#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: Forms of Activism

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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

As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, We Will Resist

We stand at a critical juncture in world history. The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States represents a direct threat to millions of people’s safety and to the health of the planet. As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) committed to equality, inclusion, and justice, we pledge to resist any efforts by President-Elect Trump’s administration to target and exploit communities, to strip people of their fundamental rights and access to essential services, and to use rhetoric and policies that divide the American people and endanger the world.

Mr. Trump’s campaign used explicit racial appeals to win the support of disaffected white voters, promising to restore their economic and social standing by deporting millions of immigrants, building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, creating a Muslim registry, banning Muslim immigration, and punishing Black dissent. He also engaged in deeply misogynistic language and behavior throughout his campaign. He insulted all people of color; people with disabilities; and women – all of whom amount to the majority of America. In the global arena, he has signaled at a new nuclear arms race, promised to expand the use of torture, and disparaged the United Nations.

Since his election, Mr. Trump has chosen known white nationalists, corporate moguls, religious zealots, climate deniers, hawkish ex-generals, anti-Islam spokespersons, and anti-government crusaders to serve in his Administration. Right-wing extremists now dominate his party, which will control all three branches of the federal government and the majority of state legislatures, and are positioned to jeopardize the future of the Supreme Court for the next generation and beyond. Together this new realignment of forces seeks to turn back the clock on civil rights and environmental protections, to maximize corporate profits by privatizing the public sector, and to create a racially and culturally exclusive America.

This is not business as usual, and we will not engage in business-as-usual tactics and strategies.

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