Last week I spoke out against the President’s divisive and un-American Executive Orders that built walls, banned Muslims, rejected refugees, deprived sanctuaries, and expanded surveillance on Muslim-American communities across the country, all the while failing to make us safer or greater. I wrote in response, “we must be better than this.”
The tens of thousands of people who took to the airports and airwaves, to the city streets and social media, to the courtrooms and Capitol Hill in protest of these orders confirmed: we are better than this.
As a result, President Trump’s xenophobic agenda has met resistance.
This morning I spoke at a press conference in Washington D.C. with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in opposition to the President’s Executive Orders. Part of my remarks focused on SAALT’s latest report, “Power, Pain, Potential,” which documented over 200 incidents of hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric targeted at our communities during the 2016 elections. I also stated that “These Executive Orders sow fear in communities of color and make us all less safe. The current national message resounds with exclusion and racism.”
As South Asian Americans, we’ve been here before. In those dark days and months following 9/11, our communities were targeted, attacked, and legislated against at unprecedented levels. We cannot let history repeat itself. Never again.
As SAALT continues to demand equality, justice, and full inclusion for all Americans, and as we push back against the anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-American agenda of the Trump administration, we ask you to please stand with us.
As we continue tracking hate and working with our partners in the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations to demand our rights, we ask you to please stand with us.
As we host the 10-year anniversary of the National South Asian Summit in Washington D.C. this April, where hundreds of organizations and activists will come together to build skills, connect with policymakers, and strategize on how to claim our power through collective action, we ask you to please stand with us.
In strength and partnership,
Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director, SAALT