04/22/2018

Take Immediate Action to End Mass Shootings

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The Asian American Action Fund calls on politicians at all levels of government to take immediate action to end mass-shootings in the United States.

Mass shooting and active-shooter events have become too common- place and must be addressed. Data from the Gun Violence Archive reveals there is a mass shooting nine out of every 10 days on average. The FBI reports that the number of active shooter incidents has steadily increased. While in 2000 there was only one active shooter incident, in 2015 the nation suffered from 40 deadly shooters.

By not acting, our leaders are endangering every member of society, especially school-aged children. We are risking children’s lives and teaching them to live in fear. Rather than passing reasonable gun control laws, over 40 states have required active shooter drills in schools. Children are taught to hide and remain silent while actors pretend to open classroom doors. As a result the New York Times has labeled school aged-children the “mass shooting generation”.

Other nations have shown that laws can reduce the number of mass shooter events. In Australia the nation enacted sweeping gun-control laws as a result of a 1996 shooter who killed 35 people. In the 18 years before 1996 there were 13 mass shootings in Australia. There has not been a single mass shooter in the 21 years since the implementation of the gun control laws. Canada, the U.K, and Japan have also imposed effective gun-control laws.

Ultimately our mission is to secure the safety of the AAPI community and to create economic and educational opportunities for each member. Gun violence is an especially significant issue for the AAPI community as mass shootings have been linked to hate crimes. Effective gun reform will also address gun violence throughout the AAPI community, including the use of guns in cases of domestic violence and street crime.

We ask every politician to pass laws which will protect all lives and end the phenomenon of mass shootings.

From the Women’s March to a Defense of Islamic Detainees

Last month, several members of the AAA-Fund attended the women’s march on Washington.  It was inspiring and heartening to see hundreds of thousands of individuals holding up brightly colored posters, chanting  together for equality, compassion, and tolerance.

As members of the AAPI community, it was especially encouraging to see ourselves represented in the faces of crowd: fathers, mothers, childhood best friends, and college students, all present, all fighting. While the march was not without its flaws, (see Amanda Ong, “Feminism and Me: The Road to Solidarity“) it was in large part inspirational. Sharing ideas across generations, backgrounds, and personal identifications was an exciting moment of unity.  It presented an opportunity for neophyte activists to learn from their experienced peers, and discover ways to create change in their own communities.

Tensions, of course, have increased since the day after the inauguration; however, the response was swift and effective. The generally uplifting energy of the march was quickly subdued when the president announced his executive order, banning immigrants from 7 majority Muslim countries from entering the US. The conviction of those that marched may have been challenged, but across the nation protesters that had promised to stand against injustice fled to airports in support of detained passengers. Impassioned attorneys showed up to represent those affected. By the end of the weekend a federal court blocked the ban. Recent reports indicate that President Trump’s public scorn for the federal courts is endangering the lives of judges who rule against the ban. (See the Fortune magazine article “Trump Attacks on Judiciary Raise Safety Concerns for Judges.“) As new executive orders are issued the AAA-Fund remains ready to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of the AAPI community.

As the past few weeks have shown, the March was truly just the beginning. As marchers proudly chanted on the steps of the Capitol last month, “We will not go away! Welcome to your first day!”

~ Alina Polishuk

Video footage – Aryani Ong

Video editing Christian Hume & Alina Polishuk

2017 Women’s March on Washington

Editor’s Note: This is a repost of our friend Irene Natividad’s “Women’s March on Washington“.

2017 Women's March on Washington
Irene Navitad and Gloria Steinem at the Women's March on Washington

Our friend Irene Natividad, a recognized leader for American women and AAPI and President of GlobeWomen (the Global Summit of Women of GlobeWomen Research & Education Institute), among many other roles, personally invites our readers and organizational supporters and allies to attend the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, 10:00 am, January 21, 2017 starting at Independence Avenue and 3rd St SW (Google Maps) near the U.S. Capitol and will end at a location tbd (to be determined). The closest MetroRail station is Federal Center Metro Station on Orange and Blue lines:

  • From Largo and New Carrollton, the stop before Federal Center is Capitol South.
  • From Franconia Springfield and Vienna, the stop before Federal Center is L’Enfant Plaza.
  • From the green and yellow lines, you can switch to the orange or blue Line at the L’Enfant Plaza metro.
  • From the red Line, you can switch to the blue or orange line at Metro Center.

Globewomen and AAPI participants can register for free. Read more here.

We’ll update this post with the program featuring nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, et al. It’ll be a lot of fun, organizing, and advancement, so please attend.

AAPI Fightback Manual

How to keep government good & working for you? Making good laws? Representing your needs and concerns? Contact them.

It’s a bit of work & there’re few good tools/APIs for making these automatically. Here’s my personal one I use for issues. Everyone’s government setup is different so there’s no easy automatic way to make this list.

Call the feds daily to convey my concerns, poached off my Facebook feed pre-Electoral College

  1. 202-224-5972×1 Sen. Lindsay Graham – “Support the investigation of Russian hacking of US election systems.”
  2. 202-353-1555 DOJ Comments – “Investigate Russian hacking of US election systems.”
  3. 202-225-5074 House Oversight Committee – “Investigate President Elect’s conflicts of interests. You exists to do that job.”
  4. 202-225-3031 Speaker Ryan; 202-225-0600 is voicemail-only – “Support the ACA. It does real Americans good. If anything, it needs to be expanded to truly lower prices, for now it’s sometimes raising them.”
  5. 202-456-1111 White House – “Thank President Obama for an excellent administration and service.”

Local stuff

  1. CD: District 15 (coastal Bk)
    Theresa Scavo
    718-332-3008 bklcb15@verizon.net
  2. NYC Council: District 45 (Flatlands and surrounding)
    Jumaane D. Williams
    718-629-2900 JWilliams@council.nyc.gov

    1. nearby is District 46 (Marine Park)
      Alan Maisel
      718-241-9330 AMaisel@council.nyc.gov
  3. NYS Assembly: District 41
    Helene Weinstein
    718-648-4700 WeinstH@nyassembly.gov (form)
  4. NYS Senate: District 17 (central Bk)
    Simcha Felder
    718-253-2015 felder@nysenate.gov (form)
  5. US House: District 9 (Kings East)
    Yvette D. Clarke
    202-225-6231 or form
  6. US Senate: NY
    Kirsten Gillibrand 202-224-4451 and Charles Schumer 202-224-6542

    • made this shorter because I rarely contact at this level

Now go make your own cheatsheet & fight back.

No political idea will ever justify a hate incident or hate crime. Don’t know their difference? Want to report one (SPLC’s doing a great job, report there alternatively if you wish)? Do it at AAPIHateCrimes.org run by our friends at OCA National for you & our community. More at our article about it.

We will never give up. We will always fight back until there is justice and a strong voice for Asian America.

Would you want to see this manual as a public collaboration (as a Wiki? Google Docs?) so we all edit it? Comment below to tell me.

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