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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day inspires Asian American activism

“Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beyond Vietnam,” 1967

Philadelphia, PA – To honor this Martin Luther King Day, Asian American leaders and organizers are joining together to campaign within their community through a day of workshops and community strategy conversations. They will define, train, unite, and strengthen a rising inter-generational leadership of over 70 Asian Americans. Together they will examine past Asian American movements and will learn lessons from veteran Asian American community organizers, cultivating their political knowledge of issues that affect them and planning strategies to move forward in the long fight for justice and dignity that King himself epitomized.

These community strategy workshops will cover topics including immigration and deportation, education and school violence, racial profiling and law enforcement, and sexism and gender issues. Following the training, participants will march and rally for community love and power from the Folk Arts and Cultural Treasures Charter School (FACTS) to the iconic Love Park in Philadelphia.

“This MLK Day, January 21st, join us as we march and rally for community love and power. We commit to continuing this fight together in Philadelphia and nationwide. We commit to struggle together for justice, dignity and love. Our movement for social justice begins and ends with us,” said Mia-lia Kiernan, co-founder of the 1 Love Movement. The association is a national network of grassroots Asian American organizers who unite communities to stand up to the current system of deportation and incarceration that breaks families apart; 1 Love’s goal is for these affected families to live together with dignity.

The workshops and rally are co-sponsored by the 1 Love Movement, BPSOS-Delaware Valley, Asian Americans United, Providence Youth Student Movement & Asian Student Association of Philadelphia, and the Lowell Family Unity Network.

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