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UNITE!

Solidarity is…seeing each other, joining together, and acting as one. Asian America is an idea rooted in solidarity with each other and other communities. We grow stronger when we work for the common good. The May 19th Project created these videos and posts to remind us of our proud shared history, and to inspire us to imagine and forge a better future together.

Photo by Will Reyes on Unsplash

Photo by Will Reyes on Unsplash

UNITE!

Solidarity is…seeing each other, joining together, and acting as one. Asian America is an idea rooted in solidarity with each other and other communities. We grow stronger when we work for the common good. The May 19th Project created these videos and posts to remind us of our proud shared history, and to inspire us to imagine and forge a better future together.

Since the Chinese Exclusion Act made Chinese laborers “America’s first undocumented”, Asian Americans have helped to dream a new America.

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Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans build a multi-racial environmental justice movement.

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Bayard Rustin transforms the civil rights movement and mobilizes support to welcome Southeast Asian refugees.

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In the 1950s San Francisco singers Sugar Pie DeSanto and Etta James change the direction of R&B.

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Bruce Lee takes on students of all races and influences millions to stand up against hatred and violence.

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Sammie Ablaza Wills navigates life, death, and intergenerational conflict as they organize Northern California’s LGBTQ+ community.

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Asian, Latino, Black and white students stage the longest student strike in US history to demand ethnic studies.

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Minneapolis police killed Youa Vang Lee’s son. She channels her pain into supporting George Floyd’s family.

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Farm workers Larry Itliong, Philip Veracruz, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta join forces to spark a global labor movement.

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Abolitionist Frederick Douglas and a restaurant worker named Wong Kim Ark fight for immigrants and the right to become Americans.

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Two icons of American history, Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X, share a birthday—May 19—and a passion to change the world.

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After September 11, 2001, Sikh Americans join Muslim and Arab Americans to call for racial justice.

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Black and Japanese Americans join to repeal the Emergency Detention Act, a law that could put activists into concentration camps.

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Grace Lee Boggs and James Boggs emerge in Detroit to plant visionary seeds for the racial justice movement.

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THE MAY 19 PROJECT TEAM

Renee Tajima-Peña • Jeff Chang • Janet Chen • Kana Hammon • Eurie Chung • Annie To • Rebecca Shea • Karin Chan • Hannah Joo • Diana Khong • Hannarei Kinsey • Gwen Phagnasay Le

Generously funded by TAAF, Ford Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, The California Wellness Foundation, The California Endowment, Unbound Philanthropy, Pop Culture Collaborative, and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center

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