Chinatown People Progressive Association Inc.

for justice, democracy, and equality

aka Chinese Progressive Association   |   Boston, MA   |  www.cpaboston.org

Mission

The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), originally founded as the Chinatown Peoples Progressive Association, is a grassroots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in Greater Boston and beyond, to improve living and working conditions, and to involve ordinary community members in making decisions that affect our lives. The CPA particularly targets the immigrant, working class sector of the Chinese community.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Ms. Karen Chen

Main address

28 Ash Street

Boston, MA 02111 USA

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EIN

04-2631569

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Chinatown Stabilization Campaign

Boston Chinatown is a residential neighborhood and the social, cultural, political, and economic center of New England's Chinese community. The trend of downtown revitalization means that a key point of conflict in the city is the struggle of communities of color and working class neighborhoods for the right to remain. Chinatown faces the most intense development pressures due to its location in the heart of downtown. Over the past 20 years, we have organized Chinatown residents to win long-term affordability contracts at expiring use developments, to moderate rent increases, and to increase affordable housing in new commercial developments. Due to recent luxury development, Chinatown today is a half low-income, half high-income community.The Chinatown Stabilization Campaign is focused on stabilizing the working class residential core of Chinatown as the neighborhood grows and diversifies.

Population(s) Served
People of East Asian descent
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Adults
Adolescents

Formerly seen as a newcomer community with few votes, Boston's Chinese community has increased its voter turnout and political clout in the past decade. Today, Chinatown is one of the city's highest-turnout neighborhoods. Chinatown, while it represents less than one-quarter of the area's Chinese American population, has the highest concentration of Chinese American voters and is a strategic base from which to organize for political visibility, representation, and clout. At the same time, Chinese Americans need to expand our influence and participation in other neighborhoods and communities in which we live. The goal of the Civic Empowerment Project is to organize for grassroots democratic participation of ordinary Chinese community members in the political decision-making process in order to build collective community power. Our strategy is to combine participatory issue-based organizing with broad-based voter education and registration, expand our local political base, organize for election reform and voting rights, and build coalitions with other disenfranchised communities.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
People of East Asian descent
Older adults
Seniors
Young adults

The goal of the Workers Center is to help Chinese workers learn about and organize for our rights, and to develop solidarity with workers of different communities and nationalities. The Workers Center promotes awareness of workers' rights, provides support for collective action, organizes the unemployed and the unorganized, organizes for economic justice in the policy arena, and builds the leadership role of Chinese workers in the community. We are working to demand permanent and construction job opportunities from local development projects and to ensure that green jobs in the energy efficiency sector can be good jobs. CPA plays a core role in the Immigrant Workers Center Collaborative to build organizing capacity and solidarity between the Chinese, Brazilian, and Latino communities. We are organizing for temp workers' rights and against wage theft. Proactively, we developed a common Worker Bill of Rights.

Population(s) Served

Since 1994, CYI has brought together Chinese American youth from all over the Boston area. Sponsored by the Chinese Progressive Association, the program's mission is to develop and involve youth leadership in the Chinese American community. We strive to accomplish this goal through cultivating awareness around Chinese American issues and providing youth with experience in grassroots community organizing.CYI was started with the notion that, if given guidance, opportunity, and experience in making a difference, many youth would want to better understand our society and create positive change in their communities. We empower youth through education, leadership skills development, and taking action!

Population(s) Served

Chinese immigrants are trapped in low-paying jobs and their daily interactions limited by the language barrier. Without increasing numbers of naturalized citizens who become registered voters and actively exercise their rights, the community will remain invisible and its needs unaddressed. The goal of the Adult Education Program is to help Chinese immigrants learn English, become naturalized citizens, improve their living conditions, and expand their participation in US society. CPA Provides° English for Employment class geared towards the supermarket industry in response to new stores in the neighborhood (in partnership with Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center)° US Citizenship classes and assistance with the naturalization process° An emphasis on learning the concept and practice of civic participation° Tutoring assistance and other support services for adult learners° English conversation practice for members° Drop-in know-your-rights counseling and referral services

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Access Courage Award 2010

Access Strategies Fund

Coalition for Worker Justice Award 2011

Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

Salt of the Earth Award 2011

Community Labor United

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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Chinatown People Progressive Association Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms Har-Yee Wong


Board co-chair

Ms. Jian Hua Tang

Retired

Term: 2021 - 2023

Howard Wong

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Jian Hua Tang

Community Volunteer

Har-Yee Wong

Retired

Michelle Yee

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Bihua Huang

Homecare worker

Shao Ping Mo

Small business owner

San Tran

Research Development & Consulting Manager

Lilian Xie

Artist

Xue Yun Zhang

Homecare worker

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/25/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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