Schlagwort-Archive: 18MR

🚨We’re one vote short for Net Neutrality 🚨

This is it! The Senate will vote next week to restore Net Neutrality. You can help win this vote by telling Senators to vote YES on the resolution.

Earlier this year the Federal Communications Commission, chaired by #DesiWallofShame Ajit Pai, caved to Big Cable and threw out the Net Neutrality rules that protect a free and open Internet. [1] This move opened the doors for AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to control what we see and do online. But that wasn’t the end of the story.

Thanks to a massive public outcry, including from members like you, we helped rally support in the U.S. Senate to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the FCC’s heinous move and save Net Neutrality.

Today, the Senate is going around Mitch McConnell and will force a vote of the full Senate next week. This is a huge, unprecedented move that is happening because of members like you who have signed petitions, called your Senators, and constantly spoke out about the importance of Net Neutrality.

Now, we only need one more vote to guarantee victory. Will you join us? Sign the petition: Tell YOUR Senator to overturn the FCC and save Net Neutrality.

Thanks to the support of Senator Susan Collins of Maine and the entire Democratic caucus, we have 50 Senators in support of overturning the FCC and saving net neutrality. We only need 51 votes to win.

Big Cable is scared. AT&T, Comcast and Verizon are mobilizing their army of lobbyists on Capitol Hill to try to stop us from overturning the FCC’s repeal of Net Neutrality. And they should be scared. We know as people of color that our ability to use the Internet freely depends on Net Neutrality being restored. And, we know that when we mobilize — we win.

This is one of the most consequential votes Congress has take on Net Neutrality and internet freedom in years. And, we can win this vote. We only need one more Senator!

That’s where you come in. 86% of Americans support net neutrality. [2] Can you help us make sure that message is heard loud and clear?

This is urgent. Sign the petition: Tell YOUR Senator to be the winning vote and save Net Neutrality.

In solidarity,

Laura, Cayden, Taz and Bianca — the 18MR Team

P.S. Have you met FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn? She’s been a fierce champion for communities of color and we’re sad to see her leave the FCC. Yesterday, we talked with her about not taking any sh*t from racist haters and her legacy fighting for all of us.



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Re: #MarchForOurLives

Hi ,

At Saturday’s #MarchForOurLives, we saw hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets. Demonstrations in D.C. and across the nation showed politicians that it’s high time that the lives and safety of the people become the priority. It’s time that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools.

Although Asian Americans aren’t always included in the national narrative on gun violence, we are both victim and occasionally shooter. Our friend Frances Kai-Hwa Wang writes in our essay series, “Write Back, Fight Back” about her fears while preparing her 13 year old multiracial son for encounters with the police and gun violence.*

“I began to coach Little Brother on how to take his hoodie off; how to control his voice and volume even if angry or afraid; how to talk to police and strangers respectfully; how to move slowly and to keep his hands visible; how to look out for himself and his friends. Then, after he panicked when he saw two police officers at the grocery store, I also try to teach him how to not be afraid of the police when he really needs them, and how to tell which strangers would be safe to ask for help when needed.

Does any of this really help? I don’t know.”

In “Preparing Little Brother for a Mass Shooting.” Frances Kai-Hwa Wang writes about how for Asian Americans gun violence is shaped by the perceptions that we are different, foreign, immigrant, terrorist, and other.

We’re sharing one new essay each week and we hope you’ll #WriteBackFightBack white supremacy with us.

In solidarity,

Taz, Laura, Cayden and the 18MR Team

P.S. Have you signed our letter calling on Asian Americans to condemn white supremacy? You still can here.

*We launched “Write Back, Fight Back” with our friends Reappropriate and Asian Americans Advancing Justice because we saw the need for Asian Americans to speak out about white supremacy from perspectives that are uniquely ours.
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Ajit-tate for Net Neutrality

Hi ,

Verizon puppet Ajit Pai’s order to hand control of the Internet to Comcast, Verizon and AT&T is officially moving forward. Join the massive online protest to get Congress to block it!

We’re only one vote away in the Senate from overturning the FCC’s decision and restoring Net Neutrality.

We’re joining a massive online protest TODAY to flood the Senate with calls and emails to get that #OneMoreVote we need to win. Will you join us?

We’re calling the day of action Operation: #OneMoreVote and we have only 60 legislative days to make it happen.

A massive burst of pressure from constituents like you right now is exactly what we need to push those undecided senators over the edge and get them to vote for the CRA. For Asian Americans, our calls to Congress hold Ajit Pai accountable for upholding the racist policies of Trump’s administration. If he’s going to be a token Asian for white supremacists, we need to make sure there are consequences for doing it.

Pai’s FCC’s war on the poor will deny communities of color and low-income households the basic ability to access the internet — preventing us from fully participating in society.

We are so close to victory and we need all hands on deck. You in? Click here to take action to get Congress to block the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality.

Saving Net Neutrality is about preserving civil rights online. Our communities of color need the free and open Internet to continue fighting for a world in which our humanity and dignity can be realized. We refuse to back down and we have a real shot of winning if everyone goes hard today!

Let’s do this!

Laura and the 18MR Team

P.S. One quick note: even once the FCC repeal enters the Federal Register, the new rules won’t take effect for at least 60 days, and likely even more. So anyone who is saying stuff like “Net neutrality was repealed and nothing bad has happened yet so that means we didn’t need it in the first place,” is either misinformed or intentionally misleading you. Check out this thread for some more details on the process.

[1] Ars Technica

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Cyntoia Brown was 16 years old when she defended herself from her sexual abuser in 2006. We would hope she received help and support as the victim of child sex trafficking. But, no. District Attorney Glenn Funk prosecuted Cyntoia and she was sentenced to life in prison because of the subsequent death of her 43 year old abuser.

Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk’s charges were biased and cruel. No child, especially a victim of sex trafficking, should be sentenced to life in prison. Tell Glenn Funk to free Cyntoia from prison now.

In the U.S., over 80% of incarcerated girls and 86% of incarcerated women are survivors of sexual violence. [1] [2] Instead of providing mental and social services for survivors who escape sexual and domestic violence, America is criminalizing and forgetting them in prisons. For immigrants, this fastracks them through the prison-to-deportation pipeline.

Glenn Funk is another cog in the racist, sexist criminal system that must be held accountable. Add your name now to urge the Tennessean District Attorney to release her from prison, and review all juvenile life cases now.

Like Nan-Hui Jo, Ny Nourn and other women of color, Cyntoia Brown is trapped in a criminal system that prioritizes the lives and rights of their abusers. [3] [4] When she had the courage to fight back and escape, she was punished for being a victim of sex trafficking and years of sexual abuse.

Cyntoia Brown deserves justice. Children, women and survivors of sexual violence deserve justice. With your help, we know we can get it. It was through people power that Nan-Hui Jo and Ny Nourn were released from prison and their unjust deportations suspended.

It is cruel that Cyntoia Brown has already spent 10 years of her life in prison. Join us in demanding that the District Attorney release Cyntoia now.

In solidarity,

Laura and the 18MR Team

P.S. If you’ve always wanted to mobilize the Asian American movement and work with some cool people, now’s your chance! We’re hiring for two positions on our team!

[2] ts4g



They’re building a fence to keep Japanese Americans out


Tule Lake was an infamous segregation center where more than 24,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned and punished for speaking out against their mass incarceration during World War II. Today, it’s a National Historic Landmark. This history is under threat of erasure again, this time by the county government where the Landmark is located.

Modoc County is pushing a plan that threatens the preservation of Tule Lake concentration camp and segregation center. It wants to build a three-mile-long, eight-foot-high, barbed-wire fence around the Tule Lake airport that would cut off access to the National Historic Landmark where thousands of innocent men, women and children were incarcerated. But we have a chance to stop it.

Tell Modoc County: Stop fencing our people out and stop erasing our country’s history. Survivors and their families should have access to the National Historic Landmark where they were incarcerated.

To make matters worse, this isn’t the first time the County has messed with the historic site. The Tule Lake camp cemetery, located on the airport grounds, was bulldozed and used as fill dirt when the airport was built. Then, Modoc County further desecrated the concentration camp site by locating a dump across from the burial grounds.

Modoc County can atone for its historic wrongs. Will you tell Mitch Crosby, Modoc County Road Commissioner, to abandon this fence and move the airport off Tule Lake?

The Tule Lake airport is a small airstrip used by one business, a crop-dusting firm. In a county that’s rural and sparsely populated, it makes no sense for it to operate there. Additionally, Modoc County has not even completed an environmental impact report for the entire airport, which takes up two-thirds of the Tule Lake site and is sandwiched between two national wildlife refuges. [1]

Modoc County has set a deadline of 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, Oct. 10 for public comments on the project. Write and tell them we oppose the construction of a three-mile-long fence that would permanently tear apart Tule Lake and desecrate its significance as a national civil rights site.

Send your comment to Mitch Crosby, Modoc County Road Commissioner, to stop erasing our history. There is no reason an airstrip serving one business should operate on a National Historical Landmark where 24,000 people were stripped of their civil rights.

We can do this!

Laura and Barbara, Hana and Nancy from #SaveTuleLake

URGENT ACTION: Stop Unjust Deportations #ReleaseMN8

Hi Sylvia,

This is urgent and we need your help.

Chamroeun Phan, one of the MN8, now has the opportunity to be reunited with his family. Phan has been held in immigration detention for a year, despite being issued deportation relief by an immigration judge in May.

The MN8 are dads, husbands, sons, brothers and community leaders and also refugees who escaped the Khmer genocide after experiencing extremely violent and traumatic events and were eventually resettled in the US with little to no support. In some cases they were detained and separated from their families without any notice, despite having already served old convictions.

Ramsey County Attorney General John Choi has the choice to stand with the community and support a motion to reduce Chamroeun Phan’s 365-day prison sentence by one day, which would guarantee him automatic relief from deportation.

Will you join 18MR and the Release MN8 Campaign to urge Ramsey County Attorney General John Choi to stop this unjust deportation?

Choi himself has told Phan’s family he sympathizes with them, saying “I do not believe that deporting Mr. Phan to a country where he has never lived and whose language he does not speak is a fair consequence.” Yet now that the power is in his hands, Choi seems reluctant to take any action.

Chamrouen has already waited a year in detention and we will not allow him to be deported. Can you take a moment to remind John Choi of his principles?

Yesterday over 70 community members banded together at Ramsey County Attorney General John Choi’s office to demand he bring Chamroeun home. Now we need to keep up the pressure so we can end this unjust deportation.

In Solidarity,

Laura, the 18MR Team, and our partners at #ReleaseMN8 campaign

P.S. Don’t forget to share the call tool with your family!

The Internet could change forever


Right now our free and open internet is under attack.

Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai – a former Verizon lawyer – announced plans in April to undo Net Neutrality rules. This would change the Internet as we know it, but we have the opportunity to protect our speech and privacy on the Internet and tell the FCC and Big Cable like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon to back off. Will you raise your voice and save the Internet from corporate interests?

For Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other communities of color, Net Neutrality has allowed us to carve out our own spaces on the Internet. We can tell our own stories, become viral sensations, and bypass media gatekeepers that keep us on the margins. By sharing why we need to save Net Neutrality, we can keep the Internet free and open.

Right now the FCC and Big Cable have plans to create fast lanes and charge companies, blogs, activists and YOU more to use them. The Internet will become a tiered system where AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and politicians could control which websites and apps you can access with higher costs than ever before. Now it’s time to fight back.

Two years ago we fought the same battle and millions of people just like you supported the rules to protect Net Neutrality, allowing free and open access to all websites by anyone who uses the Internet. We won that battle then, we can win this battle now.

The deadline for the comment period is coming up on July 17. The FCC and Congress must hear from millions of Americans again that Net Neutrality is here to stay.

To stop them, will you add your voice to protect our free speech, privacy and affordable access to the Internet? Tell the FCC to protect Net Neutrality—and tell Congress to oppose Ajit Pai’s plan.

Thank you for saving the internet!

Laura, Cayden, and the 18MR Team

P.S. Don’t forget to share the petition once you’ve added your name!

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URGENT ACTION: Stop the deportation of 8 Cambodian men


This is urgent and we need your help.

Since last August, immigrant rights activists and families from Minnesota have been fighting for 8 Cambodian men, also known as the MN8, who are being detained and could be deported any day now.
The stories of these men are intertwined. They are refugees who escaped the Khmer genocide after experiencing extremely violent and traumatic events and were eventually resettled in the US with little to no support — making them vulnerable to the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline.1 Since 1998, around 16,000 Southeast Asian Americans have received final deportation orders—78% of them based on criminal records.2

The MN8 are dads, husbands, sons, brothers and community leaders who in some cases were detained and separated from their families without any notice. They are at the intersection of immigration and the criminal justice systems which still criminalize them as a threat to national security and public safety despite having already served old convictions.
As our partners from the Release MN campaign shared with us: “They are exhausted and need our help now more than ever. All Stay of Removal applications have been denied for each individual. This means that these family members are closer to deportation. However, given that these men have been detained for over 90 days, they are entitled to a custody review and another stay or removal application can be filed.”
When the Obama Administration pledged to deport “felons, not family,” these families fell into the crosshairs. Now the next administration may escalate the attacks on Asian American families.
Together, we can amplify the MN8’s stories to help them reunite with their families and friends and end the unjust deportations of many immigrant families.

In Solidarity,

Oanh-Nhi and the 18MR team

P.S. Don’t forget to share this petition once you’ve signed it!

1. Asian Americans Pacific Islanders BEHIND BARS, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, National Education Association, Southeast Asian Resource Center, December 2015.

2. Automatic Injustice A Report on Prosecutorial Discretion in the Southeast Asian American Community, Southeast Asian Resource Center, October 2016.



Hi Sylvia,

We are saddened, angered, and defiant. It’s okay to feel grief, anger, and sadness. It’s okay to feel what you feel.

As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, we must protect and support one another — and we must continue to support our Muslim, Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities.  

We will continue to organize against the forces of xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Black racism and misogyny that made today possible. This election doesn’t change the fact that we’ll continue to love, support, embrace, and nourish each other. We will create bolder, love deeper, and work harder to dismantle systems of oppression.

Despite fear and hate winning at the top of the ballot, we celebrate the fact that the number of women of color quadrupled in the Senate.1

  • Mazie Hirono is the first and only Asian American woman senator from Hawaii.
  • Tammy Duckworth is the first Thai American Senator-elect of Illinois.
  • Kamala Harris is the first Indian and Jamaican American Senator-elect of California.
  • Catherine Cortez Masto is the first Latina Senator-elect of Nevada, and Nevada’s first woman senator.

And more good news:

  • Pramila Jayapal, a Washington State Senator, is the first Indian-American woman elected to Congress.
  • lhan Omar is the first Somali-American Muslim woman legislator in Minnesota.

And even more AAPI wins.

In Florida, Arizona, Virginia, and North Carolina, Asian Americans roughly doubled in early voting compared to the 2012 election. In Georgia, we tripled.

Social movements have never been about one election or one candidate. It’s about us. It’s about the deep connection and commitment we build together while fighting for a better future — a future that finally acknowledges that Black Lives Matter, that Indigenous folks deserve the right to water and sacred sites more than companies deserve the “right” to drill for oil, and ends the deportations that rip immigrant families apart.

We will continue to build with our communities and across other communities of color.

We will participate in actions led by organizations that are bettering our communities, locally and nationally.

We will organize for a world where our humanity is fully present and a world that allows people of color, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ folks to thrive and not just to survive. As Grace Lee Boggs said: „People are aware that they cannot continue in the same old way, but are immobilized because they cannot imagine an alternative. We need a vision that recognizes that we are at one of the great turning points in human history when the survival of our planet and the restoration of our humanity require a great sea change in our ecological, economic, political, and spiritual values.“

Hold on tight to that vision of the world we want to create. To support 18MR’s work in service of that vision, please consider donating here.

Together, we are unstoppable.

In solidarity always,

Oanh-Nhi, Diane, Taz, Cayden, and Mark

1. One small sign of progress: the number of women of color in the Senate quadrupled, VOX, 11/8/16

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AAPIs say: #FreeJasmine

Oanh-Nhi Nguyen,

Pasadena Black Lives Matter chapter leader Jasmine “Abdullah” Richards was just wrongfully convicted of “felony lynching,” and faces up to four years in prison. This takes the targeting of BLM leaders to a whole new level.

On Tuesday, June 7, Judge Elaine Lu will determine Richards’ sentencing. As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, we need to make sure Judge Lu hears our demand to #FreeJasmine and stop the political persecution of Black Lives Matter activists.

Tell Judge Lu: AAPIs back the calls of and Black Lives Matter International Network and demand no jail time for Jasmine Richards.

Jasmine was arrested and charged for “lynching” last September after she attempted to shield a Black woman from what she deemed to be an unlawful detainment by Pasadena police after a Peace March she and the chapter organized. Although the peaceful march was made up of twenty-some children, mothers, and community members, the prosecutor claimed it was a “riot” in order to pursue the “lynching” charge.  

The charge comes from the twisted misapplication of a 1933 California law created to stop lynch mobs from forcibly removing detainees from police custody and engaging in public murders of Black people. To convict Jasmine of “attempted lynching” is a willful misinterpretation of a law created to protect Black lives. There were no Black people on the jury that convicted Jasmine.

Los Angeles BLM chapter organizer Melina Abdullah stressed that Jasmine was targeted for her political activity and leadership in Pasadena: “Jasmine is a political prisoner and represents probably the hugest threat to the state, in that the folks at the bottom can recognize their own oppression and rise up against it.”

As AAPIs committed to racial justice for all, we know our liberation is tied to the liberation of Black communities. From Ferguson to Baltimore to Staten Island, we’ve been showing up to demand an end to state violence and the crisis of police brutality that impacts all of us, but which disproportionately targets Black communities. That’s why we’re coming together with our partners at to call on Judge Lu to see to it that Jasmine Richards receives no jail time for the ludicrous conviction of “attempted lynching.”

Sign the letter to tell Judge Lu that AAPIs demand no jail time for BLM leader Jasmine Richards.

In solidarity,

Oanh-Nhi, Mark, and the 18MR team