Asians for Ceasefire: A Letter Urging Asian American Congresspeople to Endorse Ceasefire Resolution

Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

We invite you, members of the Asian American community and allies, to join us in signing onto this letter urging Asian American Congressmembers to endorse the Ceasefire Now Resolution.

As Asian Americans, we come from homelands where our peoples have been colonized, brutalized, led movements for liberation, and still struggle under Western imperialism. We’ve witnessed family and friends’ lives changed from the cascade of bombs forcing them to flee their homelands.

To lead our communities on a more peaceful and just path forward, we call on our Asian American electeds to demand a ceasefire, the entry of humanitarian aid, and a stop to military funding to Israel.

Sign on to demand our Asian American electeds endorse this call to action in pursuit of justice, dignity, solidarity, and our shared humanity.

Read the full letter and see the full list of signatories here.

Organizational Signatories:

Name City/State Org
Leyen Minneapolis 18 Million Rising
Los Angeles Vigilant Love
Oakland 18 Million Rising
Jennifer Ching New York North Star Fund
Senti Sojwal BK Asian American Feminist Collective
Priti Glenview Nemani Law
Amita Swadhin Duarte Mirror Memoirs
Arti Walker-Peddakotla Oak Park Village of Oak Park
Lan Dinh Philadelphia VietLead
Amrita Doshi Brooklyn South Asian SOAR
Shariq F New York Sakhi
Jona Hilario Columbus
OPAWL-Building AAPI Feminist Leadership
Senti Sojwal BK Asian American Feminist Collective
Oakland APIENC
Sirajum New York Sakhi
Daniel Tam-Claiborne Seattle The Serica Initiative
Kavita Mehra
Jersey City Sakhi for South Asian Women
Grace Nam Brooklyn PISAB
Dr. DJ Kutin Kandi Custodio-Tan San Diego Asian Solidarity Collective
Shakeel Syed Artesia
South Asian Network, Inc.
YK Hong New York Keep Beyond
Hana Ramdhany New York Sakhi for South Asian Women
Sree S San Francisco
South Asian Sexual and Mental Health Alliance
eri o Sacremento Lavender Phoenix
South Elgin Istorya Las Vegas
Tan H New York Sakhi for South Asian Women
Amee Oakland Center for Popular Democracy
Dianara Boston Asian American Resource Workshop
phillip Los Angeles Skid Row People's Market
Kari Los Angeles 18 Million Rising
Somerville MIT AAI
Sarah Brookline M+R
Yasmine Ramachandra Philadelphia South Asian SOAR
Jaishri A
New York Global Feminists for Palestine
Joie Ha Denver CORE: Community Organizing for Radical Empathy
Julman Tolentino New York Malaya Movement NY
John Zhao Cupertino South Bay Youth Changemakers
Ellison Seattle Seattle Asian American Film Festival
Aarij Chicago South Asian SOAR
Ralph Oakland South Bay Youth Changemakers
Jess Falls Church Viet Place Collective
Nisa Belle Mead Sakhi
Eric Mar San Francisco Asian American Studies, SF State University
Fahd Ahmed Jackson Heights DRUM - Desis Rsising Up & Moving
Esther Choi San Diego Asian Solidarity Collective
Aki Baker New York MINK Brooklyn
Johnny Mao Seattle Got Green
Elizabeth Lin Ann Arbor Progressive Asian American Christians
Samir Shrestha Richmond Anti Police Terror Project
Nadia De Ala Oakland Real You Leadership
Sahar Pirzada Los Angeles HEART
Nadiah Mohajir Chicago HEART to Grow
Aaron Gozum San Diego Malaya Movement, San Diego
Audrey Gow Chicago Chicago Abortion Fund
Tracy La Santa Ana VietRISE
Anusha Alles Providence Direct Action for Rights and Equality
Joemy Ito-Gates Oakland Japanese Americans for Justice
Daphne Wu Oakland Cut Fruit Collective
Nina Long Los Angeles AAPIs for Civic Empowerment - Education Fund
Anonymous New York Xin Sheng Project
Therese Garcia West Covina Assembly District Delegate (AD 48), California Democratic Party
Aminta Kilawan-Narine New York South Queens Women's March
Mal Tayag Sari-Sari
Whitney Yang Phoenix The Bambi Fund
JR A Urban Honolulu Empowering Marginalized Asian Communities
Christine L Brooklyn Q-Wave
Heena S Oakland Shah
Darakshan R Washington Muslims for Just Futures
Alani F New Haven Yale University
Lai Wa San Francisco Chinese Progressive Association - SF
Linda Y Torrance YCC
Zahid San Clemente CAIR
Meleia Santa Cruz UC Santa Cruz
Mikaela Lincoln Bayan
Sonya Los Angeles API Equality-LA
Kay Saint Paul MN8
Mahtab Artesia South Asian Network
Anonymous Sauga SJP at ASU
Nancy Nguyen Philadelphia SEAFN
madhvi San Francisco Lavender Phoenix
Jingxuan Z Durham Duke University
Susan M New York Aurora Commons
Creighton W Exeter Xin Sheng Project
Mustafa Olympia Islamic Center of Olympia
Michelle L Oak Park Detroit/Boggs Center
Kenneth S Oakland Clergy, United Methodist Church
Brenda Los Angeles 18 Million Rising
Janelle G Union City CSUEB Pacific Islander Asian American Program
Nicole Oga Asian Solidarity Collective
Ally V Alhambra Ancestral Vision Movement
Kimberly R Windsor Sunrise Movement CT
Brian San Diego San Diego Unified School District
Alice T Austin Register2vote
Allyson T Fremont Professor at San Francisco State University
Anonymous Gill BIPOC Psychedelic
Gary B San Francisco Pine United Methodist Church
Cori N Chicago Nikkei Uprising Chicago
Sasanka J Durham Reframe Health and Justice
June New York Tsuru for Solidarity
Krystle C Waldorf National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)
Faraz New York NAAAP NY
Heba Columbia Calamansi Counseling
Fazeela S New York Pyaar To The People
Maria Bolaos El Segundo Sampaguita Press
Anonymous Phoenix AZ AANHPI For Equity
Simone J New York Jahajee Sisters
Ambika S
South Asian KidLit
Atri Hassan New York Sakhi for South Asian Women
Alex Romero New York Columbia University
Akeela K Amarillo Asian Texas for Justice
Shelley Wong Falls Church Palestinian Educators and Friends Learning Community, TESOL International
Jackelyn M Queens Malaya Movement NY
Charlene Oakland 18 Million Rising
Erica Oakland AAPIs for Civic Empowerment
Pooja New York Boundless Awareness LLC
Jackie Y Alameda Lavender Phoenix
Emily Brooklyn Tsuru for Solidarity
Krishnaa Pradhan Phoenix Teach for America
Yoshino Torrance Tsuru for Solidarity
Neal W Denver Chair-Colorado South Asian Democrats
Cat Cambridge Harvard University
Amrita Singh New York Photo Editor
Mai Vang Camptonville Mayor Pro Tem, City of Sacramento
Anonymous Rosemead Yellow Chair Collective
Anonymous Pittsburgh East Coast Asian American Student Union
Nat Low Aptos Asian American Justice + Innovation Lab
Sky Chicago Rebirth Garments
Christi Houston Rice University
Calder Berkeley Filipino Advocates for Justice
Maanasi San Francisco Lavender Phoenix
Krystle Tugadi Los Angeles MeSearch Podcast
tony Verona NYC Men Teach Asian American Initiative
Ria Chakrabarty Washington Hindus for Human Rights
Jennifer C Tempe Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander for Equity
Tri Vo
Minneapolis The SEAD Project
Anonymous San Francisco Equality Labs
Mounica S Chicago Northwestern University
Evan S Monterey Park Berkeley TDPS
Ryoko Los Angeles California State University, Northridge
Janessa Sierra Madre Yellow Chair Collective
Naurin New York Sapna NYC
Bilal Washington American Muslim Bar Association
Nico New Orleans Free for Real Kitchen
Anonymous Hayward FAJ
June C Dallas Women of Asian Descent
Tony Sun P New York Anime Feminist
Gina Rosales San Francisco Pinaysita
Joyce C San Diego UC San Diego
Selena X Austin Asian Texans for Justice
a.t. Furuya San Diego Transform Together LLC
Sulu LeoNimm Brooklyn Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
Manan Desai Ann Arbor University of Michigan
Maahum Washington Congressional Staffer
Sasha Wijeyeratne New York CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities
Jorge Pacheco Jr San Jose California Latino School Boards Association
Lala Openi San Francisco The House of Malico
Janna Haider Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Barbara
Jamia Rochester APALA
Jane I Ann Arbor University of Michigan
Lindsey Brooklyn NYC-DSA
Varshini Birmingham UAB
Katriana Marquez Fresno Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh
Joe L Ellicott City University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Alex Kauppila Joliet Ascension Saint Joseph Joliet
Anonymous Imperial Beach University of California Santa Barbara
Joti Oakland Duniya Dance and Drum Company
Angela M Chicago CIRCA-PINTIG
Cha Vang Florin AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund
Anonymous Chicago Malaya Movement
Leo Oakland Lavender Phoenix
Carolyn Tran New York Communities United for Status & Protection (CUSP)
Steven Wu Houston Woori Juntos
Feng-Feng Tucson Chinese Chorizo Project
Nicolette Ardiente San Antonio Asian Texans for Justice
Cristian Amarillo Jolt Action
Anonymous San Francisco 18 Million Rising
Jeremy Chicago Asian Health Coalition
Ginger Chicago CIRCA Pintig

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To: Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
From: [Your Name]

Dear Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus,

We, the undersigned members of your communities and constituencies, mourn the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost since October 7th, and urge you to call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and halt in military funding to Israel. We ask that you sign onto the Ceasefire Now Resolution introduced by Rep. Cori Bush and sponsored by 18 members of Congress. The majority of American voters support an immediate ceasefire. As elected representatives, you hold the political responsibility and moral obligation to end this genocide.

In just over three weeks, the Israeli military has indiscriminately killed over 8,000 Palestinians, including over 3,000 children. Furthermore, as a Senior Legal Advisor at Human Rights Watch notes in a recent article, the Israeli government has continuously committed war crimes and violated humanitarian law in Palestine. Israel’s blockade of food, water, electricity, and fuel, use of prohibited chemical weapons such as white phosphorus, and withholding of humanitarian aid constitute collective punishment. In recognition of these crimes against the Palestinian people, 121 countries voted to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate, sustained humanitarian truce. It is essential that the safety of Palestinian Americans, including 600 in Gaza and 60,000 in the West Bank, is not overlooked.

As our tax dollars proliferate this violence, we are witnessing our nation’s descent into a hostile and hateful environment, similar to that of the post-9/11 era. We are experiencing a disturbing rise in Islamophobic hate crimes including the murder of 6-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume and the brutal attack on his mother in Illinois, the assault of a 19-year-old Sikh man in New York City, and the intimidation of protestors speaking out against genocide across the country. We recognize antisemitism and Islamophobia as two sides of the same coin: both violent mechanisms wielded for the sake of power. To lead our communities towards a more peaceful and just path, you must demand a ceasefire and implement measures to protect vulnerable groups.

Asian Americans are courageously taking action in support of a ceasefire. Rep. Pramila Jayapal ​​joined as a co-sponsor of the ceasefire resolution and has spoken widely about her position. California Assemblymember Alex Lee called for de-escalation, ceasefire, and humanitarian aid. New York Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani joined thousands of American Jews in chanting “not in our name” at Grand Central. Richmond Councilmember Soheila Bana played a key role in passing her city’s resolution in solidarity with Gaza. Asian American artists including Hasan Minhaj, Sandra Oh, and Riz Ahmed joined 250 others in signing the Artists for Ceasefire letter.

Our communities expect you, as Asian American elected leaders, to act with moral and political conviction. People across the globe are mourning the thousands of families who have been killed in the last three weeks alone. Millions of lives hang in the balance, and we cannot accept their deaths as inevitable. We, the undersigned organizations and individuals representing the diversity of our communities, endorse this call to action in pursuit of justice, dignity, solidarity, and our shared humanity. Join us in demanding an immediate ceasefire, an end to military funding for Israel, and the entry of vital humanitarian aid into Gaza. We implore you to affirm, protect, and fight for the living. History is watching.

In Community,