It’s Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and with the increase in anti-Asian racism during the pandemic, it’s especially important this year for our communities to come together, shift the narrative, and celebrate our identities!
Join our campaign to help Asian American Pacific Islander communities:
- BE SEEN – uplift our communities and showcase our diversity, traditions, and values
- BE COUNTED – encourage our communities to participate in the 2020 Census to receive resources and representation for the next 10 years
How to Participate
- Answer the following prompt in the form of art (including, but not limited to: drawings, poetry, video, photography, fiber art, etc)
How do you envision the future for yourself and your community?
How to Submit
We’ll also be selecting several pieces to be part of our online gallery!
- Post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tag Advancing Justice-Chicago on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
- Describe the inspiration behind your art and use the hashtag #BeSeenBeCounted
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2020
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns New Immigration Ban
Though there are exceptions, the message is clear that immigrants are not welcome
CHICAGO, IL – Last night, President Trump signed a presidential proclamation suspending the majority of immigrant visas into the United States for the next 60 days under the guise of protecting American jobs. In particular, family reunification and diversity visas are shut down, and the President has indicated that the ban could be extended.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, releases the following statement:
“Trump’s new immigration ban is an attempt to distract from his failed response to COVID-19 and manipulates the pandemic to justify his and Stephen Miller’s white nationalist agenda.
Congress designed our immigration system around the value that families deserve to be together, and family-based immigration is responsible for many of the strong, vibrant, and diverse Asian American communities today. As 92% of Asian Americans are immigrants or the children of immigrants, Asian American communities will be greatly impacted by this ban. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents will not be able to reunify with their parents, adult children, and siblings. (more…)