EunSook Lee, Kim, Soon-duk, a former WWII comfort woman and Buddhist nun Neung Kwang walk to the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 23, 2001, to condemn the U.S. position on a class action lawsuit filed by former comfort women from Korea, China, Taiwan and the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Young Koreans United of USA
“Propagandists may believe that it is easier to erase their stories because the only witnesses are disappearing from this earth. But their voices will not die with them.” EunSook Lee, Director of the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund, published a beautiful and painful piece about the white washing of the experiences of “comfort women”, young women from throughout the Asia Pacific region abducted and subjected to sexual violence by the Japanese military before and during World War II. Ms. Magazine.
Registration is open for the game design certificate program Gameheads co-designed in partnership with Unity, Oculus from Facebook and Niantic through Cal State East Bay’s continuing education program. Classes will be held online and start June 7 with The Unity/C# course. There are still 10 seats open in the class that is FREE for low-income students and students of color. More information on the program at is available here, and Apply today or share the application link with the young game designer in your life!
California Funders for Boys and Men of Color released a statement on how California’s comeback can center communities of color. Read more at the CFBMoC website.
Another key demand of California leadership for the state budget is to make critical food assistance available to All. No Exceptions. No Exclusions. This is the call from Nourish California and their partners as part of the Food4All Campaign, which would end the unjust immigrant exclusion in CalFresh. Thanks to the passion and dedication of the coalition behind SB 464, the #Food4All bill introduced by Senator Melissa Hurtado, the legislation passed out of the Senate Appropriations committee this week and moved to the senate floor for a full vote. It’s more important than ever to make our voices heard on this issue — reach out to key decision makers using the Food4All toolkit at the link.