Post-Election: “Beyond Fear, We Have Each Other”

From: November 11, 2016

This week has been a devastating week for this country and the world. With Donald Trump as the President-Elect, Supreme Court justices to be appointed by Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and a Republican Congress committed to pushing an agenda to roll back strides made in history for directly impacted communities, and rumored appointment of Rudy Giuliani as Attorney General, we have an uphill battle ahead.

Many of us are mourning, angry, shocked, and we need to sit with what we are feeling. We ask, though, how can we channel these emotions into collective love and power?

Times when we feel all that is impossible, our self-preservation is what we hold onto. Let us use that self-preservation to fight even harder with a stronger determination and will. Our families and members who have fled war, hid in the shadows, survived low-wage jobs, endured racism, sexism, and capitalism, eventually rose to courageously fight displacement, to fight for improved living conditions, and fought for our collective dignity. We do have that courage to continue the fight.

In the coming weeks, CAAAV will be holding conversations with our Chinatown and Queensbridge tenants and youth members to talk about the elections and what this means for our mission and work. How will we navigate the announced defunding of housing assistance programs, food stamps, and services for family planning and abortion and its impact on our base? How will we ensure the safety of our Muslim, undocumented, and queer/trans/gender non-conforming members? What can we do to ensure that working-class Asian immigrants and youth fight back? Now more than ever is the need to organize directly impacted people within our communities – Asian/Asian American working-class immigrants, queer/trans/gender non-conforming youth, and young girls to fight to protect our homes and bodies from the state.

Many in our community are scared. But, we should know that beyond that fear, we have each other, our resiliency, and our power in this struggle. As Yuri Kochiyama reminds us, “Remember that consciousness is power. Tomorrow’s world is yours to build.”

With immense love,
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities