01/13/21 Statement on Insurrection at the US Capitol
January 13, 2021
TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND THE WORLD:
The United States was founded on the paradoxical pillars of freedom and slavery.
On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, after months of delegitimizing the fair and free elections in the USA, President Donald J. Trump and his collaborators and supporters incited hordes of people, including white nationalists, racists, and anti-Semites, to violently and disrespectfully storm the US Capitol. Just when we thought the veil was lifted high, it was pulled back to further reveal the magnitude of this paradox.
The knowledge of these treacherous acts and their accompanying horrific imagery weigh heavily in our collective consciousness. We invite you to stop saying what was witnessed on January 6th is “un-American and not who we are,” and instead, to surrender to the reality that our nation was built on hate and white supremacy. Only through the acknowledgement and acceptance of these truths can we find a way to move forward as a united nation. May this moment in time be a reckoning for us all.
Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH) opposes the perpetration and instigation of hate, bias, violence, and discrimination by any person or entity in Texas, the United States, or across the world.
Consequently, HCAH supports:
1. Congress in their efforts to impeach the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
2. Full investigation of the President, Congress, state or local political representatives, and other perpetrators present or complicit January 6th who were in support of crimes such as treason, sedition, murder/attempted murder, and inciting an attempted coup.
3. Full investigation of the perpetrators who destroyed the John Lewis Memorial placard and desecrated any local houses of worship under appropriate federal or state hate crimes statutes.
4. The de-glorification of the Confederacy at the state and federal level, including removing all Confederate statues and memorials from public display on local, state, and federal property. We urge Texas to move swiftly to remove such monuments on public land and to pass State Rep. Jarvis Johnson’s bill to end Confederate Heroes Day as a state holiday (HB 36).
5. The thorough review, audit, investigation, and public reporting on the protocols of the Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia (MPDC), the Capitol Police, the US National Guard, FBI, and any other law enforcement agency in relation to the January 6th insurrection.
6. The promulgation of policies by the Executive Branch, including the Department of Justice and Department of Education and their civil rights divisions, that support robust civil rights initiatives and investigations.
7. Ongoing efforts, through research, the arts, and education, to cultivate dialogue, understanding, and community-based healing regarding challenging, traumatic, and divisive issues and episodes in Texas and U.S. history and politics.
As the Texas Legislature has convened, we offer a prayer for safety for all members and staff. We recognize collective efforts are the way forward through this challenging time.
Texas has an opportunity to lead in civil rights and usher the way forward to a more just and equitable nation. HCAH offers its services as a resource on any of the issues discussed herein.
Marjorie Joseph, Executive Director
Justine Fanarof, Esq., Board President
Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH) is a 509(a)3 Supporting Organization with Greater Houston Community Foundation. HCAH is a network of community-based organizations, institutions, and leaders who come together to reduce hate and encourage belonging. For more information on our members, please go to: www.houstonagainsthate.org/community-members.
05/08/20 Statement regarding Ahmaud Arbery
May 08, 2020
Houston, TX – Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH) released the following statement today regarding the death of Ahmaud Arbery.
I am not going to watch the video. Not going to watch THIS video. Can’t – watch the video.
Tired, of watching videos…
WE HAVE TO WATCH THE VIDEO/S.
For years it has remained under the radar. Thanks to social media platforms and phone camera technology now the veil that once protected our fragile souls from ‘viewing PTSD’ no longer exists. Now the public can be judge and jury where systems of justice have been used as tools of oppression and failed the people.
COVID-19 lifted the veil another inch higher with indiscriminate and inequitable amounts of African Americans succumbing to the pandemic. COVID-19 lifted the veil on the rise of xenophobia against Asians and Asian Americans. Veil pulled higher on hate toward Jews and Muslims. Lifted completely when you realize gun toting white Americans exercising their right to free speech and assemble, even while illegally defying stay at home orders during a pandemic, shouting and spitting into the faces of law enforcement and essential health care workers, doesn’t get anyone arrested, or let alone ticketed and fined. THEN, it becomes clear the privilege afforded…
DO NOT turn a silent eye. Do not blindly speak over the recent days’ happenings as if they never occurred. May the grief and sadness of these times penetrate your heart so fully you are moved… DO NOT stand there – still. SPEAK. Raise your voice. Do something. What ever you do, don’t watch the video. Unless, YOU can stand it… May we soon sick and tire of standing to watch the videos.
May justice be served in Georgia and may they add a hate crimes law to the books. May Travis and Gregory McMichael be convicted of the murder of #AhmaudArbery. May district attorneys George Barnhill and Jackie Johnson resign. May we never relinquish justice. Happy Birthday Ahmaud Arbery.
Marjorie Joseph Executive Director
Houston Coalition Against Hate
3/23/20 Joint Statement regarding anti-Asian and anti-Chinese sentiments and actions due to COVID-19
March 23, 2020
Houston, TX – OCA-Greater Houston and Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH) release the following statement today regarding anti-Asian and anti-Chinese sentiments and actions due to COVID-19:
Asian Americans have increasingly become the target of hate and bias in the form of public threats and harassment since the emergence of COVID-19 otherwise known as Coronavirus. Most recently, an entire family was violently attacked while shopping at a Sam’s Club in Midland, TX. In addition, an Asian student was physically assaulted by his high-school peers in California’s San Fernando Valley, further demonstrating the alarming escalation of anti-Asian bullying.
OCA-GH and HCAH are calling on the City of Houston and its surrounding areas to say NO to all hate and bias crimes and incidents, especially those currently being directed at the Asian community as a result of COVID-19. We call upon all school districts, boards and superintendents, school administrators and staff, Parent Teacher Associations, organizations and institutions of higher learning, law enforcement and local businesses to take proactive measures to not only educate themselves on COVID- 19, but also implement and reinforce preventative measures against race/ethnic bias and discrimination.
Hate in any form is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. The City of Houston has a moral and legal obligation to ensure the safety of its Asian American community from violence and harassment.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, mentioned and unmentioned, who have suffered at the expense of today’s xenophobic rhetoric surrounding Asians and Asian Americans. We urge the City of Houston to provide just, equitable, and compassionate leadership, and we trust in the city and its residents to make this a safe place for all who live here.
To report any incidents of harassment and bullying based on Coronavirus fears please go to www.aapihatecrimes.org.
For tools and resources on anti-bullying and hate crimes information please go to www.ocanational.org.
For information on how to best #SupportChinatown in these times please go to www.ocahouston.org.
For more information on Houston Coalition Against Hate please go to www.houstonagainsthate.org.
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Debbie Chen, Programs Director
Marjorie Joseph, Executive Director
Houston Coalition Against Hate
8/16/17 HCAH Statement on White Nationalist Protests
The Houston Coalition Against Hate (HCAH) joins many other communities around the country in condemning the message of white supremacist groups this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the violence that they engendered.
We join the many voices around the nation in denouncing the hatred we saw on display, recognizing that this tragedy is not an isolated incident, but rather the manifestation of centuries of systemic violence, racism, and anti-Semitism in this country. We send our condolences to the families of Heather Heyer, Jay Cullen and Berke M. M. Bates, and we hold in our hearts those who were injured while standing up to injustice.
What happened in Charlottesville can serve as a teachable moment for Houston’s residents and leaders. As residents of one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we are proud of our city and our country’s diversity. At times like these, we must speak up, call out, and stand united against cruelty, bigotry and hate. We know that Houston is stronger when all of our communities feel safe in the expression of their unique ethnic and cultural backgrounds and we are committed to ensuring that Houston is an inclusive and welcoming city.
The Houston Coalition Against Hate is a network of community-based organizations in Houston that have come together to collectively address incidents of bias, hate, discrimination and violence against Houstonians because of their religion, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and immigration status.
SIGNATORIES (AS OF 8/16/17):
Alliance for Compassion and Tolerance
American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
Anti-Defamation League – Southwest Region
Asia Society Texas Center
Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of
The Chinese Community Center
Council on American Islamic Relations – Texas
Holocaust Museum Houston
Houston GLBT Political Caucus
Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative
Houston Police Department
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Justice For Our Neighbors Houston
Migrant Rights Collective
My Brothers Keeper (MBK) Houston
The Rothko Chapel
The Simmons Foundation
Texas Organizing Project
United We Dream – Houston
University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work