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Just some thoughts on recognition in social justice work

I was recently recognized at my alma mater for the racial/gender justice work that I do. It was nice and humbling and of course I was really grateful for the honor, but it also had me stop and think about the importance and the impact of the work I do.

I do this work not for the glory or recognition but to lift up my community and to express my thoughts, feelings and experiences through artistic representations. I don’t need awards, plaques, or gold stars to know how valuable my work is. All I truly need is a thank you and maybe a hug. If you’re doing this work to add something to your professional bio then you’re doing it wrong and I feel sorry for you. Nothing feels better than hearing directly from the community that you’re making an impact.

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Dis/orient/ed Comedy Returns to PDX! SAT OCT 18!

Tumblr! Please help me boost this post! Presale code “getdisoriented” expires TONIGHT at 11:55pm! If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area come on down to the Mekong Bistro in Northeast Portland this Saturday! If you’re not in Oregon, help us spread the word! 

You can read more about my involvement with this event here.

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Join the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) on Saturday, Oct 18 for a night of Asian and Pacific Islander women in comedy and raising awareness on reproductive justice issues!

Dis/orient/ed Comedy Returns to PDX!
When: Saturday, October 18
Location: Mekong Bistro (8200 NE Siskiyou St, Portland, OR 97220)
Time: 7:30 cocktail hour, 8:00 show start
Tickets: $25 general admission, presale code "getdisoriented" to save on tickets! Buy your tickets here!
FEATURING:
+ SHANNON KOYANO (SEATTLE. PARLOR LIVE)
+ BRI PRUETT (PORTLAND. ALL JANE NO DICK COMEDY FESTIVAL, BRIDGETOWN COMEDY FESTIVAL)
+ JEN TAM (PORTLAND. CYNIC CAVE, AM I RIGHT, LADIES? A TOTALLY RADICAL FEMINIST COMEDY SHOWCASE)
+ D’LO (LOS ANGELES. HBO’S LOOKING, DYKECENTRAL) 

HOST:
   JENNY YANG (LOS ANGELES. SHOWTIME’S “WHY WE LAUGH: FUNNY WOMEN”, BUZZFEED VIDEO, DIS/ORIENT/ED COMEDY)
The mission of Dis/orient/ed Comedy is to showcase female Asian American comics ranging from Sri Lankan boi D’Lo to Egyptian American Maria Shehata - they loosely define “Asian” and “Female” with a focus on sharing talent of those who aren’t typically featured to mainstream comedy audiences. By organizing the Dis/orient/ed Standup Tour, APANO is promoting the work of Asian Pacific American females and supporting a space for them to share their comedy with the Portland community. 

Sponsorship and funds raised will go supporting APANO’s Strong Families working group. Just as Asian and Pacific Islander women comedians are faced with challenges in mainstream media, our families are challenged with policies and stagnant images that do not reflect our diverse familial structures and cultures. Funds raised from this event will support the ongoing efforts that our Strong Families working group is currently doing for the reproductive justice movement. 

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JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER LAUDE !

END THE MILITARY EXERCISES AND VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT!

KICK OUT THE U.S. MILITARY OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES !

If you live in NYC, come join us for the action and rally on Wednesday, October 15 at 5 pm in front of the Philippines Embassy.

When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 5 pm.
Where: 556 Fifth Avenue, New York front of the Philippines Embassy

If you haven’t heard already in Philippine news and now some U.S. news outlets like ABC News & The New York Post, yesterday night a transgender woman name Jennifer Laude was found murdered inside the Celzone Lodge on Magsaysay Drive in Olangapo City, Zambales. She was found, strangled with her head leaning over the toilet by one of the hotel attendants who was also a witness. The attendant, Elias Gallamos, witnessed a white man with blonde hair and a marine cut walking out of the hotel room a few minutes after both he and Jennifer went in. According to Elias the suspect left the door open and Elias went to check the room but saw slippers outside the bathroom so believed someone was inside using the room and he left. Later, they returned to check back in the hotel room and discovered Jennifers body.

Earlier on in the night another witness, the victim’s friend, said they met the suspect at the Ambyanz Disco Bar at 10:55 p.m. Jennifer then invited the suspect to the hotel and asked the witness to leave before the suspect found out they were both transgender.

Both witnesses describe the man as having a “white complexion, with marine-style cut of hair,” standing between 5’8″ and 5’10” and between 25 and 30 years old.

The suspect is now detained in the USS Peleliu assault ship as the investigation continues. However according to the VFA any military servicemen who has committed a crime in the Philippines must be held by U.S. officials not Philippine officials. Basically the U.S. military is hiding behind the VFA (which they created) for the suspect and any other military personel stationed on the islands to gain immunity and escape prosecution from Philippines laws.

Now people, especially the family members and friends of Jennifer, are worried that the U.S. ships can leave at any time and justice won’t be served as the suspect and 3 other suspects of the case will not be turned over to Philippines authorities. Though officials say the ship will not be able to leave the port until the case is solved many worry this will not be the case.

We call for the U.S. to turn over the suspects to Philippine officials for investigation. We call for justice for Jennifer Laude in which its clearly a hate crime and for the numerous rape cases by U.S. military who have escaped prosecution. 

JUSTICE !

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