Celebrating and protecting our communities this New Year

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February 12, 2021

Lunar new year, for many in our community, is a time of hope. It is a time when families and friends come together to mark the end of winter’s darkness and celebrate joy, kinship and new beginnings.

This lunar new year has been a deeply difficult one. We are heartbroken by the recent attacks on our Asian elders in San Francisco and Oakland, and the hurt and trauma felt in the community and reverberated across the country. We are pained to see so many afraid to walk down the street, struggling to put food on the table, and worried to lose their shelter amidst a pandemic that has created crises for our community on so many fronts.

But we are also reminded of the power of our love, collectivity and resilience. This week, we joined dozens of API-led organizations across the Bay Area to call for immediate and long-term solutions. At the Caucus, we have been deeply invested in reimagining what accountability and safety looks like for all of us. We need solutions beyond incarceration – which has profoundly impacted the Black community as well as many in our Southeast Asian community – that support survivors, protect us from physical harm and address our long-term stability and well being. This is a long journey and will require us to hold courageous dialogue with each other, and we are humbled to be in tremendous company with you and with our partners as we forge this path.

As we celebrate Lunar New Year this weekend, we invite you to join us for actions in Oakland and San Francisco. Let’s collectively hold space to support the survivors, to generate solutions and to celebrate and love our community.

Aarti Kohli
Executive Director
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