Featuring…Pratap Chatterjee

APEN is celebrating our 20 years of “Generating Power” at the Oakland Museum on October 5th. As a lead up to our event, this May, Asian-Pacific Island (API) Heritage month, we will highlight the vast wealth of API Heritage in APEN’s own history. We will feature a different former APEN staff, board or member each week.

 pratappicFull Name: Pratap Chatterjee

Current Position: Executive Director at CorpWatch

Years you were involved with APEN & role: I volunteered for APEN in Richmond in the summer of 2000 and as a board member from 2001-2005.

What is your proudest APEN memory? I have a couple:

  • When the Laotian Organizing Project won a victory from Chevron in Richmond to make multilingual calls to the community in the case of an “accident.”
  • When Power in Asian Organizing helped organize and win the Just Cause Ordinance to protect renters and fight for affordable housing.

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Featuring…Martha Matsuoka

APEN is celebrating our 20 years of “Generating Power” at the Oakland Museum on October 5th. As a lead up to our event, this May, Asian-Pacific Island (API) Heritage month, we will highlight the vast wealth of API Heritage in APEN’s own history. We will feature a different former APEN staff, board or member each week.

Martha Masuoka (far right) at 2011 APACC event

2011 APACC event. From left to right: Mark Masaoka (AP3CON), Gisele Fong (EndOil), Dean Toji (CSULB), Mari Rose Taruc (APEN) & Martha Matsuoka

Full Name: Martha Matsuoka

Years you were involved with APEN: 1993 to 2005

Position at APEN: Board Member for 12 years

What is your proudest APEN memory? There are so many! One was the formation of AYA, APEN’s first organizing project focused on building the leadership of young women and girls. It is so inspiring to see how their leadership and work together have Continue reading

Featuring…Francis Chang

APEN is celebrating our 20 years of “Generating Power” at the Oakland Museum on October 5th. As a lead up to our event, this May, Asian-Pacific Islander (API) Heritage month, we will highlight the vast wealth of API Heritage in APEN’s own history. We will feature a different former APEN staff, board or member each week.

Francis also wrote a beautiful reflection on the Pacific Renaissance Plaza campaign and APEN’s anti-eviction work. Click here to read it.

Francis2Full Name: Francis Chang

Years you were involved with APEN: 2003-2010

Position: Community Leader with Power in Asians Organizing (PAO)

What is your proudest APEN memory? I joined APEN and was involved with other ethnic groups and communities in a coalition effort in Oakland fighting for affordable housing on Oak to 9th affordable project.

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Featuring…Gloria Chaleunsy

APEN is celebrating our 20 years of “Generating Power” at the Oakland Museum on October 5th. As a lead up to our event, this May, Asian-Pacific Island (API) Heritage month, we will highlight the vast wealth of API Heritage in APEN’s own history. We will feature a different former APEN staff, board or member each week.

GloriaFull Name: Gloria Chaleunsy Sagala

Years you were involved with APEN: 1997-Present

Position at APEN: Asian Youth Advocates (AYA) member, Summer Staff and now Community Leader.

What is your proudest APEN memory? My proudest moment in APEN was when I ‘graduated’ from AYA. It was my last summer as a youth member in AYA. I was Continue reading