Pledge of Solidarity with the Black Community by Asian American and Pacific Islander Media and Entertainment Organizations

Above: Detail of “Love” mural covering Los Angeles Little Tokyo’s Leola Lace boutique: Creators: Kent Yoshimura @kentaronic; Paul Juno @pauljunoart; Rooster @xredroosterx; Laura Weinberger @lauraweinbergerart; Marilee Spencer @marilee22; Danny Amoros @ummdam; Steph Ramirez @imightbe_steph. Special thanks to Scott Oshima and James Choi of Sustainable Little Tokyo. (Photo: Abraham Ferrer/Visual Communications Photographic Archive)

JUNE 11, 2020

As leaders in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Media and Entertainment community, we stand in solidarity with the Black community.

We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and the countless other Black people who have been killed by police and white supremacists. We stand in solidarity against state-sanctioned violence and systemic racism.

Though we recognize the long tradition of mutual Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander advocacy and support, we acknowledge our responsibility to step up our efforts to support and stand with the Black community to prevent further complicity.

This is our pledge to listen, learn, and commit to taking action against the injustice of anti-Black racism. We pledge to examine our own community’s anti-Black racism both at an organizational and individual level. We vow to do better to educate and to empower our communities to do the same. This work must be done if we are to build more meaningful connections between the Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

With that in mind, we share these resources:

Black Lives Matter. Black Stories Matter.
Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives
Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus
Talking About Race
Talking to your Asian immigrant family about race
Racism is Everyday, Every Day
Southeast Asian Anti-Racism Toolkit

In solidarity,

Artists at Play
Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc) – Los Angeles
Asian American Film Lab
Asian American Playwright Collective
Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston (AATAB)
Asian American Writers Brunch
Asian American Writers of Entertainment

Asian Americans in Media (AIM)
Asian CineVision // Asian American International Film Festival
Asian World Film Festival
Asians in Hollywood
Asian Pacific Filmmakers Experience
Austin Asian American Film Festival
Boston Asian American Film Festival
Brown Girls Brunch
Cambodia Town Film Festival

CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment)
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) 
Chinese in Entertainment
Cinema Sala
Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists
DC Asian Pacific American Film
East West Players

FilAm Arts
FilAm Creative
Filipinx Artists of Houston

Filipinx Filmmakers
Filipino Hollywood Mafia

Gold House
Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival (HAAPIFEST)
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)
Kalakars: A South Asian Film Institute
KAFFNY (Korean American Film Festival New York)
Laos Angeles
Muslim Women in Film and Television
Pacific Arts Movement
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Product of Culture
Seattle Asian American Film Festival
South Asians in Entertainment (SAIE)
South Asian Women in Entertainment (SAWIE)
TAFF (Taiwanese American Film Festival)
Tasveer South Asian Film Festival
TIDE Film Festival
The Sống Collective
Việt in Entertainment
Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA)
Visual Communications
WGAE Asian American Salon
WGAWest Asian American Writers Committee

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