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07.08.2020

Sign the Racial Equity Pledge

To our Asian American community,

If the uprisings have moved you, embrace that discomfort and grow. Now more than ever, we invite you to commit to racial equity, fight against white supremacy, and support Black people’s struggle for justice and liberation. 

Freedom for Black people is freedom for us all. From America’s founding, Black organizers have dug up the white supremacist roots of a country built on slavery and genocide. Today, we join the Black movement’s call to transform a society that needs prisons and police to one that centers communities, resources, and justice.

To reject white supremacy, we must confront anti-Blackness in our communities. We acknowledge that our community has acted as a racial wedge by uplifting our own community at the expense of the Black community: 

• We have often embraced the model minority myth that positions us as successful and obedient, which undermines the demands for structural change led by other communities of color. 

• Some Asian Americans have fought to dismantle affirmative action, a policy that strives for racial equity in higher education, through a legal battle against Harvard.

• We have also been complicit in physical violence against Black people, as seen with the murder of Latasha Harlins by a Korean shopkeeper, the murder of Akai Gurley by the Asian American police officer Peter Liang, and most recently the inaction of officer Tou Thao as George Floyd was murdered in front of him.

Now we cannot afford to divide our communities. As COVID-19 disproportionately ravages the Black community and as police officers continue to murder Black people, our country has reached its breaking point. We must reject our position as a wedge and instead join the fight in defense of Black lives. (more…)

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06.18.2020

Supreme Court Stands on Right Side of History to Uphold DACA

Supreme Court Stands on Right Side of History to Uphold DACA

Congress Must Now Act On a Permanent Pathway to Citizenship
Now is the Time to Defund ICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

June 18, 2020—Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, allowed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to continue by keeping DACA renewals in place temporarily.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five independent civil rights organizations, releases the following statement:

“We applaud the Supreme Court for stating that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end DACA is “arbitrary and capricious” and its decision to allow the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to continue for the time being. DACA has positively changed the lives of more than 800,000 young people in this country, allowing them to live temporarily without fear, and pursue their academic and career goals.

For the Asian American community, this means at least 16,000 Asian American DACA recipients can continue to go to school and work — some of whom are healthcare and other essential workers on the frontlines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. For the 1.5 million people in this country who live with a DACA recipient, it means relief that their loved ones can continue to stay in the country they call home without fear and constant threats of deportation.

We know that DACA is not a permanent solution. Ultimately, Congress must do its job to provide a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants without using them as bargaining chips for increased interior and border enforcement, or to restrict immigration for families and refugees. Immigrant youth have been fighting for permanent status for far too long, and we won’t stop fighting alongside them. 

The federal government spends $5 billion annually of taxpayer dollars on immigration enforcement. In line with our values, and at a time when our nation is acknowledging deep and systemic racism in policing, Advancing Justice believes that Congress should defund ICE and support local and state efforts to defund their police forces. These efforts can halt the further militarization of our society and the targeting of communities of color, and instead create an immigration and public safety system that is centered on youth and their families, nonviolence, and racial justice.” (more…)

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06.11.2020

Self: How the Pandemic Changed – and Fueled – the Fight Against Anti-Asian RAcism

Our Chicago and midwest organizer Andrea Chu spoke with Self about how Advancing Justice-Chicago is responding to the rise in anti-Asian racism.

Also, there’s the overarching gloom of the fact that our society has changed so dramatically and things have been changed irreversibly. Some of that is actually really good. As an organization, we don’t want to go back to normal in terms of the inequities in society. But there is a lot of grief that people are going through now, too, just knowing the toll this pandemic is taking.

Read the full story on Self

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