Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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100 Days of Resistance

Friday, January 20th 2017


100 Days of Resistance

Today, on Inauguration Day, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles pledges “100 Days of Resistance” in response to what we expect from President Trump in his first 100 days in office – including an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for undocumented immigrants, the escalation of deportations, the targeting of Muslims for a registry or immigration ban, the undermining of public education, and the positioning of China as an economic “boogeyman.” In addition, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already well underway and we have seen a surge in hateful rhetoric and incidents since the election.  

As President Trump takes office, our new organizational mantra is “PROTECT our communities, RESIST the erosion of our rights, and ADVANCE justice at every opportunity.”  We urge you to join us – we cannot do this without you.  

Here is what we are planning for the first 100 Days of Resistance:

  • Opposing key Trump Administration nominees who will undermine civil rights and immigrant rights.

  • Escalating our work to protect immigrants -- especially DACA recipients and others who are undocumented -- including conducting “Know Your Rights” trainings, providing free immigration screenings, expanding deportation defense services, supporting undocumented youth organizing, representing low-wage immigrant workers, challenging worksite raids, and ensuring that all schools and colleges are sanctuaries.  

  • Supporting California’s resistance against the targeting of immigrants, including seeking protection of data on undocumented immigrants held by state agencies and supporting the California Values Act (SB 54), which prohibits local law enforcement from assisting in deportations and creates “sanctuaries” in public schools, hospitals, and courthouses.

  • Expanding our efforts to protect Muslim and South Asian communities, such as providing “Know Your Rights” trainings and information, implementing the 2016 Safe Place to Learn Act (AB 2845) that will protect Muslim and South Asian students from bullying in schools, and opposing any effort to ban or register Muslim immigrants.

  • Ramping up hate crimes tracking and assistance, including triaging calls to our intake lines and reports submitted through our new online hate incident tracker (, providing legal assistance and advocacy, and ensuring that anti-Asian hate incidents receive media and law enforcement attention.  

  • Defending health access, by fighting Congressional efforts to repeal the ACA, advocating for other legislative solutions, and outreaching to enroll as many AAPIs as possible through the end of open enrollment on January 31 (this year’s program is already funded).

  • Protecting the rights of marginalized voters, by advancing state legislation and policies to increase language assistance at the polls and working on implementation of California’s new vote centers.

  • Sharing analysis and updates on the impact of Trump Administration policies on AAPIs, through regular email and social media updates, community forums, legal clinics, and webinars.

We cannot do this alone.

In the coming weeks, we'll be calling out for advocates and supporters like you to help us #ProtectResistAdvance in our #100DayResistance. Together, we can PROTECT, RESIST and ADVANCE on behalf of our families and our communities, for the next 100 days and beyond. We need you as we raise our voices, expand our services, and prepare for the fight of our lives.  

Spread the word and share our 100 Days of Resistance with your friends and family. Use and follow #100DayResistance and #ProtectResistAdvance on Facebook and Twitter to stay involved and keep up to date on our work.

In solidarity,

Stewart Kwoh



Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, public benefits, employement, housing, and civil rights. 

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