WE ARE READY! Are you?!

SEAFN National Campaign Launch Day: October 24th, 2015

SEAFN National Campaign Launch Day: October 24th, 2015

On October 24th, 2015 the Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN) successfully launched our campaign to end deportation and displacement, and reunite families. Southeast Asian American communities organized gatherings in 14 cities across the country, and in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to view the new campaign launch video and strategize our next steps forward!

WHERE WE’VE BEEN

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Our SEAFN organizations,  along with many community and advocacy groups, have been relentlessly fighting deportation for over a decade through community storytelling and media, policy advocacy, leadership and political education, and coalition building. Although we have all made impact at the federal, state and local levels, our community continues to be targeted for deportation and family separation. But the most powerful result of our collective work over the years has been the building of a national network of Southeast Asian American leadership grounded in the humility of learning from our past, and inspired by love and belief in what is possible if we stand together today. We are trained through our own lived experience and community movement, we’re ready, we throw down for each other, and we will not give up.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

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After all these years of building, strengthening, advocating and organizing, we are at a watershed moment for the Southeast Asian American community. 2015 marks 40 years since Southeast Asian refugees began being resettled in the US. This year, SEAFN launches a new strategy and a collective campaign that calls our attention and organizing to the Repatriation Agreements between the US and our home countries – Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. It is in this year that SEAFN calls for us to UNITE as a Southeast Asian American community to demand an end to further displacement of our people by deportation.

WHERE WE’RE GOING

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As SEAFN, we stand united as passionate, loving, and committed organizations in our communities. We hold a vision bigger than all of us: A vision of our communities organized for justice and love to protect our human rights and live together with dignity for generations to come. As we enter this turning point for our communities, we believe with our whole hearts that we have a responsibility to our ancestors, an obligation to our elders, a pact to those lost in the streets and in the system, and a promise to our young people, to end our community’s intergenerational battle with displacement in all its forms.

HOW WE GET THERE

As the member organization of SEAFN focused on deportation, 1Love shares these principles we’ve learned along the way to guide us in this campaign:

  • We HONOR the sacrifice & movement history of those who came before us
  • We BELIEVE in the power of our community & grassroots organizing
  • We RESPECT the struggle & leadership of most impacted communities
  • We STRIVE to lead & act with love, vision, humility, understanding, & possibility
  • We COMMIT to doing the hard & continuous work of challenging ourselves to unite towards a common goal
  • We UNDERSTAND that our struggles are connected to the struggles of other communities, & we commit to stand in solidarity

If you’re with all this, then lets move! WE ARE READY! Are you?!

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW!

  1. WATCH and share the new campaign launch video below
  2. SHARE this blog post with your networks
  3. SIGN-UP for campaign updates
  4. DONATE to the campaign

The US is currently deporting up to 10 of our community members to Cambodia each month. If you, or someone close to you, is facing deportation, our partners at Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) have released this guide to support individuals and families impacted by deportation. Please use, and share with your networks: Resource Guide for Southeast Asian Americans Facing Criminal Deportation

Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN) is a national collective of grassroots organizations working towards radical and transformational change led by those most impacted by systemic injustice. Member Organizations: 1Love Movement, Freedom Inc, Mekong NYC, Providence Youth Student Movement, VAYLA New Orleans, ManForward.

Press Release: National Campaign Launch to #EndDisplacement of our Communities, Oct 24th, 2015

For Immediate Release
Saturday, October 24th, 2015

National Campaign Launch to End Deportation in Southeast Asian American Communities

Philadelphia, PA – This year, 2015, marks 40 years since Southeast Asian communities resettled in the United States after displacement from our home countries (Lao, Cambodia, and Vietnam) due to US wars in Southeast Asia. It is in this year that we rise up as a UNITED Southeast Asian American community and demand an end to further displacement of our people by deportation.

For over two decades, the Southeast Asian American community has been fighting deportation – since the passing of the 1996 U.S. immigration laws and the signing of the Repatriation Agreement between the U.S. and Cambodia. We have been placed at the margins of criminal justice, U.S. immigration laws, and foreign policy. In the past, the fight was focused on overturning policies that target our community members with past criminal convictions, and their families. We see now, that the fight is in the streets of our community and with the deportees in Cambodia, Lao, and Vietnam, and must address repatriation agreements between the US and our home countries.

In this 40th year, the Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN) and 1LoveMovement presents the community with a new strategy and renewed energy!

During September 2015, 1Love Movement toured the United States to capture the struggles, voices, and visions of Southeast Asian community impacted by deportation. As a result of the tourβ€”with love, tears, and support from the community, we will release a campaign launch video that showcases the stories of a community impacted by displacement and deportation. On this day, over 15 cities in the US and abroad will be hosting gatherings for the national launch of the campaign video. These cities include: Philadelphia, PA; Bronx, NY; Kansas City, KS; Bronx, NY; Providence, RI; St. Paul, MN; Madison, WI; Stockton, CA; San Diego, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Orange County, CA; Oakland, CA; Charlotte, NC; Washington, D.C; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Furthermore, from October 2015 until April 2016, 1Love Movement will release one video every month to build a deeper understanding, share community stories, build power for our community, and a vision for the future.

For more information, please e-mail us at 1lovemovement2010@gmail.com. Visit our websites: 1lovemovement.wordpress.com or seafn.org | Follow us on Facebook: 1 LoveMovement / SEAFN-Southeast Asian Freedom Network | Instagram:@1lovemovement | Twitter: @1lovemovement1 / @SEAFN1

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The Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN) is a national collective of Southeast Asian grassroots organizing groups that works towards radical and transformational change led by those most impacted by systemic injustice.