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Haunted Queertoon Party

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Haunted QueerToon Party

Join QT Thursdays for their first ever Halloween party! They will be having all sorts of activities, such as a costume contest and musical chairs, with prizes for the winners. There will be food and dancing, as well as information as to what work QT does & how our community can help them.

The event is free and open to anyone, regardless of age or sexual orientation.
Contact qt@prysm.us for more info.

Most Original Float Award!

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On Sunday, September 13th, members of Queer and Trans Thursdays @ PrYSM accepted the Most Original Float award at the Rhode Island Pride Honors. Our float was centered round police violence, particularly honoring trans* women of color who have been affected by police violence and systematic neglect.

Our QT Coodinator, August Guang, took the opportunity while accepting the award to remind everyone that even in the LGBTQ community, there are still marginalized people. To often, issues are focused on single identities instead of looking at intersection identities. We fought for gay marriage and won; now we need to fight for the issues that have taken the lives of 19 trans* women of color this year so far.

One way, August advocates, is by passing the Community Safety Act, as a way to enforce police accountability and community safety. Check out their short but sweet speech below.

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.


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.


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.


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

PrYSM Transitions and 2014 Fundraiser!

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PrYSM haschanravyproeung transformed my way of thinking, doing, and healing. Through the work of PrYSM, I have learned that activism is an act of love and compassion, which is the social responsibility of every generation.   – Chanravy Proeung

Greetings PrYSM Fam! 

In November of 2001, we started with a vision: Improve the quality of life for Southeast Asian young people in Providence, RI through through community building and social justice. For the past 13 years, PrYSM has remained steadfast in our mission to confront and end state, street, and interpersonal violence affecting the Southeast Asian community in RI. Chanravy Proeung will be transitioning out of her role as Co-Director at PrYSM. For the past four years, Chanravy has done an incredible job developing PrYSM and refining our work. She has tightened our finances and administrative structures by implementing more solid internal processes. Chanravy has strengthened PrYSM’s national impact through her strong leadership in the Southeast Asian Freedom Network, Grassroots APIs Rising, Get Your Rights Network, the UN Human Rights Network, and many more. Locally, she paved the way for the state of Rhode Island to critically think about police violence, especially in communities of color struggling with poverty and state repression. As a Khmer woman from Providence, Chanravy has gracefully modeled what it means to be strong, powerful leader fighting for social justice. We love her dearly. PrYSM2014FundraiserSTD

Happy 13th Birthday, PrYSM!

PrYSM’s birthday party is always exciting, but this year we need your help to celebrate Chanravy’s incredible contributions to the movement and to surround Sarath Suong with love and good wishes as he becomes Executive Director. From Co-Founder to staff to Board member to Co-Director, Sarath has been an invaluable member of the PrYSM family. PrYSM is excited for our next chapter as we move forward under his leadership. Help us build the current generation of Southeast Asian youth leaders and develop the next! You can do so in the following ways: Attend the Peace, Love, Power fundraiser!  Tickets can be purchased at www.prysm13.eventbrite.com. They are $25 per person. Save money by bringing a friend (two tickets are just $40) or purchasing a table (ten tickets for $200).  If you can’t attend, feel free to donate a ticket to a young person or community member. Purchase an ad!  We are selling ads for the program books at Peace, Love, Power. You can also go to www.prysm13.eventbrite.com to purchase ads. Give a shout out to PrYSM and publicize your service or business! Donate!  You can donate electronically through PayPal at our website, www.prysm.us or you can send a check to the above address. Thank you for your love. With your continued support, PrYSM will be able to fulfill our dream of a more just world for Southeast Asian youth and families.

We hope you join us on November 22nd!

Join us for the PrYSM Unity BBQ on August 23!

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Join Us! Enjoy the last few days of summer and catch up with PrYSM at our Unity BBQ!

Unity BBQ 2014

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, 12pm-6pm
Lincoln Woods State Park, Site 20

Yes, the Unity BBQ is back! Remember the eating contests? Game stations? Raffle Prizes? Well they’re all coming back too! Here’s what you can expect this year:

Eating Contests!
– Hot Dog – Spicy Papaya Salad – FEAR FACTOR –

Game Stations! Raffle Prizes!
– Ball Toss – Balloon Pop – Apple Bobbing –

Design PrYSM’s New Logo Contest!
(Youths under 18 eligible to apply)
– $300 Top Prize – 

It’s gonna be a blast!

Introduction: On APIA Solidarity

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Hi PrYSM friends and fam! My name is Franny Choi, and I’m absolutely thrilled to come on as the new SOUL Program Director! I’ve had a great time so far getting settled, learning a ton about PrYSM, sweating my brains out in the hot-as-balls office, and getting to know the amazing staff and youth. PrYSM is such a unique and inspiring space, and I’m honored to be part of it.

I recently graduated from Brown University, where I majored in Ethnic Studies and Literary Arts (brownspeak for creative writing). I was also involved in Brown’s Third World Center as a Minority Peer Counselor. Unlike the “diversity” or “multicultural” centers that a lot of other schools have, the Third World Center tries to carry on a legacy of actively fighting the system, and not just peacefully integrating into it. The center gets its name from the Third World Movement, in which African, Asian, and Latin American nations banded together in solidarity to fight against colonialism and oppression.

It was in the TWC that I began to understand this idea of solidarity and feel a sense of a common struggle with people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds. Of course, I feel a special connection to APIA people; at the same time, I understand that, as a Korean-American, I carry a certain amount of privilege into this space. My parents were not refugees, but immigrated to the U.S. so that my father could attend school. Like many other Koreans, they started out poor but had the cultural capital to climb the socioeconomic ladder and eventually join the middle class.

But we shouldn’t let the successes of South Korea and Korean America make us forget that Korea is also a postcolonial country, that it also experienced a brutal, divisive Cold War, and that half of its people are still struggling under oppressive rule. I’m definitely not trying to say that this means I understand the Southeast Asian American experience, or that Korean Americans have struggled as much as SEAAs have. But I want to point out that the model minority myth is very good at hiding this common history and preventing us as APIAs from forming solidarity. This fight is far from over. In joining PrYSM, I hope to take a step toward rebuilding a coalition between Southeast Asians and East Asians in the movement for justice and love.

I’m coming in excited to learn about the Southeast Asian American struggle and to share what I know. I can’t wait to see everything that PrYSM will teach Providence, Asian America, and the world about what it means to fight for change.

“so please, my fellow silent news blips,
my fellow ghosts, please know
that it is no small gesture
to hold the rotting pieces of violence bleedingly between your fingers,
raise them above the frame this station has labeled ugly
history that this network has called second-hand,
and say: we have always been here.
and in the end, we will call each of our own by name.”
–from my piece, “The Other 97%”