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Launching Community Defense Project

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The Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) is proud to announce the launch of a new program called the Community Defense Project (CDP). Developed by Steven Dy (former lead organizer) and Shannah Kurland (community lawyer), CDP aims to a variety of services to community members who have faced police brutality.

CDP aims to offer:

  • free to low cost legal services
  • training and support for CopWatch
  • investigating and intel on problem police
  • community education and outreach
  • healing ourselves from police abuse

PrYSM hopes that through CDP, we will be able to further reclaim our streets and take safety back into our own hands. If you are interested in learning more about the program, contact our Organizing Director Steven or Legal Director Shannah. Check CDP out on Facebook too and look out for us at CSRI’s Khmer New Year’s Celebration where we will be officially launching the program.

If you’re interested in helping out or finding out more about the work CDP is doing, feel free to fill out and share this google form.

Happy New Year!

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We want to wish you all a happy new year and many blessings to the our community, our family, and our friends. May this one be our best one yet as we continue our fight for love and justice!

Come celebrate with PrYSM and Cambodian Society of Rhode Island at the CSRI’s Khmer New Year Celebration next Saturday April 23rd at the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet! We will be there to debut the Community Defense Project, outreach for the Community Safety Act, and do cop watch! Come say hi, dance the marizone, and ring in the new year with us!

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Peace, Love, Power,

PrYSM Fam

Paypal Donate URL

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So, we’ve noticed that it’s kinda hard to donate to PrYSM.

Which defeats the purpose.

Luckily, we’ve made it easy by using a tinyurl. If you want to donate but don’t want to visit our website or are passing the URL along to a friend, give them this link: http://tinyurl.com/prysmpaypal.

We hope that this will make things easier!

#OurHistoryMatters: Ethnic Studies for Providence Schools

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Providence Student Union (PSU) has kicked off 2016 with a new campaign, Our Schools Our History. PSU has found that the American History textbooks used in the classroom mention people of color only 55 out of 1,192 pages. Providence’s students are 91% youth of color yet the history curriculum they are being taught does not teach them the history of their own people in schools.

We are excited to join PSU in their campaign to demand Ethnic Studies classes in Providence Public Schools because #OurHistoryMatters.

Share this petition widely and follow PSU on Facebook & Twitter for the latest updates!

#PasstheCSA: 14 Years of SEA Youth Organizing

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It’s our favorite time of the year again: our birthday! It’s unbelievable to think it’s been 14 years of Southeast Asian youth organizing aimed at confronting and ending state, street, and interpersonal violence affecting our community.

So we’re celebrating big as always. We are having a night of food, music, and community-love on December 11th at the Portugese Holy Ghost Society. Our birthday celebration will also double as a fundraiser to help us continue our work, such as passing the Community Safety Act and funding our drop in programs for youth (QT Thursdays & After Hourz). Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at www.prysm14years.eventbrite.com. You can also reserve a table of 10 for $200 as well as reserve an ad in our program booklet through this form.

If you are unable to make it to the event but would still like to donate, then please click the Donate button located on the side of this webpage.

For more info, check out the Facebook event or email sarath@prysm.us.
Hope to see you there!

SEAFN National Campaign Launch Day!

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We are excited for the Southeast Asian Freedom Network‘s National Campaign Launch happening on October 24th, aimed to end displacement of our people through deportation. Our Southeast Asian community has been fighting deportation for almost 2 decades, since the 1996 US immgration laws passed and since 2002 when Cambodia signed the repatriation agreement with the US. We have hustled and struggled with determination and love to overturn policies that target our community members with past criminal convictions and their families for separation.

This year marks 40 years since Southeast Asian communities have been resettled in the US after being displaced from our home countries. It is in this year that we rise up as a UNITED Southeast Asian community and demand an end to further displacement of our people through deportation.

Check out the facebook event to see how you can support us in this campaign for the #Right2Return.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand We’re Back!

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L to R: Linda, Eric, and LeeLee holding their favorite chickens.

PrYSM held its 2015 Summer Retreat at Movement Ground Farm, a farm / social justice retreat center started by PrYSM co-founder and former E.D. Kohei Ishihara. Among the ducks and fresh vegetables, we reflected on the work PrYSM has done in the past year and envisioned the work to be done for the rest of the year and 2016. Members of Queer & Trans Thursdays and After Hourz joined us to talk about how their programs have been inspiring and challenging, as well as envisioning their own future. We talked about leadership position changes and how we, as a family, can support and help each other out throughout these changes.

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L to R: Steven, Daniel, Charlie, and Michael demonstrate tool techniques.

We want to thank Kohei and his assistant Michael for hosting us. It was a wonderful weekend for camping, farming, and chasing chickens. We are grateful for the home-cooked meals and refreshments provided, but mostly for the wonderful space devoted to social justice work at Movement Ground.

We are overjoyed with the work that we have done and will continue to do, especially with Youth Orientation happening in October. We have so many events coming up, particularly our annual fundraiser in November, and cannot wait to see you all there.

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L to R: Vanessa, August, and Eric congratulating themselves on building a tent.

You might have also noticed that we’re Instagramming more, our Twitter game is on fire, and Facebook knows what’s on our mind more often than not. Well, that is because we have hired a Social Media Intern, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado, who will be working on also updating our website! Stay tuned as Vanessa works to let you know what is happening at PrYSM on all social media platforms. So if you’re not following us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, now is the time to do so!

Much Love,
PrYSM Fam.

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L to R: Eric, Daniel, Linda, Steven, Charlie, Michael, and LeeLee model with their favorite farm features.