How do AAPIs resist? Sign on, STAND UP, FIGHT BACK this October
Recently, the Trump administration has advanced racist nativist attacks on immigrants by rescinding DACA, imposing a travel ban on refugees and six Muslim-majority countries, and supporting drastic immigration restrictions through the proposed RAISE Act. 45 has even essentially called neo-Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists “fine people” in the aftermath of violence in Charlottesville, VA.
From xenophobia and Islamophobia to acts of racial violence, it is evident all oppression is connected and we can no longer continue to have single-issue campaigns and platforms because we don’t live single-issue lives. Unfortunately, we also have to recognize that segments of our own community have worked against social justice; for example protesting sanctuary cities, ethnic data disaggregation, and affirmative action etc.
All of these unjust acts negatively affect Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other marginalized communities. In the wake of all of this, we may ask: What now?
When our communities are under attack, what do we do? We STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!
Collectively, we have a huge opportunity to make our voices heard in the public discussion on what is happening.
Let’s try to organize dozens of events (e.g. educational potlucks, fundraisers, documentary viewings, rallies, teach-ins, etc.) nationwide for this week of action and solidarity for justice. Let’s make a powerful united statement as AAPIs who care about justice, when our communities are under attack, We Stand Up and Fight Back!