Non-profit

Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV)

Website:

caaav.org

Location:

New York, NY

Tax ID:

13-3526938

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2020):

Revenue: $1,200,429
Expenses: $905,973
Assets: $1,869,414

Formation:

1986

Type:

Community organizing; tenant rights; left-leaning activism among Asian New Yorkers

Executive Director:

Sasha Wijeyeratne

Co-Chairs of the Board:

Osman Ahmed, Daisy Chung

The Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, also called CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, is a New York City-based organization that advocates for left-leaning causes like defunding the police, 1 rent cancellation, 2 and the COVID-19 pandemic-era eviction moratorium. 3 The organization organizes public housing residents. It is supported financially by large liberal foundations, including the Tides Foundation, 4 the North Star Fund, 5 and the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund. 6

Background

CAAAV was founded as The Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence in 1986. 7 I It mobilizes Asian-American political power in New York in favor of left-leaning campaigns and has consistently claimed to represent the interests of Asian-American New Yorkers who reside in public housing. 8 It refers to “the real estate industry” as its “opposition.” 9

Activities

Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence produces reports, including one in 2015 that criticized the New York Public Housing Authority for failing to provide adequate services for public housing tenants who do not speak English. 10 A 1997 report accused the city’s taxi industry of racism and identified police brutality as the primary threat facing New Yorkers of Asian descent. 11

In 2019, CAAAV claimed credit for the defeat of Amazon’s plans to build its second headquarters in Queens. 12 The organization opposes business development and new housing that it claims will harm low-income New Yorkers, while supporting expanded subsidized housing. 13

The Committee created a 2020 voter guide in English, Chinese, and Bangla. 14

CAAAV blamed a 2021 mass shooting in Atlanta on “white supremacy, imperialism, patriarchy, and racial capitalism.” 15

CAAAV hosted a summer 2022 picnic that was attended by New York state Assemblywoman and then-congressional candidate Yuh-Line Niou (D). 16

Funding

In addition to its support from prominent grantmaking foundations, in 2019, the Committee reported receiving $119,000 in funding from government grants. 17 It received $50,000 from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation in 2019. 18

References

  1. “#DefundTheNYPD and Fund Communities!” CAAAV. CAAAV. June 2, 2020. https://caaav.org/defundthenypd-and-fund-communities.
  2. “CAAAV’s The Future Is Ours To Build Fundraiser!” CAAAV. CAAAV. Accessed November 11, 2022. https://caaav.org/caaavs-the-future-is-ours-to-build-fundraiser.
  3. “#DefundTheNYPD and Fund Communities!” CAAAV. CAAAV. June 2, 2020. https://caaav.org/defundthenypd-and-fund-communities.
  4. Tides Foundation, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2020. Accessed November 11, 2022. https://www.tides.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/2020_Tides-Foundation_Form-990-Public-Disclosure-1.pdf.
  5. “Rapid Response: Fighting Back Against Amazon’s HQ2.” North Star Fund. North Star Fund, January 23, 2019. https://northstarfund.org/2019/01/rapid-response-fighting-back-against-amazons-hq2/.
  6. “CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities.” AAPI Civic Engagement Fund. AAPI Civic Engagement Fund. Accessed November 11, 2022. https://aapifund.org/members/caaav-organizing-asian-communities/.
  7. Bae, Minju. “CAAAV: Decades of Organizing Asian Communities.” Minju Bae. Accessed November 11, 2022. http://gamma.library.temple.edu/baeminju/neatline/show/caaav-map.
  8. Vick, Rachel. “Advocates Denounce NYCHA Hearing on Public Housing Reform.” Queens Daily Eagle. Queens Public Media, July 26, 2021. https://queenseagle.com/all/its-disrespectful-advocates-denounce-nycha-hearing-on-housing-reform.
  9. “CAAAV Strategy and Shifts.” CAAAV. CAAAV. Accessed November 11, 2022. https://caaav.org/strategy-and-shifts.
  10. “No Access: The Need for Improved Language Assistance Services for Limited English Proficient Asian Tenants of the New York City Housing Authority.” CAAAV. CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, September 2015. https://caaav.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/CAAAV-full-housing-report-v11-HIGH-RES.pdf.
  11. “CAAAV Voice: Organizing Communities to Fight Police Brutality, Volume 9, Number 1, Winter 1997.” CAAAV. CAAAV Voice, 1997. https://caaav.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Voice_Winter_1997.pdf.
  12. “What We Accomplished in 2019: We Beat Amazon out of Queens!” CAAAV. CAAAV. Accessed November 11, 2022. https://caaav.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/What-We-Accomplished-in-2019-1.pdf.
  13. Stark-Miller, Ethan. “Chinatown Advocates Rally Against Building Proposed Lower East Side Towers Under 421-A Tax Break.” amny. Schneps Media, April 11, 2022. https://www.amny.com/news/chinatown-advocates-rally-against-building-proposed-les-towers-under-421-a-tax-break/
  14. “CAAAV 2020 Voter Guide.” CAAAV. CAAAV, 2020. https://caaav.org/caaav2020voterguide.
  15. “CAAAV Condemns Atlanta Shootings and Anti-Asian Violence.” CAAAV. CAAAV. Accessed November 11, 2022. https://caaav.org/caaav-condemns-atlanta-shootings-and-anti-asian-violence.
  16. Yuh-Line Niou, Twitter post, August 21, 2022, 1:07 p.m.  https://twitter.com/yuhline/status/1561399705401442305
  17. Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, Inc, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2019. Accessed November 11, 2022. https://apps.irs.gov/pub/epostcard/cor/133526938_201912_990_2022030819703803.pdf
  18. Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990), 2019. Accessed November 11, 2022. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/132872722/05_2021_prefixes_13-13%2F132872722_201912_990PF_2021050718080566
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: November 1, 1992

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2020 Dec Form 990 $1,200,429 $905,973 $1,869,414 $129,509 N $1,178,512 $17,075 $4,557 $76,685
    2019 Dec Form 990 $968,774 $677,445 $1,480,206 $34,757 N $952,709 $13,975 $2,090 $72,650 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $821,628 $576,865 $1,177,137 $23,017 N $796,476 $0 $2,808 $90,770 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $887,620 $706,336 $996,176 $86,819 N $882,733 $0 $4,611 $79,038 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $532,878 $485,444 $809,913 $81,840 N $490,983 $0 $2,364 $74,855
    2015 Dec Form 990 $431,903 $430,720 $699,286 $18,647 N $427,491 $0 $798 $55,616 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $361,966 $360,773 $691,017 $11,561 N $356,758 $0 $1,184 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $301,949 $393,715 $690,263 $12,000 N $297,527 $2,850 $0 $61,253 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $454,222 $431,933 $540,732 $53,683 N $438,171 $3,425 $0 $57,912 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV)

    55 Hester St.
    New York, NY 10002