Statement of Solidarity: Black Lives Matter

Leadership, Education, Activism, and Dialogue (LEAD) Filipino, a San Jose-based community organization of students, young adults, and families decry the atrocities that continue to target Black American communities.  

We stand alongside our brothers and sisters, in the Movement for Black Lives, to demand justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and to call for an immediate end to racist policing.  Our hearts reside with the families and friends of those we’ve lost to the depraved hands of state sanctioned racism and violence.

Lest we not forget our own histories and our families’ diasporic experiences from the Philippines to America. These stories hold the indelible marks of our community’s receipt of prejudice and racist-fueled actions. From anti-miscegenation laws, deceptive ploys that reduced a Filipinx to nothing more than cheap labor, and reneging on countless agreements made with our people, such as the Rescission Act of 1946.

Our community bears witness to the impacts of forced migration, immigrant acculturation, and American assimilation so as not to attract ire…but to survive. To not be different. This is the time to rise and stand up — because we are different. Be different and STAND for the virtue, the value, and the promise to recognize that strikes against Black American communities painfully reverberate through all of us.

Sign the petition that urges to have all of the police officers involved in George Floyd’s murder charged and fired immediately. 

Please consider donating to the organizations that are working to provide legal counsel, services, and financial resources for those deeply affected:

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund
I Run with Maud Memorial Fund
NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Reclaim the Block
Southern Poverty Law Center

Ang Tao, Ang Bayan, Ngayon Ay Lumalaban! The People United, Will Never Be Defeated!

Sulong! (Pushing Forward!)

LEAD Filipino

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