July 18, 2016
For people of color and working families, public safety is a major concern, particularly in tough economic times. But proposals to increase immigration enforcement or to indiscriminately lock up third-time offenders for 25 years do more to target and victimize people of color and immigrants than to truly improve public safety. Those who benefit most are private corporations connected to the prison industry.
Asian Americans suffer along with Latinos and other people of color from the culture of criminalization, as we are treated as alien suspects within our own communities. But Asian Americans are less likely to be targets of police violence than Black Americans, who are killed on a daily basis. As people of color whose pathway to justice has so often been paved by the Black-led Civil Rights Movement, we have a responsibility to stand up for justice today and to building the movement of #Asians4BlackLives.
April 22, 2016
We are outraged that Peter Liang has escaped accountability for killing Akai Gurley. For more than a year, Akai Gurley’s family has been courageously speaking out to demand justice for their loved one. Judge Chun’s sentencing decision today is an insult to Akai Gurley, his family, and all victims of police violence. Any amount of jail/prison time is a brief snippet of time compared to the lifetime Akai Gurley’s young daughters will have to live without their father. The sentencing sends the message that it is okay to kill innocent and precious lives, as long as it is done by a police officer.
February 18, 2016
Recently, a number of Chinese leaders and Chinese newspapers have called for our community to rally behind Officer Peter Liang, who was convicted of second-degree manslaughter, i.e. the accidental killing of an 18 year-old unarmed Black man named Akai Gurley. Liang was also found guilty of misconduct for failing to provide medical help or call an ambulance for the dying youth.