RAISE: Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast

RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast) is a pan-Asian undocumented youth-led group on the East Coast. We aim to create safe spaces in our communities while advocating for humane immigration policies. Through political activism, leadership development, community education, and coalition building, we work to reclaim our dignity as pan-Asian undocumented peoples. RAISE organizes on the grassroots level to reimagine justice and demand liberation for immigrants in America.

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Special RAISE Projects:

the first-ever zine by and for undocumented Asian women

RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast) and DRUM - South Asian Organizing Center are proud to announceAMPLIFY(HER), the first-ever zine by and for undocumented Asian women. 

AMPLIFY(HER) is a counter-narrative project that aims to empower and encourage women-led storytelling that is crucial to our identities and survival.

Join us on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 for the launch party of AMPLIFY(HER) at Asian American Writers' Workshop. Details here: http://bit.ly/2cDoApo

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Short film: "Why We Rise" 

"I can't get a job. I can't start a career."

"I can't totally relax. I have to be careful of what to say, and what not to say."

"I can't have my parents by my side."

"I can't sleep at night, because I'm worried about immigration agents breaking down my door."

Why We Rise is a compelling documentary short featuring three brave young Asian New Yorkers who reveal what it's like to grow up without having legal immigration status. Their struggles and their strength are on full display as they come out of the shadows and into the light.


Why We Rise was filmed by Brian Redondo (be.net/brianredondo) and Corinne Manabat (corinnemanabat.com) with the support of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. 

Why We Rise premiered May 20, 2013 in front of a packed audience at #UndocuAsians, a theater performance by RAISE at The Culture Project.

Theater: "UndocuAsians"


#UndocuAsians was a play written, produced, and performed by members of RAISE. The play highlighted the intersecting oppressions and micro-aggressions undocumented Asian American youth experience in their everyday lives, with acts like "10 Things You Don't Say To An UndocuAsian," and a reading of personal "Letters From UndocuAsians."


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We want to meet fellow Asian American undocumented youth interested in creating this space. Contact RAISE members at info@aaldef.org to join the movement.

If you are a member of the press and interested in finding out more about RAISE and talking to our members, please contact raise@aaldef.org.

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