On Tuesday, we had some unexpected last minute emergencies come up and had to deal with it with the rest of the office. I didn't do a lot but everyone did such a great job supporting each other and troubleshooting. Ruben could not come to the office on Tuesday, so Vivian helped me take care of AYA's session on Tuesday. Thankfully, RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast) came in and did a workshop, which was awesome, and that took up a good chunk of time.
RAISE works with undocumented youth to create safe spaces, share the experiences of undocumented Asian immigrants, and organize the youth to advocate for humane immigration policies. They do courageous and important work and it was so awesome to learn from them what it is like on a day-to-day basis for someone whose future seems so dim because of lack of documentation.
Check out their work here
They are putting a theater performance soon to explore their experiences, their feelings, and collective memories. Please support them and buy a ticket to the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/800617936639602/
The workshop really opened up our eyes. I had been following their tumblr but I didn't know too much about the issue. They showed us a short documentary that they made of some of their members, and it is really powerful. Check it out below...