North Star Fund made a $1,000 Rapid Response grant to CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities (CAAAV) for organizing a contingent of over 20 grassroots organizing groups from a cross-section of New York’s justice movements for the End Family Separation march on June 30, 2018.
Who is CAAAV?
CAAAV works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working-class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City.
The End Family Separation march on June 30, 2018 was a huge focal point across the country. Dozens of cities participated in a national day of action to demand that the Trump administration stop separating children from their parents as they detain newly-arrived immigrants at the U.S.–Mexico border.
In New York, CAAAV worked in coalition with other groups to organize a contingent of immigrant, housing, racial justice, labor, and ally groups to walk together, showing that these communities walked in solidarity with one another. The contingent enabled New Yorkers to seed a narrative that was bigger than going back to the status quo or bringing families together, but demanding that the U.S. government abolish ICE and create just and humane polices around migration that support families being together and seeking a better life.
This past spring, the Trump administration abruptly implemented a zero-tolerance policy for border crossing that separated over 2,000 children from their families. Although the Trump administration has since rolled back this policy, it remains unclear how these families will be reunited. Worse yet, immigrant families could now be detained together, indefinitely.