Tuesday, April 10
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
NonProfit Center West Room, 2nd Floor
Dinner will be provided. Attend this event at the NonProfit Center in Boston or watch via our event livestream. Register today.
AARW's office is based in Dorchester, specifically Fields Corner, a neighborhood that has become a hub for the Vietnamese community. Historically, Boston has served as one of the cities for refugee resettlement for the Southeast Asian community after the war. However, with the increased ICE raids over the past year in the Southeast Asian community, especially in the Vietnamese community, AARW is called to organize and mobilize against the detentions and deportations of Southeast Asian community members. Kevin will be sharing some of the ways AARW has been organizing to fight against Southeast Asian detentions and deportations.
About Kevin Lam
Kevin is a queer, Lao and Vietnamese American man who is committed to developing and supporting leadership within Asian American communities in the fight for social transformation. Kevin currently serves as the Organizing Director of AARW where he coordinates the Dorchester Organizing & Training Initiative (DOT-I), a leadership and organizing development program for Vietnamese young adults, and creates opportunities through programming efforts to engage AARW members and the broader Asian American community. Kevin was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY due to his family being displaced from their homelands because of the war in Southeast Asia, "The American War". His family's and community's histories and narratives have created a foundation and grounded him in the way he organizes. Kevin moved to Boston in 2015 after receiving his Master's Degree in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Previously, Kevin served as the Program Manager with the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), a grassroots community organization developing the leadership and organizing skills of Southeast Asian young people fighting for social change. Currently, Kevin is serving on the Board of Directors for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), and on the Steering Committee for the Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (QAPA).
About TSNE MissionWorks' Grassroots Speaker Series
In the midst of today’s hostile political climate, grassroots organizers remind us that the struggles of oppressed people are not new. TSNE MissionWorks, with our long history of nonprofit capacity building, seeks to use our platform to lift up the voices of grassroots community organizers working on some of our society’s most pressing issues.
The Grassroots Speaker Series highlights the creativity, resourcefulness, and resilience of local community organizers. Our speakers will share how their lived experiences shape their organizing and the difficulties they face leading grassroots organizations.
Our speakers will explain how audience members can get involved in supporting their work, and may include a facilitated action step during their talks. We hope that attendees will leave with ideas about how to continue to support these important organizations and causes in their own lives—as nonprofit workers, funders, students, or community members.