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 tour—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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.