Justice for Akai Gurley and All Victims of Police Brutality
Chinese Americans must raise their voices both for racial justice and against state violence. We recognize Chinese and Asians in the U.S. continue to face diverse forms of discrimination. At the same time, from history we know that toppling this lies in solidarity with Black and Brown struggles.
We must recognize and oppose this country’s ongoing anti-Black racism, and the unjust ways we, too, are called on to participate in institutions that disproportionately victimize Black people. We must oppose this as a matter of justice, and because it inevitably affects and concerns us, too. More Chinese Americans have rallied for NYPD cop Peter Liang than any other cause in recent history but by choosing to lend this one cause prominence, we must ask, whose struggles do we participate in forgetting? And in the end, who does that serve?
No More 'Peter Liang's!
Chinese in the U.S. suffer police, ICE, and other state violence. We must stand with the most marginalized in our communities.
Anti-Black racism is foundational to U.S. society. And Black people suffer much higher rates of police violence.
The state’s focus on criminalization hurts us all.
Police must be held accountable, regardless of color, because they are in a position of authority. We must reject anti-Black biases, recognize the disproportionate state violence against Black communities, and oppose abuse of authority.
Our communities have benefited from Black struggles for freedom.
The ‘model minority’ stereotype pits Asians against other non-white communities, while ignoring the exploitation faced by working-class Chinese people and the real policies harming our communities.
Our communities are under attack by gentrification, state disinvestment, and punitive policies. Only by standing together can we truly fight back!
In Los Angeles, we face a housing crisis, with skyrocketing rents and more homeless on the streets everyday. Gentrification threatens to squeeze us out of Chinatown. We must unite to demand a reorientation of the state’s priorities away from overblown spending on police violence and mass incarceration, and towards addressing our communities’ needs through quality education, affordable housing, living-wage jobs, and more. That is the kind of safety and future we want for our families, and especially our children.
We demand a reinvestment in our communities! No to state violence!
We stand with the Gurley family’s and Black communities’ demands for justice: