Statement Against Hate in Historic Filipinotown

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.

#RacismIsAVirus

WATCH: On Monday, May 11, 2020, during PWC's Town Hall, our Zoom feed was hacked by #WhiteSupremacists who verbally attacked our members and viewers with racial slurs and anti-immigrant remarks. We strongly believe in the fair treatment of immigrants and people of color, regardless of their immigration status. And we will make every effort to ensure that PWC (and our Town Hall), is a safe space for all individuals, where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.We recognize that there is a rampant growth on Anti-Asian racism and xenophobia brought about by the #COVID19 health crisis and we believe that the government needs to make action plans on this issue. #RacismIsAVirus we see everywhere in the United States. It needs to stop now!Will you stand in solidarity with us? SHARE THIS VIDEO with the hashtag #RacismIsAVirus. Then go to: www.change.org/no-API-hate and sign our petition for AG Bill Barr to hold perpetrators of hate crimes against the API community accountable.

Posted by Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) on Thursday, May 14, 2020

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.

In Solidarity,

Sunday Jump Team