Shows: March 23, 2015

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The Non-Indictment of Peter Liang and the Asian and Asian Pacific Diaspora's Call for Justice

Last month (February 2015), a Brooklyn grand jury indicted NYPD rookie officer, Peter Liang, for the shooting of Akai Gurley inside a building of the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York. Akai Gurley was shot on November 20, 2014 and died as a result of officer Liang’s shooting.

Organizations like CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities have been calling for the indictment of NYPD officer Liang, since this case went public. And they have been a part of the larger police accountability movement demanding justice for Akai Gurley, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and countless other Black and Brown lives over the past few decades.

CAAAV’s work has continued and they were a part of a press conference and vigil for Akai Gurley on March 15th. CAAAV, along with the Gurley family and other local organizations, including DRUM South Asian Organizing Center, Good Old Lower East Side, and Jews for Racial & Economic Justice spoke demanding justice for Akai Gurley, as well as accountability from a policing and criminal justice system that continues to reinforce a long history of state violence with little to no consequence.

We bring you the voices of Akai Gurley’s family, as well as representatives from CAAAV Organizing Communities, Good Old Lower East Side, Cop Watch Alliance, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, and DRUM South Asian Organizing Center.

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"Semiotics of Islam- A Primer for Kuffar" and the Politics of Representation

Fouzia Najar joins Asia Pacific Forum and discusses her recent short film, "Semiotics of Islam- A Primer for Kuffar," the power of media to shape culture, and the need for more nuanced and diverse narratives for, by and about people of color to counterbalance oversimplified and damaging images and symbols perpetuated by media of the Muslim community.


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From the Archives: Challenging the Myth of Surveillance

As the prevalence of surveillance technologies and practices have dramatically increased both internationally and domestically, media activists and community organizers remind us the complex nature of surveillance as a tool of state power, as well as how different communities are affected by such a systemic apparatus.

We revisit an archived broadcast from last year with ICU Oakland. Here, Salima Himarani discusses how to reframe the paradigm of surveillance discourse offers critical perspective regarding how surveillance has impacted marginalized and disenfranchised communities.

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