On Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, Federal District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled in favor of Harvard University in the high profile court case, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard, and upheld Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policy. The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) applauds this ruling and the activism of Harvard students of all races, specifically the five students who testified at the trial with personal stories supporting race-conscious admissions for more inclusive, equitable, and representative education opportunities.Read More
The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) is excited to announce that the 2020 annual conference will be hosted in Pittsburgh, PA on February 21st - 23rd. The conference will include panels, keynote speakers, performances, and student-led workshops. This year’s conference theme is Building Bridges and will focus on forging connections among the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.Read More
The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) condemns the Indian government’s recent revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370. This attack on Kashmir’s already limited autonomy from the Indian government lays the foundation for a rapid escalation of Indian colonial settlement and ethnic displacement of Kashmiris in the Muslim-majority region. Our country must name this as a violent form of colonial imperialism and swiftly take a stand for Kashmiri independence.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC- On July 14th, 2019, Donald Trump tweeted, in regards to Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe...Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” That Wednesday, on July 17th, at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, Trump continued his attacks on the four Congresswomen, culminating in the crowd chanting, in reference to Rep. Omar, “Send her back! Send her back!” The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) unequivocally condemns President Trump’s racist attacks on these four Congresswomen and remains in solidarity with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.Read More
The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) hosted its annual National Board retreat this past weekend for new and returning members, with Shelley Shin continuing in her second and last year as the Executive Director of the board.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC- The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) expresses our full support of the revolutionary Sudanese people and condemns the human rights violations carried out by the former Sudanese government, the military, and the Transitional Military Council (TMC). In light of the recent media and internet blackouts in Sudan, we find it more urgent than ever to do what we can in spreading awareness on everything happening in Sudan and uplifting the voices of and resources shared by Sudanese activists.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC- The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) urges Congress to pass H.R. 6 as a way to oppose xenophobia and white supremacy in this country. As an organization that represents AAPI students across the East Coast, we wanted to draw attention to some ways in which this legislation will impact our communities.Read More
Orlando, FL -- The East Coast Asian American Student Union is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 ECAASU Trailblazer and Community Builder Award. The finalists and recipients were recognized at the 2019 ECAASU Conference at the Closing Ceremony, after a full day of workshops at the University of Central Florida.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC- The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) grieves with the families, friends, and community members who lost loved ones in the Christchurch terrorist attack. Our hearts ache.
We condemn white supremacy, which is at the root of Islamophobia and xenophobic beliefs and actions: there is no space for terrorism in our understanding of humanity. On Friday, March 15, 2019, 49 lives were lost and 20 were seriously injured in Christchurch, New Zealand. A white male shooter live-streamed and committed mass shootings at two mosques during Jumaah (Friday prayer). In respect for those whose lives were lost, do not watch the video or share the link.
WASHINGTON, DC- The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) stands in firm support of the work that Dr. Marc Lamont Hill has done and continues to do in fighting for Palestinian human rights. As leaders within our AAPI community, we think it is essential to share out some of the resources and truths that have been helpful in our own education on what the fight for a free Palestine means. It is of the utmost importance that we underscore how disgraceful and racist the treatment of Dr. Hill has been, and why this issue should matter to AAPIs.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC-The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) is in deep opposition to the rule change on the inadmissibility of immigrants on public charge grounds.
Currently, according to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the government can prevent immigrants from adjusting their status from a visa to a legal permanent resident (green card) if they are considered a “public charge,” or someone deemed likely to be primarily dependent on the government. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s new proposed rule would expand this classification, expanding it to anyone who uses public services like SNAP (formerly ‘food stamps’), Medicaid, Medicare Part D benefits, CHIP, or Housing assistance for low-income seniors.Read More
WASHINGTON, DC— Yesterday, news broke that President Trump intended to issue an executive order calling for an end to birthright citizenship for children born to noncitizens. Later in the day, news broke again that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) intended to introduce legislation to do the same. The threat is weak— birthright citizenship, the citizenship granted to every child born in the United States regardless of parentage, is not just law, but part of our constitution. Overturning it would require a constitutional amendment, a vote that would require consensus from two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and Senate.Read More
PITTSBURGH, PA— We deeply mourn the lives lost on Saturday, October 27th at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) condemns the hate and evil that killed 11 Jewish Americans and injured several more on Shabbat morning. We remember the names of those we have lost: Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax, and Irving Younger. We want to affirm that the white supremacy and anti-semitism that spurred this white male shooter to take innocent lives have no place in our understanding of humanity.Read More
The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) calls on our senators to protect people of color and reject Kavanaugh’s confirmation if he refuses to support affirmative action and race-conscious policies in his confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh’s role in Rice v. Cayetano is enough to demonstrate that he is not an ally to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. There is still much to learn about his stances on essential affirmative action policies.Read More
The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) condemns the United States Supreme Court’s xenophobic decision to uphold President Trump’s third travel ban. In a 5-4 decision, the Court affirmed the restriction of travelers from five predominantly Muslim majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen) from entering the United States. The travel ban also blocks the entry of North Korean travelers and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.Read More
The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) announces its new National Board for the 2018-2019 term. Shelley Shin, who formerly served as Director of Development, will lead the National Board as the new Executive Director. Shin succeeds Executive Director Kathryn Quintin, who served in the role for two years.Read More
The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) denounces the addition of a question on citizenship and the lack of inclusion for LGBTQ+ communities in the US 2020 Census. These decisions will only lead to a further lack of data on marginalized communities.Read More
With deepest sympathy for the survivors and the family and loved ones of those affected, ECAASU stands in solidarity in support of gun reform and acknowledges certain truths about mental health, toxic masculinity, and racism.Read More