On the Airwaves: #NotYourAsianSidekick

APEX Express

Those of you on the Twitterverse may have seen a surge of tweets labeled #NotYourAsianSidekick. What is it? What does it mean? In the studio to talk about the Twitter movement and it’s translations to on-the-ground organizing is Cayden Mak, new media director of 18 Million Rising.

Protestors gather in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood to protest the India Supreme Court decision. Photo by Urvi Nagrani

Protestors gather in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood to protest the India Supreme Court decision.
Photo by Urvi Nagrani

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code dates back to 1861 during British rule of India and criminalizes sexual activities “against the order of nature.” In 2009, Section 377 the High Court of Delhi declared it unconstitutional when it involves sex between consenting adults. Last week, the Supreme Court of India overturned the judgement and said that Section 377 is a Parliamentary matter, not a judicial one. To help us understand the history, the context, and the work being done AGAIN to repeal 377, R.J. Lozada brings in Mohammed Shaik Hussain Ali, secretary, editor, and webmaster of Trikone Magazine, one of the oldest South Asian LGBTQ organizations in the world.

NEFFCON Nor-Cal gathers to urge the Philippine government to engage in the peace process. Photo by Megumi Yoshida.

NEFFCON Nor-Cal gathers to urge the Philippine government to engage in the peace process. Photo by Megumi Yoshida.

The National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns – North California Chapter, or NEFFCON Nor-Cal, is composed of several churches in the Northern California region and is a forum for dialogue on life leading to a shared theological perspective, common decision and coordinated courses of action on issues and concerns affecting the Filipinos in the U.S. and in the Philippines. It is ecumenical in the pristine sense of the word: “to take care of the inhabited earth” together.

Kathryn Poethig, member of NEFFCON’s organizing  committee, and longtime peace-worker in Southeast Asia, will be joining host, R.J. Lozada to talk about NEFFCON’s work, the church in the Philippines, and the long history towards peace in the Philippines.

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