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#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!

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!

Trans* March of Resilience

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This year, PrYSM will be the ending location for the Providence Trans* March of Resilience, which will honor trans* people, especially trans* people of color, who have lost their lives due to anti-trans violence, oppressive systems, and suicide. The march will be begin at the Knight Memorial Library and end at PrYSM, where there will be a vigil, altar, and live mural.

Spanish & ASL translation will be provided as well as transportation for those who are unable to march the route (0.8miles). Follow Queer & Trans Thursdays‘ twitter (@qtthursdays) for more info.

Please spread the word to show up and support our trans* community.

‪#‎TMOR2k15‬ ‪#‎TMORPVD2k15‬

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.

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.