A Statement of Solidarity

Graphics by Kalaya'an Mendoza, co-founder of Across Frontlines

Dear Community,

We are grateful for the privilege to create spaces and opportunities for Asian Pacific Islander artists and cultural workers. As we have the opportunity to celebrate our art and culture, we stand in solidarity with the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, along with their families and communities. It is important for our community to recognize the historical violence and injustice inflicted upon black, brown and indigenous communities and call ourselves in to dismantle racist and oppressive systems. While there will always be much more to do, every act of engagement can open up possibilities to create a more just world. As non-black people of color we must take ownership of our participation in working towards anti-racism, in support of Black Lives Matter.

Organizations like our own, dedicated to the creation and celebration of art by Asian Pacific Americans, would not have been conceived without the revolutionary ideas of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement. The necessary tradition of collective consciousness shows we have the creative tools to uplift our communities for a more just and equitable future through art and storytelling. We use art and culture to honor our heritage and part of that heritage is entwined in our solidarity with Black liberation. 

We encourage our communities to continue envisioning a creative ecosystem that breaks down the structures which divide us. Looking to examples like the Third World Liberation Front, Yuri Kochiyama, Grace Lee Boggs, #Asians4BlackLives and many more, we must actively listen and support the needs of Black communities. Please take a moment to read and contribute to the actions, references and resources below.

APA Arts Organizations signed onto this letter:
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
Asian Improv aRts
Kearny Street Workshop
Asian American Women Artists Association
Bindlestiff Studio

Ways to Contribute

Support Victims' Families 

Donate to Organizations & Resources for Black Communities in Minneapolis

Coalition of Asian American Leaders in Minnesota 

Contribute to Bay Area Resources

Black and Asian American Solidarity References & Resources

More Tools & Resources

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