Cultural Organizing

Policy & Priorities

We believe that art will save us. Since the start of the pandemic, our work was cut out for us as we re-envisioned our role in the social change ecosystem. As storytellers, bridge builders, and disruptors in movements; we focused on the intersections of activism, narratives, political education, and most importantly art. SEAD is committed in our role as intersectional cultural organizers to educate, motivate, and activate folks on core issues that impact the voices, visibility, and self-determination of Southeast Asian diaspora communities and in solidarity with others fighting for equity and justice. 

The issues that are on our radar for 2021 include (but not limited to):

ABOLITION

PANDEMIC RELIEF

ECONOMICS

SAFETY & HEALING JUSTICE

EDUCATION

SOUTHEAST ASIA

IMMIGRATION

Alphabet of Social Justice

We're translating social justice terms in Hmong, Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese so these concepts are more accessible to our communities by sparking dialogue. A comprehensive handbook will be available later this spring, but in the meantime, stay tuned as we talk about each term.

These concepts are complex, and so are our languages. Sometimes, the exact vocabulary doesn't exist in our heritage languages, and we have to get creative and negotiate. We take care to collaborate with a team of translators and cultural advisors to create contextually accurate and relevant translations that are as fluid as our languages. 

Your feedback on how you're using these definitions are always welcome. Tell us here.

Social Justice Terms: Abolition Deck

We're translating social justice terms in Hmong, Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese so these concepts are more accessible to our communities by sparking dialogue. A comprehensive handbook will be available later this spring, but in the meantime, stay tuned as we talk about each term.

These concepts are complex, and so are our languages. Sometimes, the exact vocabulary doesn't exist in our heritage languages, and we have to get creative and negotiate. We take care to collaborate with a team of translators and cultural advisories to create contextually accurate and relevant translations that are as fluid as our languages. Your feedback on how you're using these definitions are always welcome. Tell us here.

Myanmar in Mind

SEAD stands against the military coup that has seized the sovereignty of people in Myanmar since February 1st, 2021. In an effort to create awareness around the impacts of ongoing military-backed state violence in Myanmar and uplift the unwavering resistance movements led by communities on the ground, we created the Myanmar in Mind campaign. 

Through Myanmar in Mind, we connected communities in the US with campaigns, social justice organizations, activists, and mutual aid networks in Myanmar.

Use this #WhatsHappeninginMyanmar Resource list to access social media accounts, campaigns, diaspora-led organizations, and independent media outlets providing information about Myanmar and ways to support the resistance movement.

Learn from activists in Myanmar about how the coup impacts communities on the ground, the connections between Myanmar’s Spring revolution and liberation movements worldwide, and how you can take action.

SEAD stands against the military coup that has seized the sovereignty of people in Myanmar since February 1st, 2021. In an effort to create awareness around the impacts of ongoing military-backed state violence in Myanmar and uplift the unwavering resistance movements led by communities on the ground, we created the Myanmar in Mind campaign. 

Through Myanmar in Mind, we aim to connect communities in the US with campaigns, social justice organizations, activists, and mutual aid networks in Myanmar.

Past Campaigns

  • “A More Complete Count = A More Complete Story” Census digital campaign on increasing Southeast Asians to complete the Census, which was a huge disparity. Reach: 3,000+ digitally.

  • “Pause & Grow Pandemic Care Package + Resource Hub” In-language dual pandemic tools on everything from creative healing-centered storytelling activities, food recipes, to advocacy terms. Reach: 600 families in person, 1,000+ digitally.

  • “SEA Solidarity Resource Hub” Critical resources on mutual aid, anti-racism conversation tools, and rally posters. 

  • “COVID-19 Resource Hub” Ongoing in-language content on COVID19 safety guidelines in a culturally appropriate way.