2019 Political Newsletter #3: [APSC Political Newsletter] MLK Day + Subsidies for Vietlead Event + Other News
Hope everyone has had a restful weekend! In this newsletter, I wanted to highlight MLK and what his work means for us, Vietlead's upcoming events, and assorted other important recent, current, and near-future happenings!
HONORING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
LINK HERE!In both his writings and his actions, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was committed to the ideals of justice and equality for all. He stressed the importance of allyship, often supporting other activists in his time, such as the anti-Vietnam War protests, unionization of farm workers by Cesar Chavez, and sanitation workers in their strike in Memphis. This idea that we need to care of and support our other communities in their fights is something we should continue to take note of, and follow.
“Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, ‘Wait.’”-Martin Luther King Jr., responding to criticism of his demonstrations
NEED SUBSIDIES FOR VIETLEAD TEACH-IN/RALLY?
LINK HERE!A really important action item that is happening this week--if you are able, I highly encourage attending Vietlead's National Week of Action events to learn more about/rally against the wrongful deportations against the SE Asian community. It's really imperative that we show up, whether that be physically, or through other means (sharing articles, spreading the word), because presence is so important in these events! Even if you are only able to attend one of these events, we would love to see you there!
If finances are a concern, feel free to reach out to any board member for transportation subsidies (huge thank you to PAACH!).
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: The Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations is hosting webinars during their National Week of Action
HELEN ZIA: LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI
LINK HERE!BOOK EVENT WITH MS. ZIA HERE!Through her own journey of escape, Ms. Zia makes the case for why migrants are willing to risk it all for their families, and the need for more compassionate immigration laws now.
Her summation: "My mother did not live to see herself in my book, but her secrets enabled me to see today’s migration crises through the eyes of a frightened child. It should not take another seven decades to grasp why present-day migrants risk all to face tear gas at a border, to brave rough seas in rubber rafts, to crowd into the next boat, plane, train or bus out of fear that it may be the last one out. Or for the nation to realize that these refugees and migrants give so much more to the communities that welcome them than they will ever take away."
ROSA PARKS TRAILBLAZER AWARD GOES TO MR. GURINDER SINGH KHALSA
LINK HERE!When Mr. Khalsa was not able to board his plane without removing his turban, he mobilized the support of his community, gained over 67,000 signatures on a petition, and pressured Congress to change TSA regulations. Now, as long as alarms are not set off, turbans do not have to be removed at security checkpoints. Here's to strong communities and support systems at work!
MEET DR. LEANA WEN: PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S NEW PRESIDENT
LINK HERE!Meet Dr. Leana Wen: immigrant, emergency room doctor, former Baltimore Health Commissioner, and first ever immigrant or female president of PP! Here, she talks about the future of PP, pressuring Congress to fund healthcare access for immigrant and low-income communities, protecting Title X funding (which prohibits funding going to organizations that provide non-abortion and abortion services in the same facilities), and her experiences treating societal and individual health concerns in Baltimore.
A GREAT ARTICLE EXPLAINING THE HIDDEN USES OF THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS Impeach Trump NowSelf-explanatory title lmao, but this (admittedly longer) Atlantic article offers a pretty comprehensive overview on Trump's impeachable offenses, the history of the murky impeachment clause, and pretty compelling reasons for the Dems to use the process of impeachment as a successful political tool, which history supports (impeachment is sometimes thought of to be better in theory than in action, as no president has actually been successfully impeached and then removed).
COOL PODCAST ALERT!
Was asked to pass along this podcast about young Asian Americans pursuing careers in a variety of sectors, check it out!
Rock The Boat is a podcast hosted by Lucia Liu and Lynne Guey about Asian Americans charting unconventional career paths. Too often we see Asian Americans portrayed in the media as the model minority, quiet, studious, and utterly uncreative. We want to change that perception and help those who want to chart their own paths, break through ceilings, and set examples for others to follow find a platform where they can tell their stories. Season 1 features 9 unique Asian Americans who are in tech, beauty, food, VC, politics, and entertainment. Two of which are Penn alums!
Episodes drop January 16th on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to our trailer and follow our journey on our website: www.gorocktheboat.com.
That's all for this week, friends! Have a great week of classes!