AYA MORALES’ GOFUNDME
Aya Morales, a fellow kasama that just graduated this past year, is currently in the hospital because of complications in her health. As of yesterday, it was announced that she is slowly recovering and being closely monitored by a team of doctors at UCLA.
Her family are asking to keep her in our prayers as doctors continue to conduct tests and help Aya recover as fast as possible.
Here is a link to a “GoFundMe [that] has been set up to collect monetary funds that will be used to support the family as well as the medical team that is taking care of Aya (ie. food, staff treats, etc.)” along with updates.
FRIENDSHIP GAMES LEADER APPLICATION
Friendship Games Leader Applications are open until June 30th at 11:59 PST
Although Friendship Games is still TBD due to the pandemic, please don’t let that dissuade you from applying! If you have any questions, please contact our Activities Director, Jacob Magsalin at email@example.com.
It is the time of year to nominate class representatives for your respective class!
In order to nominate a fellow Kasama, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “KasamaRep Nomination.” The message should be as follows: “I, [Your Name], nominate [Candidate’s Name], for the position of [Class Standing] KasamaRep for the Academic year of 2020-2021.”
Candidates must receive a minimum of 2 nominations. Note: You are able to nominate yourself, but are still required a total of 2 nominations. Nominations are due Friday, June 26th at 11:59pm PST.
RESOURCES ON THE JUNK TERROR BILL
The administration in the Philippines is currently attempting to pass an “Anti-Terrorism Bill” that will severely impact free speech. It will broaden the definition of terrorism which will silence anyone that opposes the government. Click the button for more information and how to support. Sign the petition to show your support since many people in the Philippines are unable to sign due to the consequences of this bill.
What is the “Anti-Terrorism Bill”? (Senate Bill 1083)
Defines terrorism as anyone who (with/without directly participating) does the following to invoke fear/provoke violence:
- Joining a rally/movement
- Posting/resharing “terrorist” content online
- Organizing/recruiting/training for “terrorism”
- Donating to non-state-recognized orgs
- Possessing/producing/supplying weapons
- Destructing private, gov property or critical infrastructure
- Causing death or serious body injuries
If found to be a suspected terrorist, you may be:
- Wiretapped (60-90 days)
- Arrested without a warrant
- Detained for up to 24 days
- 12 years of life imprisonment
- Not eligible for P500K reparations (in damages per day because of wrongful detention)
- This new terrorism law puts basic human rights at risk
- Definition of “terrorism” is unclear, up to the government
- these vague and overbroad definitions of terrorist acts mentioned in the bill can be used to weaponize against the opposition or anyone who will question the ways of this government and can lead to abuse
- ACTIVISM VS TERRORISM
RESOURCES FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER
WHERE YOU CAN SUPPORT
- George Floyd Memorial Fund: Created by George Floyd’s brother, Philonise, to help the family cover funeral expenses and support the Floyd family as they seek justice for George Floyd. Some of the funds will also go to his children to support their education.
- I Run With Maud Fundraiser: Created by Ahmaud Arbery’s best friend, Akeen Baker, to financially support Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Ms. Wanda Cooper-Jones, and his family as they seek justice for Ahmaud.
- Black Visions Collective: Minnesota-based organization advocating for ALL Black lives (including trans and queer people) through campaigns. https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
- Reclaim the Block: Organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to reallocate money from the police department to other areas of the city’s budget that invest in community health and safety. https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home
- Northstar Health Collective: Works with mainstream anti-authoritarian organizations to create safe events such as trainings, continuing education and other community events. https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/
- The Bail Project: Critical tool to preventing incarceration and combating racial and economic disparities in the bail system. https://bailproject.org/
- Minnesota Freedom Fund: Works with the National Lawyers Guild and Legal Rights Center to provide monetary support by paying criminal bails and immigration bonds. https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/
- Learn about the movement: Black Lives Matter
- Ways You Can Help
- Anti-Racism Reading List (@changingwomxn)
PETITIONS YOU CAN SIGN
- Justice for Big Floyd
- Justice for George Floyd
- Justice for Tony McDade
- I Run With Maud Petition
- Justice for Breonna Taylor
- Defund the Minneapolis Police Department
Image from @sainthoax on Instagram of the names of “black men and women who have been murdered by the police in recent years. The names in yellow were 21 and under.“
A letter from our Executive Director and Community Affairs Co-Directors:
On Monday, May 25, George Floyd fell victim to another act of anti-black police brutality. With one of his final sentences being “I can’t breathe,” George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer, who was violently kneeling on Floyd’s neck to hold him down. George Floyd was taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead. A police statement cited that Floyd appeared to be in “medical distress”, not mentioning how George Floyd was pinned to the ground by the police officer, compressing his airway.
There have been numbers of incidents regarding police brutality and systematic dehumanization towards the Black community throughout American history. These continuous acts are forms of oppression that are cruel and unacceptable. And we must recognize that silence is never a way to face such injustices.
We, the members of Kasamahan at the University of San Francisco, stand in solidarity with the Black community and condemn the atrocities brought against them. As non-black people of color, we will not be able to fully understand the traumas and struggles the Black community faces. Therefore, we must be allies by uplifting, listening to, and respecting the voices of the Black community. Addressing the ongoing injustices within the Black community is the first step in overcoming the discord between our communities. Standing in solidarity with the Black community is a step to dismantle our prejudices and break the cycle of oppression.
Being a part of the Asian-American community, it is imperative to address the harm caused by the myth of Asians being labeled as the “model minority.” We cannot highlight our experiences as Asian Americans without acknowledging the history of anti-blackness within our community. This myth only deepens the divide between Asians and Black people. We must recognize these issues within our community as it heavily impacts the struggles of the Black community.
Silence and neutrality only perpetuate injustice – we must stand in solidarity with our Black siblings and take action to support them.
- What you can do to show your support
- Stay educated:
- Learn about the BLM movement https://blacklivesmatter.com/
- Learn about all the innocent lives taken away without justice
- REMEMBER THEIR NAMES!
- Recognize your privilege, raise awareness:
- Analyze your own internalized, implicit biases and learned anti-blackness
- Uplift the voices of the Black community, use your platform to speak up, help educate others
- Take action:
- Donate to Black-serving organizations (See last slide for more information)
- Sign petitions, visit www.justiceforbigfloyd.com
- Text “FLOYD” to 55156
- Stay involved:
- Challenge the model minority myth
- Educate your family and friends on the injustices black people face
- Call out racism when you see it
To show our support for those affected, as an organization, we will be signing petitions and spreading awareness through our social media platforms. In addition, Kasamahan will be donating to the TGI Justice Project, Minnesota Freedom Fund, and George Floyd Memorial Fund.
Frances Nicole Talino & Krystel Salvador
Community Affairs Co-Directors
We have a page that is updated with new links and resources. Go to USFKasamahan.carrd.co for these quick links or click the button above.
MORE INFORMATION SOON TO COME.
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