This event is from our friends at the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA):
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month by joining APALA for a Labor Town hall on Anti-Asian Racism! Wednesday, May 12th @ 12pm PT / 3pm ET. We encourage all labor leaders and allies to attend.
How can we build a labor movement that is inclusive of Asian American workers and that fights to end anti-Asian racism with the same fervor as we fight for workers’ rights? How do we commit our leadership and each member to recognize anti-Asian racism in our unions historically and now, and commit to stop treating Asian American workers as disposable, as perpetual foreigners, or as invisible?
Asian and Asian American workers in the U.S. have faced enormous challenges over the past year: deaths and poor health due to COVID-19, high unemployment, and now, most visible to the public: anti-Asian racism. But anti-Asian racism has a long history in the United States, and many institutions, including the labor movement, need to recognize their own history of discrimination toward people of color. The racism, xenophobia, and misogyny that fueled the recent shooting of Asian women in Atlanta stem from the targeted discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans, and we need to talk about how workers are impacted. How can we build a labor movement that is inclusive of all workers of color and that fights to end racism with the same fervor as we fight for workers’ rights? How do we all commit to recognize racism in every facet of our society and commit to stop treating Asian American workers as disposable, as perpetual foreigners, or as invisible? Join this town hall to hear examples from leaders across the labor movement and pledge to build a more equitable labor movement for all workers.
Join us to build the change we want to see in the labor movement, toward a vision of inclusion and justice for all workers.