Author Archives: 21 Progress

The world mourns the loss of Maya Angelou

From Maya’s last tweet:

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.


Maya Angelou passed away in her home on Wednesday, May 28th.  We join the world in remembering her life.

ACLF and 21 PROGRESS Team Up!

A big thanks to the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) for selecting 21 Progress for its 2014 community project: developing an outreach strategy to reach the 3,000 – 4,000 undocumented Asian Pacific Islanders eligible for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.

Since the DACA program began in mid-2012, the percentage of Asian American and Pacific Islanders taking advantage of this program is less than 20%, while for Mexicans, it is over 70%.  DACA provides undocumented youth and young adults with a social security number and an opportunity for legitimate jobs and a college education.  And, perhaps most importantly, they can come out of the shadows and not fear deportation.

This project is part of ACLF’s Community Leaders Program (CLP), a six-month leadership program that offers training and mentorship to individuals with an interest and passion in social justice and leadership roles in their community. The CLP participants complete a group project that benefits and contributes to a healthy and vibrant API community

This year’s project focused on:

Identifying barriers and resources within the Asian Pacific Islander

Developing a strategic outreach and marketing plan to connect with

Building and maintaining lasting partnerships.

DACA Coordinator, Jesica Gonzalez responded to the CLP project presentation, “I’m speechless,” as all staff concurred that the CLP project had more depth and dimensions than we could have imagined. ACLF Class of 2014 Rocks!

March for Immigrant and Worker Rights!

On May 1st, 2014 people from all over the region will be participating in the Annual May Day March for Immigrant and Worker Rights.  With immigration reform stalled, and low wage workers demanding fair treatment form employers, now is the time to show your support and demand change!

The march will begin at 3 pm from Judkins Park in Seattle, and end at Westlake Park in Downtown Seattle.

For more information, please call: (206) 650-2106 or (206) 696-1348. or


Women’s Fast for Families Goes to Washington D.C.

The rolling fast to stop deportations, and save families hit a high point today in Seattle.  Fasters and their supporters gathered at Casa Latina to break their 24-hour fast, and show solidarity with the women beginning a 48-hour fast for Immigration Reform in Washington D.C.

As 21 Progress provided breakfast for the group, stories were shared, and messages of support and calls for change were captured in photos to be sent in support of those fasting in Washington D.C.


Jan 14th, 6pm – The Fight Moves Us Forward — API Activists Discuss Our Struggles — FREE


With the closing of the Wing Luke’s Exhibit, In Struggle, Wing Luke Staff are convening a community panel of API activists to speak of the various movements they participate in. Dante Garcia, our 21Progress Outreach Coordinator will be part of this panel speaking about his work to connect undocumented APIs to immigration relief — mainly through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Join us January 14th at the Wing Luke Museum at 6pm for this FREE panel discussion.

The panel will include speakers from 21 Progress, API Chaya, GotGreen?, Rising Tide Seattle, and Sahngnoksoo.