WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 26, 2014) — In response to the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) issued the following statement:
“We stand in solidarity with Michael Brown’s family and friends and express sadness and outrage at the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.
“On one level, this is an intensely personal and specific tragedy. For Michael Brown’s family and friends, the grand jury decision is a direct and immediate miscarriage of justice. An indictment would not have brought back the precious life lost. But a more fair, full, and open process would have been an important step towards justice and healing.
“On another level, this is a national concern. The grand jury decision – the lack of due process in the wake of a police shooting of an unarmed, black teenager – is an all too familiar reminder of the persistence of systemic racism and anti-black violence in this country. While National CAPACD is an organization that advocates for low-income Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, we believe that what is happening in Ferguson is a touchstone moment – a moment that calls on all of us to step out of our familiar roles and communities and demand what is right. All of us who are concerned about fairness, equity, and social justice need to stand up and, as the Brown family implores in their post-verdict statement, ‘work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.
’“Like our sister organizations such as the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ-AAJC), National Korean American Services and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Network (SEARAC), we urge other AAPIs and AAPI organizations to be visible during this critical moment and to be active in related local movements against racism and for racial justice and social change.”
The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development is the first national advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the housing, community and economic development needs of diverse and growing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income AAPIs by promoting economic vitality, civic and political participation, and racial equity.
Links to Other National AAPI Org Statements on Ferguson:
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