Thank you to all of the faith, labor, immigrant, and community leaders and activists who showed up for the meeting yesterday!
There were over 60 participants from many different organizations! I appreciate all of the insightful discussion and sharing that we were able to engage in yesterday, including uplifting the actions and spaces that have already been in motion as well as an openness to explore new connections and continued ways to mobilize against these continuing racist attacks on the AAPI community.
As follow-up:1) We agreed that there would be a smaller committee that would process the conversation and organize the next steps after Friday’s meeting. I have on the list Pastor Sunny Kang, Betty Hung, Bridie Roberts, Jaime Geaga, Guillermo Torres, Ysabel Jurado, Cynthia Cheng, Craig Wong, and Diane Ujiiye. For everyone (this list and anyone else who would still like to volunteer) to join this smaller committee please fill out this doodle poll.2) Please stay tuned for details about an action with a date to be determined.3) Diane Ujiiye is organizing a follow-up meeting of AAPI folks.4) Meeting notes link. (Thank you Ashley for taking them!)5) Meanwhile, there are a lot of important resource being created and offered, as well as a lot of actions that are happening that we all can support and amplify (please feel free to let me know if there are more that I missed and we will share them):
Resources:-Love Our Communities event recording from last Saturday-Di’s Speech
-Advancing Justice-LA is looking to get the word out more in the community about in-language resources and support that we can provide to folks who identify as AAPI and who experience hate incidents. https://advancingjustice-la.org/blog/our-ceos-message-community-regarding-anti-asian-violence-For SIPA, we are offering mental health first aid training and support groups as community responses. -Also, Sunday Jump is an open mic series with a network of artists, recognizing that art shifts culture and public perceptions to inspire action and bring about change. Open to exploring how we may support future gatherings, healing spaces, vigils, etc. In support of the cross-coalition building.-CCED’s view’s on anti-Asian violence-AAPI table Policy Recommendations.