Detroit Protest Demands: Stop Anti-Asian Hate and Violence!

Stop Anti-Asian Hate and Violence!

By Fighting Words Detroit Staff

There was another rally and march in downtown Detroit on Sat. March 27, 2021. The event was in response to the escalation of racist violence directed towards Asian people inside the United States and abroad.

For the second weekend consecutively, thousands have taken to the streets across the United States demanding an end to the violent racist attacks against Asian people. Hate crimes directed towards Asians have increased by 150% over the last year.

The Detroit event was organized by the Asian American community themselves and in their own names. Several community leaders and political officials spoke at the rally noting the contemporary and historical repression and exploitation endured by Asian people dating back more than a century in the U.S. The gathering began at 3:00pm outside the City-County Bldg.

Later there was a march up Woodward and around Campus Martius.

Members of the Asian American Pacific Islanders community led the demonstration which was joined by contingents from Detroit Will Breathe, Moratorium NOW! Coalition and other organizations.

The march ended back at the Spirit of Detroit where other speakers expressed solidarity against racist and gender-based oppression and violence.

(Photograph by Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire).

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Detroit March 27, 2021 / Photo: Abayomi Azikiwe of the Pan African News Wire

GABRIELA activist: Class analysis and anti-imperialism necessary for the women’s movement

As we celebrate Women’s History Month and reflect on the contributions of women in society, it is critical to highlight our struggles as Filipino women with an anti-imperialist perspective. As a community organizer with GABRIELA Washington, D.C., I’ve realized there is a need to go beyond U.S. identity politics in the political movement and study the experiences of women with a class analysis. 

Coni Ledesma, from the Executive Committee of the International Women’s Alliance (IWA), provided further context during her speech for GABRIELA USA’s 2021 General Assembly:

“We believe that women’s oppression started with the development of private property and the development of classes. And women will continue to be oppressed as long as there are classes and private ownership of the means of production. That today, imperialism exploits the majority of women because the majority of women belong to the oppressed classes.

“That is why building an anti-imperialist women’s organization is imperative today. An organization that recognizes that women are oppressed as long as there is private property. That it is imperialism that keeps women oppressed and exploited.”

The COVID-19 pandemic only exposed the worsening conditions of working-class people in our communities, both in the U.S. and abroad. Fears of contracting COVID-19 at the workplace were exacerbated by the longer working hours (if employees/staff were reduced in workplaces) or cut hours as people experienced reduction of hours, or complete layoffs. 

Reporting in-person to work, without the understanding of guidance or particular protocols and restrictions, further worsened spaces that congregated workers (or people) and confined them in spaces — i.e. factories, prisons, detention centers, schools, healthcare facilities, service industry workplaces, etc. 

Even prior to the pandemic, working people had already experienced being overworked, underpaid, lacked protection, and have been neglected by state governments that lacked sufficient handling and planned responses to COVID-19 prior to reopening phases, which only proves that state governments only view workers as dispensable. 

In being exposed to the experiences of migrant Filipino women, our kababaihan (women) also share a common struggle of economic hardship. Their work is a cheap source of labor and a commodity bought and sold in order to produce more profit. Lack of citizenship status creates an abusive economic environment where the employer utilizes the lack of immigration status to either threaten or further exploit women. 

Abusive or controlling dynamics in the workplace against women only prevent women from reporting or exposing their conditions because of the fear of retaliation or losing their only source for economic survival. 

With common struggles and coercive conditions, migrant women bear the brunt of worsening exploitation and oppression. 

For Filipino women, their hardships are even more dangerous when encountered with harassment, sexual assault, physical or verbal abuse, and other controlling and power dynamics that become manipulative and harmful — whether in the workplace or at home. Being unable to afford basic needs on their own and feeling shamed, Filipino women for these reasons sometimes stay with an abusive boss or spouse/partner. 

As one of the largest sectors of the population living outside of the Philippines, Filipino women face an urgent call to unite with a collective understanding of who our oppressor, our enemy, truly is — U.S. imperialism. While holding the culprits and perpetrators accountable in situations met with violence and abuse, it is not enough. It is not enough to bash the cis-presenting male, it is not enough to name patriarchy, misogyny and the looming arguments about a women’s right to her body. It’s beyond these symptoms of oppression. The conditions of women demand further investigation and unity in fighting our common oppressor. 

A woman’s place in the struggle should always be linked to the conditions of people, of the most marginalized in our communities. These conditions necessitate a broader demand to organize women, particularly among the ranks of the working class. Our fight for human rights and protection as Filipino women is dependent upon the growth of a mass movement to defend and protect the livelihood and rights of the people. With a deeper understanding of our common enemy and building an organized movement, we can truly defend her, defend Filipino women, and fight for our liberation! 

Jo Quiambao is a community organizer from GABRIELA Washington, D.C. GABRIELA D.C. was formed as an organization in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area of GABRIELA USA. The organization formed as a vehicle to empower Filipinas in our communities, whose human rights and welfare are being attacked and neglected. Founders of GABRIELA D.C. united to rise up, take action, and advance the national democratic movement as a path to genuine liberation, equality and justice for all marginalized Filipinos in the motherland and abroad.

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Racine, April 3, 2021: Rally for Justice for Ty’Rese West & Donte Shannon!

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Monument Square, Racine, WI – 12:30 P.M.

We are standing in justice for Ty’rese West and Donte Shannon we are not stopping until we see a change in our community of Racine, Wisconsin. We are asking the people of Racine to come out stand in solidarity with these lives that were lost to police brutality in 2018 and 2019.

Racine Coalition for Peace (RCPJ) and Justice Spring 2021 News & Event Listings

Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice

Tuesday, March 30th, 7 PM: Organizational meeting for Cuba Caravan on zoom. Some of us will participate to determine feasibility of a local event.  If you are interested in participating in the planning, register in advance at:

Saturday, April 3rd, noon at Monument Square:  RALLY for JUSTICE for TYRESE WEST and DANTE SHANNON.  The organizer is Xavier Simmons of “Change is Coming”..  He turned out over 70 folks for a superb Rally for Breonna Taylor on March 13th. Our role is to be there and support Black initiatives. Dante was killed 3 blocks from Elaine’s home, by men in hoodies in an unmarked car. His aunt, Karen Simpson has spoken at our meetings. CHANGE IS COMING 

Sunday, April 11th at 1:30 pm: ESSENTIAL NOT DEPORTABLE CARAVAN & RALLY at the KENOSHA DETENTION CENTER, 4777 88th ave Kenosha WI 53144 to demand: Stop Deportations, COVID Recovery for All, and Citizenship for all.  Organizer is Voces de la Frontera.  We will be making 100 bag lunches for those who are participating in this event.  We would love for you to contribute toward the bag lunches if you can.  If you decide to do so, please call Elaine at 262-664-4077. Event by Voces de la Frontera ActionVoces de la Frontera

Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 pm: ESSENTIAL NOT DEPORTABLE CARAVAN at the Racine County Courthouse: 730 Wisconsin Ave, Racine, WI 53403. Organizer Voces de la Frontera. Event by Voces de la Frontera ActionVoces de la Frontera

Second Saturday of the month starting in May: Stand for Peace at the Martin Luther King plaza (corner of MLK Dr. and State Street).  We’ll send you more information on dates and themes.  Stay tuned!  Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice

             Do join us for any or all of these events if you can.

Until then, Sonali Knotek and Elaine Marie Kinch, Co-Chairs

                 Shirley Reynolds, Treasurer

                 John Heckenlively, Secretary

                 Richard Kinch, Editor

Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice

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Racine, March 13, 2021 / Photo: Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement

Milwaukee, May 1, 2021: MAY DAY RALLY & MARCH!

Event by Voces de la Frontera Action and Voces de la Frontera

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Fecha: Sábado, 1 de mayo

Hora y Lugar: 12pm – New Voces Building
733 W Historic Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

1pm – Ron Johnson’s Office
517 East Wisconsin Avenue Suite 408 Milwaukee, WI 53202

Acción: Este Primero de Mayo, únete a Voces de la Frontera Action y a La Red de Trabajadores Esenciales VDLF para una acción de masas para hacer nuestras demandas de 100 días al Congreso y a la Administración Biden fuertes y claras: PARAR LAS DEPORTACIONES, RECUPERACIÓN DEL COVID PARA TODXS, y CIUDADANÍA PARA TODXS.

Nos reuniremos en el nuevo edificio de Voces en el corazón del South Side y marcharemos hasta la oficina de Ron Johnson para una protesta y una conferencia de prensa. ¡Únete a nosotros!

Date: Saturday, May 1Time and Place:12pm – New Voces Building
733 W Historic Mitchell St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

1pm – Ron Johnson’s Office
517 East Wisconsin Avenue Suite 408 Milwaukee, WI 53202

Action: This Mayday, join Voces de la Frontera Action and the VDLF Essential Workers Rights Network for a mass action to make our 100 days demands to Congress and to the Biden AdminisRtation loud and clear: STOP DEPORTATIONS, COVID RECOVERY FOR ALL, and CITIZENSHIP FOR ALL.

We will meet at the new Voces Building in the heart of the South Side and march to Ron Johnson’s office for a protest and press conference. Join us!

Event by Voces de la Frontera Action and Voces de la Frontera