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AABANY Stands United with the Black Community against Injustice

The Asian American Bar Association of New York

Stands United with the Black Community against Injustice

 

The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) stands in solidarity with the peaceful protestors decrying the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. George, Ahmaud, Breona -- they are but the latest in a long line of names that stretch back more than four hundred years. Unfortunately, most of those names are lost to history, or captured only in print and photographs.  Today, we are stirred again to action as the world witnessed a life brutally snuffed out. We cannot allow the lives of George, Ahmaud, Breona, and many, many others to be lost to history. AABANY has been -- and will continue to be -- committed to fighting for a future where such injustice and brutality are no longer commonplace.

AABANY’s mission calls upon us to advocate for the “fair administration of justice for all.” We therefore reject the rhetoric of division and embrace principles of equality and empathy.  We condemn discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, and immigration status. Furthermore, state-sanctioned violence has no place in the criminal justice system. The time is long overdue for structural change in our social, political and legal framework. 

As an association of legal professionals committed to advancing racial equality and civil rights as well as promoting diversity, inclusion and the elimination of bias, we recognize that when the justice system fails to protect the civil liberties and human rights of African Americans, everyone suffers. As Asian Americans, we stand beside Black communities as allies during these challenging times. The battle against racism must acknowledge that Black Lives Matter.

AABANY’s theme this year, “Stronger Together: Unity in Diversity,” could not be more relevant as we stand in solidarity with the Black community to raise our voices against injustice. We support the peaceful expressions of outrage and grief displayed during the protests in New York City and across the country, and we join in the calls for immediate change and reform in our laws.

We also stand in unity with our affiliated Asian Pacific American bars, including the Minnesota National Asian American Bar Association (MNAPABA) and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and we support their joint statement issued on June 2.

            If you want to know how you can help, please see the resources below:

 

POLICY-MAKING:

 

Campaign Zero has a comprehensive guide to policies that aim to correct broken windows policing, excessive force, racial profiling, for-profit policing, etc.

 

Reclaim the Block , a Minneapolis organization, has a petition that asks the city council to defund the police force, freeing up resources to promote the safety and health of the city’s marginalized communities

 

Contact Your Local, State, or Federal Representatives

 

VOTE for and support politicians you believe will advocate for ALL Americans. For more information on your voting district and the upcoming primaries, click here.

 

DONATE:

 

NYC Small Business Recovery Fund aids businesses that have been impacted by the protests

 

Relief Fund For All Black-Owned Businesses supports black-owned businesses across America that have been looted and damaged as a result of the protests

 

Black Business Relief helps Brooklyn’s small businesses that have been badly affected by riots and looting receive the support they need

 

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund (GoFundMe) is organized by George Floyd’s sister, and aims to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist the family as they continue to seek justice for George

 

I Run With Maud (GoFundMe) assists Ahmaud's mother, Ms. Wanda Cooper-Jones, and her immediate family with financial support during this extremely difficult time and in their struggle for justice for the murder of Ahmaud Marquez Arbery

 

The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal and immigration bail and bond for people who cannot afford it

 

Communities United Against Police Brutality operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality.

 

Chinatown Partnership : Donate to Chinatown businesses damaged by looting in the wake of the protests

 

Asian Americans for Equality supports businesses in our community hard hit by the coronavirus scare

 

The Bail Project combats mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system.

 

The North Star Fund (Let Us Breathe Fund) supports the long-term leadership of Black New Yorkers fighting police violence and structural racism. 

  

Community Justice Exchange has a directory of community bail funds.

 

Black Lives Matter aims to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy.

 

ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project

 

NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund

 

Support Black-owned businesses

 

PETITION:

https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6857/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=27063&_ga=2.172975718.456404422.1591138282-665292618.1591138282

 

Text FLOYD, ENOUGH, and JUSTICE (3 separate texts) to 551-56 get links to petitions demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

 

Texting 50A to 50409 will generate a bot that walks you through the process of sending a letter to Governor Cuomo to repeal CRL 50A. This legislation gives police officers special rights and immunities that generally hinders justice.

  

Note: All website links shared above are for informational purposes only and their listing here does not imply or represent any kind of approval or endorsement by AABANY. Nothing stated here should be deemed to be legal advice from or by AABANY.