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JUNE 4th- CVH MEMBER CONGRESS!

CVH - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 9:24pm

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Detained, Deceived and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families

NNIRR - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 7:02pm
Story Type:  Press Release Story Publisher:  American Immigration Council

Washington D.C. - Today, the American Immigration Council released Detained, Deceived and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families by Guillermo Cantor, Ph.D. and Tory Johnson. 

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Sing Tao Daily - 勞動節工人大遊行 續爭加薪住房權利

Chinese Progressive Association - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 2:38pm

黃偉江

May 2, 2016

遊行出發前,華裔社區團體與拉美裔團體一起高呼口號。記者黃偉江攝

由「進步工人聯盟」等組織在屋崙市舉辦的五一國際勞動節大遊行,昨天在東屋崙的捷運站集合,然後,浩浩蕩蕩的步行到San Antonio公園。大約二千名勞工、社區組織代表等參與,慶祝近年來通過積極爭取而獲得的成果。

活動由不同族裔的移民和勞工團體參與,其中,華人進步會、青年工人組織、華埠青年組織、亞太環保網絡、亞裔移民婦女促進會等華人社區組織也聯手參加,當中有華裔移民、工人、租客和青少年,華裔青少年鼓樂隊還參與巡遊表演。參與者高呼「人民啊,團結啦,人人爭取不用怕!」、「富人納稅、支助社區!」、「團結一致、眾志成城!」等口號。

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Ingleside-Excelsior Light - Community Garden 'Sisterhood Farms' Breaks Ground in the Ocean View

Chinese Progressive Association - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 2:08pm

Will Caruthers

April 26, 2016

Neighbors, city employees and elected officials held a groundbreaking ceremony April 20 for a new large-scale community garden called “Sisterhood Farms.”

Many attendees had been part of three-year planning process since the idea was proposed by Peter Vaernet, a community activist and farm enthusiast who resides in Ocean View.

The name complements the community gardens location on a public plot of land on Brotherhood Way.

“It’s just a tremendous thing that our community has come together like this in all of its diversity to work on this garden and design this garden in a way that we’d like to see happen,” District Eleven Supervisor John Avalos said. “That’s a rare thing in San Francisco and it’s even rarer when it happens in this part of San Francisco.”

The idea for Sisterhood Farms came to Vaernet after it became clear that demand for land was surpassing the capacity of the planters at Brooks Park, a neighborhood garden he set up in 2004.

Vaernet was particularly interested in giving the residents of the apartments at Ocean View Village a place to farm. The city hired the Chinese Progressive Association to do outreach and translate for the monolingual Chinese residents who attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

Although he held a shovel at the ceremony, Vaernet has tried to be as hands off with the project as possible, passing most of the organizing to the supervisor and Public Works.

“I’m stepping back now, in the sense that I’m retiring, so we need to have people down here take ownership of [Sisterhood Farms],” Vaernet said.

Vaernet hopes that the farm will activate the neighborhood as community meeting space and provide a place to grow food in an area which has lacks access to a neighborhood grocery store.

“People on Arch Street say they don’t really feel welcome on Brotherhood Way, but once you develop it a bit it becomes a village meeting place,” Vaernet said

He added that he hopes the gardens will eventually spread all the way to the playground at Head Street.

The project will be funded by $150,000 allocated from the 2015-2016 budget and a $150,000 grant from the San Francisco Environment Fund.

After the groundbreaking, residents were invited to a planning event at the I.T. Bookman Center, one block north of the community gardens.

The planning session highlighted the next step in the community garden’s future—community construction and governance.

Public Works will first construct a concrete pathway flanked by several ADA accessible planter boxes and a stairway connecting Brotherhood Way to Ramsell Street. In June, the construction of additional planter boxes will be led by community members with assistance from city workers.

Links: Ingleside-Excelsior Light - Community Garden 'Sisterhood Farms' Breaks Ground in the Ocean View
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UE's History of Fighting for Women Workers Featured in Nationwide History Exam

UE - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 2:33pm
10 May, 2016

UE's history of fighting for equality for women workers is featured in a question on this year's Advanced Placement (AP) United States History Exam from The College Board. High school students across the country who score well on the AP exam can earn college course credit before they start college. 

The questions have now been publicly released. In the section "Document Based Questions," students answer questions citing historical documents provided to them. The first question is, "Explain the causes of the rise of a women’s rights movement in the period 1940–1975," and the documents provide include an excerpt from the 1952 pamphlet "UE Fights for Women Workers." 
That pamphlet was written by Betty Friedan, at the time a reporter for the UE News. In the 1960s she was a leading figure in the women's movement and the author of "The Feminine Mystique" (1963). 

You can read the UE quote on page 8 of the copy of the exam at the following link.

2016 AP U.S. History Exam

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SF Chronicle: The difference between progressives and moderates is ...

Chinese Progressive Association - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 6:02pm

Joe Garofoli

March 13, 2016

Sorting out progressives from moderates

If there is one place that can parse the distinction between progressives and moderates, it’s California — particularly the Bay Area. The Chronicle asked some left-leaning leaders to define the difference.

“Progressives work to make long-term change that lift up all parts of society, not just some. They push the edge of what is politically possible and fight for aspirational demands that fundamentally transform society. Moderates uphold the status quo and make short-sighted compromises that primarily benefit those already at the top, leaving many behind to fight for the crumbs.”

— Alex T. Tom, executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association

“Often, the term ‘moderate’ is simply a euphemism for corporate-funded Democrats whose positions on issues of economic security are in direct contrast to the ideals the Democratic Party has historically championed. It’s not ‘moderate’ to oppose working people’s efforts to lift themselves up through higher wages, joining unions or paid sick days.”

— Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the 2.1 million member California Labor Federation

“The difference between a moderate and progressive Democrat is really a question of how fast that change should occur. Moderates may say, ‘Let’s push the utility companies for more clean energy.’ Progressives bypass the utilities and launch CleanPowerSF. Moderates fought for civil unions. Progressives started marrying people.”

— Supervisor London Breed, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

“Progressives push, they lean forward. They want to be Capt. Kirks — take us to where no man or woman has gone before. You can want to take someone to where no one has gone before, but if you haven’t prepped for it, you’re in real trouble, because you may run into Klingons”

— U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, the fourth-highest-ranking Democrat in the House and member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, most of whom including him, support Clinton

“With the dominant shift of the Democratic Party into neoliberalism, there is a need for a term that invokes a distinctive vision. A liberal Democrat would push for deregulation of the private industry while cutting social programs, like (Jimmy) Carter or Bill Clinton. They both deregulated, while one cut housing and the other welfare. A progressive, like Franklin Roosevelt, regulated the stock market while ensuring all Americans were protected from severe destitution.”

— Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness

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Judge issues Temporary Restraining Order halting Texas agency’s effort to license family detention center as a childcare facility

NNIRR - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 7:32pm
Story Type:  Press Release Story Publisher:  Grassroots Leadership

(AUSTIN, Texas) — A judge in Austin today issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from implementing 40 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 748.7 to issue a childcare license to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.

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People's Convention success & victory in the movement to #FreeVictor!

VWC - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 5:21pm

This Saturday and Sunday, over 400 people gathered at Montpelier High School for the Vermont People’s Convention & Just Transition Assembly, discussing how to build a movement for people and the planet with the power to change what’s politically possible in Vermont. 

It was a packed weekend, with activities ranging from screenprinting, to strategizing, to socializing over excellent food thanks to WoodBelly Pizza and the People’s Kitchen. Some highlights included an energizing opening on the history of the “Just Transition” framework, a people of color caucus, discussions between frontline state service providers and people receiving services, and weekend-long activities for young people and children. (Huge shout-out to the childcare providers!)

Click here to view photos from the People’s Convention.

On Sunday, May 1st, we held a May Day rally and march calling for the release of Victor Diaz, a dairy farmworker and Migrant Justice leader who’s been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since April 21st, when he was arrested by plainclothes agents at a Mexican cultural event in Stowe.

Thanks to our collective efforts, and the 2000+ people who signed a petition calling on ICE to halt Victor’s deportation, this afternoon Migrant Justice announced that Victor will be released on bail and returned to Vermont!

While this is a huge step forward, we still need your support in pressuring ICE to drop its deportation case against Victor.  Can you click here to sign the petition today?

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Join Us to Celebrate CAAAV’s 30th Anniversary

CAAAV - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 6:01pm

For the past 30 years, CAAAV has been building power in low-income pan-Asian communities from organizing South Asian taxi drivers, Filipina domestic workers, Southeast families for social service access, tenants for responsible community development, and for police accountability.

On Wednesday, May 25, we will be hosting our fundraising gala, themed “The People Build the Place, the People Build the Power.” Join us for a festive night of awards, food, performances, and community.

BUY YOUR TICKET OR SPONSOR TODAY

Where: 1199SEIU (310 W 43rd St, New York, New York 10036)
When: Doors Open at 5:30PM, Program Starts at 6:30PM

Introducing our #CAAAV30A Gala Honorees:

Our Leaders Zhi Qin Zheng and Nayrin Muhith

Our Allies Picture the Homeless

& 30 Years of Women Who Built CAAAV



We look forward to celebrating with you while we reflect on our 30 years of rich history and move towards 30 more.

Click here to buy your ticket and click here to invite your friends on facebook.

Have any questions about the event? Contact justice@caaav.org. See you on the 25th!

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May Day 2016 - Rally for Rights and Justice

NNIRR - Sun, 05/01/2016 - 1:07am
Story Type:  Blog Story Publisher:  NNIRR

International Workers Day, May Day, is May 1! May Day has become a rallying point for many issues in immigrant communities, especially since 2006, when millions of immigrant workers, families and allies marched and rallied in cities throughout the country against the anti-immigrant Sensenbrenner bill and for legalization.

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Recently Retired UE Organizer Jim Ermi Dies at 60

UE - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 5:29pm
28 April, 2016Florence, NJ

Retired UE Field Organizer James "Jim" Ermi died Saturday at Virtua Memorial Hospital, Mount Holly, NJ, following a heart attack. Jim served as a UE organizer for 26 years in the Eastern Region and before that, District 1, organizing and assisting UE locals primarily in Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Ermi became involved with UE some 30 years ago as a worker at Stryker Machine Shop in Trenton, NJ, which he helped to organize into UE Local 155. After the union was established in the shop, Jim was elected chief steward.

Retired UE President Bruce Klipple has known Ermi since that organizing campaign in the 1980s. “Jim constantly kept the members in mind and always fought for them.” He also remembers Ermi for his sense of humor. “Even in the toughest situations, Jim would find something funny that would break the tension and help us all to keep going.” Klipple says that at time, Ermi had one of the largest servicing assignments in UE, with many contracts to negotiate, and he handled it well. “We were very lucky to have and organizer as dedicated as Jim to work with our members and help them in their battles.”

Jim Ermi is survived by his wife Linda, daughters Frances and Laura, and son William, and six grandchildren. He died surrounded by family and friends. He was 60 years old and had retired from the UE staff just last year.

The funeral will be Friday 9:30 a.m. at Koschek and Porter Funeral Directors, 1115 Hornberger Avenue, Roebling, NJ. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday 11:00 a.m. at Sts. Francis & Clare Parish, Holy Assumption Church, Roebling. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd, 2nd Fl., Princeton, NJ 08540-1423, Attn: Donielle Bridgewater. Condolences may be sent to www.koschekandporterfuneralhome.com

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The disastrous, forgotten 1996 law that created today's immigration problem

NNIRR - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:46pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Dara Lind Story Publisher:  Vox.com

The immigration reform Hillary Clinton wants could be limited — or even undermined — by a law her husband signed.

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Join Workers in Bangladesh – Enough with H&M’s Broken Promises!

USAS - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:49pm

Join USAS members, the International Labor Rights Forum, and the Clean Clothes Campaign on May 3rd for a global day of action against H&M. Click here to sign up for an H&M store action in your community.

Almost three years after H&M signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi workers who sew H&M’s clothing continue to risk their lives at work each day – in many cases lacking the most urgent and lifesaving fire safety measures.

This latest analysis of January 2016 follows up on a 2015 report, both of which show that the factories that H&M considers to be those “with the best performance in all areas” have failed to meet mandated time frames for repairs. The majority of all renovations still haven’t been completed despite lapsed deadlines. The outstanding renovations include the installation of fireproof doors, the removal of locking or sliding doors from fire exits, and the enclosure of stairwells – meaning that in many factories workers may be unable to safely exit a factory in an emergency.

Despite the efforts to improve factory safety since the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, fires and explosions still plague the industry. The latest of these emergencies was a fire in February 2016 at Matrix Sweaters factory, an H&M supplier. Had the fire started just an hour later, there would have been around 6,000 workers inside the building, and even so, some workers still sustained injuries. Not all workers at H&M supplier factories have been so lucky. In 2010, 21 workers died in a fire at H&M supplier factory Garib & Garib, which lacked proper fire exits.

We may never be able to totally eliminate factory fires, but as one of the largest buyers of apparel from Bangladesh, H&M has a responsibility to do its part to ensure it’s supplier factories are safe.

Click here to join an H&M store action in your community!

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Emma Bliesener

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 6:39pm
Position: Data SpecialistImage: Email: emma@padresunidos.org
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UE Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

UE - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 11:32am
24 April, 2016Bernie Sanders in Erie, PA on April 19 with representatives of UE Local 506 and other unions.Pittsburgh

The United, Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), which represents 35,000 private and public sector workers throughout the U.S., has voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for President. The endorsement was approved, without opposition, by rank-and-file local delegates from the union’s three regions (Western, Northeast, and Eastern) over the past six weeks. The Eastern Region local delegates voted to endorse at their meeting today, April 23, after UE Local 506, representing GE workers in Erie PA and UE Local 170 representing West Virginia state workers, had endorsed earlier in the week.

Peter Knowlton, national president of UE, said UE has had a long and rewarding relationship with Sanders, especially through the locals, membership, and retirees in Vermont. “As more of our members around the country have seen and heard Bernie over the past few months, they’ve seen that his policies and priorities match our own. So, there has been a groundswell of support for Bernie with members volunteering for the campaign.”

Knowlton added, “Bernie Sanders is the most pro-worker pro-union presidential candidate I have seen in my lifetime. Electing Bernie Sanders is a unique opportunity that workers and unions must not pass up. We are proud to endorse Bernie Sanders and support his campaign.”

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Avid Seed Savers Attend the 11th Annual Ówingeh TáPueblos y Semillas Gathering & Seed Exchange

SWOP - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 1:43pm

This account from the Semillas Seed Exchange is from Adelita Medina, who organizes around issues including land and water use, women’s issues, and Chicano history. Reach her at adelita-medina@comcast.net

Nambé Pueblo – April 9th, 2016 — The feelings of camaraderie, conviviality, and positive energy were palpable throughout the day at the Wellness Center in Nambé Pueblo, where some 100 people of all ages and from various parts of the state convened for the 11th annual Ówingeh Tá Pueblos y Semillas Gathering and Seed Exchange. The tri-lingual event entitled: Remedios de la Tierra: Agua, Comida, Plantas/Nankwiyo Wo, Po, Kohgi, Phé Yavi/Medicines of the Earth: Water, Food, Plants was organized and hosted by Nambé Pueblo and the New Mexico Seed Sovereignty Alliance (NM Acequia Association, Honor Our Pueblo Existence, Traditional Native American Farmer’s Association and Tewa Women United).

For 11 years, farmers from tribal and acequia communities have been organizing and attending these important multi-cultural, multi-lingual gatherings in order to revive, continue, and foster the protection of our native seeds, crops, fruits, wild plants and our traditional land and water-based cultures. These gatherings are an affirmation of the unity that is possible between diverse cultures struggling around common needs and goals. In this case, around efforts to salvage our communities’ health and well-being, amid the onslaught of a corrupt, profit crazed and power hungry industrialized food system that is systematically destroying our food, our soil, and our water.

This year’s gathering, which took place on April 9, opened with a welcome from Phillip Perez, Governor of Nambé, and Paula Garcia, Executive Director of the NM Acequia Association. Perez’ father then offered an opening prayer in Tewa. This was followed by blessings, prayers, and alabados by Los Hermanos Penitentes from several moradas in the Valley. The Hermanos prayed for departed farmers, acequieros and other community members, and recited special prayers for San Ysidro Labrador, the Catholic patron saint of farmers and for Santa Ynes, patron saint of gardeners. A beautiful dance and blessing was then presented by the Santa Clara Pueblo Rain Dancers, who were accompanied by a drummer and singer.

The New Mexico Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance was formed in 2006, after several entities signed the Seed Sovereignty Declaration which was created to defend seeds from genetic contamination, to address other environmental abuses that contaminate our air, soil, and water quality, and to focus on revitalizing our food traditions, traditional agricultural systems, and the saving and sharing of seeds.

The prayers and blessings revolved around a collection of baskets and clay pots that were arranged in the middle of the gymnasium, with those in attendance sitting in a big circle around the sacred space. The ceremony continued with several young people making offerings of earth and water which they poured into the baskets and pots. Each seed saver in attendance then stood in line to add his/her own seed offerings to the collection. The seeds were placed in one of the four directions, depending on which region of the state the person had traveled from (north, east, south or west). They were assisted by two young girls, Mary Chavez and Taya Martinez, who placed the seeds in their appropriate site.

A highlight of the day was the recognition of Raymond and Lila Naranjo, who received the Anciano/Se:daa Lifeways Award. The couple, now in their 90s, has dedicated their entire lives to honoring, preserving, and promoting their Native culture, by maintaining a relationship with the land, water, plants and animals that have helped to sustain local tribes and communities.

Friends, neighbors, and visitors engaged in lively and informative conversations as they went from table to table learning about and gathering seeds from the large and diverse array which had been brought for the exchange.

No gathering would be complete without food, and the delicious and healthy traditional lunch was prepared by Margaret Garcia of Taos Real Food. The aroma of the red chile stew floated all across the gym where the seed and literature tables were assembled.

Adding to the celebratory spirit of the gathering was the lively music provided by David Garcia (accordion) and Jeremias Martinez (guitar). Some of the women spontaneously joined the musicians in singing corridos and rancheras, and a few “old timers,” one of them 90, kicked up their heels in dance.

After lunch, event participants listened to presentations from Margaret Garcia and Juliet Garcia-Gonzales from Taos Real Food, who spoke about Plant Medicines; Dora Pacias from Cornelio Candelaria Organics, who spoke about Food as Medicine; and Monica Vigil, who spoke about Nambé Pueblo Agriculture and Wellness. The theme for this year’s gathering- Remedios de la Tierra: Agua, Comida, Plantas/Nankwiyo Wo, Po, Kohgi, Phé Yavi/Medicines of the Earth: Water, Food, Plants– spoke to the potential for healing that our Mother Earth/Nuestra Madre Tierra gives us through plant medicines, working the land and eating the food that we grow.

At the end of the day, the seeds, which were blessed during the ceremony, were placed in bundles for the Peace and Dignity Runners, who will tie them onto their staffs and carry them as they make their journey from North to South, running thousands of miles in honor of the sacredness of seeds. The run, which includes runners from North, Central and South America, aims to reinforce unity among all first indigenous nations and to make people aware of the sacredness and delicate balance of nature and the environment.

Several SouthWest Organizing Project (SWOP) staff, members and allies drove up from the Albuquerque area for the event, including Joaquín Luján, Travis McKenzie, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Stefany Olivas and Adelita Medina. Also attending were Lorenzo Candelaria and Dora Pacias from Cornelio Candelaria Organics.

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Join us next weekend for the Vermont People's Convention & Just Transition Assembly!

VWC - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 1:08pm

From Saturday, April 30th - Sunday, May 1st, hundreds of people are coming together at Montpelier High School for the Vermont People's Convention & Just Transition Assembly.

Click here to learn more and register today! http://bit.ly/VTPeoplesConvention

Working families in Vermont, like families around the world, are suffering from economic inequality, ecological disaster, and the violence of racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism.

We know these problems are systemic and share common roots, and that to change them, we’ll need to build enough power and unity to overcome the influence of the billionaire class and the politicians they control.

So how do we make that happen? What kind of alliances can help us transition to an economy that serves people and the planet instead of profit, and towards a society that allows us to explore new ways of practicing democracy?

Join the conversation at Montpelier High School on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st. Click here to register: bit.ly/VTPeoplesConvention

******Can’t make the People’s Convention?*******

Join us for the annual May Day march on Sunday!

12:30pm: Lunch at Montpelier High School, graciously donated by Woodbelly Pizza and the People's Kitchen

1:30pm: Rally kickoff at Montpelier H.S.

2pm: March leaves from Montpelier High School!

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Official Joint Statement from Asian/Chinese American Organizations on the Sentencing of Former NYPD Officer Peter Liang in the Killing of Akai Gurley

CAAAV - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:54am

Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Oakland
Asian Americans United, Philadelphia
Asian American Resource Workshop, Boston
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, New York City
Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED), Los Angeles
Chinese Progressive Association, San Francisco
Chinese Progressive Association, Boston

We are outraged that Peter Liang has escaped accountability for killing Akai Gurley. For more than a year, Akai Gurley’s family has been courageously speaking out to demand justice for their loved one. Judge Chun’s sentencing decision today is an insult to Akai Gurley, his family, and all victims of police violence. Any amount of jail/prison time is a brief snippet of time compared to the lifetime Akai Gurley’s young daughters will have to live without their father. The sentencing sends the message that it is okay to kill innocent and precious lives, as long as it is done by a police officer.
Akai Gurley was only 28-years old when he was struck and killed by the bullet fired by Peter Liang who failed to provide necessary medical help or call the ambulance. Akai’s aunt, Hertencia Petersen, remembers Akai as a good son and nephew, who joked and smiled a lot. He provided for his younger brothers and sisters and took care of Akaila and Kamiya, his daughters. Since the killing of Akai, his family has been suffering and mourning for their loss, as well as standing strongly together with the community to demand justice.

While the Chinese media and some Chinese leaders stood behind former Officer Peter Liang, as grassroots organizations working with Asian/Chinese Americans, we continue to stand with the family of Akai Gurley and other innocent victims of police killings to hold all police officers accountable, regardless of race. We continue to affirm that if we believe in true racial justice, we cannot excuse an officer for killing an innocent unarmed black man because Peter Liang is Chinese or Asian like us. We know that the strength of our power is fully realized when we stand together with those who also face injustice. We cannot forget when other communities of color stood with us against the police killing of Yong Xin Huang in 1995 and other incidents of police brutality and countless critical moments our communities were also hurt. We have a responsibility to protect our prosperity by protecting ALL families and that means also the family of Akai Gurley who has lost their loved one forever.

We can tip the scales to fit our needs, but it doesn’t mean we’ve reached justice. Our hunger for true justice, for a world where we all have a chance to thrive and grow old must be realized. We showed everyone and ourselves the political power we are capable of. We must challenge the abuse of power where it is most evident – where families are losing loved ones with no accountability of the officers who kill them. Nothing will bring Akai back, but we must hold all police officers accountable to continue to fight for violence-free communities and win change in our systems and institutions.

亞裔/華裔美國人組織聯合聲明:有關前紐約警察局梁彼得警員殺死格里一案的判刑

亞裔聯合會,費城
亞太環保網絡,屋崙
亞裔文化中心
亞裔反暴力聯盟,紐約市
華埠公平發展會,洛杉磯
華人進步會,三藩市
華人前進會,波士頓

我們對於梁彼得殺死格里後開脫應有的責任感到憤怒。格里的家人在過去一年一直勇敢為親人發聲,爭取正義。法官Danny Chun今天的判刑對格里,他的家人和所有警察暴力的受害者都是一種侮辱。格里一雙年幼女兒終其一生過著沒有父親陪伴的日子,對她們來說任何牢獄監禁判决都題得微不足道。而當今的這個判刑意味著只要是警察,就可以輕易的殺害無辜的寶貴生命。

當梁彼得發射子彈殺害格里,又沒有提供必須的醫療救助或召喚救護車時,格里只有二十八歲。格里的阿姨,Hertencia Petersen,憶起格里時總想到他是一個好兒子和好外甥,很有幽默感又時時面帶笑容。他供養他的弟妹成人,也盡責照顧他的兩個小女兒Akaila和Kamiya。自從格里無辜被殺後,他的家人在極為痛苦地哀悼格里的逝世的同時,也堅強地與社區成員一起爭取正義。

雖然中文媒體和一些華人領袖支持梁彼得警員,但作為代表亞裔/華裔美國人的草根機構,我們會繼續與格里及其他被警察殺害的無辜受害者站在同一陣線,嚴厲要求所有警察,不論種族,都要為自己的行動負責 。我們堅信如果想得到真正的種族正義,絕不能開脫任何一個殺死無辜又手無寸鐵的黑人的警員,即使他和我們一樣是華裔。惟有與同樣面對不公義的人並肩同行,我們的強大力量才得以體現。我們不能遺忘其他數之不盡的警察暴力事件, 例如在1995年黃永新被警察無辜殺害的事件。 當我們華人社區受到傷害時,其他有色人種社區堅決的與我們站在一起爭取正義。如想保障華人社區的繁榮發展,我們有責任保護所有的家庭,包括格里的家庭。

我們可以斷章取義來配合我們的需要,但這並不代表我們得到了正義。我們必須達到對真正公義的追求,發展一個大家都有機會一展所長和安享晚年的世界。在這次事件裡,我們華人社區向其他人和自己都展現了我們所擁有的政治力量。我們必須用我們的政治力量挑戰其他人濫用權力最顯著的地方, 例如保護和確保無辜被警員奪走至親的家庭能得到正義,而不是眼睜睜的看著殺害無辜的警員逃脫責任。沒有任何事可以讓格里能回到他的家人身邊,但我們可以為他和他的家人爭取他們應有的正義。 我們必須確保每一個警員不會濫用暴力和魯莽行動,同時繼續爭取沒有暴力的社區,改善我們的系統和機構。

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Statement on Paris Agreement Signing – International Alliance of Frontline Communities

It Takes Roots - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:41pm

* For Immediate Release *

April 19, 2016

Press Contacts:

Jaron Browne, (415) 727-6687, jaron@ggjalliance.org

Dallas Goldtooth, (708) 515-6158, goldtoothdallas@gmail.com

“They don’t even mention Fossil Fuels!”

Three days before world leaders sign the Paris Agreement, an international alliance of frontline and indigenous communities denounce it as a ‘dangerous distraction’

 

San Francisco, CA – As world leaders prepare to sign the Paris Agreement later this week on Earth Day (April 22) an international alliance of Indigenous leaders are calling the historic agreement “dangerous distraction.”

 

Statement From Cindy Wiesner of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance:

“The Paris Climate agreement doesn’t even mention fossil fuels, the most agreed on cause of climate change. The agreement is a dangerous distraction that leaves common sense, science, human rights and the rights of Indigenous Peoples on the negotiating table. While world leaders are finally taking action they are heading down the wrong path. Frontline communities and Indigenous Peoples have been calling for a clear path to solve our climate crisis. We can end the privatization of nature, we can stop the use of dirty fossil fuels and we can stop climate change. We know this because we are on the front lines of climate change, we see it, we know it, we live it. The world will not find solutions to climate change without us.”

 

Statement from Tom Goldtooth, of the Indigenous Environmental Network

“We, Indigenous Peoples, are the red line. We have drawn that line with our bodies against the privatization of nature, to dirty fossil fuels and to climate change. We are the defenders of the world’s most biologically and culturally diverse regions. We will protect our sacred lands. Our knowledge has much of the solutions to climate change that humanity seeks. It’s only when they listen to our message that ecosystems of the world will be renewed.”

For more background and detailed criticism of the agreement see We Are Mother Earth’s Red Line (LINK) a report released by the It Takes Roots Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties  (COP21) in Paris.

 

Also available for comment and media appearance:

  • Cindy Wiesner, National Coordinator, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (USA)
  • Tom Goldtooth and Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network (North America)
  • Rossmery Zayas, Communities for a Better Environment, Southeast Los Angeles
  • Elisabeth Sanders, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Kentucky
  • Nnimmo Bassey, Director, HOME Foundation (Nigeria)
  • Max Rademacher, Alternatiba (France)
  • Pat Mooney, Executive Director, ETC Group (Canada)
  • Graca Samo, World March of Women (Mozambique)

 

The We Are Mother Earth’s Red line national report coincides with the premier of the highly acclaimed Not Without Us film this week in San Francisco and Washington DC.  Not Without Us follows seven multi-generational, grassroots activists from around the world as they head to the COP21 mobilizations in Paris.

The “It Takes Roots to Weather the Storm” delegation brings together Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), and the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) organized the delegation.   During the UNFCCC 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) It Takes Roots mobilized more US and Canadian grassroots and Indigenous groups who took to the streets of Paris during the COP21, despite a ban on public protest—and amplified the pressure that Indigenous Peoples, civil society, and grassroots movements have built throughout the 21 years of UN climate talks.

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