Chinese Progressive Association – San Francisco (CPA SF)


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 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.

CPA’s main program work falls into the following categories:

  • Tenant and Worker Organizing
  • Youth and Student Organizing
  • Civic Engagement
  • Movement and Alliance Building


Who’s at the Table?: Workshop on the World Economic & Social Forums

This workshop is designed for people who are going to attend the World or US Social Forum to better understand the importance of participating in decision-making.  …

Why Detroit?: Exploring Detroit’s Relationship with Globalization and Resistance

This tool was developed for the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) political education curriculum. It should be used for people who are going to, or have interest in, the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit.…

Intro to Organizing

Intended Audience: High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. For new or emerging High School youth chapters. Level of difficulty: Introductory Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions – lunch, or afterschool):
  • To define organizing
  • To examine the differences between organizing, service and advocacy

Campaign Development

This workshop has two parts: 1) Choosing an Issue and Target and 2) Campaign Strategy. The first part elaborates on the concept of campaigns and connects the relevance of capacity and resources to succsessful campaigns.


What is the relationship between power and organizing? This workshop includes an activity that accentuates on the various types and levels of power and nurtures a discussion on the impact of community organizing on the social structure’s power spectrum.