#BeSeenBeCounted Art Gallery

Thank you all the lovely artists who contributed to the #BeSeenBeCounted campaign! We’re excited to share some of their submissions in this gallery.

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Asian American Action Day Goes Virtual!

In lieu of our annual trip to Springfield, we’ll be hosting our Asian American Action Day on Facebook live! The Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) Coalition is excited to build power with our communities on May 28th at 6:00PM.

Join the virtual action day to learn more about our issue campaigns, watch riveting cultural performances, and hear from elected officials.

Come hear stories about how COVID-19 is impacting our communities, and how PAVE is fighting back through our work around language access, our participation in the campaign for expanding paid sick leave, and our continued efforts to protect immigrants in Illinois. We will also talk about our ongoing legislative campaigns, including advocating for an Asian American school curriculum.

>> Click here to register <<


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Community Leaders Discuss the New”Asian Americans” Documentary Series

Our executive director Andy Kang was joined by a panel of incredible community leaders to discuss the new PBS documentary series Asian Americans. Watch the entire panel to hear their insights about the significance of Asian American history in the fight for racial equity that continues today.


Niketa Brar, Executive Director of Chicago United for Equity
Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, State Representative of Illinois District 17
Dr. Patricia Nguyen, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor in Asian American Studies at Northwestern University
Kristina Tendilla, Executive Director of AFIRE Chicago 

Watch Asian Americans streaming here or on the PBS app.

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Celebrate Our Communities with the #BeSeenBeCounted Campaign

It’s Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and with the increase in anti-Asian racism during the pandemic, it’s especially important this year for our communities to come together, shift the narrative, and celebrate our identities!

Join our campaign to help Asian American Pacific Islander communities:

  • BE SEEN – uplift our communities and showcase our diversity, traditions, and values
  • BE COUNTED – encourage our communities to  participate in the 2020 Census to receive resources and representation for the next 10 years

How to Participate

  • Answer the following prompt in the form of art (including, but not limited to: drawings, poetry, video, photography, fiber art, etc)

How do you envision the future for yourself and your community?

How to Submit

  • Post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tag Advancing Justice-Chicago on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Describe the inspiration behind your art and use the hashtag #BeSeenBeCounted

We’ll also be selecting several pieces to be part of our online gallery!

Click here to view the gallery

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WBEZ: For Non-English Speakers, Language Is A Barrier During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Our director of organizing Grace Pai spoke with WBEZ about our work to strengthen language access in Illinois, and how the pandemic has highlighted the need for long-term solutions.

“For every new initiative, the city or the state announces … whether it’s rent assistance or just any new policy encouraging folks to stay home, that information is not necessarily getting deep into immigrant and refugee and limited English proficient communities,” said Grace Pai, director of organizing at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago.

“It’s extremely important that when someone, who is limited English proficient, needs to seek health care that they’re able to do so in a way that just offers them dignity in that experience … so that they can clearly communicate their symptoms and what they’re going through,” Pai said.

See the full story here.

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