On May 11, 2020, Pilipino Workers Centers was verbally bombarded by white supremacists with racist, misogynistic, and anti-immigrant remarks during their online townhall.
Content warning: profanity and triggering language.
As a Pilipinx-founded open mic series, Sunday Jump stands in solidarity with Pilipino Workers Center and condemns the racism, misogyny, and xenophobia that continues to impact the greater Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in Los Angeles. Refusing to be subjugated to intimidation, fear, or shame, we remain committed to ensure a safe space for marginalized voices to share stories and create genuine connections through the arts. One of our two community guidelines is “free speech, not hate speech.” This principle was formed to protect one another in the face of inequitable power dynamics and systems of oppression. We aim to uplift one another by sharing our experiences. The arts is how we connect and express. It is also how we survive and resist.
To improve safeguards for our AAPI community, we demand accountability for Attorney General Bill Barr and the Department of Justice to increase local and federal resources to prosecute hate crimes as appropriate: http://www.change.org/no-API-hate. Share the video widely and use #RacismIsAVirus to call for the dignity of justice.
Report all incidents of microaggressions, bullying, harassment, and violence to http://www.asianpacificpolicyandplanningcouncil.org/stop-aapi-hate/.
During this time of COVID-19, we must protect one another including from acts of hate, by all means. Today and tomorrow, this ongoing hatred will be overcome by our shared commitment to rise together with love and without shame.
For Pilipino Workers Center, and for all those forced outside the margins.
Sunday Jump Team