June 27, 2018, Raleigh, N.C. — As members and allies of immigrant and refugee communities that have historically faced discrimination and detention on the basis of our heritage, NCAAT and SEAC are appalled by the racist and discriminatory decision that targets the Muslim community and sanctions hate towards immigrants. Like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Asian Exclusion Act in 1924 and Korematsu v. U.S. in 1944, this decision is rooted in and fans xenophobic attitudes toward immigrants and will likely result in increased violence as well as increased detainment and criminalization of refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers.
In North Carolina and across the country, there has been a growing pattern of violence and bigotry towards members of the Asian American community who are Muslim and those perceived to be Muslim. In 2015, three muslim students in Chapel Hill, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, were killed horrifically in their home.
Across the nation we have seen a continuation of this hate and violence, illustrated by the Portland, OR, racist attack by a white supremacist of two commuters on a train—including one hijab-wearing young woman. This brutal bigotry has continued, including tragic shootings in Kansas and Washington State, ongoing arson attacks and vandalism of mosques, businesses and homes across the country, and the persistent targeting and harassment of many in the Asian American community. We stand against and will not tolerate the rising tide of violence and intimidation that has defined much of the last several years and accelerated in the last few months.
This is of utmost concern to our organizations that serve a rapidly growing Asian American population. Between 2000 and 2014, over half — 56 percent — of the growth of the Asian American community in the state was from newcomers born abroad.
In response to this decision, NCAAT and SEAC vow to stand together, and fight even harder to keep our communities safe. #noMuslimbanforever #wekeepussafe
Take Action —
Raleigh, N.C.: Show up this Saturday with NCAAT against the separation of families and call for not only keeping families together, but to stop imprisoning and abusing children and their families all together. Join our march and rally on Saturday, June 30th at 10am: March starts at City Plaza, downtown Raleigh, located at 400 Fayetteville St. Raleigh 27601 and will end at Bicentennial Plaza, 1 E. Edenton St. where a rally will take place (directly across the street from the NC General Assembly).
Stand with us by joining our efforts —
NCAAT: Join NCAAT’s volunteer corps to help uplift AAPI voices and build collective power in North Carolina: http://ncaatogether.org/volunteer/
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North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to
supporting equity and justice for all by fostering community among AAPIs and allies in North Carolina
through civic engagement, leadership development, grassroots mobilization and political participation.
Contact: Chavi Koneru, Executive Director, Chavi@ncaatogether.org, 919-322-8258
(1) SEAC exists to amplify a voice for the quickly growing Asian American population in the Carolinas
(2) SEAC cultivates grassroots power through community engagement, social justice, and youth
(3) SEAC exists to add an Asian American voice to the collective movement for justice and equity in North Carolina
We are often referred to as “The Village”.
Contact: Cat Bao Le, Cat@seacvillage.org