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Day 1: Movement in Action

Monday, September 14th
2:00 pm ET / 1:00  pm CT / 11:00 am PT / 8:00 am HT
View the Recorded Session:
Opening Plenary
Opening Performance

Spoken word artist, poet, and author Bao Phi will give an inspiring performance to kick off the 2020 Building CAPACD Convention. Bao is a Vietnamese American refugee, spoken word artist, published poet, arts administrator, children's book author, and single co-parent father. For over two decades, his creative work has been rooted in Asian American community and where they intersect and collide with social justice issues. He will be reading poems, political and personal, hoping to add to a much needed conversation about our people here in America and in the world during the pandemic.

Bao Phi

Forward Stance: A Practice for Movement Together While We Are Physically Apart

The year 2020 represents a pivotal moment in our collective fight for social justice.  The structural inequalities that have oppressed communities of color and low-income communities for centuries have never been so evident.  Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are mobilizing in response on multiple fronts –ensuring our communities are counted in the Census, caring for the most vulnerable during the pandemic and its economic fallout, getting out the vote, and conducting political education that addresses anti-Blackness within our neighborhoods and families.  But 2020 isn’t over yet and we are in this fight for the long haul. How can we sustain this momentum for the hard work that is still to come? 


Norma Wong is a kua'aina - a simple person from the back country - who has worked and lived long enough to begin the kuleana of elder. She will be joined by Claudia Lopez, a graphic storyteller. Together, they invite our pause and reset, our renewal of energy and spirit, breathing from the core strength of community.   

Norma Wong with Claudia Lopez
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What Movement in Action Looks Like

Executive Director Seema Agnani will share brief remarks on the collective power and impact of our national coalition. Join us as she highlights the incredible and inspiring work being done in AAPI communities across the nation to create healthy, thriving neighborhoods – and then come back after a brief break to gain deeper insights into local work through the Virtual Community Tours.  

Seema Agnani
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