SEAFN – Southeast Asian Freedom Week of Action Communications Toolkit

Southeast Asian Freedom Week of Action Communications Toolkit 

A political education and freedom campaign to end the detention and deportation of Southeast Asian migrants and refugees. 

Topline messages: 

  • The U.S. government is an agent of anti-Asian violence each time it detains and deports Southeast Asian migrants and refugees.
  • Detention and deportation are extensions of U.S. imperialism, whereby our people are continuously displaced from our homes and families by the U.S. government, as we had been in Southeast Asia.
  • Southeast Asian migrants and refugees are unconditionally deserving of dignity. The immigration system is bereft of that.
  • Detention and deportation does not create safe communities. In fact, it exacerbates violence and injustice.
  • Southeast Asian liberation is deeply intertwined with the freedom struggles of other migrants and refugees and of the Indigenous nations of the U.S. whose lands were also pillaged by the U.S.
  • Fighting anti-Blackness is a central pillar in ending the oppression of Southeast Asian people internationally.

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Asian Prisoner Support Committee’s Data Report on Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated AAPIs

Read the report here – ASIAN PRISONER SUPPORT COMMITTEE Data Report On Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated AAPIs

From 2019-2021, APSC collected survey data from 513 incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals from prisons and communities throughout California.

Preface: Much of the publicly available data (e.g. Bureau of Justice Statistics) does not disaggregate AAPI data — in fact, AAPIs are often categorized as “Other” in the official statistics. Oftentimes, ethnicity/race data is based on reporting by prison administrators that does not accurately reflect how an individual may self-identify.

In order to address this gap in information, APSC embarked on a survey project to reach as many AAPI incarcerated community members as possible. We mailed over 2,000 surveys across California’s penal system. Some prisons rejected our surveys and returned the mailings to APSC (no explanation was given). We are grateful to the 500+ individuals who filled out the survey.

As part of our outreach strategy, we looked up some common last names (targeting Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong, and Chinese) in CDCR’s inmate . This methodology makes this survey more heavily weighted towards Southeast Asian communities, and it underscores the need for further research and attention to all of our diverse AAPI communities.

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VietRise: Vietnamese and American Organizations Denounce Upcoming Deportation Flight to Vietnam, Says Deporting Refugees is Anti-Asian Violence


Posted by VietRISE on Friday, March 12, 2021

NAPAWF: Stop Asian Hate

Condemn Hate and Violence Against Asian American Women
“We are appalled, devastated, and angry at the violence in Georgia that has taken eight lives, six of whom were Asian American women. Many NAPAWF members and staff are especially shaken because they or their family members work in the service industry and have already been experiencing increased racism at work because of COVID-19. We mourn with the families of the victims, with our Georgia community, and with our broader community as the effects of anti-Asian racism are felt across the country by all of us.

While officials now have announced the shooter’s motivations were based on a “sex addiction” and not racial bias, we know firsthand that sexual violence, sexism, and racism are intertwined for Asian American and Pacific Islander women. In the wake of COVID-19, racist scapegoating have fed this sexist fetishization as part of the spike in the incidents of hate.

We must call this moment what it truly is: white supremacy, anti-Asian racism, sexism, and sexual violence against Asian American women. More than 68 percent of reported incidents of anti-Asian harassment and violence have been from women, and new polling commissioned by NAPAWF has revealed that nearly half of AAPI women have been affected by anti-Asian racism in the past two years. Racism intertwined with sexism has always been a part of our lives — this horrific mass shooting laid bare what we used to face unnoticed.

We need a response to these attacks that centers Asian American women and elders. Intentional centering of women and elders must result in true aid, community support, government support, and an emphasis on our lived experiences, so that relief flows to those who need it most. We do not need more law enforcement – time and time again, more law enforcement did not lead to protection and safety. It instead leads to more violence aimed at and control of Black and Brown communities, including our own community members.”

Send a message to your elected officials: The federal government, state, and local community responses to incidents of AAPI hate must be intersectional and responsive to the needs of Asian American women and elders.

Asian American United – Dismantle Our History of Economic Inequity and Racism

“We must look further. We must dismantle our history of economic inequity and racism.”

Visit this document for resources on dismantling Anti-Blackness in the Asian Community.

Vist this document for the full statement, resources to learn more and action items.

Sign the  petition for Christian Hall

Visit this doc for our full statement, resources to learn more, and action items:

Posted by Asian Americans United on Thursday, March 4, 2021

Missed an event? Check out this website to be more involved in your local city!


Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta: A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities

Collective Statement– A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities in English, Chinese (中文), Korean (한국어), and Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).



Sign on to our collective community statement to stand in solidarity with us as we develop our community-centered response and denounce the misogyny, white supremacy, and systemic racism that motivate violence against Asian American communities and other communities of color.

A link to the full statement and individual and organizational sign-ons are here.

Donate to the victims of the violent acts and their families here.
All donations will go directly to support the victims and their families.

Share the resources you can offer to the victims and their families, other impacted community members, and community organizations involved in crisis response here.
The resources you might offer can include but are not limited to: mental health services (counseling, healing), other medical services, immigration legal services, interpretation or translation in Asian languages, victim advocacy/case management, assistance with fundraising for victims and their families, childcare, and/or food assistance. Share this link widely so others can add their community offerings as well.