Friday, May 15, 2015

Jason Chu on Asian Privilege and Freddie Gray - NBC News.com

"As artists who have been mentored/inspired by MANY Black men and women, my director Ben and I were moved to loudly and definitively voice our solidarity with the Black community - while acknowledging that our communities are viewed/treated differently," Chu told NBC News. "We also wanted to oppose expectations of Asian Americans as silent, complicit, voiceless bodies who tend to 'go with the flow' of dominant culture. Words and video are our craft, and our hope was that this piece would spark conversation, challenge people, and stir action."
Jason Chu on Asian Privilege and Freddie Gray - NBC News.com

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Leaders Urge Solidarity After Baltimore Unrest - NBC News.com

"All officers who kill must be held accountable, or there will continue to be more Rekia Boyds, more Akai Gurleys, more Freddie Grays, and yes, more Yong Xin Huangs," Cathy Dang, Executive Director of CAAAV, told NBC News as theindictment of the six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray was announced. "It's a sign of progress that much like NYPD Officer Peter Liang, who shot killed Akai Gurley at the end of last November, these officers will now go through our court system."
Leaders Urge Solidarity After Baltimore Unrest - NBC News.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

'Police Violence Will Repeat Itself': Asian Groups Call For Accountability - NBC News.com

from Emil Guillermo:
"Asian Americans are united for Akai Gurley and his family because we believe that we collectively need to hold the NYPD and judicial system accountable for Akai's life that was stolen by systemic and institutional racism," Dang said in an e-mail to NBC News. "This is the same system and institution that pits communities of color against each other to maintain the status quo. Our organizations have a long history working in solidarity across multi-racial communities to build a world that is just for everyone, not just for Asian Americans."'
Police Violence Will Repeat Itself': Asian Groups Call For Accountability - NBC News.com

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Life and Legacy of Minoru Yasui - NBC News.com

"Mr. Yasui was an American civil rights pioneer who bravely stood up against our government's incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII," US Congressman Mike Honda who was also incarcerated in an internment camp told NBC News. "He demonstrated a lifetime commitment to civil rights, from his intentional defiance of the military curfew and his Supreme Court case, through his fight for redress for Japanese Americans, to his civil rights advocacy in Denver, where he brought together different communities of color."

The Life and Legacy of Minoru Yasui - NBC News.com

Hate Crimes Against Arabs, Sikhs, Hindus Will Now Be Tracked - NBC News.com

"Today we all stand together to show that hate has no place in America," Jasit Singh, Executive Director of The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) said at the press conference, "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, and only together will we address the root of this hate."
Hate Crimes Against Arabs, Sikhs, Hindus Will Now Be Tracked - NBC News.com

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Aasif Mandvi Keeps it 'Halal in the Family' With New Comedy - NBC News.com

"By using satire," wrote Mandvi in his Indiegogo appeal, "We will encourage people to reconsider their assumptions about Muslims while providing a balm to those experiencing anti-Muslim bias. I also hope those Uncles and Aunties out there will crack a smile!"
Aasif Mandvi Keeps it 'Halal in the Family' With New Comedy - NBC News.com

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Secret History of South Asian & African American Solidarity - NBC News.com

"Since the tragedy in Ferguson, I've been seeing a lot of Asian Americans working to engage anti-Black racism through conversations in their families and communities, protests, and direct action," said Chatterjee, "but they're not the first."
The Secret History of South Asian and African American Solidarity - NBC News.com

Friday, February 13, 2015

Alabama Cop Arrested for Takedown That Left Indian Man Partially Paralyzed - NBC News.com

"I found that Officer Eric Parker's actions did not meet the high standards and expectations of the Madison City Police Department," Muncey said.
Alabama Cop Arrested for Takedown That Left Indian Man Partially Paralyzed - NBC News.com

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Indian Grandfather Paralyzed After Encounter With Alabama Police - NBC News.com

"We are preparing to file a lawsuit against the City of Madison, Alabama, and the officer who injured Mr. Patel," Hank Sherrod, Patel's civil rights attorney, told NBC News, "The lawsuit will include claims for violations of Mr. Patel's constitutional rights. Presently, however, the City of Madison is refusing to release the officer's name and refusing to provide the media or the family with audio and video of the incident."
Indian Grandfather Paralyzed After Encounter With Alabama Police - NBC News.com

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Are You A 'Good' or 'Bad' Muslim? These Two Will Help Figure Out - NBC News.com

"I hope #GoodMuslimBadMuslim inspires peeps like me who live in the margins to take up space. Ever since Taz and I met on a "Love Inshallah" book tour road trip, I felt like I'd found a special buddy that I could be a "good/bad Muslim" with. Now, with the podcast, we are finding ways that - even with all our similarities - we are so different. I'm less interested in where our podcast is headed and am totally down for the ride. And I am also hoping Taz will find a boyfriend."
Are You A 'Good' or 'Bad' Muslim? These Two Will Help Figure Out - NBC News.com