CHAA Director Fights For the Global Rights of Refugees at the United Nations

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Nwe Oo, CHAA’s director of Health Equity Programs for immigrants, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in a Special Session on Refugees and Migrants.  Nwe, herself a former refugee, addressed the special needs and issues of Refugees and Migrants.  As a member on the speaker selection committee, Nwe was one of the organizers of the Special Session, which resulted in the New York Declaration.  This historic declaration creates concrete strategies and measures towards establishing the rights of refugees and improving their treatment and status globally.

API Health Talk @ Mills College April 20, 2016 6pm

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Presented by speakers Nwe Oo and Fatai “Tai” Tokolahi from the Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA) in Oakland, CA. This event, which is part of Mills' South Asian Middle Eastern Asian Pacific Islander (SAMEAPI) Awareness Month, will be located in the Faculty/Staff Lounge. 

Tai is a community advocate for the Pacific Islander people here in Alameda County and he will be talking about deconstructing masculinity in the Pacific Islander community, sexual health in the API community, and how men can be better allies for women. 

Nwe is a social worker and human rights activist. She has spent most of her life advocating for refugees / immigrants/ Indigenous people. Nwe will be talking about advocating for better health equity for refugees and increasing awareness of API mental health. 

There will also be time for Q&A for both speakers. 

Please come and learn! Light refreshments will be served. This is an event open to the public.

This is an event co-sponsored by the Mills College Ethnic Studies Department, the Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance (APISA), and the Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC).

Nail Salon AB2437 Needs Your Support! Send letters by 4/13/16 5pm

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Please support AB2437: The Nail Salon Fair Compensation and Competition Act (Ting)

CHAA's Nail Salon Work and Health Project is very happy to let you know that our legislation (AB2437) is now ready to be supported by ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS YOU CAN THINK OF!!

So, please send the email below along with the attachments to any organizations you have relationships with primarily to ask them to submit a letter of support by next Wednesday.

The Vietnamese Nail Salon worker leaders at CHAA, and CHAA as well as Asian Americans Advancing Justice, need your support to get as many letters of support submitted by next Wednesday as possible.


April 6, 2016

Hello Friends and Supporters,

We’re excited: there’s a big opportunity in California to improve working conditions in the nail salon industry!

Community Health for Asian American’s (CHAA) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice request your support for AB2437: The Nail Salon Fair Compensation and Competition Act (Ting).

The nail salon worker leaders and staff at CHAA have been organizing with the Oakland Nail Salon Community for almost five years now and AB2437 begins to address some of the most important issues they’ve identified through their community engagement. The bill will provide culturally and linguistically competent education and outreach regarding wage and hour laws to nail salon worker and owners. Please see the attached fact sheet for more details.

Watch: African American clients and Vietnamese nail salon workers bridge communities!

CHAA Issue Brief: “Achieving a Worker-Driven Vision of Health, Economic, and Environmental Justice”

We need your support now!

AB 2437 is now scheduled for the following legislative hearings that you are invited to attend:

Assembly Business & Professions 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
9:30 a.m. – State Capitol, Rm. 4202

Should the bill be voted out of Asm. B&P, then AB 2437 will then be heard:

Assembly Labor Committee 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Rm. 447

Let us know if you can make it to either of these hearings.

Please send in your letter of endorsement by Wednesday 4/13 at 5PM to Andrew Medina at and Tracy Nguyen at For a template letter of support as well as a fact sheet describing the bill, please email Tracy Nguyen at We ask that you make a few additions to the letter in the highlighted areas and put it on your organizational letterhead. Please digitally sign the email or sign, scan and email.

Thank you so much for your support!

Empowerment Project, April 30th, 2016 2-5pm

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What would you do if you weren't afraid to fail?

Join OFA (Organizing for Action) for a special screening of The Empowerment Project and we'll explore that question together.

The screening will be held on April 30, from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Berkeley Adult School. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring:

• Sarah Moshman, the Director of The Empowerment Project,
• Tiffany Harris, Executive Director of Girls Inc-WCC, and
• Wei Ling Huber, President of Unite Here Local 2850 

It's free! 

Let us know you're coming. Please extend this invitation to the young women of your friends and family. RSVP:

Youth-Led Marijuana Policy Summit, Saturday April 16th, 2016 9:30am-3:30pm


CHAA's Richmond youth group, in partnership with other Contra Costa County youth groups, are hosting a Youth-Led Marijuana Policy Summit on Saturday April 16, 2016 from 9:30am-3:30pm at Riverview Middle School in Bay Point. We invite you and your youth to participate in the Summit to learn about the local issues and impacts of marijuana on young people, and engage in an interactive workshop to develop policy recommendations and action steps to resolve issues around marijuana in their own community. Please share widely. Thank you!


9:30am-10:00am Registration
10:00am-12:00pm Introduction & Presentations
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch & Games
1:00pm-2:30pm World Café Workshop
2:30pm-3:30pm Share out & Conclusion

Registration link:

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International Women’s Day Featured in Pool of Consumer Champions

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Our International Women's Day Celebration 2016 is featured in the March 2016 Pool of Consumer Champions ( Newsletter for Alameda County Behavioral Health Services! CHAA, ACMHS, CERI and PURI are honored! Thank you Adrianne DeSantis for this visibility! "The Asian American communities in Alameda County and the bay area are wide awake!"#BuildingHomeTogether

International Women’s Day, Sunday, March 13th 2016

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Please join us for our annual celebration of International Women's Day on March 13th at Berkeley Adult School! This year, we celebrate the successes and strengths of diverse immigrant and refugee communities living in the Bay Area, and hope to widen our circle of friendships, connections and supports for each other. Spread the word! Invite your communities and friends! ‪#‎BuildingHomeTogether‬ ‪#‎APIWomenLeaders‬

There weill be games, singing, dancing, fashion show, free food & child care available.

Berkeley Adult School, 1701 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley 94702 Sunday March 13th, 2:00-6:00pm

Reunite Dance with Jest Jammin’ Band for Asian Immigrant Women Advocates

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Fundraising Event for the Asian Immigrant Women Advocates. Reunite with friends and grads from Oakland High and Oakland Tech. Jest Jammin' at the Just Dance Ballroom, Saturday March 19th 8pm 2500 Embarcadero, Oakland. $20 per person, send checks by 3/12/2016 or $25 at the door.

Contact: Thomas Jue

Reunite and Dance, 4123 Broadway #888, Oakland, CA 94611

For more information:  Ron Young 510-813-1321   Email: