RISE! The Power of Speaking the Unspeakable
Jaam Rek Studio (formerly Hidmo)
2000 S. Jackson Seattle
Saturday July 19, 2014
7 pm Opening Reception
8 pm Program
Sunday July 20, 2014
2 PM Program
4 pm Closing Reception
$20 At the Door
$25 W/ Donation
Tickets Available Here
API Chaya presents a multi-media showcase featuring spoken and visual storytelling from Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian survivors.
By giving voice to experiences of sexual violence, often deemed “unspeakable”, we are calling our community to witness the different ways survivors engage in a journey of healing and transformation.
This showcase features the work of API Chaya’s Healing Art Circle, a survivor-led collective of women & gender non-conforming people who meet regularly to explore the different ways we have been impacted by trauma through art, as well as an array of talented artists from our community. We will be sharing our stories through live performance and a visual art exhibit.
“Rise!” is a call to action. We want to inspire our communities to break the silence, challenge rape culture and support survivors. We believe we can a culture where gender violence is unacceptable and we are responsible for each other’s safety as our communities build collective dignity and power.
We will no longer be silenced. Join us as we rise to speak the unspeakable.
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/640674632685170/
API Chaya will hold a rally during Danford Grant's sentencing hearing on Monday, May 19th. Danford Grant recently plead guilty to reduced charges of five counts of rape in the third-degree and one count of burglary on the first-degree. Rally goers will be meeting at the Courthouse lawn on 3rd Avenue and Yessler Way at 8:30AM and walk together to the front of the Courthouse.
Monday, May 19th
King County Courthouse
516 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA
8:30 a.m (meet at the lawn)
9 am (rally in front of courthouse)
Grant targeted Asian women he saw as vulnerable and not able to stand up to him. Despite facing formidable challenges, the women he assaulted stood up to him and reported the rape.
Read API Chaya's full statement below.
They have shown great bravery and strength in the face of fear and intimidation by their attacker, and marginalization by the society that is supposed to protect them. We applaud their courage and want them to know they are not alone in this struggle.
We would like to have a strong community presence to make a clear statement that we must take action to end sexual violence. Please join us and spread the word. If you have any questions, contact
--The Danford Grant Rape Case and Rape Culture--
There has been much discussion about the Asian women who were sexually assaulted by Danford Grant. A large part of these discussions revolve around the fact that the women were masseuses, around their Asian culture, and other ways of blaming these victims for the violence Grant perpetuated against them.
Here’s the bottom line. It doesn’t matter if you are a masseuse, from the United States or a different country and culture, if you are a sex worker or have been a sex worker. None of these factors are valid in defense of rape or sexual violence of any kind… period.
And as far as the discussion about Asian culture is concerned, where is the discussion about Danford Grant’s culture? What culture are we blaming for the fact that Danford Grant, and many other seemingly upstanding men, are rapists? And what about Dandford Grant’s culture as a powerful, white male with resources at his disposal in a society that far too often blames the victim? This case brings to light issues of race and class that are often overlooked in mainstream discussions around sexual assault.
Grant thought he could get away with these crimes by targeting Thai and Chinese massage therapists because he saw them as vulnerable, not able to stand up to him or report him to the police. This mindset has continued through his defense, playing on the stereotype that Asian women who are masseuses are sex workers and, as such, are not able to or have no right to say “no.”
He was wrong.
Despite facing formidable challenges, the women he assaulted stood up to him and reported his assaults to the police. They have shown great bravery and strength in the face of fear and intimidation by their attacker, and marginalization by the society that is supposed to protect them. We applaud their courage and want them to know they are not alone in this struggle.
Rape and sexual assault happen to women and men of all races, economic backgrounds and cultures - and across the board, the fear of going to the police, fear of being blamed and the shame and stigma attached to sexual assault contribute to a silence that can be devastating. The National Institute of Justice reports that only 20% of adult victims of sexual assault report their assault to the police and only 37% of perpetrators are prosecuted. Of those, only a tiny percent are convicted of any crime.
Women from other cultures and countries do face many more barriers to speaking up about rape and sexual violence. Language barriers, economic limitations, immigration status, lack of knowledge about their rights and the law all make it extremely difficult to come forward.
No one should have to live in fear and in silence. As individuals and as a community, we need to take responsibility for the culture we live in. We must challenge our culture that hyper sexualizes Asian women and casts them as passive and submissive, thus subjecting them to greater threats of violence. We must challenge a culture that focuses on what the victim did and her culture rather than what the rapist did and our larger culture that allowed it. We must challenge the systems of power that perpetuate rape and the culture that tolerates and justifies sexual violence.
Mark Your Calendars!
Join us in our annual fundraising auction and dinner for a great night with friends and family, and leave inspired as we share with you our work to mobilize our communities against violence and support survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and other crimes.
Online Registration: apichaya.org/auction-register
Look forward to see you there!
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API Chaya 2013 Annual Dinner and Auction Photos
**Please note that the venue has been changed. API Chaya's 2014 Auction & Dinner is moving to the Seattle Westin! In support of hotel workers organizing to improve working conditions and pay, API Chaya is boycotting the Seattle Grand Hyatt. As API Chaya's mission centers on ending violence and exploitation, we commend hotel workers' efforts to seek greater respect and dignity in the workplace, along with fair, living wages at the Grand Hyatt. We, like many other Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander community leaders and social justice organizations in the Puget Sound, strongly believe that honoring the labor of hotel workers is necessary not only for the welfare of these individuals and their families, but also a cornerstone to strengthening the many communities they belong to. When an employer as large, profitable, and powerful as the Grand Hyatt undervalues the labor of its workers, these workers and others in our diverse communities are left more vulnerable to violence and exploitation. We urge the Grand Hyatt to meet its workers demands and dutifully resolve its labor issues.
We ask all API Chaya supporters to join us, numerous community leaders, and other organizations, in boycotting the Grand Hyatt. To learn more about the labor dispute, please visit: http://www.unitehere8.org/seattle-workers-ask-customers-to-boycott-hyatt-at-olive-8-and-grand-hyatt-seattle/
A Benefit Show for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
featuring Kore Ionz & Special Guests
Thursday April 4th Doors Open 7:00 PM
Musicquarium at the Triple Door
Suggested donation at the door: $20
April is the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We hope to honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month by breaking the silence around sexual assault/abuse through music and art, as well as raise money for API Chaya. This event will feature local Seattle reggae band Kore Ionz, as well as performances by local dancers, spoken word artists, and musicians. All proceeds will be donated to API Chaya.
Join the facebook event page here.
Seattle reggae rockers Kore Ionz have shared the stage with such legends as The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Toots & The Maytals, and Third World, as well as contemporary artists like Katchafire, J Boog, and The Green. Teaming up with producer Mell Dettmer (Femi Kuti, Bassekou Kouyate, Clinton Fearon), the band spent most of 2010 in the studio, releasing their second full-length album World War Free on August 20, 2011, nearly selling out legendary Seattle venue The Crocodile.
"The intention of the music and the message," explains Hawai'i-born singer/songwriter Daniel Pak in an interview with the Honolulu Weekly, "to give people a glimpse of the truth in a way such that it just might uplift them to go do something to change it."
More information about Kore Ionz here
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