanders – through community organizing, political engagement, and cultural stewardship.
More info at http://www.utopiaseattle.org/

API Chaya empowers survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking to gain safety, connection, and wellness. We build power by educating and mobilizing South Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander, and all immigrant communities to end exploitation, creating a world where all people can heal and thrive.
More info at www.apichaya.org

RSVP, questions, comments or accommodation needs? 
Email selena@apichaya.org

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Jun
30
3:00 PM15:00

Community Organizing and Bystander Intervention 101

  • Hirabayashi Place (Donnie Chin Community Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us on June 30th for Community Organizing and Bystander Intervention 101
Donnie Chin Community Room at Hirabayashi Place.
3 pm API Chaya Orientation and networking
3:15- 6pm Educational Discussion

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Childcare provided upon request. We will strive to accommodate accessibility needs such as interpretation, materials ahead of time, etc. to the best of our ability - please email volunteer@apichaya.org.
Accessibility
- Wheel chair accessible
- No stairs
- No single stall gender neutral bathrooms
- The space is not scent free - we encourage people to come scent free. Learn more here: https://eastbaymeditation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/MCS-ACCESSIBILITY-BASICS.pdf

Public Transit
- FirstHill Streetcar
- Light Rail to International District stop
- Bus 70, 62, 111, 114, 212, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219, 554, 252, 255, 257, 286, 311, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 13, 14, 24, 36, 43, 47, 49, 99, 510, 511, 512, 513, 545, 630, 984

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Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

QTPOC Snack n' Chat - Pride Edition with TRANSformWA + API Chaya

API Chaya Queer Network Program is partnering withTRANSform WA to host a social event for Queer and Trans People of Color during Pride Month. Come snack and build community with other LGBTQIA+ people of color. Make new friends- catch up with old ones! there will be ice-beakers and conversation over food. 

This event is for Queer, Trans* and ally people of color. 
*please respect this event is for people with POC heritage (including mixed folks!)* 

Join us on Saturday June 30 from 11-1pm. 
Hong Kong Bistro

Please RSVP on facebook or to selena@apichaya.org, so we know how many folks to expect. :)

Vegetarians and Vegans welcome!

Directions:507 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (between S. King St. and S. Weller St.)
limited street parking and the no. 7 bus stop on Jackson st. a block from the restaurant. Also, the link light rail Chinatown/ International District station is 2 blocks away on King St, right on Maynard Ave S.

We are usually seated towards the back of the restaurant.

Accessibility information: 
The space is wheelchair accessible. Hong Kong Bistro is public restaurant, so we cannot guarantee a fragrance-free space, but 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.html and http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/MCS-ACCESSIBILITY-BASICS.pdf 

Bathrooms are gendered and have scented soaps, so we are asking participants to please use the fragrance-free soaps API Chaya will provide in the restrooms. 

We'd like to work with you to make this and future events as accessible as possible. Please let us know your access needs by emailing selena@apichaya.org, and we'll work with you to make sure our events can fit your needs. 

Brought to you by TRANSform WA and API Chaya's Queer Network Program

TRANSform Washington is a public education campaign celebrating the dignity, diversity, and humanity of transgender and gender diverse people. We believe all Washingtonians deserve to be safe, to be their true selves, and to live free from discrimination. TRANSform Washington is supported by Pride Foundation. More info at http://transformwashington.com/about/

API Chaya empowers survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking to gain safety, connection, and wellness. We build power by educating and mobilizing South Asian, Asian, Pacific Islander, and all immigrant communities to end exploitation, creating a world where all people can heal and thrive. More info at www.apichaya.org

RSVP, questions, comments or accommodation needs? 
Email selena@apichaya.org

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May
26
3:30 PM15:30

API Chaya Volunteer Orientation

Interested in learning about API Chaya and volunteering with us? Come to our volunteer orientation! Bring your family and friends. Learn about API Chaya and how you can support our anti-violence work.

If you have not yet completed our volunteer application, follow this link: http://bit.ly/APIChayaVolunteer

Saturday, May 26th
3pm-6pm
Hirabayashi Place
Donnie Chin Community Room
442 S Main St, Seattle 98104

API Chaya brings together long-term community work and valuable experience of Chaya (formed 1996) and the Asian & Pacific Islander Safety Center (formed 1993). Both organizations were created by passionate, visionary founding mothers who volunteered their time, resources and efforts to build a support system for the Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It is the efforts of these and many other volunteers that make us realize how significant and integral our volunteer program is for the achievement of our mission and our sustainability.

API Chaya volunteers can take part in many different projects to achieve one or more of the following:
- Reach out to the communities we serve and connect them to our services.
- Create awareness around the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking and engage our communities to address these issues.
- Help our advocates address the needs of people we serve.

Volunteer Benefits
- To receive training on domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in order to build skills and/or support friends and community members who are dealing with violence in their lives
- To engage and learn from our experienced staff, visionary founding mothers and community leaders
- To be treated as equal partners jointly responsible for accomplishment of the agency’s mission
To be part of informative and exciting events

Volunteers are required to attend the Natural Helpers training to understand our vision, and the scope and depth of our work. Additional trainings will be recommended as needed. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact volunteer@apichaya.org

Accessibility
- Wheel chair accessible
- No stairs
- None single stall gender neutral bathrooms
- Encourage everyone to bring their own containers/utensil/cup etc for eating to decrease disposable waste
- We ask people to be mindful and respectful of the space and photos in room
- The space is not scent free but we encourage people to come scent free
What this means: https://eastbaymeditation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/MCS-ACCESSIBILITY-BASICS.pdf
- Please message us via the Facebook page for your access/accommodation needs.

Transportation
- FirstHill Streetcar
- Light Rail to International District stop
- Bus 70, 62, 111, 114, 212, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219, 554, 252, 255, 257, 286, 311, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 13, 14, 24, 36, 43, 47, 49, 99, 510, 511, 512, 513, 545, 630, 984

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Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

Sexual Assault: Consent, Boundaries & Prevention

Sexual Assault: Consent, Boundaries & Prevention Training
Sunday, April 29th
3-5pm
Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join us at MAPS for this free training. For questions, concerns, access needs, contact volunteer@apichaya.org

There's free parking at MAPS.
Bus routes:
269 (12 min walk to MAPS)
545 (12min walk)
216 (10 min walk)
219 (18 min walk)

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Childcare provided upon request. This space is wheelchair accessible. We will strive to accommodate accessibility needs such as interpretation, materials ahead of time, etc. to the best of our ability - please email volunteer@apichaya.org.

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Apr
21
to Apr 22

Natural Helpers Training

This training will take place on April 21st & 22nd 10am - 5pm near downtown Seattle. Space is limited. 

****Please complete this application: bit.ly/nhspring2018

API Chaya offers our Natural Helpers Training twice a year. It is free to current volunteers and is open to community members for a small fee/donation. No one is turned away due to lack of funds. The training provides an overview of systems of oppression with a deep focus on gender-based violence and community-based responses. Attendance of both days (April 21st & 22nd) is required. Learn more about our natural helpers program here: https://www.apichaya.org/volunteer

****If you're interested in the training, please complete this application:bit.ly/nhspring2018

Please request ASL or language interpreter services by April 17th. If you have questions, contact volunteer@apichaya.org.

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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

U Mad? Wisdom and Activism for Rageful Times

  • pin InterIm CDA | Hirabayashi Place Donnie Chin Community Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for a U Mad? Wisdom for Rageful Times training, an examiniation of transforming anger into spiritually based activism. This training is in partnership with Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Parisol, CASA Latina and API Chaya's Rapid Response Team.

We will be listening to a recorded talk by Venerable Prenz Sa-Ngoun on Buddhist Anger and Mindful Resistance. In our discussion, we will examine How do you personally reconcile view that people who work for prisons or ICE are doing what they think is right, with the other reality that their work does immeasurable harm to individuals, families and communities? What is your relationship with holding paradox, in general, and how has your dharma practice informed how you work with paradox?

We will close with planning using the BPF Block, Build, Be framework to identify if we are a Blocker, a Builder or a Be-er and how, together, we will work for the safety for those targeted by ICE.

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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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Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

Community Organizing 101

oin us on February 22nd for Community Organzing 101
Community Room at Hirabayashi Place
442 S. Main Street Seattle, WA 98104
6 pm API Chaya Orientation and networking
6:30- 8 pm Educational Discussion

***
Childcare provided upon request. We will strive to accommodate accessibility needs such as interpretation, materials ahead of time, etc. to the best of our ability - please email volunteer@apichaya.org.
Accessibility
- Wheel chair accessible
- No stairs
- No single stall gender neutral bathrooms
- The space is not scent free - we encourage people to come scent free. Learn more here: https://eastbaymeditation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/MCS-ACCESSIBILITY-BASICS.pdf

Public Transit
- FirstHill Streetcar
- Light Rail to International District stop
- Bus 70, 62, 111, 114, 212, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219, 554, 252, 255, 257, 286, 311, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 13, 14, 24, 36, 43, 47, 49, 99, 510, 511, 512, 513, 545, 630, 984

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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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