The Pan-Valley Institute is preparing to present the 2017 Tamejavi Culture and Arts Series. The Tamejavi Culture and Arts Series consists of public, story-based events that celebrate the culmination of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program, which encourages immigrants and … Continue reading
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.