Eric Joselyn

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Eric Joselyn

Eric Joselyn is an artist and propagandist, living in Philadelphia. He worked at the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School, with his wife Ellen Somekawa, Ngo Thanh Nhan, and .Debora Kodish.


Studied at U of MINN and University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Asian Americans United - 28th Anniversary

Asian Americans United November 19, 2013:

Cheers and thanks to all who volunteered (Go AAU, go!), sponsored, hosted, donated, presented, emceed, deejayed, cooked, mixed sangria, performed and celebrated at AAU's memorable 28th anniversary benefit concert/dance featuring Nobuko Miyamoto with Theo Gonzalves! Intergenerational groups presented AAU's Standing Up for Justice Awards to Grayce Uyehara, John Elliott Churchville, and 1Love Movement. Emcee Kao Khue wove the program together like poetry.

Nobuko wrote and sang a new song for the first time: ”You are the ones we've been waiting for...” And all joined in singing: ”We are the ones we've been waiting for.”

...with so much gratitude for all who build communities and work for justice.


<3 — with Eric Joselyn, Duong Nghe Ly, Matt Tae, Regina Liu Kerr, Lai Har Cheung, Srey Boss, Chi-Ser Tran, Grace Rustia, Emily P. Lawsin, Scott Kurashige, Mary Yee, Laurent Widjaya, Paul Uyehara, Alix Mariko Webb, Rorng Sorn, Senn Font, Linh Nguyen, Bryan Mercer, K. Naroen Chhin, Masaru Edmund Nakawatase, Neeta Patel, Tai Joselyn, Doua Xiong, Renyu Wu, John Elliott Churchville, Kavita Levy, Judy At Aau, Theo Gonzalves, Ana Cruz, Janeya Hisle, Ellen Somekawa, Wei Chen, Helen Gym, Sookyung Oh, Dawn Werme Pratson, Xu Lin, Betty Lui, Peter Van Do, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kao Nhia Kue, Jean Hunt, Teresa Engst, Alice Vuong and Maxine Chang.

Asian Americans United - 30th Anniversary

Helen Gym December 15, 2015.


30th anniversary of Asian Americans United - what a crew! — with Linda Deafenbaugh, Chi Joselyn, Betty Lui, Jay Zou, Masaru Edmund Nakawatase, Eric Joselyn, Maxine J. Chang, Teresa Engst, Wei Chen, Lai Har Cheung, Alix Webb, Sachie Hopkins Hayakawa, Judy At Aau, Mary Yee, Xu Lin, Neeta Patel, Kay Yoon, Paul Uyehara, Ken Hung, Debora Kodish and Alice Vuong.

Notebook founders

Helen Gym June 10, 2014.


Wow. What a crew. Seven of the original founding members of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Thanks for 20 years of passion, hard work, and a fierce commitment to education justice amid the insanity! (Photo: the incomparable Harvey Finkle) — with Len Rieser, Debbie Wei, Rochelle Nichols Solomon, Cindy Farlino, Wilfredo Rojas and Eric Joselyn at University of the Arts.

Life of activism

When Ellen Somekawa asked for volunteers to help her research a defense contractor who had been recruiting on the University of Minnesota campus, Eric Joselyn’s hand shot in the air.

“I’ll do it!” said Joselyn, then a college freshman.

Somekawa wanted him to dig through papers and microfilm reels in the basement of the campus library to inform the work of a campus anti-nuclear organization called Northern Sun Alliance. The group wanted to protest the defense contractor, in part, because of its Trident nuclear submarine.

“She drafted me for the grunge sub-basement task of factual research so we could then mount a broader mass campaign against their presence,” he said.

Somekawa, now 58, and Joselyn, 54, have spent much of their adult lives immersed in campaigns for social justice.

After coming to Philadelphia and earning her master’s degree in urban history from the University of Pennsylvania, Somekawa worked with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition campaign. Joselyn too has been politically active over the years, speaking out against apartheid and the Iraq war.

Both activists support the Philadelphia Public School Notebook.

In fact, Joselyn was one of the co-founders of the publication 20 years ago. Both he and his partner Somekawa have been long-time donors – and members since the creation of the membership program in 2009.

In the early 1990s, Joselyn worked with Paul Socolar, now the Notebook’s editor and publisher, in an organization called E-Quality, a local parent-teacher alliance that sought systemwide student-centered reform. At that time, Socolar suggested starting an education publication.

“The content he envisioned really complemented the other work we’d been doing,” Joselyn said. “It made sense [given] the broad-based motion in the city.”

In addition to being a mainstay of the working group that launched the publication, Joselyn, who studied art at the University of Minnesota, also produced the logos and began creating the editorial cartoons that have graced every print edition since the debut issue in 1994.

Joselyn is an award-winning artist and an art teacher at the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School – a K-8 school in Chinatown that Somekawa helped to found and that both of their children have attended. He said he has referred people at his school to articles in the Notebook and has clipped stories to distribute to colleagues.

The Notebook allows parents to become better informed, Joselyn said.[1]

Contributors PSN News

Contributors to the May 1986 issue The Progressive Student News from Philadelphia were - Eric Joselyn.


Forward Motion, Jan/Feb 1993

In 1993 Eric Joselyn was member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization.