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APEX Express is a weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Asian Americans from all corners of our communities. A collective of media makers, djs, and activists produce a show that airs each week on KPFA 94.1FM.

APEX Express is committed to building a broader social movement for justice and collective liberation for all oppressed people, including poor and working-class people, people of color, women and queer people. We support grassroots organizing and cultural work that advance these goals. APEX is a space for building consciousness and promoting critical discussion about these efforts.

As part of KPFA, we are committed to promoting independent community media that is free and accessible to everyone.

We work collectively to share our skills and resources, and to build the capacity and confidence of community members to tell their own stories.  Within our group, we prioritize maintaining a culture of mutual support, respect, and love.

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APEX Express is a weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Asian Americans from all corners of our communities. A collective of media makers, djs, and activists produce a show that airs each week on KPFA 94.1FM.

APEX Express is committed to building a broader social movement for justice and collective liberation for all oppressed people, including poor and working-class people, people of color, women and queer people. We support grassroots organizing and cultural work that advance these goals. APEX is a space for building consciousness and promoting critical discussion about these efforts.

As part of KPFA, we are committed to promoting independent community media that is free and accessible to everyone.

We work collectively to share our skills and resources, and to build the capacity and confidence of community members to tell their own stories.  Within our group, we prioritize maintaining a culture of mutual support, respect, and love.

    APEX Express – July 9, 2020 – Of Forests and Floods – A speculative podcast special!

    APEX Express – July 9, 2020 – Of Forests and Floods – A speculative podcast special!

    Of Forests and Floods - A Speculative Podcast Special Episode

    In October 2019, the UN published a report that coastal cities such as Mumbai faced an existential threat by 2050 due to rising sea levels, if global emissions continued unabated. In this special episode of APEX Express, we bring you an audio story, an experiment in speculative multi-species ethnography!
    The city of Mumbai is imagined from the future, when the landscape has been returned to its prior amphibious ecology, after the Great Floods of 2042. Presented in the voice of the Aarey Forest, which has been on the frontlines of a battle between environmental/indigenous activists and the State since 2014, the narrative offers a retreat to the present as a moment of possibility towards a different future. 



     
    Show Written and co-produced by Anuj Vaidya & Preeti Padmini

     

    • 3 hr 19 min
    APEX Express – July 2, 2020 We r the Leaders 2 Labor

    APEX Express – July 2, 2020 We r the Leaders 2 Labor

    A weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community. The show is produced by a collective of media makers, deejays, and activists.

    Powerleegirl hosts Miko Lee [1] and Jalena Keane-Lee [2] bring you “We Are the Leaders”, highlighting our Asian American Pacific Islander history of resistance and change from our ancestors to the leaders on the ground today.

    “We are the leaders” is inspired by one of our ancestor activists Grace Lee Boggs quote, “We are the leaders we’ve been looking for.”

    Tonight we are talking about labor- in the fields, in restaurants and in prisons. We talk with author Gayle Romasanta [3] to learn more about ancestor farmworker Larry Itliong. We talk about prison labor with Asian Prisoner Support Committee [4]’s Ke Lam and restaurant workers with Saru Jayaraman founder of One Fair Wage [5].

    Thanks to the San Francisco Foundation for making this series and our home studio possible.

    More Information

    Journey for Justice, The Life of Larry Itliong by Gayle Romasanta and Dr. Dawn Mabalon [6]

    One Fair Wage [7] - Sign the petition and volunteer to help restaurant workers

    Asian Prisoner Support Committee current campaigns [8]

     

    [1] https://www.mikolee.me/
    [2] http://www.jalenakeanelee.com/
    [3] https://www.bridgedelta.com/gayle-romasanta
    [4] https://www.asianprisonersupport.com/
    [5] https://onefairwage.com/
    [6] https://www.asiabookcenter.com/store/p1930/Journey_for_Justice%3A_The_Life_of_Larry_Itliong.html
    [7] https://ofwemergencyfund.org/volunteer
    [8] https://www.asianprisonersupport.com/campaigns

    • 3 hr 19 min
    APEX Express – June 25, 2020 “PRIDE, for us”

    APEX Express – June 25, 2020 “PRIDE, for us”

    A weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community. The show is produced by a collective of media makers, deejays, and activists.

    Tonight: Host Tracy Nguyen [1] joins our Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE) colleagues to discuss community safety and how we’re celebrating PRIDE during a pandemic and an uprising. Guests include Alice Y. Hom of Visibility Project, [2] Sammie Ablaza Wills of APIENC, [3] Xoai Pham of Transgender Law Center [4], and Jeanelle Ablola of Network on Religion and Justice. [5] 

     

    Resources mentioned in the show include:

    Dragon Fruit Project [6]

    Visibility Project [7]

    Pine United Methodist Church [8]

    Defund the Police [9]

    Brooklyn Liberation March [10]

    Trans March [11]

    [1] https://hellafly.graphics/
    [2] https://www.visibilityproject.org/
    [3] https://apienc.org/
    [4] https://transgenderlawcenter.org/
    [5] https://www.netrj.org/
    [6] http://dragonfruitproject.org
    [7] https://www.visibilityproject.org/
    [8] http://www.pineumc.org/
    [9] https://blacklivesmatter.com/defundthepolice/
    [10] https://www.brooklynliberation.com/
    [11] https://www.transmarch.org/

    • 3 hr 19 min
    APEX Express – June 18, 2020 We Are The Leaders 1

    APEX Express – June 18, 2020 We Are The Leaders 1

    [caption id="attachment_337780" align="alignleft" width="307"] Mia Ives-Rublee[/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_315873" align="alignleft" width="345"] Sammie Ablaza Wills[/caption]

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community. The show is produced by a collective of media makers, deejays, and activists.

    PowerLeeGirls hosts, Miko Lee [1] and Jalena Keane-Lee [2] begin their series “We Are the Leaders”, highlighting the AAPI history of resistance and change from ancestors to the leaders on the ground today.

    Utilizing the dual pandemics of COIVD and systemic racism this series will serve as a tool to politically activate the AAPI community and amplify ways to support each other. “We are the leaders” is inspired by ancestor activist Grace Lee Boggs quote, “We are the leaders we’ve been looking for.”

    Tonight's show features APIENC [3] leader Sammie Ablaza Wills and disability rights advocate Mia Ives-Rublee.

     

    Resources mentioned in the show include:

    Sins invalid [4]

    Mia Mingus [5]

    Alice Wong [6] - Disability Visibility Project

    Yuh-Line Niou [7]

    Senator Tammy Duckworth [8]
    Thank you to the San Francisco Foundation [9] for making this series possible.

    [1] https://www.mikolee.me/
    [2] http://www.jalenakeanelee.com/
    [3] https://apienc.org/
    [4] https://www.sinsinvalid.org/
    [5] https://leavingevidence.wordpress.com/
    [6] https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/
    [7] https://nyassembly.gov/mem/Yuh-Line-Niou/
    [8] https://www.duckworth.senate.gov/
    [9] https://sff.org/

    • 3 hr 19 min
    APEX Express – June 11, 2020 – Queer Feminist Scholar Anuj Vaidya Spotlights Strike University

    APEX Express – June 11, 2020 – Queer Feminist Scholar Anuj Vaidya Spotlights Strike University

    On tonight's show, guest producer Anuj Vaidya, with the Performance Studies department at UC Davis, shines a bright light on Strike University [1], the digital picket line for the University of California student movement  that seeks to decolonize, democratize, queer, and abolish the current oppressive university system. In conversation with Anuj are Shreya Deshpande also from UC Davis, and Sheila Kulkarni, from UC Santa Barbara.

    Listen to this episode to find out how this student movement is committed to work in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and work towards transformative justice during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Hosted by Preeti Mangala Shekar

     

    [1] https://strikeuniversity.org/

    • 3 hr 19 min
    APEX Express – June 4, 2020 API and BLM Solidarity

    APEX Express – June 4, 2020 API and BLM Solidarity

    A weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Pacific Islanders from all corners of our community. The show is produced by a collective of media makers, deejays, and activists.

    Tonight Hosts Tracy Nguyen [1] and Miko Lee [2]  join our AACRE [3] colleagues to discuss how we as Asian Americans stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter [4] and recognize the anti-Black racism within our own communities. Guests include Nate Tan from Asian Prisoner Support Committee [5], Fatima Zehra Ladha from Alliance of South Asians Taking Action [6], Mykhou Vue from Hmong Innovating Politics [7], and Bianca Mabute-Louie from Network on Religion and Justice [8].

     

    Resource List:

    Black Women Radicals and the Asian American Feminist Collective Reading List [9]

    No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide [10] By The Center for Cultural Power (which includes Apex collective member Tara Dorabji)

    Change Lab’s Challenges and Opportunities for Black & Asian solidarity [11]

    For more information about what we discussed:

    Legal help for protesters: https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/

    Get involved in deportations: http://www.righttoreunite.org/

    [1] https://hellafly.graphics/
    [2] https://www.mikolee.me/
    [3] http://aacre.org/
    [4] https://blacklivesmatter.com/
    [5] https://www.asianprisonersupport.com/
    [6] https://www.asata.org/
    [7] https://hipcalifornia.com/
    [8] https://www.netrj.org/
    [9] https://www.blackwomenradicals.com/blog-feed/black-and-asian-feminist-solidarities-a-reading-list
    [10] https://www.culturalpower.org/stories/o-going-back-covid-19-cultural-strategy-activation/
    [11] http://solidarityresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/BlackAsianData_FINAL.pdf

    • 3 hr 19 min

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