New bill would give relief to Southeast Asian refugees facing deportation

A new bill hoping to end the deportation of noncitizens convicted of certain crimes was introduced on Tuesday. The Southeast Asian Deportation Relief Act would allow judges to grant relief to those with prior convictions who are also facing deportation. 

About 15,000 Southeast Asians in the U.S. have final removal orders, according to the Southeast Asian Freedom Network, a coalition of grassroots organizations that supports people facing deportation to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. 

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MAF Abolitionist V. Reforms Tool

The Muslim Abolitionist Futures (MAF) Network is working towards building a world where we all live with dignity, freedom and justice. MAF’s goal is to abolish the “Global War on Terror (GWOT).” GWOT is a system of death and destruction that exists through policies, programs, and laws that target Muslim communities, communities racialized as Muslim, and more broadly Black and Brown communities targeted under the false guise of national security.  

This tool was developed by the Muslim Abolitionist Futures Network’s Abolition and Policy Working Group that is led by Muslims for Just Futures. Muslim Abolitionist Futures is a network of grassroots organizations across the country, and is co-anchored by Muslims for Just Futures, Vigilant Love, HEART Women & Girls, and Queer Crescent. The goal of this tool is to support organizations, collectives, groups, and community members committed to moving with abolitionist values in their policy advocacy efforts. The intention is to support groups and community members discern the type of policies that expand and further entrench the Global War on Terror, and the type of policies that can move us toward its abolition. The hope is to share a framework for policy objectives and oversight demands that move us toward our collaborative vision of abolition to the “Global War on Terror.” View the tool here. 

The Stories We Tell, and Don’t Tell, About Asian-American Lives

In the mid-nineties, David Eng was a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia, and Shinhee Han, a psychotherapist, worked for the school’s counselling and psychological services. After a seemingly popular Korean-American undergraduate at Columbia committed suicide, Eng and Han got to talking about what seemed, to them, like a wave of depression afflicting the school’s Asian-American students, and about how unsettling they found it that so few of their colleagues had attended the student’s funeral. There were many Asian-American students at Columbia, but Eng and Han had noticed that these students often spoke, in the classroom and at the clinic, of feeling invisible, as if their inner lives were of little concern to those outside their immediate community. 

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A group of Black women in lab coats helping an older Black woman and a child in the middle of the street.

Sisters of the revolution: the women of the Black Panther party

In her foreword to the book, the activist and author Angela Davis points out that 66% of the membership of the Black Panthers was female. She writes: “Because the media tended to focus on what could be easily sensationalised … There has been a tendency to forget that the organising work that truly made the Black Panther Party relevant to a new era of struggle for liberation was largely carried out by women.” 

Learn more here. 

Digital Projects on the Black Experience

Please view below a list of digital projects on the Black experience: 

  1. Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History 
    University of North Carolina 
  1. The Black Bibliography Project 
  1. eBlack Champaign Urbana 
  1. Digital Black Bibliographic Project 
  1. Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman in live motion 
  1. Civil Rights Movement Archive 
  1. Digital Harlem 
  1. Digital Schomburg 
  1. Black Past Digital Archives 
  1. Mapping Police Violence 
  1. Digital slave voyages 
  1. ASALH Digital Projects listed in Fire! 
  1. Digital Black History 
  1. One million truths 
  1. Slavery, Abolition, Emancipation, and Freedom: Primary Sources from Houghton Library 
  1. Black Stories Matter 
  1. Penn State Digital Projects and Exhibits 
  1. Digital Archives in the Black Past 
  1. Black Craftspeople Digital Archive 
  1. Colored Conventions Project 
  1. The Black Press 
  1. Howard University – Black Newspapers 
  1. Clark Atlanta University 
  1. University of Nottingham 
  1. The digital abolitionist 
  1. Las Vegas 
  1. Center for Black Digital Research 
  1. Umbra Search: University of Minnesota 
  1. Digital Projects Amistad Research Center 
  1. James Baldwin Digital Resource Guide 
  1. The Project on the History of Black Writing