THE asian american racial justice TOOLKIT
This toolkit reflects our analysis of the interconnectedness of issues and constituencies within the structures of white supremacy. In addition to workshop modules, we offer some of our experiences and lessons learned in working to dismantle structural racism. We know that this is long-term work and requires transformational organizing to make racial justice a reality. As organizers, we start with how our members experience racism in their daily lives, and have seen firsthand the power of building intellectual connections between mass incarceration and deportation, between human trafficking and labor exploitation, and between gentrification and the criminalization of youth. Demographic change and an economy that has failed the 99% continue to drive white racial anxiety, bigotry and xenophobia. In response, we continue to anchor our politics in the material conditions of our lives, consolidating our bases and building shared commitments toward a movement for broad-scale liberation.
The importance of Asian American grassroots organizing lies in the urgency of building the ranks of people across race who are engaged in the long-term struggle toward a different future, toward freedom and democracy for all of humanity.
PART 1: racial justice trainings
15 modules spanning Asian American Identity, Model Minority Myth, Gender & Patriarchy, White Supremacy, Race & Working Class + Immigrant Struggles, For Black Lives, Colonialism, & Islamo-Racism
PART II: OUR ORGANIZATIONS IN RACIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT MOMENTS
Each organization choose to share a piece of curriculum that was important for their organization in racial justice movement moments.
part iii: resources
Affirmative Action & Prison Industrial Complex Fact Sheets, Hetereopatriarchy Discussion Guide, Muslim & Islam FAQ, as well as the SEA Community Letter on Black Solidarity and A4BL Principles & Procolos
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“At Freedom Inc., our community is our campaign and we know that a win for the Black community is a win for the Southeast Asian refugee community. We know that as we build with both Black and Southeast Asian movements in the same organizations, that there is work to be done in our communities and that especially as Southeast Asian folks it is our responsibility to do the work. As Southeast Asian refugees who are survivors of the secret U.S. war in our countries, we understand that people have the right to respond to war however they need to in order to survive. It is clear that these racist systems have declared war on Black folks and it is within their rights to respond how they see fit. We support their right to fight to survive.”
— Kabzuag Vaj, Freedom Inc, Executive Director