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Through our organizations, our work is rooted in bases that live in the most precarious margins of power: refugees, low-wage workers, youth, undocumented immigrants, queer and trans people, and low-income tenants. Our current membership consists of base-building organizations in Asian communities across all regions of the United States. Our membership aims to deepen our base-building, leadership development and political education of working-class Asian communities to raise the consciousness in our communities in order to build powerful movements that win material changes in our communities.

If you are a grassroots organization that organizes a base of working-class Asian communities, provide political education and leadership development to your members, and are interested in joining Grassroots Asians Rising, you can complete our membership form and a staff member will be in touch to set-up a one-on-one to assess alignment.




The Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) is a grassroots organization working to empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination for all. AROC members build community power in the Bay Area by participating in leadership development, political education, and campaigns.


APEN is building the power of Asian immigrant and refugee communities in California for environmental and social justice. Through building an organized movement, APEN strives to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life.


Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC) provides direct support to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) prisoners and to raise awareness about the growing number of APIs being imprisoned, detained, and deported. APSC facilitates Ethnic Studies programs in prisons, provides community-based reentry services, and organizes deportation defense campaigns.


AYPAL is a leadership development, community organizing and coalition building organization that seeks to create healthy, safe, and thriving communities. AYPAL empowers Oakland’s low-income Asian & Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee families to be leaders for school reform and neighborhood change. 


The California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative is a statewide grassroots organization that addresses health, environmental, reproductive justice, and other issues faced by low-income, female, Vietnamese immigrant and refugees.


Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED) is an all volunteer, multi-ethnic, intergenerational organization based in Los Angeles Chinatown that builds grassroots power through organizing, education, and mutual help.


Founded in 1972, CPA educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.


EMAC works to support marginalized Southeast Asians by empowering our communities through advocacy and healing from our present and past disparities to build an equitable and robust future. EMAC creates programs and services, develop partnerships, and changing policies,  practices to improve communities


Filipino Advocates for Justice's mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity.


HIP is a grassroots organization with the mission of strengthening the political power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization.


The Jakara Movement is a grassroots community-building organization working to empower, educate, and organize Punjabi Sikhs, and other marginalized communities; to advance their health, education, and economic, social, and political power. 


Lavender Phoenix builds queer and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander power to amplify our voices and increase the visibility of our communities. Through organizing in the Bay Area, Lavender Phoenix inspires and trains grassroots leaders, transform our values from scarcity to abundance, and partner with organizations to sustain a vibrant movement ecosystem.


Pilipino Workers Center aims to secure the dignity and safety of the Pilipinx community in Southern California. PWC provides support for human trafficking survivors, immigration legal services, affordable housing, workforce certification training, education on workers’ rights, enforcement of wage theft, free tax preparation, and a cooperative for homecare workers.


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The Asian American Advocacy Fund advocates for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians in Georgia. Through a combination of policy advocacy at local, state, and federal levels, and by supporting candidates that believe in our values, AAAF fights to create a better Georgia for us all. 



AAAN strives to strengthen the Arab community in the Chicago area by building its capacity to be an active agent for positive social change. As a grassroots nonprofit, our strategies include community organizing, advocacy, education, providing social services, leadership development, cultural outreach and forging productive relationships with other communities.




HANA Center is a Chicago-area nonprofit organization that works to meet the critical needs of Korean, Asian American, and multiethnic immigrant communities. HANA Center builds power towards systemic change through organizing the community, providing critical services, and providing political education.

The Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) is a political home for pan-Asian communities in Greater Boston. We are a member-led organization committed to building grassroots power through political education, creative expression, and issue-based and neighborhood organizing.




Rising Voices seeks to organize and develop the leadership of Asian American women (cis, trans, Gender Non-Conforming and femme-identifying) and young people for power around progressive values and policy in the state of Michigan.



New York

 Since 2005, Adhikaar has been committed to improving the lives of the Nepali-speaking community and getting our voices heard in the social justice movement. We have assisted thousands of individuals and families; trained hundreds of new leaders; and successfully changed policies and created new laws at local, state, national, and international levels.


CAAAV works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant communities in New York City. CAAAV develops the leadership of working class Asian immigrants to make a significant intervention in the gentrification of NYC by building neighborhood power in Chinatown and Astoria. 

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DRUM was founded in 2000 to mobilize and build the leadership of thousands of low-income, South Asian and Indo-Caribbean immigrants to lead social and policy change that impacts their own lives- from immigrant rights to education reform, civil rights, and worker’s justice.


Red Canary Song is are a grassroots massage worker coalition in the U.S. The coalition works to provide labor rights and collective organizing for migrant massage workers, and protection from violence by police and police impersonators across the United States and within the diaspora in Toronto, Paris, and Hong Kong.


By leading and organizing Bengali womxn, Laal hopes to build the largest Bengali voting bloc in NYC’s history. Through Laal's programs, Laal womxn are becoming activists themselves from understanding and advocating for themselves alongside gender justice, land use and environmental justice, to reproductive and abortion justice.

North Carolina


SEAC Village is a Black- and Southeast Asian-led organization in Charlotte, North Carolina. SEAC Village works to to reinforce and uphold integrity, empowerment, inclusion, tradition, leadership, and critical consciousness at the grassroots level through political programming, mutual aid work, and community building.




OPAWL is a grassroots member-led community that organizes for social justice and elevates the voices, visibility, and progressive leadership of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and nonbinary people in Ohio. OPAWL has three regional hubs in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland as well as a statewide online community.




For more than three decades, AAU has worked in Philadelphia’s Asian American communities and in broader multiracial coalitions around quality education, youth leadership, anti-Asian violence, immigrant rights, neighborhood development, and folk arts and cultural maintenance.



Rhode Isand

PrYSM organizes in Rhode Island at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation by centering youth, female, queer, and people of color leadership in our campaigns, our organization, and our communities. PrYSM mobilizes queer Southeast Asian youth, families, and allies to build grassroots power and organize collectively for social justice.


Woori Juntos means "We Rise together" and is to ensure Asians, immigrants, and all Texans have in-language access to health and social services and civically engage to achieve equity and justice for all. Woori Juntos approaches the community through critical social services, educational programming, community organizing, public policy advocacy and civic engagement.





Asian American Pacific Islander Civic Engagement (ACE) Collaborative is a program started by the New Virginia Majority Education Fund. ACE members are Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Mongolians, Kashmiris, Nepalis and Vietnamese and other Asian ethnicities. Our communities face issues with accessing housing, education, health care, job instability, discrimination and racism.

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Hamkae Center organizes Asian Americans to achieve social, economic, and racial justice in Virginia. Hamkae Center develops holistic programs and campaigns that are guided by community members and meet immediate needs, while building community power to make long-term systemic changes that address the root causes of these needs and center human connections. 



Washington DC

Muslims For Just Futures (MJF) is a grassroots organization based in the DMV area that builds power in Muslim communities through collective care, organizing, advocacy, and movement-building. Muslims for Just Futures is  committed to building long-term power and base-building in the region with a focus on centering working-class communities and women.

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Multiple States

Equality Labs is a national Dalit civil rights organization dedicated to ending caste apartheid, gender-based violence, Islamophobia, white supremacy and religious tolerance Equality Labs is an Ambedkarite South Asian power-building organization that uses community research, political base-building, culture-shifting art, and digital security.

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