Chinese Progressive Association

Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – EIN 237404756  cpasf.org

The Chinese Progressive Association educates and organizes 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.

Our core strategies are community education and organizing, leadership development and alliance and movement building. CPA engages in community education and organizing around health and environmental justice,workers’ rights, housing, immigrant rights, and other issues of concern to the organization’s members and constituents.

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Chinese Progressive Association

The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) is an American non-governmental organization founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977. The CPA is an agency that helps Chinese immigrants assimilate into American culture through citizen classes, English classes, and involvement in local activism. The organization has engaged in political action as the motive force behind Boston's Unemployed Workers Rights Campaign (UWRC) during the decade of the 1980s. Members have also protested for affordable housing in Boston's Chinatown following mass construction of luxury condos. Additionally, in 2014, the CPA has created partnerships with Boston supermarkets in order to bring job opportunities for Asian immigrants into Boston.

History

The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) was first opened in Boston, MA in 1977. The founders of the organization were American-born Chinese youth returning to the community, immigrant workers and retired residents living in New England who longed for a connection to their home country.[1] Today, the CPA consists of fluent Chinese speakers, manual labor workers, and low income families.[2]

The organization was first located in an abandoned garment factory loft in Boston, MA where many social activities were held such as apple picking, group dinners, and ping pong. Along with the social aspects, the organization also holds citizen classes and youth programs.[1] The CPA strives to create more working opportunities and better, more affordable living environments for Chinese immigrants residing in the greater Boston area.

CPA's mission

The Chinese Progressive Association holds a set of goals for their community. Its founding principles were:

  • Unite with and work for the interests of the Chinese community
  • Promote friendship between people of the United States and China
  • Support other organizations working for the interests of the people[3]

Current literature describes the organization's mission as: The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) is a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Our activities seek to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans and to involve ordinary community members in making decisions that affect our lives.

Membership and activities

In order to become a member of the Chinese Progressive Association, a basic form must be completed. The document asks for contact information, as well as preference on activities. Also, interested parties are asked to list their favorite films and their availability for meeting with other members.[4]

The CPA organizes a variety of activities for its members including community services such as assistance with tax forms and immigration documents. An emphasis is placed on seamlessly assimilating members into American culture. Also, the organization offers its members an opportunity to become involved in community issues such as the displacement and retraining of garment workers. Additionally, many recreational activities are offered including the celebration of film and theatrical performances from China. The goal of this wide range of activities is for Chinese immigrants to feel as though they are equal members of American society while still maintaining the ethnic identity of their heritage.[5]

The CPA holds joint events with the PRC government.[6]

Activism

Affordable housing

One of the main issues the Chinese Progressive Association is concerned with is affordable housing in Boston's Chinatown. In 2012, 33 residents were evicted from a large apartment complex, named the See Sun building, due to unfit living conditions. Most of the tenants were elderly and of lower class status. After being evicted, the residents sought public housing but many had difficulty finding an affordable place to live.[7] This has been a recent trend in Chinatown and replacing these affordable rents are new luxury condos, leaving no room for those on a lower income. Specifically, on Chinatown's Washington Street, Millennium Place, a new development is offering condos starting at $1 million.[8]

In February 2014, the CPA led a rally to protest the new luxury condos and gathered 70 Chinatown residents to the event. Many of the activists held banners that stated, 'Remain, Reclaim, Rebuild Boston'. Before the rally ended, participants hung poster boards on the evicted See Sun building and displayed quotes from the residents who were evicted.[7]

Health

The Chinese Progressive Association does grassroots level research and work to protect the health of low-wage workers and communities of color. They acknowledge the fact that many come to America because they believe that it gives them a better life, but they often fall through the cracks of the system and do not get the media attention they deserve. Due to this, CPA creates publications and data reports, called community-based participatory research,[9][10] to educate people of the little-known stories of the low-income and working-class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco. Several of these reports showcase that many immigrant workers are struggling to survive in sweatshop-level working conditions that are often hazardous and stressful.[11][12] CPA is advocating for healthier jobs for immigrant restaurant workers in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Wage Theft

CPA fights against restaurant workers paid below minimum wage, denied overtime pay, deducted pay when sick, and not paid at all. They believe that, even though labor laws exist, they are not enforced enough. In their 2010 report, they revealed that almost 60% of workers reported wage theft in one way or another and 1 in 2 workers received less than minimum wage.[13][14] CPA called for a Wage Theft Task Force after the report and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors created the taskforce on June 12, 2012 to address their concerns amidst others addressed by various community organizations.[15]

Job opportunities

Along with affordable housing, the CPA has been active in providing job opportunities for Chinese immigrants in the Boston area through their Workers Center, founded in 1987. After factories in Chinatown had been closed down, unemployment skyrocketed in the area, specifically for women. In 1989 the unemployment for Chinese women in Boston was double that of other women workers in the area. The CPA along with other organizations, worked to increase the unemployment benefits. This was all part of the 1989 Unemployed Workers Rights Campaign, which strived to create more job opportunities for the unemployed.[16] In 1989, Chinese immigrants rallied at Boston's State House to try to get Legislature to reform unemployment benefits. The goal of the activists was to call for the support of two bills. One would increase the unemployment rate and the other would require that translators were hired at the Department of Employment Training for non-English speakers[17]

In 2014, the CPA led an effort to provide Chinatown and South End residents with job opportunities in new stores in the area. The group worked with City Councilor, Ayanna Pressley, and the City Office of Economic Development to initiate goals for local hiring and establish a multilingual application and interview process. The CPA, specifically, partnered with the new Whole Foods market in the South End, and worked with the company in order to create opportunities for Chinatown residents. By 2015, Whole Foods market hired 108 new employees, 26% of which were Chinese Americans working at a $11 per hour rate. Lydia Lowe, the director of the Chinese Progressive Association stated that the reason behind the success of this partnership was the clear monitoring and reporting that went on during the collaboration. Also, she highlighted the importance of the multilingual application process that allowed immigrants to communicate and fully showcase their skills and talents. The CPA's collaboration with Whole Foods will extend beyond the new hiring opportunities. The supermarket provides English classes for immigrants and customer service training for their employees.[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b May Louie, "With One Heart Toward the New Era," Chinese Progressive Association Records, 1976-2006. M163 Archives and Special Collections Department, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, Box 1, Folder 34
  2. ^ Chinese Progressive Association, "About Us: History," www.CPA.org, accessed January 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Chinese Progressive Association Workers Center Proposal, Northeastern Archives and Special Collections, Box 1, folder 29, M163 Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA., 1976-2006.
  4. ^ Chinese Progressive Association, Northeastern Archives and Special Collections, Box 1, folder 40 membership forms, M163, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA., 1977-1985.
  5. ^ Chinese Progressive Association, Records 1976-2006, M163, Box 1, Folder # 40, Membership forms 1977-1985
  6. ^ He, Amy (8 April 2017). "China's NY consulate reaches out to citizens living in Boston". chinadaily.com.cn. CDIC. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  7. ^ a b Bryan Marquard, "Protestesters highlight Chinatown's affordable housing crisis," Boston Globe, Feb. 9, 2014.
  8. ^ Yvonne Abraham, "Longtime residents are lost in Chinatown's building boom," Boston Globe, Feb. 6, 2014.
  9. ^ Chang, Charlotte; Minkler, Meredith; Salvatore, Alicia L.; Lee, Pamela Tau; Gaydos, Megan; Liu, Shaw San (2016-11-20). "Studying and Addressing Urban Immigrant Restaurant Worker Health and Safety in San Francisco's Chinatown District: A CBPR Case Study". Journal of Urban Health. 90 (6): 1026–1040. doi:10.1007/s11524-013-9804-0. ISSN 1099-3460. PMC 3853171. PMID 23793556.
  10. ^ Chang, Charlotte; Salvatore, Alicia L.; Lee, Pam Tau; Liu, Shaw San; Tom, Alex T.; Morales, Alvaro; Baker, Robin; Minkler, Meredith (2013-01-31). "Adapting to Context in Community-Based Participatory Research: "Participatory Starting Points" in a Chinese Immigrant Worker Community". American Journal of Community Psychology. 51 (3–4): 480–491. doi:10.1007/s10464-012-9565-z. ISSN 0091-0562. PMID 23370942.
  11. ^ "Check, Please! Health and Working Conditions in San Francisco Chinatown Restaurants" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-03-22. Retrieved 2016-11-20. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ Reilly, Sarah. "Chinatown Restaurant Health and Safety". www.sfhealthequity.org. Archived from the original on 2016-11-20. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  13. ^ Minkler, Meredith; Salvatore, Alicia L.; Chang, Charlotte; Gaydos, Megan; Liu, Shaw San; Lee, Pam Tau; Tom, Alex; Bhatia, Rajiv; Krause, Niklas (2014). "Wage Theft as a Neglected Public Health Problem: An Overview and Case Study From San Francisco's Chinatown District". American Journal of Public Health. 104 (6): 1010–1020. doi:10.2105/ajph.2013.301813. PMC 4062017. PMID 24825200.
  14. ^ "COEH Bridges > Chinatown". coeh.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  15. ^ "San Francisco Wage Theft Task Force Final Report" (PDF). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  16. ^ Chinese Progressive Association, Records 1976-2006, M163, Box 1, Folder # 29, (1989, Feb). Boston Briefs.
  17. ^ Michael Bonn, "Immigrants Rally at State House," The Harvard Crimson, April 5, 1989.
  18. ^ "Boston Orange". Blogspot. Retrieved 7 April 2015.

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CHINESE PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94133-5025 | Tax-exempt since June 1976
  • EIN: 23-7404756
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Public Health Program (Includes General Health and Wellness Promotion Services) (E73Z) (Health — General and Rehabilitative)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
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Total Liabilities $252,017
Net Assets $2,743,077
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Royalties $0
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Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
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Total Liabilities $168,222
Net Assets $1,440,474
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Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
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Total Liabilities $185,033
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Royalties $0
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Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $353,138 37.9%
Other
Total Assets $584,031
Total Liabilities $115,758
Net Assets $468,273
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2013

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Total Revenue

$870,523

Total Functional Expenses $951,845
Net income -$81,322
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Program services $185,187 21.3%
Investment income $118 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $378 0.0%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $127,642 13.4%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $422,785 44.4%
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Total Liabilities $119,885
Net Assets $317,965
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$826,824

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Program services $253,718 30.7%
Investment income $834 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising -$5,224
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $1,894 0.2%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $3,367 0.4%
Other salaries and wages $451,523 48.9%
Other
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Total Liabilities $32,688
Net Assets $399,287
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Program services $372,802 44.5%
Investment income $841 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $499,117 49.4%
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Total Liabilities $55,218
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