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JAWAUCB Statement of Solidarity June 10, 2020

Letter to Members and Friends of JAWAUCB


Dear Friends,

Today has been designated #Strike4BlackLives day at UC Berkeley, a day for all on campus and in academia at large to reflect upon the core mission of education to build a more just society for all.

The Board of Directors of JAWAUCB would like to take this moment to endorse the sentiments of a statement recently issued by the faculty of the UC Berkeley Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS) Program and forward it to you for your perusal.

As an alumni chapter founded upon a legacy of struggle for equity and inclusion by Japanese American women at Cal, we believe that this statement by AAADS warrants our attention and increased dedication to investing in our future leaders -- the current undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley. We also believe that supporting university efforts to confront and change the systemic ways in which white supremacy is perpetuated in such forms as xenophobia and anti-Black racism is part of our inherited legacy as an organization. .

We greatly appreciate your continued engagement with our efforts to ensure that our students are able to pursue their visionary hopes for a more just and humane campus, nation, and global community.


Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani, Chair

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Statement of Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

The senseless murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police on May 25th has mobilized thousands of people into the streets to protest against police brutality, state violence, and systemic racism. The Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS) program at UC Berkeley expresses our deepest condolences to the Floyd family for their loss and stands in solidarity with the Black community and its allies to condemn the rampant racist violence that has taken so many innocent lives. George Floyd is the latest victim, joining Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castille, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, and so many others before them. We mourn with their families and communities, and we extend our support and commitment to bring about real, profound, and enduring change.

The expressions of pain and outrage that have erupted across the U.S. bear witness to the reawakening of our collective consciousness. Let us harness this momentum to work together toward a better, more just, and more humane future by ending police brutality, reforming the criminal justice system, ensuring more equitable access to resources and opportunities, and ending anti-Black racism across all institutions and in our everyday lives.

Fifty years ago, a coalition of African American, Latinx, indigenous, and Asian American students mobilized for sweeping educational reform in order to achieve social change, self-determination, and community empowerment. As a result, the AAADS program was created, along with African American, Native American, and Chicanx/Latinx Studies. Our success builds on and is made possible by the victories of Black social movements and their struggle for liberation. Then, as now, we resolve to expose and challenge systemic racism and all forms of inequalities, including gender, sexuality, economic, and political, among others. Our work continues. Our alliances will persist.

Moments of crisis always offer opportunities for change. Now is the time that we must find hope, courage, strength, and vision to forge the world we want to create.

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