Not to be confused with the Boston, Massachusetts-based organization of the same name.
The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) is a San Francisco-based left-wing community organizing group focusing on the Chinese-American communities in the city. The group grew out of radical-left and pro-People’s Republic of China cadres; academic research has identified the group as historically aligned with the revolutionary Communist groups I Wor Kuen (IWK) and League of Revolutionary Struggle.  In the 21st century, the group has faced accusations of aligning with the People’s Republic of China government and has received favorable coverage from the Chinese Communist Party-affiliated news outlet China Daily. 
San Francisco community activists, including some with Marxist or other revolutionary Communist sympathies, founded CPA in 1972.  In the 1970s, the CPA battled city authorities on wage and housing issues. In recent years, the CPA has focused more on political activism and community organizing. It has promoted Asian-American responsiveness to the 2020 Census and promoted forming a national alliance of Asian-American advocacy groups.
The Chinese Progressive Association was founded in San Francisco in 1972. The organization grew out of Legitimate Ways, a local group of Chinese citizens who tried to steer youth away from gang activity. Early members used grants from President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society Program to open a pool hall for meetings. Many of the early members had ties to the Black Panther Party and were influenced by Maoism, a form of revolutionary Communism espoused by Mao Zedong, the founder and longtime dictator of the People’s Republic of China. Such members soon broke away and formed a local Red Guard modeled after the radical revolutionary youth groups of China’s Cultural Revolution. 
The CPA evolved into an advocacy group for low-income Chinese Americans, particularly regarding wage and housing issues. Its most well-known activism involved the struggle over the San Francisco I-House. In the 1960s, the I-House was a popular low-income residency for primarily Filipino immigrants. Due to urban renewal initiatives, the city selected I-House for demolition and served eviction notices to its almost 200 inhabitants. The CPA worked with the tenants and other local groups to resist the evictions with protests and marches. In 1977, riot police were deployed to forcibly evict the remaining tenants. Soon after, the I-House was demolished. 
The Chinese Progressive Association is running a campaign to encourage Asian-American citizens to the 2020 census. In doing so, Asian-Americans will receive a larger portion of the $800 billion disbursed annually by federal programs. 
San Francisco Rising Alliance
In 2009, the Chinese Progressive Association co-founded the San Francisco Rising Alliance, a coalition of left-wing racial- and social-policy groups in the city. The group runs get-out-the-vote and advocacy campaigns for low-income housing, increased social service spending, and other left-progressive goals. 
In 2014, the Chinese Progressive Association launched Seeding Change, an attempt to unify local Asian-American organizations across the country into a national movement. The program’s website contains no information on its size or number of member groups. 
End National Security Scapegoating
While there are no known direct links between the Government of the People’s Republic of China or its ruling Communist Party, Chinese Progressive Association-San Francisco has taken public stances in alignment with Chinese interests. Along with other left-wing Asian-American advocacy groups, it formed the “End National Security Scapegoating (ENSS) coalition” that attacked investigations of alleged espionage on behalf of China as discriminatory. 
CPA board of supervisors member Eric Mar has gone on trips sponsored by Hanban, an institution affiliated with the Chinese government. On these trips, he observed Chinese socialism and in 2006 wrote that he gained an understanding of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s goals for U.S.-Chinese relations. Critics argue that Mar’s characterization of the Chinese regime as one that fundamentally protects human rights with socialism contradicts what actually occurs in China based on well-documented evidence of the Chinese government’s violations of human rights. 
Black Futures Lab
In 2018, the Chinese Progressive Association founded Black Futures Lab under the leadership of “trained Marxist” Black Lives Matter leader Alicia Garza. Black Futures Lab is a voter mobilization and advocacy group partnered with Color of Change, Demos, and the Tides Foundation. 
The Chinese Progressive Association gives grants to left-of-center social justice advocacy groups and non-partisan community outreach centers. In 2018, the CPA gave $23,767 to Chinese for Affirmative Action, a pro-racial-preferences advocacy group; $15,000 to the People’s Action Institute, a left-wing advocacy group associated with Democracy Alliance; and $9,000 to the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. The CPA also donated to Khmer Girls in Action and the Korean Resource Center. 
As a 501(c)(3), the Chinese Progressive Association is permitted to engage in some lobbying. From 2014-2018, the CPA spent almost $225,000 on lobbying.