Archive for November, 2006

Been MIA for a minute and will probably continue posting sparsely here on out. At least until I finish my grad school applications. Wish me luck into an MLA (landscape architecture) program.

A review of this new CD came across my inbox recently. There are some sample tracks included in the review, and I like what I hear so far. Hope to get my hands on a copy soon!

1. I Can’t See Nobody (Daniel Y. Remix)
2. Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter (Jazzeem’s All Styles Remix)
3. Ain’t Got No – I Got Life (Groovefinder Remix)
4. Save Me (Coldcut Remix)
5. Turn Me On (Tony Humphries Got U Turned On Dub)
6. Here Comes The Sun (François K. Remix)
7. Westwind (Organica Remix)
8. Go To Hell (Mowo Remix)
9. My Man’s Gone Now (DJ Wally Remix)
10. The Look Of Love (Madison Park vs. Lenny B Remix)
11. O-o-h Child (Nickodemus Remix)
12. To Love Somebody (Chris Coco’s Stadium Rocker Remix)
13. Obeah Woman (DJ Logic Remix)

In the wake of Proposition 2, Michigan’s anti-affirmative action amendment to the state constitution, I’m happy to see that there are some places where folks have the ability to express their reactions, emotions and fears about the situation. I encourage groups and communities to continue offering more spaces for this to happen.

I give props to the individuals, organizations and donors who contributed sweat and tears to fighting Prop 2, especially because I deliberately chose not to get involved with the organizing efforts. I understand the sacrifices that have to happen for this type of campaign, and I commend your commitment to preserving affirmative action.

Thus, it’s encouraging to learn that some circles are already beginning to brainstorm new visions for the future, despite losing affirmative action at the state level. I hope legal experts are taking up the hard task of challenging the constitutionality of Prop 2’s consequences. I also hope that there have been spaces to openly evaluate and critique the anti-Prop 2 organizing efforts. Perhaps this is happening behind closed doors, perhaps people are still dealing, or even still perhaps these conversations are just taking place informally. Whatever the case, I haven’t really come across a full analysis or critique of the organizing strategy against Prop 2. We certainly need to understand how to strengthen the way we organize before moving on to the next issue, campaign, or initiative.

So, I humbly offer my armchair analysis of why we failed to stop Proposal 2. By no means do I claim to have full understanding of what took place, and I definitely do not claim to be an expert organizer. I only offer some reflections based on a set of previous experiences with affirmative action and organizing in Michigan.

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Thanks to all who sent me well-wishes during my recent ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery. My days are now spent hobbling around on crutches, icing my leg, going to physical therapy, and doing a lot of self-reflecting. Major lessions in taking things slowly, and especially being patient with myself.

Below are my post-surgery x-rays. (Those metal screws are bigger than I had imagined!)

Front view

Side view

Below is an update about some organizing efforts relating to the Hmong youth who was shot 27 times by Warren police.

On September 17, 18 year old Chon Buri Xiong was fatally shot 27 times in his home by Warren police. The Xiong family has suffered a great tragedy and is very upset about the incident. However, the Macomb County Prosecutor has closed the case, stating that the police officers were justified in their actions. The Xiong Family’s side of the story has not been taken seriously by the authorities, or by the media which has only written from the police perspective. The Xiong family needs money to help cover funeral and housing expenses. Every donation will contribute greatly.

Please contact dayproject (at) gmail (dot) com if you would like to send a donation, or get involved.

Detroit Asian Youth (DAY) Project was launched in 2004 and works with Asian American youth in Detroit to develop leadership skills and raise awareness for social justice. DAY Project engages in community-based projects that foster a greater understanding of Detroit and its Asian American community.

A while ago, I had written about an initiative taking place in Detroit, where parents are coming together to create a “child-friendly” Detroit. This group of parents, now named Detroiters Dream for Children, is hosting another gathering on Sunday, November 19th. Along with the recent Detroit Summer potluck celebrating the Hopes & Aspirations of Detroit’s youth, it’s exciting to know that folks are coming together to bring renewed hope to the city.

We are the parents of (and supporters of) Detroiters children: past, present and future.

We aspire to raise our children in a Detroit that is full of beauty , playfulness and love.

Please join “Detroiters Dream for Children” as we work together to make that dream a reality.

Share your ideas and aspirations for creating a more child-friendly, family-friendly Detroit, and enjoy conversation, comoradorie (and child care!).

For more information about Detroiters Dream for Children, please email us at detroitersdream (at) yahoo (dot) com.

This weekend my friend and musician Joe Reilly is performing at the Leaven Center in Lyons, Michigan. If you’re in Michigan and would like to hear the kind of music that will fill your soul (no joke), you will definitely want to attend this event on Saturday.

From the Heart: Joe Reilly Returns to the Leaven Center
Join Joe Reilly and friends for dinner, discussion,
and performance of his music for
spiritual social change.
November 18th, 2007
5:00-8:00 PM
$15/Person (Rooms available for an additional $25/Person)

The Leaven Center is located at 7981 Peckins Rd. Lyons, MI 48851. Driving directions are listed on the Leaven Center website: You may also register online with a credit card or download a registration form at the web site. For more information about The Leaven Center, call 989-855-2606 or email leavencenter (at) leaven (dot) org.

Full message from Joe Reilly: Continue Reading »

I think it’s going to take a long time for me to finally accept that Prop 2 passed in Michigan last night. Generally, I share Blackatmichigan’s sentiments about whole thing, and I invite folks to read his post.

As an Asian American voter, I can only imagine how the usual rhetoric used in affirmative action debates about Asian folks influenced our understanding of the issue. I imagine that many of us, despite the efforts of Frank Wu and the APA Caucus of One United Michigan, were duped into thinking that getting rid of affirmative action was in our best interest. That Asian Americans don’t need affirmative action because we’re “over-represented” on university campuses. And that each of us are the smart and economically well-off “model minorities” everyone should aspire to.

Last night on TV, there was an Asian male standing behind Jennifer Gratz, and together they celebrated the passage of Prop 2. What are you applauding about, guy? Didn’t you know that they used you to validate policies that, in the end, will exclude you too? It seems to me that it was their own version of affirmative action that got you on the stage and on camera, along with our man Ward Connerly.

Three years ago when we started Students Supporting Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan, we were very deliberate about the language and strategy we used in order to gain support for affirmative action. It’s more than just about diversity, it’s about the original purpose of implementing affirmative action as a policy tool, “Race must be a factor because Racism is a factor.”

Mexican artist Dulce Pinzon created this genious photo exhibit. These are my kind of superheroes, only second to the X-Men. 😉