For Immediate Release: March 20, 2020
Contact: Ellen Lu, Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Orleans, LA – Earlier this week, the current White House Administration double-downed on Sinophobic rhetoric regarding COVID-19. The name “COVID-19” was chosen specifically to maintain public discussion without stigma during a global public health crisis. By referring to the virus as anything other than its designated name (“Chinese virus,” “kung flu,” et al.), the nation’s leaders are eliciting further violence against the Asian American community when we must all practice social responsibility.
“This is a time of crisis and tension for all of our communities, but for Asian American communities and the Vietnamese community in New Orleans, it is an especially triggering time. We come from a diaspora that has survived despite war, colonization, environmental catastrophes, and limited access. Our focus should be on saving lives and building solidarity as we continue to share resources. Words have power. And phrases like ‘Chinese virus’ or ‘Kung-Flu’ to refer to COVID-19 affect our community and their safety while perpetuating anti-Asian sentiments. We call on the President, elected officials and all our leaders to set an example for all Americans.” said Jacqueline Thanh, Executive Director of VAYLA New Orleans.
VAYLA joins the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and more than 260 other organizations in urging congressional leaders to publicly denounce the increase in racist attacks and discrimination against the Asian American community, in the wake of COVID-19. VAYLA encourages the President and elected officials to do the same.
Stand up against discrimination so we can ensure our most vulnerable young people, elders, patients, medical care providers, store clerks, and all community members are able to access the help they need. Together we must denounce discrimination. #VirusesDontDiscriminate
Report any incidents of hate using https://bit.ly/2J5V0Hg.
Donate to our Emergency Relief Fund for undocumented folks and non-citizens at http://www.vayla-no.org/donate.html.
“Beyond Asian hate and the continual targeting of our elders across the country, the violence and murder of Asian women in Atlanta yesterday illuminates the complex intergenerational traumas of exploitation, sexual violence, poverty, colonialism, and erasure experienced by Asian women. Working-class Asian women are the backbone of families, communities, and our cultures. VAYLA is an Asian Womxn-led organization and we are grieving deeply with our diaspora. We must stop Asian hate. We must continue to speak up and keep each other safe in the face of terrorism.”
Read the full statement here.
Join VAYLA in the third installment of our AAPI Rising in the South series! VAYLA’s Anthony Johnson will be interviewing our Executive Director, Jacqueline Thanh, Ursula Price—Executive Director of New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, and Mary Moran—Executive Director and Co-Founder of Our Voice Nuestra Voz. We will explore the intersectionality framework and how it is demonstrated in grassroots organizations in the South. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn about intersectionality and why it is necessary in organizing for social change.
We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to watch these women of color leaders hold space for one another as they have an open and honest discussion about intersectionality work. This event was recorded live on VAYLA’s Facebook page on August 12, 2020. You can watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=307160630533307
VAYLA is an intersectional AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) nonprofit organization based in New Orleans focused on advocacy through providing climate and reproductive justice education, community organizing education, comprehensive civic engagement and pathways to citizenship. Stand up against discrimination so we can ensure our most vulnerable young people, elders, patients, medical care providers, store clerks, and all community members are able to access the help they need. Together we must denounce discrimination.
Report any incidents of hate here
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This resource by VAYLA New Orleans is a comprehensive list of links to redirect to useful COVID-19 and anti-racist resources, such as relief funds, readings, translated letters, and more.
View the list here
This website provides COVID-related resources in multiple languages, including English, Burmese, Hmong, Khmer, and Vietnamese, to name a few. These resources are both nationwide and specific to Louisiana and New Orleans, and cover areas such as bystander intervention training, mutual aid funds, and health services.
Access the COVID-19 Resources page here
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