July Digest: Ridin' the Heatwave!

In case you missed it! July Digest: Riding the Heatwave Heyo,

Hope you’re getting some of that bright summer sun, and (especially for those of you on the East Coast this time of year) staying cool and hydrated as well. We’re closing in on the end of our summer break as July is almost over. Even so, it isn’t too late to enjoy some great upcoming events.

In a totally random note: for some an end to an era had arrived this past week, but it is never too late for student organizers to take tips from Harry Potter.

Rock on,Your friends at ECAASU --------------------------- DIGEST HIGHLIGHTS:

Announcements 1. 2012 Theme Poll Reflection 2. ECAASU National’s Music Playlist

Opportunities including Internships, Jobs, Events, etc. 3. [National] Armed With a Camera Fellowship 4. [National] Open Call for Boston Asian American Film Festival Submissions 5. [National] “Be the Change” Day Hosted by SAALT 6. [National] Youth Empowerment Fund 7. [National] NAPAWF Seeking Stories of Immigrant Women of Today 8. [National] Student Capacity Survey 9. [NYC] OCA National Convention 2011: College Leadership Track *FREE** 10. [Chicago] Asian American Institute: Career Opportunities 11. [DC] South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) in search of Outreach Coordinator ---------------------------

1) ECAASU 2012 Theme Poll Thank you to everyone who took the time to reply to our 2012 Theme Poll. We appreciate your responses and the ECAASU Conference Board will take your comments and concerns as they decide upon this year's theme. Please remember that though your responses will be taken into consideration, the decision of this year's theme will ultimately fall upon this year's ECAASU Duke Conference Board. Decisions will be made in the months ensuing. For all those who wanted to respond and didn't have a chance, feel free to shoot the ECAASU Board an email.

2) ECAASU National’s Playlist: Don’t You Get a Feeling that Kids Inevitably Party Rock? What do 10 young activists listen to on the train to their next conference or when they working late at night putting the finishing touches on their presentations? Here's your answer! Each ECAASU National Board member was asked to put together a playlist based on their favorite music, music that represents who they are, and just some feel-good music. Here's what they came up with!

3) Armed With a Camera FellowshipDeadline: Friday, July 29, 2011 Visual Communications (VC) seeks to cultivate a new generation of Asian Pacific American media artists committed to preserving the legacy and vision of VC. ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP will award up to ten fellows $500 to complete a five-minute digital video, within a five-month span of time. Through the ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP, emerging media artists will capture their world, surroundings and outlook on life as a part of a new generation of Asian Pacific Americans.

4) Open Call for Boston Asian American Film Festival Submissions Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2011 @ 5:00pmThe 2011 Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) will be held from November 10-13, 2011.The BAAFF empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston community. They are seeking narratives, dramas, comedies, shorts, documentaries, animations, music videos and experimental films.

5) “Be the Change” Day hosted by SAALT Saturday, October 1st, 2011Join SAALT in “Be the Change” on October 1st where South Asians and their allies get together for service and to build community. It starts off with a kick-off event with a speaker from the APIA community. After join in on community discussion circles in sharing unique experiences that South Asians have. There will also be participants volunteering at local nonprofit sites.

6) Youth Empowerment Fund The Youth Empowerment Fund is designed for youth-led initiatives committed to advancing their community through social justice programs, community action plans, and campaigns. Free funding to support youth initiatives, programs, and campaigns. Your ideas and programs can encompass any aspect as long as a core element is community betterment with Asian Pacific Islander American ties. For more information about the Youth Empowerment Fund and the application, email youth@advancingequality.org

7) NAPAWF Seeking Submissions of Stories of Immigrant Women of Today National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is a co-leader of the National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR), a coalition of over 40 grassroots and national advocacy organizations that is launching a campaign to promote a gender justice analysis within the immigrant rights movement. As part of this effort, they are writing a report on the impact of immigration policies on women. If you know of a woman or a child of an immigrant woman who has such a story she might be willing to share OR individuals who may be able to put them in contact with these women, please contact Linh Chuong at lchuong@napawf.org or (202) 470-3170 x 12. They will respect and protect the privacy of any individual(s) participating in this effort.

8) AAJC Student Capacity Survey The Asian American Justice Council wants to hear what is happening with you and your campuses/communities. To better support YOU and the student leaders on your campus/community, the council constructed a survey to get an idea of what issues students and leaders are facing on their campuses and how they come together to address issues that affect the AAPI community across the country. The Council seeks to figure out how to best serve students in each region of the country. We want to support student leaders in any way we can and to link them to other advocates and leaders in their community. With these surveys and other services provided by AAJC, we seek to figure out how to do just that.

9) OCA National Convention 2011: College Leadership Track  *FREE* Thursday, August 4, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM / Optional Activities: 5:00 - 10:00 PM Friday, August 5, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM This summer, meet other APA student leaders from around the country for two exciting days of FREE leadership building, identity development, and organizing skills in New York City during OCA’s 2011 NATIONAL CONVENTION. The College Track presents college students with the necessary knowledge, skills and tools go back to their communities and “advocate through compassion.”  It consists of different components that make up the program.  These components play equally important roles that build on each other to provide college students with the full College Track experience. CLICK TO APPLY TODAY.  LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE!

10) Asian American Institute: Career Opportunities Asian American Institute, a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice is an organization serving the Midwest. They are currently seeking a Leadership Coordinator, Community Organizer, Staff Attorney and Executive Office Assistant. For more detailed information click here.

11) South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) in search of Outreach Coordinator SAALT is pleased to announce an opening for a Maryland Outreach Coordinator (AmeriCorps) position that will be based at SAALT’s office in Takoma Park, MD. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. This is a PAID opportunity. See their website at www.saalt.org or email them at info@saalt.org for more information.