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Welp. That’s awkward.
For those who don’t know, organizers in the Bay Area have been blocking Israeli cargo from unloading at the dock as an action of solidarity with the people of Gaza. They joined several other West Coast port cities including Seattle, Vancouver and Long Beach in organizing port shutdowns.
Speaking of Net Neutrality… the New York Times endorsed Tim Wu for Lieutenant Governor of New York this week!
Wu is a Columbia Law School professor best known for coining the term “net neutrality”.
More on Tim Wu here: http://nyti.ms/1B1XZEW
Photos from Evan Kafka Photography
"But if solidarity simply means changing a Twitter background, then we have not only failed in some fundamental way in understanding the politics of that term, but we have also relegated our identity to merely that of a consumer. Gap has purposefully chosen to demonstrate solidarity with its brown consumers, but not with its brown factory workers."
Who caught Bill O’Reilly’s recent “rebuttal" of white privilege yesterday? Consider it a case study in how the model minority myth serves to derail conversations about the realities of white supremacy and anti-blackness in America today.
It’s a textbook execution, Bill. But we’re not buying it. We choose resistance.
For more, read Scot Nakagawa’s ever pertinent “The Model Minority is a Lever of White Supremacy”: http://
Compassion? What’s that? ICE certainly doesn’t know.
Touch Hak and his family arrived legally in the U.S., as refugees in 1985. They’d escaped the killing fields of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.
Once in the U.S., Touch’s brother and his parents became naturalized citizens. But for whatever reason, Touch never did. Eventually, Touch got in trouble with the law and served eight years in federal prison on a drug charge. Even though he’s done his time, U.S. immigration law considers him a criminal alien who can be deported at any time.
Touch is to be deported at the end of August (NOW!), even though he has lived in the US since he was 6 years old. But before that happens, he is asking ICE to give him a chance to save his brother’s life by letting him donate his kidney, on which his life depends.
Touch’s brother Puthy has been living with kidney failure and undergoing dialysis for close to 2 years and needs a kidney transplant.
All he is asking from ICE is the opportunity to take a test to see if he is a match, and grant him a temporary stay to donate his kidney.
You can take action here: http://bit.ly/1sDxrVy
After seeing the dramatic results from the Ice Bucket Challenge, Indian journalist Manju Latha Kalanidhi was compelled to start something similar, but with an Indian slant. “I felt like doing something more locally tangible. Rice is a staple here,” Kalanidhi told CNN. “We eat it every day, we can store it for months. Why not donate rice to someone who is hungry?”
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Mourners gathered in Ferguson earlier this week to bury Michael Brown, 18, gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson, two days before he was set to begin college. In honor of Brown and his family, this is a clarion call to the South Asian community at large to demonstrate solidarity with the protesters in Ferguson and with the organizations and activists that are trying to stop police brutality all over the country.
South Asian Americans are natural allies in the fight against racist law enforcement practices, as we are no strangers to religious and racial profiling. We all know someone who has been stopped by the cops one time too often, whose mosque is infiltrated by members of law enforcement, who gets harassed in public due to their religious headgear. Many of us are resigned to being stopped “randomly” when its time to board a flight or cross a border. We spend time wondering whether the authorities are keeping files on us or our family members.
We know what it’s like to be singled out because of things we can’t control, like our race, our community, or our religion.
The country is currently in an uproar about a very different kind of discrimination: the discrimination and violence that African-Americans face by law enforcement and self-styled vigilantes. The furor in Ferguson is a manifestation of the rage that exists at the injustice of this situation.It is a kind of bigotry borne out of the assumption that black folks in this country are inherently lawless criminals or thugs, and it goes back as far as slavery. Despite common assumptions that racism was definitively defeated during the Civil Rights Movement, the African-American community has long insisted that the work hasn’t been completed yet. The evidence suggests that they are right; black people in America still do not lead equal lives, as compared to white people. The furor in Ferguson is a manifestation of the rage that exists at the injustice of this situation.
Though our struggles aren’t the same, we, as South Asian Americans, have every reason to support the African-American community at this time.to support the African-American community at this time. We must work towards change, so that no black person ever again faces the experience of Michael Brown, gunned down by the police with their hands up, begging for their lives. This involves a commitment, by progressive South Asian Americans, to work towards change in our own communities so that we do not inadvertently work to reinforce antiblack racism in this country, which is at the root of the police brutality which murdered Michael Brown.
As American citizens and residents, we cannot help but be aware of the enormous racial disparities that exist in this country; of a story that has been unfolding long before most of us came to this country. It is a story of stark division between black and white in America, of immense injustice, of slavery and apartheid, of implicit segregation and discrimination.
South Asian Americans have existed as bit players in this grand racial narrative, presenting on either side of the black/white binary at various times throughout history. At times, we have allied with black people and other communities of color, choosing to identify as distinctively non-white, and have therefore faced similar racism from the white establishment.
At other times, we have embraced the role of model minority; allowed ourselves to be hailed as “the good ones”, dark-skinned people who appear to have functional family lives and work ethics (as opposed to the “dysfunctional” African-American community), told to serve as role-models for black people to follow. It is in this role that some of us have sided with the white establishment, and have reinforced antiblack racism.
Unfortunately, we often come to America with our own special brand of indigenous antiblack racism — centuries of British colonial racism plus millennia of casteist colorism have colluded to create a deep suspicion of anyone who looks “African” in South Asian culture.
Some of us follow black people around in our stores, we report “suspicious” looking black youth to the cops, we choose to not date black people or forbid our children to date or befriend their black peers. Many of us are fiercely proud of our own heritage and how successful we South Asians have been in America, neglecting to understand that we are a mostly self-selected population; it is the already-privileged who have the strongest chances of immigrating to the United States, and that we come with certain social and economic benefits that the native African-American population doesn’t have.
It is in this capacity that we urge you to #StartTheConversation with your South Asian friends and families about Ferguson.and why it is important that we stop perpetuating or staying silent on racist views in our communities, why we should vocally support those in the African-American community who are working towards change, and why we should stop keeping silent when our white friends and colleagues find ways to justify Darren Wilson’s murder of Michael Brown.
Start the conversation in your mosque, temple or gurudwara, your local college South Asian association, your Indian grocery stores and community centers. Start it on Facebook and twitter, get people who don’t often talk about these issues to open up. Work to change hearts and minds. Because in the end, the only people who can change the views of our community, are us.
HOUSTON More than 15 Asian women in Houston and Fort Bend County have been attacked after leaving work, investigators said Monday.The person used a crow bar to smash her passenger side window in. A neighbor watched, not knowing what happened.All you hear is boom boom and then you hear a shatter, said Tristina Wilson, a neighbor.The victim tried to defend herself. Minutes later, she ran across the street for help.In June, we showed you video of crooks using stolen credit cards at a gas station. Now, officers believe the same group of men is going around targeting Asian women.The victim’s family says investigators aren’t doing enough. They re afraid someone might end up dying if the robbers don’t get caught. They’ve used six different cars in the crimes, including a blue Dodge sedan.According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff s Office, most of the crimes involve women who were followed home from along Bellaire Boulevard on the west side of town.Police do not have detailed suspect descriptions.Information which leads to the apprehension and filing of charges could earn a reward of up to $5,000. Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477)."They target them because they’re helpless and defenseless and they know they won’t do anything. You know, they…don’t have a voice and they know that. They’re cowards…to pick on women."
Heads up, Houston!