CAAAV's Chinatown Tenants Union (Community Partner)
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities (CAAAV) works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City. Founded in 1986 by Asian working class women alarmed by the spike of hate violence on Asian communities and its root causes stemming from institutional racism in the United States. Through their organizing model of base-building, leadership development, campaigns, alliances, and organizational development- they organize Asian communities to fight for institutional change and participates in a broader movement towards racial, gender, and economic justice.
CAAAV's Chinatown Tenants Union (CTU) was founded in 2005 as a space for residents to come together and provide a unified community voice on issues relating to gentrification and development. CTU builds power of residents to protect affordable housing through a tri-prong strategy:
- Organizing tenants in buildings acquired by predatory landlords to challenge unjust evictions and harassment. They strategically target large landlords who attempt to de-regulate the city’s rent-stabilized housing stock;
- Activating tenants to become CTU members who lead campaigns to change City and State agencies and policies for greater tenant protections and affordable housing;
- Engaging Chinatown in the Equitable Rezoning Campaign to build a community envisioned by the long-time residents that is sustainable for the long-term.
The Illuminator is a collective political art project based in New York City that was initiated in March of 2012. The project emerged out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, in the wake of the original “OWS Bat Signal” projection-action of 17 November 2011. Since then the collective has staged hundreds of interventions in public spaces—both geographical and virtual—as acts of incitement and invitation. We transform the street from a site of transit to a space of engagement, conflict, and dialogue. The images we create circulate over the Internet as vivid talismans of trespass within the over-saturated and suffocating visual culture of commodity capitalism, provoking much needed dialogue concerning the issues of our time. By adopting a superhero persona we strive to communicate in a pop culture vernacular so that all may understand our mission. We call for heroism—for an insurgent broad based popular movement to challenge entrenched power and initiate the radical political, social, and economic transformations that the urgency of this moment demands.
W.O,W. Project (at Wing On Wo & Co.)
The W.O.W Project’s mission is to raise cultural and historical awareness of the Chinatown community by facilitating the growth of innovative and creative community engagement ideas. The project aims to build a community of local businesses across generations and enable youth to shape the growth of Chinatown through public programming.