#AAPIsResist Twitter Town Hall: One Year After Pulse

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As we near the end of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), and into LGBTQ and Immigration Heritage Month, we also approach the 1-year anniversary since the Pulse club-shooting massacre. How can we heal in these trying times? How do we challenge ongoing forms of homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia within our own communities?

Find the questions @AAPIsResist or see below.

Questions

  1. Let’s get started. What does queer justice look like for LGBTQ people of color? #AAPIsResist
  2. How can we fight homophobia and transphobia within ourselves? #AAPIsResist
  3. In what ways are AAPI communities impacted by homophobia and transphobia? #AAPIsResist
  4. How can we fight/shift homophobia and transphobia within our AAPI communities? #AAPIsResist
  5. Pride has always been political but is now being overtaken by big banks like Wells Fargo. How can we challenge the corporatization of Pride?
  6. What roles can allies play in fighting for Queer Justice? How do we build more co-conspirators? #AAPIsResist
  7. Almost a year we lost the lives of 49 #LGBTQ community members in #PulseMassacre #OrlandoShooting, how can we honor them in our daily lives?
  8. Why is understanding the intersections of LGBTQ identity important in strengthening our work? #AAPIsResist
  9. In AAPI families, coming out can be seen as dishonoring parents. How can we facilitate intergenerational understanding of LGBTQ experiences?
  10. Let’s shout it out! Share resources and organizations you know doing radical + inclusive LGBTQ liberation work. #AAPIsResist
  11. Finally, what will you commit to in order to create a world free of homophobia and transphobia? #AAPIsResist

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

  • 18millionrising – @18millionrising
  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – @APALANational
  • Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon – @APANONews
  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance – @NQAPIA

#AAPIsResist Twitter Town Hall: Beyond the Moment

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Join us on Twitter today at 3pm ET / 12pm PT for a Twitter Town Hall on Forms of Activism, co-hosted by 18millionrising, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, Improving South Asian American Students’ Experiences, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and Reappropriate.

Find the questions @AAPIsResist or see below.

Questions

  1. Let’s get started. What does “Beyond the Moment” mean to you and for #AAPIs in general? #AAPIsResist #BeyondtheMoment
  2. May 18th is Vincent Chin’s birthday, the 19th is Yuri Kochiyama’s. How can we look to our history to inform our resistance?
  3. What are some examples of shared struggles between different movements? #AAPIsResist #BeyondtheMoment
  4. What does it look like to unite movements? What does it mean by “organizing at the intersections”? #AAPIsResist #BeyondtheMoment
  5. What or who are we organizing, resisting, and fighting back against? And what for? #AAPIsResist #BeyondtheMoment
  6. Let’s get more specific. What does it mean to stand with #BlackLivesMatter & @MovementForBlackLives #AAPIsResist #BeyondtheMoment
  7. How do we elevate immigrant and refugee voices and issues without endangering our friends and families? #AAPIsResist #BeyondtheMoment
  8. Why is it so important to listen to Indigenous, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities? #AAPIsResist #BeyondtheMoment
  9. How do we build a pipeline of women, transgender, & gender non-conforming folx in places of influence? #AAPIsResist #BeyondtheMoment
  10. How does climate/environmental justice come into play? #AAPIsResist #BeyondtheMoment
  11. What are some best practices/tips to shift negative and racist narratives? #AAPIsResist #BeyondtheMoment
  12. In five words or less, what’s your vision for a world #BeyondtheMoment. #AAPIsResist

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

  • 18millionrising – @18millionrising
  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – @APALANational
  • Empowering Pacific Islander Communities – @EmpoweredPI
  • Improving South Asian American Students’ Experiences – @ISAASEtweets
  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – @NAPAWF
  • Reappropriate – @Reappropriate

#AAPIsResist Twitter Town Hall: Forms of Activism

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 Forms of Activism, co-hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Reappropriate, and South Asian Americans Leading Together

Find the questions @AAPIsResist or see below.

Questions

  1. Let’s get started. Show us how you #resist.
  2. During the #NoMuslimBanEver Week of Resistance, how can we protect and stand up for Muslim or perceived-to-be Muslim communities?
  3. Why do we say #NoMuslimBanEver?
  4. Let’s talk about state-sponsored violence. What does that include?
  5. How do we disrupt attempts to criminalize & oppress Muslim, immigrant, refugee, women, & POC communities? What does it mean 2 be an ally?
  6. #AAPIs are #NotYourModelMinority. Why is combatting this important? (
  7. This month is also #APAHM! Who in the #AAPI community is a role model of resistance?
  8. How can art be a form of #resistance?
  9. What are some tips for talking with family, friends and co-workers?
  10. How can our communities heal/deal with trauma? Why is self-care so important?
  11. How do I get plugged into #AAPI #resistance efforts near me?

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

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – @AAAJ_AAJC
  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – @APALANational
  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – @NAPAWF
  • National Religious Campaign Against Torture – @NRCATtweets
  • Reappropriate – @Reappropriate
  • South Asian Americans Leading Together – @SAALTweets

#AAPIsResist Twitter Town Hall: Thinking Globally

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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.