Community labs are collaborative groups that aim to incubate projects for racial justice in ways that feel meaningful and authentic to one’s own journey, gifts, and interests. Labs are facilitated by volunteer leaders who are supported by AAJIL throughout the duration of the program.
Decolonizing Education Lab
What does it mean to decolonize education? This lab will explore topics that will encourage us to look specifically at our educational practices using a decolonial framework, whether it's the curriculum, classroom management and disciplinary policies, or institutional structure.
Meetings: Third Friday of every month from 5-6pm PST (until May 2021)
Led by Michelle Yang-Kaczmarek
Organizing & Politics Lab
This spring, the Organizing and Politics Lab will kick off this season reading The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs and Scott Kurashige. Each meeting will discuss a chapter from the book and hear personal stories from members on the people, issues, and movements that compel activism.
Meetings: Every other Tuesday from 5-6:30pm PST (March 2 - June 8)
Led by Richard Tom & Irene Thomas
Abolition Study Lab
Join us for a 12-week program that will study and discuss teachings from the political education guide developed by Abolish Everything.
Meetings: Every Monday from 5-6:30 pm PST (March 1 - May 17)
Facilitated by Elaine Chiu & Jean Park (in partnership with Good Trouble Cooperative)
Decolonizing Art Lab
The Decolonizing Art Lab aims to approach art and creativity with a decolonial foundation, while creating a safe space for artists and creatives to discuss their practices, challenge their own frameworks, and share resources with one another.
Meetings: Monthly meetings until May 2021. Sign up to join the mailing list.
Led by Ryan Bounphasayol & Leslie Yick
Digital Shelter-in Poetry Lab
Poetry is a creative expression that can help us appreciate the world around us while allowing us to express truth in words, sounds, and rhythms that evoke thought and emotion. The Poetry Lab wants to provide a safe space for reflection, creativity, and community through the art of poetry. We will be exploring poetry together but will also offer support in writing and creating poetry in different forms with a decolonized lens. Everyone is welcome to join this lab!
Cafe Sessions: Coming Soon! (March 2021)
Led by Michael Manalo
Mental Health & Racial Trauma Lab
The Mental Health and Racial Trauma Lab aims to create a safe and supportive space for participants to discuss various topics such as intergenerational trauma, internalized racism, and mental health within the API community.
Meetings: First Monday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm PST (starting March 1st)
Led by Rupa Bhojraj
Asian American History Study Lab
The Asian American History Study Lab is a community space of connection, empowerment, support, shared learning and bringing about change. Together, we'll be building a foundational knowledge of Asian American history, more deeply understanding our identities, and exploring and situating our family histories or a people group's history within this larger context.
Meetings: First Sundays of the month, from 12-2pm PST (until June 6, 2021)
Led by Lisa Kau, Yasmine Yu, & Jozelle Wong Yu