Deema Kashak is a young Syrian woman living in Fresno . What follows is recount of her journey to America. By Deema Kashak I was born in 3/5/2002 in the city of Homs in Syria. My family and I lived … Continue reading
The Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program will be hosting pioneer Laotian American writer, Bryan Thao Worra, this Friday, April 28th for a reading and discussion on Southeast Asian American writing. The purpose is to bring Southeast Asian American communities in … Continue reading
The Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program will be publishing a zine called “MAI” in March. This publication will be the first of a series of creative literary space for for Southeast Asian Americans whose work reflects and tell the stories … Continue reading
On October 02, 2016 I attend the showing of Dr. Thomas Ellis’ production of Hands Up at Fresno State. The production consists of 7 testaments written by 7 writers, inspired by the death of Michael Brown, who was shot multiple times … Continue reading
The Pan Valley Institute of the American Friends Service Committee is organizing a vigil followed by a workshop presented by special guest Maestro Pergentino Jose Ruiz. Pergentino Jose Ruiz is a Zapoteco writer, poet and teacher in the state of … Continue reading
It was well said by Dr. Martin Luther King more than 50 years ago, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Yet, in today’s world everyday we see … Continue reading
We are deeply troubled by news that the Obama administration is planning to conduct a second round of raids to deport women and children from Central America. The raids are said to target young people who crossed the border as … Continue reading
It has been two months since I started the fellowship at the Pan Valley Institute and so far it has been a great experience! I enjoy working with the staff here and learning form them. In these two months I have been able to learn about the amazing work that the Pan Valley Institute of the American Friends Service Committee does and the impact that it has in the community.
I have been learning about Proyecto Campesino; its beginning, its evolution and its ending. I am truly convinced that the work of AFSC-whether it be through Proyecto or the Pan Valley Institute, or any of its national programs- has a tremendous impact in our communities.
In the coming months I plan to work in the Tulare County area visiting with indigenous communities living in the area and generating a dialogue about life in the Tulare county. I will also seek to understand how these communities organize and if there are needs that are not being addressed by local organizations.
For the past few months the UC Davis Center for Regional Change has partnered with the Pan Valley Institute in an environmental scan that aims to asses the main challenges in the health and well being of children ages 0-8. … Continue reading