[AAPIP Connect] June 2020

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Dear Colleagues,

We release this newsletter on Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The holiday was first celebrated in 1865, more than two months after the Civil War ended and more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. And it is now widely celebrated as “independence day” for African Americans. This Juneteenth, AAPIP continues to be in solidarity with Black movements and we support Black leadership in the fight for justice, dignity, and humanity as we celebrate and recognize the enormous accomplishments of African Americans in the struggle for freedom. In honor of Juneteenth, Pat, President and CEO of AAPIP, offers a personal reflection: Juneteenth: A New Frame of Reverence.

June 19th also marks the day that Vincent Chin was killed back in 1982 by two white men - descendants of immigrants of European descent. The two men who blamed Asians for losing their jobs in the declining Detroit auto industry, beat Vincent to death with a baseball bat. For this heinous murder, neither of them served any jail time. June 19th - a day of remembrance.

Earlier this month, AAPIP would have held its Annual Meeting and the launch of a yearlong celebration of our 30th anniversary year: Solidarity Matters. In its place, we were looking forward to rolling out our State of AAPI Philanthropy Report through an online webinar, but instead, we once again pivoted to meet the moment by hosting a Conversation About Anti-Blackness and AAPI Communities, a profound reflection from AAPI philanthrofolk in collectively processing anti-Blackness and our responsibilities to shut it down.

June is also Pride month, a celebration of the movement for LGBTQ rights spearheaded by trans women of color in the late 60s. The recent Supreme Court decision grants federal nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans, a big victory in the midst of other attempts to roll back protections. And in prideful partnership with Lyle Matthew Kan from Funders for LGBTQ Issues, here’s a 2020 Update on LGBTQ AAPI Funding.

And speaking of Supreme Court decisions, on Thursday the Court rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle DACA. While the struggle still continues, this is an important victory not just for Dreamers whose status has been in limbo, but for all of us who care about democracy.

AAPIP is thrilled to announce new and returning board members who have been elected by you, our membership. They are a distinguished group of colleagues and we are honored to have them on board - please join us in welcoming them!

Finally, we want to acknowledge and recognize you - our readers, our colleagues, our friends - for your tireless efforts and contributions to advance racial and gender equity in this sector and beyond. We see you and appreciate you. Allyship and solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities is ever evolving in our shared work around racial and gender equity. Together, we are the change we’ve been waiting for. We gently and kindly remind all of us to practice self-care, to build community, and find ways to feel renewed as we take momentous steps in shaping democracy.

In community,


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