Statement in Solidarity with AAPI Communities

by Alex Mensing — Posted in blog on April 21, 2021

Innovation Law Lab condemns the ongoing violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and mourns the loss of the lives of the March 16th murders of 8 people, including 6 Asian women.

In the wake of their deaths, we have been inspired by the resilience and compassion of Georgia’s AAPI and immigrant communities.

Our work is before us: to dismantle the white supremacist and misogynistic structures that foster violence—deaths, deportations, incarceration, exclusion. We must ensure that all communities are liberated from racism, xenophobia and anti-immigrant fervor. We recognize that the roots of structural violence run deep and stretch back throughout our history, including the Page Act of 1875 and the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and that white supremacist and patriarchal values continue to form the basis of the U.S. immigration enforcement policies that immigrants of color experience today.

Our work calls us to:

  • Listen to and uplift the statements and demands of AAPI-led organizations and community members;
  • Focus our advocacy on language access, as well as fighting to hire translators and interpreters in government services;
  • Learn about the history of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Page Act of 1875, Ozawa v. United States and other exclusionary policies targeting Asian immigrants, as well as current policies continuing to impact AAPI communities.

Use this link to give to Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Atlanta (@AAAJ_Atlanta).

As an Oregon-based organization, we encourage our Oregonian friends to also use this link to give to the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (@APANONews) and to read their Call to Elected Leaders about the changes they would like to see in Oregon.

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