asian american pacific islander rights

13 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Michael P. Huerta, Douglas R. Pomeroy

Stop the Proposed Fence at the Tulelake Municipal Airport, site of the former Tule Lake Segregation Center, California

During World War II, more than 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes and unjustly imprisoned in ten concentration camps across the United States, solely on the basis of race. The Tule Lake camp in Modoc County, California (near the California-Oregon border) became a maximum-security Segregation Center to incarcerate 12,000 inmates who resisted their imprisonment and branded by the federal government as disloyal. Today, a small airport used primarily by crop dusting planes cuts through the center of the Tule Lake site. I need your help because the Federal Aviation Administration is proposing construction of an eight-foot high, three-mile long fence around the perimeter of the airport that will cut off our access to the Tule Lake site. Besides being utterly unnecessary in such a desolate place, such a fence would desecrate the physical and spiritual aspects of Tule Lake, which has great historical and personal importance to me and many others.  I am shocked by this insensitive and disrespectful plan. This massive fence will interfere with the desire I and visitors to Tule Lake have --- to mourn the unjust imprisonment and to heal the scars of the past. Instead, we will be assaulted with a reminder of rejection, exclusion, and emotional pain. I was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center. My parents were American citizens who protested their unjust incarceration and answered "no" to the government-imposed "loyalty questionnaire.” As punishment for their dissidence, the government removed them from the Topaz concentration camp to the maximum-security Tule Lake Segregation Center. From there, my father was taken from us and interned as an "enemy alien" in a Department of Justice camp in North Dakota. Incarcerated for no other crime than having the face of the enemy, my family lived behind barbed wire for 4-1/2 years.   I’m part of a group of survivors, their families, and friends who organize tours and educational events at the Tule Lake Segregation Center. If this fence is constructed, it will send a strong message to Japanese Americans that they are not welcome at the site where they walked long distances to eat meals, attend school, and use the latrines. A fence will prevent all Americans from experiencing the dimension and magnitude of the concentration camp where people experienced mass exclusion and racial hatred.  The FAA has the power to protect Tule Lake, a sacred site. In doing so, it has the power to honor, rather than desecrate, the remembrance of one of the darkest chapters in American history.  According to the FAA, in an effort to be more "sensitive" to our concerns, the proposed fence would not be topped with barbed wire -- but that’s just not enough. Our nation’s history of the unjust incarceration of those of Japanese ancestry during WWII is often forgotten. We must be able to remember what happened to our ancestors to be sure this never happens again.  I’m calling on the FAA to respect our community’s needs and wishes and reject this proposal. Please show your support for the most sensitive solution: DO NOT BUILD THE FENCE AT TULE LAKE.

Satsuki Ina with Stop the Fence at Tulelake Airport
33,708 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to The Department of Commerce Bureau of Census US - 2020

Taiwanese are Taiwanese

Title: Taiwanese are Taiwanese At the category of person’s race, In the questionnaire of the US Census 2020, they are: White, Black, American Indian or Alaska native. In the Asian section, they are: Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and others... Unfortunately, “Taiwanese” is missing. We are asking to add“Taiwanese” into the listing. The reason is simple: Taiwanese are taiwanese, Chinese are Chinese. Today, There are 23 million of people in Taiwan. Most of them are descendents of migrants from Southern provinces of China, during the Dutch occupation time, from 1624 to 1664. Those migrants were laborers who were mostly male. It was natural that they married the local aboriginals women. A new ethnic group was then born. In a recent DNA test, it shows that 85% of current population has the mix of indigenes and Han Chinese heritages. At the end of World War II, the U.S. Allied Army appointed China’s Chiang Kai-sheck to take over and to rule the island of Taiwan. Although Chiang Kai-sheck brought with him an army of half millions of soldiers and one million Chinese civilians to Taiwan. After 60 plus years, there has been a big change in demostic politics and the demographics in Taiwan. Taiwan is now a new and developed nation. People’s attitude toward their identities have changed. In a recent survey; 80 % plus consider themselves Taiwanese, and less then 4% consider themselves Chinese, the others consider both. In th early 1960, duo to a change of immigration laws in the U S A, it attracted a great numbers of Taiwanese people immigranting into the U S A. Today, It is estimated that at least one million plus taiwanese Americans right now are residing in the USA. Among them , 90% plus of them consider themselves to be Taiwanese Americans, and only 3% would consider themselves to be Chinese. Taiwanese Americans prefer to be identified as Taiwanese. That are Their wish.

Ken Huang
384 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Williams College Curricular Planning Committee, Williams College Committee on Appointments & Promotions, Preident Adam Falk, Dean Sarah Bolton, Dean Denise Buell, Provost William Dudley

Establish Asian American Studies at Williams College

We, as Asian American students on this campus, have asked -- for 25 years -- nicely, urgently, passionately, and above all, reasonably, to see ourselves represented in our curriculum. We have faced the burdens of erasure, dehumanization, and tokenization: at the forefront in perpetuating these injustices is what we see as a crucial element of institutional racism. Our voices and our bodies continue to be anthologized and pathologized for us, in every part of our daily lives: the media, popular culture, and, most importantly, the academic and intellectual spaces in which we attempt our identity development. The Model Minority myth, Orientalism, and Yellow Peril have no place at Williams College, but the reality of the matter is that they will continue to exist unless all students are offered the opportunity to study the rich, varied, and often painful histories of Asian America. Next academic year, we will only have ONE tenured Asian Americanist, Prof. Dorothy Wang, and ONE Asian American course in the spring (none in the fall). We ask that you stand with us in support of our fight to end a 25-year battle for an Asian American Studies program at Williams College. Our goal is to create a FULL TIME tenure-track line for an Asian Americanist to be filled by the end of the 2016-17 year. With luck, we will not have to wait another 25 years to see an Asian American Studies concentration established. As members of the College, we deserve an intellectual space to call our own. We deserve to matter, and we hope you agree.

Williams College Asian American Students in Action (AASiA)
615 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to The police departments in Chicago and Illinois

The promotion and advancement of Asian Americans in law enforcement

The Asian American Law Enforcement Association (AALEA) is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Asian Americans in law enforcement.  Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have revealed that from 2000-2014, the Chicago Police Department has meritoriously promoted just (2) Asian officers to the rank of Lieutenant; (3) Asian officers to the rank of Sergeant; and just (1) Asian officer to the rank of Detective.  During this same time frame, (31) White; (28) African American, and (16) Hispanics have been meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. (110) White; (77) African American; and (51) Hispanics have been meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  (57) White; (36) African American; and (34) Hispanics have been meritoriously promoted to the rank of Detective.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Asians are the fastest growing population in the country.  Currently, Asian families account for 5.5% of Chicago residents and 7.2% of businesses.   We believe that this disparity is similar in other police departments in the State of Illinois.   AALEA is requesting your assistance in petitioning the Chicago Police Department and the other police departments in the State of Illinois to immediately promote Asian American officers to the ranks of Lieutenant, Sergeant, and Detective so as to have and maintain a promotional mix reasonably representative of the growing Asian population.

Asian American Law Enforcement Association
242 supporters