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Dear Jaeson Ma, spiritual hip hop music maker and dreamer of dreams:
We just discovered you in a PSA encouraging people to vote for CPAF in the Chase Community Giving Contest.
So um… on another note, God has been very kind to you–take a look in the mirror.
You are hot.
As you know, we’ve had the pleasure of joining hundreds of AAPI community members in a campaign to raise money for the Center for the Pacific Asian Family, an organization that provides very necessary resources for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. One of the benefits of getting involved with CPAF was meeting its extraordinary Executive Director, Debra Suh, a lawyer who has been working with the organization for over a decade.
Name: Debra Suh
Hails from: Los Angeles
Occupation: Executive Director of the Center for the Pacific Asian Family, a non-profit organization recognized nationally for its pioneering work in domestic violence and sexual assault in the Los Angeles Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community.
Filed under: Awesome Ladies, California Budget Crisis, Center For the Pacific Asian Family, Chase Community Giving Contest, CPAF, Debra Suh, Debrah Suh Executive Director CPAF, Do-Gooders, Domestic Violence, Heroines, Legal Aid, PSAs, Sexual Assault
One of the reasons my father raised the girls in my family to be such sassy broads is that his mother was not one. Raised in northern Vietnam, my paternal grandmother was an extremely passive woman. Throughout her marriage to my rough, domineering grandfather, she dealt with pain, fear and anger with one tool: silence.
The Center for the Pacific Asian Family provides a multi-lingual 24-hour call center, emergency shelter, transitional housing program, counseling services and community outreach programs that focuses on the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Los Angeles area.
To sum up: they help break the silence surrounding violence, for women not unlike my grandma (and maybe yours)–by being just a phone call away.
Here’s the lowdown: The economy shat on CPAF this year. Their budget was cut in half. This won’t affect their commitment to the mission, but it does change their ability to staff all of the people with all of those language abilities 24 hours a day.
What if somebody decides to break their silence and give a call, but there’s nobody to pick up the phone? That’s a scene I don’t want to even think about.
The reason I’m telling you all of this is because CPAF is now part of a major Chase Community Giving Contest on Facebook, and having soared through the first round, is currently in the running for a $1 million grant. We joined a bunch of peeps (from Lisa Ling to Sandra Oh to David Choi to Beau Sia) in a PSA campaign to promote this phase of the contest.
Note: the voting period only lasts for ONE WEEK, January 15 – January 22.