We're only FOUR DAYS away from California’s June 7 primary and we want to make sure our AAPI communities are represented this election cycle! We’ve been tracking engagement and voter behavior of AAPI communities to strengthen our current and future civic engagement initiatives and make sure our community’s voices are heard and needs are met. Our votes matter and are crucial in leading to policies and practices that our AAPI communities need and deserve.
As AAPI Heritage Month draws to a close, we wanted to share some reflections with you. Every May, we proudly celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (APAHM) and reflect on our communities’ histories in this country. At AAPI Equity Alliance, we celebrate our members who work tirelessly every day to advocate for AAPI issues and amplify our communities’ voices. This APAHM was bittersweet, as we mourned the passing of Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, who first introduced the resolution to proclaim the first 10 days of May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week in 1977. We remember Secretary Mineta, reflect on his lifetime of service and leadership and express our gratitude. His life’s commitment to preserving democracy and addressing inequality wherever it exists, has left a tremendous impact on this country. In honor of his life and legacy, I invite you to learn more about his story through the Mineta Legacy Project.
Once again, our nation reels from a mass shooting at an elementary school – a place violence and fear should never touch, but sadly that is not the case in America. Yesterday’s shooting, which left at least 19 students and 2 teachers dead, comes after weeks of racially-fueled gun violence – from the May 14 mass shooting at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, to a May 15 shooting at an Orange County, California church in which the suspect targeted the Taiwanese community in an attack police are calling a politically motivated hate crime. In New York, ten people were killed and three were wounded. In California, one man died and five people were injured. And in both shootings, the suspects left behind a trail of evidence, pointing to racism and hate as their motives.
Dear friends, This time last year, our friends and neighbors in LA County and across the country were reeling from a wave of brutal attacks involving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We are still reeling. Today, AAPI communities continue to experience harm in the form of violence, economic hardship, and the effects of racial trauma.
Dear friends, Ringing in the Lunar New Year at midnight tonight, AAPI Equity Alliance wishes good fortune, happiness, and health to all in the Year of the Tiger. An opportunity to bring loved ones close and celebrate with time-honored traditions, the holiday also encourages us to consider and breathe new life into our commitments. Warmly accepting this chance to reflect, we’re taking this moment to meditate on our commitments to cross-racial solidarity and working in tandem with fellow Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) activists.