National CAPACD's 16th Annual Convention



National CAPACD hosted our 16th Convention "Mobilize for Our Neighborhoods & Our Homes" last month in St. Paul, MN. Thank you to all the local community leaders who helped shape our wonderful experience of the Twin Cities. And thank you to our attendees who helped to make Convention a huge success! Your dedication to AAPI communities elevated the discussions and conversations during our Convention plenaries and workshops.

In reflection of our theme, “Mobilize for Our Neighborhoods & Our Homes,” we heard from local leaders on the issues and challenges that AAPI communities face in the Twin Cities. We also introduced National CAPACD's #OurNeighborhoods campaign with a discussion on local experiences of displacement of AAPI communities and strategies used to preserve AAPI neighborhoods.


Our Convention program consisted of workshops on consumer finance, solidarity economies and co-op development, and the intersection of arts and community development.

If you missed our Convention or would like to view our plenary and workshop presentations, click on the links below:

-Convention Day 1
-Convention Day 2
-Convention Day 3

Arts, Culture, and Community Development
Community Engagement in Neighborhood Planning
Digital Storytelling for Our Communities
Democratizing Consumer Finance 
Multi-racial Alliances for Equality
Solidarity & Inclusive Economies in AAPI Communities


During our "Building AAPI Political Power," our Keynote Speaker, Representative Keith Ellison spoke about the importance of communities of color working together to build our shared political agendas and collective political power. He also spoke about the importance of the AAPI vote and how critical it is to vote this election cycle, commending the organizations that are working tirelessly to ensure that our communities are visible and engaged in the political process.


A highlight of our Convention this year was our mobile workshops which took participants to experience the incredible work that AAPI leaders are spearheading in the Twin Cities. The mobile workshops included an Arts & Community Development Happy Hour in Little Mekong hosted by the Twin Cities LISC and Asian Economic Development Agency (AEDA) with local artists to discuss efforts to promote and preserve arts and culture in community development efforts. Hmong American Partnership (HAP) led a tour of the newly developed Little Mekong Plaza and Hmong Village, a unique indoor marketplace that hosts more than 200 vendors. Pakou Hang, Executive Director of the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) led participants on a tour of HAFA's produce farm and showed the innovative business and agricultural strategies used to help farmers develop and promote their family businesses-- Hmong farmers make up over half of all producers in Twin Cities Farmers' Markets. CAPI USA, a member organization based in Minneapolis showcased their efforts in organizing the local AAPI community through social services like the Asian Food Shelf - serving approximately 450 low-income AAPI households per month.  


During Convention, we celebrated National CAPACD's Executive Director, Lisa Hasegawa's years of service with an evening reception at the Landmark Center. Last month, Lisa announced that she will be stepping down from her role after 15 years of leadership and commitment to National CAPACD's mission and values. National CAPACD's network of members, partners, and funders shared their #LisaLove with stories and memories of Lisa. 

We closed our Convention with a discussion that allowed us to think more meaningfully on a range of issues that threaten our communities including growing income and wealth inequality, inequity in the criminal justice system, and a broken immigration system.

We heard from the family members of Ched Nin, a Cambodian man who is facing deportation. They implored the National CAPACD network to sign a petition (add link?) in support of them and other Cambodian families whose loved ones face deportation. National CAPACD fully supports Ched Nin, his family, and the Cambodian families in Minnesota facing a similar ordeal. Read SEARAC's press release here. #Not1More

Giving space to have difficult conversations, build relationships, share strategies, and have fun-- our 16th Convention truly reflected the spirit of National CAPACD and its network. It would not have been possible without our incredible sponsors-- thank you to all our sponsors and a special thanks to JPMorgan Chase for being our Champion sponsor!

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SAVE THE DATE: Our 2017 Convention will take place in Washington, D.C. Don't miss it!
Dates: September 11-13th, 2017
Location: Kellogg Conference Hotel (Gallaudet University)