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Alliance for South Asians Taking Action’s Statement of Solidarity with the Third World Resistance Coalition on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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The Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA) stands in solidarity with the struggle for black liberation. We recognize that our history of resistance to British Imperialism in the Subcontinent and our fight against Islamophobia here in the U.S. are intrinsically linked with the history of black resistance. We owe gratitude to civil rights leader Bayard Rustin who also founded the Free India Committee. We recognize that the pressure from the Civil Rights Movement made the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 possible ending the immigration laws
that kept South Asians largely out of the U.S. As we continue to organize against caste-based violence in our communities, we are inspired by the work of the Black Panther Party and Dalit Panther — the Dalit liberation movement founded in 1972.

ASATA calls on our diverse communities to reject the model-minority status in the U.S. and work for black and brown unity against white supremacy.