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Advancing Justice Condemns Texas Anti-Immigrant Bill

On Sunday May 7, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed SB 4, which strips local communities of their power to set local law enforcement policies regarding the treatment of immigrants and mandates that Texas local law enforcement agencies respond to unconstitutional immigration detainer requests.

SB 4 allows local law enforcement to ask individuals who are lawfully detained (even for a traffic stop) about their immigration status. Essentially, SB 4 requires Texans to “show their papers.”

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), a national affiliation of five civil rights organizations, released the following statement:

“Immigrants are a part of the social fabric of Texas; one in six Texans are immigrants. We condemn the passage of this anti-immigrant law that creates fear in immigrant communities. Notably, when states allow law enforcement to act like immigration agents, public safety is imperiled. In an op-ed, Houston Police Chief Acevedo and the Executive Director of the Texas Police Chief Association stated that, “SB 4 will make the communities more dangerous for all.”  In addition, by requiring that local law enforcement hold community members based on U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers, which federal courts have found are not warrants based on probable cause or signed by a judge, SB 4 violates Constitutional Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure.

As a civil rights organization, Advancing Justice condemns the passage of SB 4 as it violates basic Constitutional rights and will put the safety and well being of Texans at risk. Governor Abbott and the Texas State Legislature chose to double-down on the Trump Administration’s deportation machine rather than prioritize the wellbeing of their state. We have seen the devastation similar legislation has caused in Arizona and Alabama. These failed attempts should have been a warning to Texas’ state government, who instead chose to ignore the opinions and concerns of local law enforcement and communities throughout the state. Immigrant communities and all Texans should not have to suffer because of bad public policy.

The economic and social ramifications of SB 4 will create more obstacles for Texans to live their daily lives and thrive. Furthermore, the decision of Governor Abbott to sign SB 4 into law indicates that they do not value the immense contributions immigrants have made to Texas.

We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Texas fighting this immoral, legally suspect, and dangerous law. We know this law is on the wrong side of history and will hurt Texas in the long run. We will work with our partners to fight for the rights of all communities.”

#AAPIsResist Twitter Town Hall: Thinking Globally

Miss the chat? Check out the storify here.

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Join us on Twitter today at 3pm ET / 12pm PT for a Twitter Town Hall on Thinking Globally, co-hosted by the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, International Labor Rights Forum, and the Solidarity Center.

Find the questions @AAPIsResist or see below.

Questions

  1. Why is it important to build international labor movement #solidarity?
  2. Do consumers have the power to change and improve conditions for workers abroad? What about corporate accountability efforts?
  3. What can we learn from unions and activists abroad about effectively organizing in the face of fascism and oppression?
  4. How does the rise of #racism and #xenophobia play out in the global fight for worker rights?
  5. What are some examples of closing space for civil society in the US and abroad?
  6. What are shared struggles for migrant workers both here and abroad? How do we build power?
  7. What are some shared struggles involving women workers in the US and abroad?
  8. What does it mean to be deported for families growing up in the U.S.?
  9. How can we better connect and elevate NHPI issues and voices in our organizing?
  10. What are the best practices to organize beyond the concept of borders?
  11. What is at stake if we don’t look at our organizing in a global context?

Follow the co-hosts and the hashtag #AAPIsResist on Twitter:

  • APALA – @APALANational
  • ILRF – @ilrf
  • Solidarity Center – @SolidarityCntr

 

Advancing Justice-LA Joins ‘Resist Los Angeles’ March

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) joined more than 100 organizations rallying today against policies and rhetoric by the current administration that threaten families, communities, and the nation’s values of justice, fairness, and equality.

Today’s Los Angeles May Day march is expected to be one of the largest in the country.

Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, spoke at the end of the march, at a rally at Grand Park in front of City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. Here’s his remarks, as prepared for delivery.

Today, on May Day, Asian Americans Advancing Justice marches with UPLIFT, undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander youth organizing against oppression. We march this May Day to say loud and clear that we will protect our families, neighbors, friends, and co-workers. We will resist policies that are anti-worker and anti-immigrant.

Today, we unite in solidarity because we must learn the lessons of 25 years ago, from “Saigu” or the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest.  We must have trust between police and community. The police cannot be an occupying military force. Today, it means that the police cannot be an occupying deportation force.

Today, we unite in solidarity because we must learn the lessons of 75 years ago, when 120,000 Japanese Americans – the majority U.S. citizens – were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. Today, it means that racial profiling and mass incarceration have no place in our society.

Today, we unite in solidarity because we must learn the lessons of 135 years ago, when Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. The 1882 act was the first time – but clearly not the last time — the U.S. banned immigration by a specific racial group. Today, it means that there should be no walls and no bans based on race, ethnicity, or religion.

Today, we unite in solidarity and resistance. We know when racism burns, it burns us all. In the last four months, 150 Asian Americans have been victims of hate attacks across the country. We may be victims, but we will not be paralyzed by victimization. Today and every day, we unite in solidarity and stand in resistance with all workers, all immigrants, all those silenced by oppression.

Known around the world as International Workers’ Day, “May Day” has evolved in the United States to be a celebration of immigrants and workers. Today’s march in Los Angeles included families, workers, students, women, LGBTQs, Muslims, and people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds marching in resistance to the current political climate of scapegoating and fear-mongering of immigrant communities.

Calendar of Events

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To add an event, please email mmanapsal@apalanet.org.

Week of May 1st 
  • May 1 | All day: (Nationwide) May Day/International Workers’ Day: Working people of all backgrounds are coming together to fight for dignity, safety, and power. Demand that we put people over profit this May 1st. Join one of these AAPI contingents:
    • Bay Area – San Francisco & Oakland, CA: Contact tiffany@cpasf.org to join AAPIs on May  Day!
    • Las Vegas, NV: March with APALA NV at the Unity March. More info here.
    • Los Angeles, CA: Join UPLIFT for May Day. Email tpasumbal@advancingjustice-la.org for more info.
    • Portland & Salem, OR: Join APANO in Portland & Salem! Email kara@apano.org for more info.
    • Providence, RI: March alongside PrYSM and email sarath@prysm.us for more info.
    • Washington, DC: Join APALA, NAKASEC, & NAPAWF at an AAPI contingent. RSVP here.
  • May 4 | 3pm EST (Online) AAPIs in Education during the First 100 Days, hosted by the NCAPA Education Committee. RSVP here.
  • May 4 | 3pm EST (Online) #AAPIsResist Twitter Town Hall on “Thinking Globally.” Follow @AAPIsResist. Check this website for town hall questions and co-hosts.

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#AAPIsResist Month of Action

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During this year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) in May, we are celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) resistance, both past and present, in order to strengthen our commitment to achieving broader racial, environmental, economic, and social justice.  From the incarceration of Japanese Americans to the deportations of Southeast Asians to the uptick of hate violence against Muslim and perceived-to-be Muslim communities, we center APAHM as an important political moment to reflect on our communities’ ongoing resistance. We are calling on AAPI organizations and individuals to take part in the #AAPIsResist Month of Action throughout APAHM to show that we are not afraid to stand up and speak out and that AAPIs are #NotYourModelMinority. Download the full one pager here.

We call on AAPI organizations and individuals to take part in the #AAPIsResist Month of Action throughout APAHM to show that we are not afraid to stand up, speak out, and resist! 

To add your own events, please submit them to mmanapsal@apalanet.org

Here’s how you can take part:

(1) Take it to the streets.

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