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Statement of Solidarity with Black Communities

Graphic with raised fists in background text reads "And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear?" -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As survivors and descendants of U.S. World War II concentration camps, we express our moral outrage and heartbreak over the violent enforcement of white supremacy that continues to harm Black people daily across the country.

Today we stand in solidarity with Black communities that are under attack due to the same racism, violence, and dehumanization that has been present in the U.S. since its founding and which led to our own community’s mass incarceration and deprivation of rights. We grieve, remember and demand justice for the families and loved ones of George Floyd, 46, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Ahmaud Arbery, 25, Brunswick, Georgia;  Breonna Taylor 26, Louisville, Kentucky; and many more who have been terrorized and murdered at the hands of vigilantes and law enforcement.

We call on Japanese Americans and our allies to take a stand against all acts of anti-Blackness every day; in ourselves, in our homes, in our places of work, and out in the world whenever we encounter it. Speak up, intervene, and disrupt. Together we rise. 

Be an ally now. Read the Letter for Black Lives to initiate conversations in your family about anti-Blackness.  Take a look at this Black and Asian American Feminist Solidarities reading list from Black Women Radicals and Asian American Feminist Collective. Consider making donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund and Black Visions Collective


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