CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities

CAAAV organizes working class Asian immigrants in Chinatown and Astoria to make an intervention in the gentrification of our neighborhoods and New York City.

Who we are

Building long-term grassroots power

CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities was founded in 1986 by Asian women to build power in Asian communities against rising police and hate violence. Over time, our analysis deepened and our work broadened to fighting institutional and systemic racism and violence in Asian immigrant communities.

CAAAV’s purpose is to develop 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. Chinatown and Astoria are neighborhoods where Asian immigrants are the one of the driving forces of the working class, and could potentially shift the long-term political landscape of the city. Our strategy is to build neighborhood power to (1) defend our neighborhoods by fighting against speculative development; (2) fight for more housing for the working class in these neighborhoods; and (3) build enough power to constrict our opposition, the real estate industry.


Chinatown Tenants Union (CTU) was founded in 2005 by Chinatown tenants to address apartment neglect, landlord harassment, and to develop the leadership of working class Chinatown immigrant residents. We continue our mission today to organize against displacement, fight gentrification, and build the power of working class people in Chinatown so that we can determine the future of our homes and neighborhoods.


CAAAV’s Astoria Tenants Union (ATU) was founded in 2022 to build a base of working class Bangali tenants in Astoria. Astoria has been a landing place for working class immigrants for many years, and is currently one of the frontlines for defending against the gentrification of Queens. We are building a force that can intervene in speculative and luxury development and gentrification in our neighborhood and across the borough.

03. CAAAV Youth

CAAAV Youth members and leaders are young working class Asians organizing to defend and fight for our neighborhoods. Instead of siloing youth into their own chapter, both our Chinatown and Astoria chapters are now intergenerational in both their membership and leadership. Young people have always played a critical leadership role at CAAAV – in building base, developing campaigns, running political education, organizing direct actions – and this leadership is now solidified in our chapter structure.



Building Grassroots Power Through Organizing

CAAAV builds power by organizing working class Asian immigrant tenants across Chinatown and Astoria. Power comes from organized people. And power is necessary to affect structural change.

CAAAV Member Quotes

The most important thing is to come together and raise our tenant voices and have public housing be more safe and healthy for everyone.
Ms Mei Ying

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We are building a community for our safety and future.

As Older Chinese folks who don't speak English, living in Chinatown is one of our only options for independence. Only when we organize are we strong!
Mr. Yeung


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CAAAV’s Karaoke Battle Fundraiser: Growing A Movement!

For 35 years, CAAAV has fought for racial and economic justice by building leadership capacity and organizing power for movements. It is more important than ever to resource Asian American grassroots organizing. It is through organizing and grassroots power we will be able to have a safe community. And it is through member-led leadership and […]

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Celebrating the Launch of the CAAAV Digital Archive!

Thank you so much for joining us in March to celebrate the launch of the CAAAV Digital Archive at the “Activating Archives” event! We were so moved to see generations of CAAAV organizers, members, volunteers and supporters coming together in our first public event since 2019. We want to echo back some inspiring words from […]

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CAAAV’s The Future is Ours To Build fundraiser!

It’s been a chaotic time, but also a time full of openings and charged with energy. Throughout the pandemic, CAAAV has been organizing our communities both virtually and on the ground to build grassroots tenant power! And we know that despite what happens, the future is ours to build. Next year, New York City will […]

Contact us

CAAAV Chinatown Office: 55 Hester Street, Storefront New York, NY 10002 tel: 212.473.6485

CAAAV Queens Office: 37-24 24th Street, Suite 108 Queens, NY 11101 tel: 718.255.2109

General Inquiries: justice[at]
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