ANTIRACISM ORGANIZING

We center the healing of our communities from historical and generational trauma experienced through Asian and European colonialism, white supremacy, and enforced religious assimilation. Pasifika peoples have experienced decades of systematic violations of their human rights on their homelands and face structural racism while in the continental U.S. These harms have rendered millions of Pasifika peoples landless and homeless. We are committed to decolonize our collective analysis by honoring our histories, preserving and perpetuating our languages and cultures and standing in solidarity with Native Americans to protect our mothers, the Earth and the Ocean. Our PICA-WA networks are dedicated to combating institutional and structural racism through strengthening our commitment to antiracist principles. Our Antiracist Organizing work is grounded in our history, integrated in our cultural fabric and aligns with our Pasifika Indigenous reference that champions the sacredness of relationships, space and intergenerational connections. We organize with our families, across class status, and beyond the colonial structures that have kept our Oceanian families apart. We are aligned and have adopted the People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond principles below to guide our work, and the ways that we move accountably within and outside of our NHPI networks. 

Antiracism Principles

Analyzing Power

As a society, we often believe that individuals and/or their communities are solely responsible for their conditions. Through the analysis of institutional power, we can identify and unpack the systems external to the community that create the internal realities that many people experience daily.

Gatekeeping

Persons who work in institutions often function as gatekeepers to ensure that the institution perpetuates itself. By operating with anti-racist values and networking with those who share those values and maintaining accountability in the community, the gatekeeper becomes an agent of institutional transformation.

Internalized Racial Inferiority

The acceptance of and acting out of an inferior definition of self, given by the oppressor, is rooted in the historical designation of one’s race. Over many generations, this process of disempowerment and disenfranchisement expresses itself in self-defeating behaviors.

Internalized Racial Superiority

The acceptance of and acting out of a superior definition is rooted in the historical designation of one’s race. Over many generations, this process of empowerment and access expresses itself as unearned privileges, access to institutional power and invisible advantages.

Learning from History

History is a tool for effective organizing. Understanding the lessons of history allows us to create a more humane future.

Sharing Culture

Culture is the life support system of a community. If a community’s culture is respected and nurtured, the community’s power will grow.

Developing Leadership

Anti-racist leadership needs to be developed intentionally and systematically within local communities and organizations.

Maintaining Accountability

To organize with integrity requires that we be accountable to the communities struggling with racist oppression.

Internalized Racial Inferiority

The acceptance of and acting out of an inferior definition of self, given by the oppressor, is rooted in the historical designation of one’s race. Over many generations, this process of disempowerment and disenfranchisement expresses itself in self-defeating behaviors.

Identifying and Analyzing Manifestations of Racism

Individual acts of racism are supported by institutions and are nurtured by the societal practices such as militarism and cultural racism, which enforce and perpetuate racism.

Internalized Racial Superiority

The acceptance of and acting out of a superior definition is rooted in the historical designation of one’s race. Over many generations, this process of empowerment and access expresses itself as unearned privileges, access to institutional power and invisible advantages.

Undoing Racism®

Racism is the single most critical barrier to building effective coalitions for social change. Racism has been consciously and systematically erected, and it can be undone only if people understand what it is, where it comes from, how it functions, and why it is perpetuated.