After weeks and months of organizing by immigration rights groups, sexual assault victims’ rights groups, and social media users, rape and assault survivor Ny Nourn has been freed from ICE detention and is out on bail.
This post was updated on November 14, 2017. Please scroll down for updates.
In stunning news for the Asian American community, beloved community activist and Star Trek star George Takei has been accused of sexually assaulting former male model and commercial actor Scott R. Brunton in a 1981 incident.
On November 8, 2017, the #LetsTalkAAPI Twitter Townhall conversation took place to mark exactly one year from the election of President Donald J. Trump.
The townhall was sponsored by @reappropriate ad @aaaj_chicago, and organized by @spamfriedrice, @liliaaanneee, and @QuestionMarkyy. It featured tweets by @gregorycendana, @msleevang, @naunihalpublic, @mskathykhang, @aj_joven, @dawnleetu, @resistrun, @islandirie, @islanesian, and @altonwang.
This is a curated archive of that discussion containing selected tweets from the conversation. For the full townhall, please go to #LetsTalkAAPI.
By Guest Contributor: Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote (@apiavote)
Edison town council member Sapana Shah realized something was wrong the moment she checked social media, learning that she and her neighbors received the same anti-Asian mailer Wednesday which featured a “deport” stamp on the photos of two Asian school board candidates. The postcard also read, “The Chinese and Indians are taking over our town.”
Targeting candidates based on bias and hate toward various ethnic, racial or religious identity is not new. And Shah is no stranger to it as a candidate. She recounted multiple incidents to me over the phone. Shah, a long-time resident in the Edison township of Middlesex County, New Jersey, was told to go back to her country when she ran for local elected office. She once found her campaign signs inscribed with the words “dot head,” an offensive racial slur. As a town council member, Shah endured insults from residents who shouted her down at the end of a public meeting for voting to include Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, as a school holiday.
When individuals are targets of hate, it not only affects them but also entire communities.