Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders and Over 260 Civil Rights Organizations Call on Congress to Denounce Anti-Asian Racism around COVID-19 - Advancement Project - Advancement Project

Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders and Over 260 Civil Rights Organizations Call on Congress to Denounce Anti-Asian Racism around COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: [email protected]

Washington, DC— As cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to rise in the U.S., so too do incidents of anti-Asian racism towards Asian American families and businesses. As of March 10, there have been more than 110,000 cases worldwide, 1000 of which are in the U.S. NCAPA, along with over 260 organizations, sent a letter to House and Senate leadership to call for unity and publicly denounce the racist and xenophobic attacks on Asian Americans. A link to the letter can be found here:

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) issued the following statement:

“While we recognize and are grateful for the leadership of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and others in Congress to relieve the fear and anxiety the coronavirus has created for all Americans, it has become clear that Congressional leadership should follow their example and do more. Our country needs unified, visible and strong leadership to address the growing hostile rhetoric against the Asian American community.

This letter is a call to action from the civil rights community to hold Congress accountable and help bring our country together, while not letting fear and misinformation divide us. We urge House and Senate leadership to lead by example, and resist stoking fear and xenophobia, while taking tangible steps to demonstrate that our country’s leaders are committed to standing against racism.”

Jeffrey Caballero, Executive Director of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations:

While the rise of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the United States is a legitimate and pressing public health concern, we urge health care providers and all individuals sharing information about the disease to combat misinformation and discrimination that put patients and broader communities at risk. We urge common sense, such as following practical safeguards as recommended by the CDC and your local and state public health departments. This is a global emergency that should be met with both urgency and also cultural awareness that COVID-19 is not isolated to a single ethnic population. Xenophobic attacks and discrimination towards Asian American communities are unacceptable and will not make our families safer or healthier.”

Kathy Ko Chin, President and CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum:

“As a country, we need to be vigilant in heeding the guidance of our public health officials and make sure that information is available in as many languages as possible so all our communities are equally well informed. We must come together during this uncertain time, care for our neighbors and exercise common sense. Let’s be clear, viruses don’t discriminate - and fear, ignorance and racism will not make our communities safer.”

John C. Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC:

“The discriminatory sentiment and instances of violent attacks aimed at Asian Americans is unacceptable, but unfortunately nothing new. We thank CAPAC for their response and urge other elected officials and the media to dispel misinformation around COVID-19. We encourage allies to take action by reiterating the correct information on the virus, holding bystander intervention trainings, and by reporting hate incidents to StandAgainstHatred.org. Together, we must combat xenophobia.”

Alvina Yeh, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO:

"Over 2 million AAPIs work in healthcare, transportation and service industries--these workers are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak and yet they are facing xenophobic and racial discrimination in the workplace in addition to increased exposure to communicable diseases. Our nation's public health plan must prioritize protecting these workers and that includes guaranteeing paid sick leave and adequate health insurance coverage. It's imperative that we take care of the workers who are taking care of our communities."

###

Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of 35 national Asian Pacific American organizations that serves to represent the interests of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns. Our communities are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, currently making up approximately six percent of the population.

KEEP READING

Citing the Global Health Pandemic, Civil Rights Organizations Urge State Officials to Release Incarcerated People

Media Contacts: Joshua Garner, 240-326-3874, [email protected] Pennsylvania Immigrant Rights Organizations and Advancement Project National Office Urge Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Agencies to Release People From Incarceration, End Flow Of New People Into Jail, Prison, and Immigration Detention Amid COVID-19 Crisis   Pennsylvania – In a letter sent to state officials Tuesday, Pennsylvania based immigrant rights organizations, Juntos, Casa San Jose, VietLead, Asian Americans United and Advancement Project National Office are calling on the Pennsylvania Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Enforcement & Removal Operations (ICE ERO), the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC), sheriff’s offices, and police departments across Pennsylvania to…

Read More
Puente Human Rights Movement and Advancement Project National Office Call On Arizona Governor, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies to Release All People From Incarceration, End Flow Of New People Into Jail, Prison, and Immigration Detention Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Citing the global health pandemic, civil rights organization urge state officials to release incarcerated people PHOENIX, AZ–In a letter sent to state officials March 19, Puente Human Rights Movement and Advancement Project National Office are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona Immigration & Customs Enforcement & Removal Operations (ICE ERO), the Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC), and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to protect the lives of vulnerable community members by immediately releasing all people from incarceration and ending the flow of new people into jail, prison, and immigration detention systems amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. The letter, which was…

Read More
Civil Rights and Racial Justice Organizations Denounce Discrimination Against Asian Americans and Urge Unity in Responding to Coronavirus Pandemic

Contact: Elana Needle / [email protected] / 201-248-9724   WASHINGTON—The nation’s leading civil rights and racial justice organizations issued a joint urgent call to action against racism and discrimination targeting Asian Americans related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “As our nation grapples with the coronavirus, we are deeply concerned that recent incidents of racism and discrimination against Asian Americans threaten our collective public safety. In recent weeks, Asian Americans have been subjected to violent attacks, discrimination against their businesses and xenophobic portrayal by the media and our elected leaders. We are often reminded of the xenophobic history of our nation—from…

Read More
Advancement Project National Office Condemns Supreme Court Clearing Trump Administration To Implement New Rule Impacting Immigrants of Color, Working Class Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court has endorsed the Trump Administration’s continuous assault on immigrants by Monday’s decision to let the Administration implement the ‘public charge’ rule. “Throughout his campaign and his presidency, Trump has sought to dehumanize immigrants and people of color – in essence, shrinking the definition of who is seen as ‘a person,” said Losmin Jimenez, Project Director and Senior Attorney, Immigrant Justice at Advancement Project National Office. “Today’s public charge shift is not a minor bureaucratic change. It is an attempt to perpetuate a malicious narrative about people of color. A president who calls people animals,…

Read More
Advancement Project National Office Applauds Proposed Legislation Decriminalizing Immigration

WASHINGTON, DC – Advancement Project National Office welcomes the introduction of the New Way Forward Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The New Way Forward is a welcome first step towards undoing some of the harms of the 1996 immigration laws that created mandatory detention, facilitated local law enforcement with immigration enforcement, criminalized migration (illegal entry and illegal re-entry federal prosecutions), and eliminated the ability of immigration judges to consider multiple mitigating factors and equities in immigration court. “Communities of color are disproportionately impacted when local law enforcement engages in racial profiling. Policies like “stop and frisk,” broken windows…

Read More
Advancement Project National Office Releases Major Report Exposing Inhumane Conditions Inside an ICE Detention, Calls to End Immigrant Detention

CONTACT Joshua Garner [email protected] 202-728-9557 240-326-3874 WASHINGTON, DC – Advancement Project National Office in partnership with Puente Human Rights Movement are calling for an end to immigrant detention and mass incarceration as they launch the release of  “Arizona’s Carceral Crisis: The Human Cost of Being Confined,” a report that exposes the extreme conditions inside an ICE detention facility. The qualitative report highlights the harmful ways that immigrants of color are criminalized and dehumanized in an ICE detention center in Arizona, and how these harmful practices feed the mass incarceration crisis across America. This…

Read More
Advancement Project National Office and Human Rights Organization Release Report Detailing Inhumane Conditions of ICE Detention Facilities, Call For End of Immigrant Detention

Civil Rights Organizations to Release New Report: “The Carceral State of Arizona: The Human Cost of Being Confined,” Exposing Inhumane Conditions Inside an ICE Detention Facility During 11/21 Event WASHINGTON, D.C. – Advancement Project National Office and Puente Human Rights Movement will host an event calling for the closure of ICE detention facilities throughout the U.S. during a report launch Thursday, Nov. 21 at The Loft in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, the organizations will release, “The Carceral State of Arizona: The Human Cost of Being Confined,” detailing the inhumane conditions inside an ICE detention facility outside of Phoenix,…

Read More
Advancement Project National Office Issues Statement on Beginning of Dreamers Supreme Court Hearing

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) case. The Supreme Court will determine whether the Trump Administration violated the due process when it abruptly cancelled the DACA program on September 5, 2017. The Supreme Court will also hear arguments whether a court has the power to review the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to end DACA. “We know that when Trump enlisted leaders from nativist organizations that believe in eugenics to work at DHS, that it was a part of the White Supremacist wish list that Trump wanted to carry out across the entire federal government,” said Losmin Jiménez Project Director and Senior Attorney for the Immigrant…

Read More
Puente Human Rights Movement in Collaboration with Advancement Project National Office Leads Coalition of Immigrant Tribunal Calling For Closure of ICE Detention Facilities in Arizona

CONTACTLucia [email protected] Joshua Garner [email protected](202) 728-9557 (O)(240) 326-3874 (M) PHOENIX, AZ—Puente Human Rights Movement will lead a coalition of civil rights and immigrant advocacy organizations calling for the closure of ICE detention facilities throughout the state during a migration tribunal event on Saturday, Oct. 19 at its headquarters. During the event, the organization will release its new report, “Arizona’s Carceral Crisis: The Human Cost of Being Confined,“ in collaboration with Advancement Project National Office detailing…

Read More