For Immediate Release
NEW YORK – The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) has not forgotten the experiences of Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, Guoqing Cao, Shuyu Li, or Sherry Chen, four Chinese scientists who were wrongfully accused of espionage by the United States Department of Justice. The charges were dropped without an apology or sufficient explanation.
This May will be the two-year anniversary since the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stormed Dr. Xiaoxing Xi’s home, pointed guns at his wife and children, and handcuffed him against a wall. Soon after, the #ScientistsNotSpies campaign sought justice for Dr. Xi.
In the wake of the inauguration, the fate of millions of immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, precariously sit in the hands of the federal government. Now more than ever, we must take a firm stance against the United States Department of Justice and condemn not only racial profiling, but all unlawful surveillance.
The FBI, which operates under the DOJ’s jurisdiction, has a documented history of interference and violence against civil rights leaders, the Black Panther Party, American Indian Movement, etc. The DOJ abuses its power to oppress counter-establishment movements and wrongfully criminalize people of color.
As an organization made of Asian American students who experience the pain of racial profiling, ECAASU stands in firm support of the #ScientistsNotSpies campaign.
Furthermore, as an organization that prides itself on its vision of a radically just United States, we ask the DOJ to conduct thorough public investigations of their own practices.
To learn more about the campaign, visit scientistsnotspies.org. Sign the petition here. Participate in the conversation with #ScientistsNotSpies.
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Kathryn Quintin, Executive Director
Jillian Hammer, Asian American Affairs Specialist