Resources for Solidarity with Black Lives

To our AAPI community - it’s time to stop investing in police and start re-investing in community

Caption: The late Zhang Zhilong (left) and and his wife Kyu Ming Fong (right) were West Oakland residents and members of Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). Before his passing, Zhang Zhilong was a beloved community leader who organized Chinese immigrant communities for racial and environmental justice. Photo credit Stories by Ryan Sin, MLK Day March, Oakland CA 2014.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. Ahmaud Arbery. David McAtee. And so, so, so many more have been taken too soon by the police and white supremacists.

These deaths, as well as the disproportionate amount of COVID-19 deaths in the Black community, are caused by systems deeply rooted in the dehumanization of black lives, the prioritization of corporate interests and private property over the lives of working people.

Furthermore, we are witnessing protesters for Black Lives get violently attacked by the policeexperience arrests due to unjust curfew policies, and face threats from white supremacist vigilantes.

We must do our part to create social change. We must create a new world where Black Lives Matter, where community wellbeing is valued over corporations, and where community safety is valued over police departments.

We are in solidarity with the the Movement for Black Lives, and call on you as our community members to join us supporting the following demands from the Movement for Black Lives’ National Week of Action In Defense of Black Lives:

  • Demand the rights of protesters to be respected

  • Demand a divestment from the police and investment in black communities

  • Demand immediate COVID-19 relief for communities

  • Demand community control of budgets, economies, the police department, etc.

  • Demand an end to the war against Black people (criminalization, incarceration, killing of Black people)

  • Forging an abolitionist strategy for defending Black lives.

HERE IS A LIST OF SOME RESOURCES TO FURTHER YOUR OWN POLITICAL EDUCATION OR TO REFERENCE FOR IN-LANGUAGE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE MOVEMENT FOR BLACK LIVES:

Political Education (English):

In-language resources:

Upcoming virtual events:

THE MOVEMENT FOR LIBERATION IS A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT. WE’LL BE IN TOUCH IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK TOWARD THE DIVESTMENT OF POLICE AND INVESTMENT IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES, BUT FOR NOW, PLEASE CONSIDER GETTING INVOLVED IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS:

  • Plug into the Movement for Black Lives, and their virtual events, mutual aid, and policy platforms.

  • Follow and support local organizations that are fighting to defend Black lives. Here is a list of anti-racist groups in California, compiled by We Are California.

  • Make sure California reinvests and prioritizes the education, health, and safety of our communities. Schools and Communities first is a historic initiative that will end corporate loopholes and reclaim $12 billion for local schools and communities. Add your name to the #AAPIs4SCF movement here and join us for a virtual campaign kickoff next Wednesday here.

**If you have suggestions for political education materials, in-language resources, or virtual events to add to this list, please email Lan@aapiforce.org**

Census Trivia Kahoot

Master Your Census Knowledge with our Trivia Game!

If you didn’t attend our live Census trivia game, you missed out on a fun session of friendly competition. On our Zoom call, participants were on mute but they later reported that they were shouting of joy and frustration as we tested our knowledge of the Census.

But don’t worry, just because you missed our live event doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. We are sharing our Census trivia game, hosted using the learning-platform Kahoot, with you. Playing this game will make you a Census master who will be able to answer questions about the census — from the most commonly asked to the the most weird (okay, maybe not the most weird).

Organizations or groups who are doing Census outreach are welcome to use the game as a fun way to train your census workers on the ins and outs of the Census. For organizations click on the link to “play as a group” below and have one person who is the “host” screenshare on a video call (or, if in person, project the screen) to play. Participants can use a computer or smartphone to play. All that’s needed is an internet browser and access to internet.

You can also play at your own pace as an individual (below)! When playing as an individual, what you entered as your “nickname” and your score will be shared with other folks who play the game later, so keep that in mind when choosing your nickname.

Please let us know what you think about the game by tagging us on social media @aapiforceef. We hope you have fun and learn a lot!

A Town Hall on Anti-Asian Racism

A Townhall on Anti-Asian Racism

Race, Struggle, and Solidarity In The Time of a Global Pandemic

On March 28th, 2020, our executive director Timmy Lu spoke in a town hall addressing Anti-Asian racism in the midst of COVID-19. The town hall discussed the U.S.’s long history of Yellow Peril racism against Asian Americans and emphasized solidarity with other communities of color, alternatives to policing, applying a disability justice framework, and more.

Click on the links below to see our live tweets from the event and to access a recording of the town hall.

Community Care During COVID-19

Community Care During COVID-19

A message to and from AAPIs

“Movements are born of critical connections rather than critical mass.” –Grace Lee Boggs

As we’re facing a once-in-a-generation crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important now than ever to center human connections and be a part of a movement for community care. This means that while we are experiencing physical distance from our communities, the compassion and love we have for each other remains strong.

 

During this crisis, our communities are being targeted and scapegoated, with GOP politicians referencing COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus” and numerous incidents of hate crimes against Asians. We’ve seen this before. Throughout history, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been oppressed, harmed, and even killed due to our race. But time and time again, we have prevailed from these hardships by taking care of each other.

 

We come from peoples who have survived and flourished despite war, colonization, and environmental catastrophe. As working-class Asian American immigrants, refugees, and Pacific Islanders, our people have survived and thrived by putting community care over individual needs. We see this in elderly folks who sacrifice their time in retirement to raise their grandchildren. We see this in community members pooling money together to form community-based loan systems to combat discrimination from banks. When employers won’t grant workers adequate time off, we see workers sharing their sick leave with colleagues so that they can care for themselves and their loved ones.

 

We have been trained to adapt an individualistic mindset that tells us that we have to fend for ourselves. But we must remember that during the most devastating moments, community care, not hyper-individualism, is what allows us to prevail.

 

Despite experiencing physical isolation, we’re witnessing the power and beauty of compassion and community care. We’ve seen neighbors offering to watch each other’s children as schools close, community members delivering groceries for elders, loved ones celebrating birthdays via video chat and organizers collaborating to push for policy changes that would protect our most vulnerable populations.

 

Due to safety concerns about congregating in person, we may not be able to show care through physical convening and touch, but there are other ways to show love:

 

  • Reach out and talk to elders and immunocompromised people who are housebound and who may be experiencing loneliness from social isolation.

  • Participate in mutual aid networks like the ones in Seattle or Oakland and volunteer your time or donate money/supplies to those in need. If you can’t find a mutual aid network in your area, you can build your own or simply post what labor/goods you’re willing to offer in local neighborhood groups. Offering to make a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy could go a long way for someone in a vulnerable group.

  • Donate to community care funds like the National Domestic Workers Alliance’s Fund and APEN’s fund for Asian immigrant families. Many community members will face a loss in income and/or employment, and these funds will help them mitigate the impacts.

  • Fill out the 2020 Census and remind others to fill out the Census. Funding for local health clinics and programs like Medicaid — which are essential in crises like this one — is determined by Census responses. Asians are the least likely of any racial group to fill out the Census. And the U.S. Census Bureau offers no language support for Pacific Islander languages, leaving states and community organizations to fill the gap. To get care for our communities, we must fill out the Census ourselves and encourage others to do so.

  • Advocate for emergency policy changes regarding paid sick leave, moratorium on evictions, easier access to prescription medications for disabled people, small business relief, protection for incarcerated populations, and access to healthcare for all regardless of immigration status. Join our mailing list for an update on policy actions you can sign on to support.

As an organization working to build power amongst working class AAPIs, we recognize that working class communities will be some of the most heavily hit during this crisis. Workers such as servers, sanitation workers, manicurists, etc. may experience financial difficulties due to a cut in hours.

 

Here are resources to help with labor issues:

It’s especially crucial right now to stay informed and avoid spreading misinformation. Here are some resources in English and other languages to share about COVID-19:

 

English

Hmong

Traditional Chinese

Simplified Chinese

Vietnamese

Korean

Tagalog

Cambodian

Japanese

This is the time to come together — not physically, but through our actions. Community care doesn’t just look like participating in mutual aid or donating funds — it also looks like adhering to physical distancing regulations. By exchanging a trip to the gym or a night out with friends for a quiet night in or a celebration via video chat, we are actively working against the spread of the virus. We are all capable of contracting and spreading the virus, but we are also all capable of keeping our communities safe. We will do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will demand that our government protect not just us, but the most vulnerable in our community. Even if we’re not out on the streets protesting, we are still looking out for each other and fighting for justice.

 
 
 
 

CA March 2020 Voter Guide

CA March 2020 Voter Guide

Check out AAPI FORCE’s March 2020 voter guide, with instructions on how to vote, details about California’s new Voting Centers, details on how to vote for the presidential nominee, and details on what Prop 13 is.

Feel free to print out and share this resource with your friends, family, and community members. Let’s show the country what #AAPIpower looks like.

Download [PDF]

AAPI Grassroots Leaders Gear Up for Power Building at Campaign School 2018

AAPI Grassroots Leaders Gear Up for Power Building at Campaign School 2018

AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund organized the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Campaign School to develop the skills needed to advance AAPI power-building strategies at every level, and to strengthen organizations to mobilize AAPIs across the country. The School elevated integrated voter engagement (IVE) strategies that combine grassroots organizing with voter mobilization as a key path to building power. New AAPI civic engagement leaders received training by seasoned IVE practitioners to become better organizers, campaign leads, and directors. The School consisted of plenary sessions setting the political landscape, breakout trainings for skills development, and strategy sessions to address specific challenges. Together we explored our strategic role as AAPIs to build governing power in our states, and strategies to unite a multiracial voter bloc at the local, state, and national levels.

Read the full report [PDF]

Racial Justice Toolkit

Racial Justice Toolkit

This toolkit represents the work and thinking of 15 grassroots organizations with Asian American bases living in the most precarious margins of power: low-income tenants, youth, undocumented immigrants, low-wage workers, refugees, women and girls, and queer and trans people. It reflects their experiences with criminalization, deportation, homophobia, xenophobia and Islamo-racism, war, gender violence, poverty, and worker exploitation. All of the modules are designed to begin with people’s lived experiences, and to build structural awareness of why those experiences are happening, and how they are tied to the oppression of others. By highlighting the role of people’s resistance both past and present, the toolkit also seeks to build hope and a commitment to political struggle. In these perilous times, it is an intervention by today’s Asian American activists to restore our collective humanity across our differences through a practice of deep democracy, by looking first to history and then to one another to build a vigilant and expansive love for the people.

The Toolkit is a project hosted by Asian American Pacific Islanders for Civic Empowerment, which is a California statewide formation whose purpose is to advance state politics, campaigns and other issues that support low-income AAPIs by building statewide AAPI civic engagement infrastructure and serving as a resource for emerging AAPI organizations. The founding organizations are APEN, CPA, KRC, and FAJ.

 

 

The Toolkit project includes the following organizations:

Asian Pacific Environmental Network – Chinese Progressive Association SF  Korean Resource Center – Filipino Advocates for Justice  

CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities – PrYSM – DRUM  

Khmer Girls in Action – 1Love Movement – AYPAL: Building API Power  VAYLA New Orleans – Freedom Inc 

Korean American Resource and Culture Center – Mekong NYC – VietLEAD

Download the toolkit here.