AAPI Rising: Uplifting AAPI Means Dismantling Anti-Blackness

Join us in community and conversation around addressing anti-Blackness with our own family, community, elders, and navigating internalized white supremacy.   VAYLA’s Executive Director, Jacqueline Thanh, MSW will be moderating a conversation between Kimberly Ha, New Orleans-based artist and photographer (@off.gp), and May Wen, founder of Asians For Justice.  Our speakers are both New Orleans-raised … Continued

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Sinews in the Cypress: Lincoln Beach’s Past, Present, and Future

Join VAYLA as we dive deep into the history, current activism, and future possibilities for Lincoln Beach. In this installment of our Sinews in the Cypress guest speaker series, Sage Michael will discuss all things Lincoln Beach. As a Lincoln Beach activist and founder of Sageville, Sage has been working for years cleaning the historical site and … Continued

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AAPI Rising: Round Table with VAYLA

Join our team in this AAPI Rising installment to learn more about who we are and what drives us. Engage with us & support our petition for inclusion. VAYLA’s Executive Director, Jacqueline Thanh, MSW will be moderating a conversation between VAYLA's team to discuss what it means to engage in community building, learning and unlearning … Continued

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Sinews in the Cypress: New Orleans in a More Uncertain World

Join VAYLA as we explore how climate change is impacting our community and making life more uncertain in our city. In this installment of Sinews in the Cypress guest speaker series, we bring in Julia Kumari Drapkin to discuss extreme weather in New Orleans. Julia is the CEO and founder of ISeeChange, an award winning climate change … Continued

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AAPI Rising: Soul Care

Community Medicine & Mindfulness Meditation As part of our AAPI Rising series, we’d like to invite you to join VAYLA’s end-of-year community check-in. Our Executive Director, Jacqueline Thanh, MSW, will lead a meditation for us to turn our attention within. After another long year of complex grief across our diasporic community, we are holding space … Continued

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Sinews in the Cypress: Our Year in Review

In this installment of Sinews in the Cypress, we explore the environmental rollercoaster of a year that was 2021 in New Orleans. We will be joined by Logan Burke, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, and Aron Chang, an urban designer, co-lead at the Water Leaders Institute, and member of the Civic Studio … Continued

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AAPI Rising: Soul Care

As part of our AAPI Rising series, we’d like to invite you to join VAYLA’s second Soul Care event! Our Deputy Director, Anthony Johnson, Esq. will lead a meditation focused on guiding our attention within. As we enter the Year of the Tiger, we aim to hold space for our personal and collective wellness through … Continued

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AAPI Rising: Soul Care

Join us Thursday 3/31 for an #AAPIRising Community Vigil and Healing Meditation for Asian Women and Femmes. This community vigil and meditation is in honor of the eight lives lost in Atlanta last year, the lives lost due to anti-Asian violence, and the generations of grief we carry and hold for our loved ones. We … Continued

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AAPI Rising: Palestine Teach-In

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🍉 Join us for a Palestine teach-in led by Bianca Mabute-Louie, MA and Reverend Addie Domske, as part of our AAPI Rising series. Moderated by Dr. Jacqueline Thanh, DSW, AM — Executive Director of VAYLA, this virtual teach-in will explore lessons on decolonization with an emphasis on history, solidarity, and shared liberation. April 30th is also Black April, … Continued

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