Sign the petition: Stop the displacement in Chinatowns across the U.S. and Canada

Local Elected Officials

This May, in honor and recognition of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, residents and community members of Chinatowns in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Montreal, and Toronto are coming together for a week of action to demand our cities stop the displacement.

The  Coast to Coast Chinatowns Against Displacement: Week of Action, taking place May 25th to June 1st, will highlight stories of resistance to eviction, exclusion, and cultural loss eroding Chinatowns, and draw connections to other communities facing housing insecurity and gentrification.

Across the U.S. and Canada, residents in Chinatowns are facing a displacement crisis. Residents are being evicted, deprived of heat and hot water, and consistently denied and misinformed of their rights. Rents are rising at exorbitant rates and luxury development is skyrocketing.

Elected officials, developers, and landlords continue to make decisions around policy and developments without considering and consulting communities of color who are directly impacted. It's time to stop this.

We are calling on elected officials to work with the most directly impacted communities to pass housing policies that protect vulnerable tenants and invest in truly affordable housing.

Sign the petition: Protect all Chinatown residents from displacement.

In the U.S. alone, median rents in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) neighborhoods increased nearly 75% from 2000 to 2014. Chinatowns across North America are facing dramatic losses of affordable housing, evictions, unwelcomed luxury development. In each city, the residents who built up the neighborhoods that were once seen as undesirable because of its working-class immigrant communities, are now being pushed out.

We are calling on residents and community members to join us in our week of action, in-person and online, to demand the elected officials we put in office stay accountable to the community members they serve.

Sign the petition: End the displacement of all Chinatown residents across borders.

Follow the Facebook event for more updates in each city.

Participating Organizations:
Asian Americans United, Philadelphia
Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia
Asian Community Development Corporation, Boston
Chinatown Community Development Center, San Francisco
Chinatown Community for Equitable Development, Los Angeles
Chinatown Art Brigade, New York City
Chinatown-International District (CID) Coalition, Seattle
Community Tenants Association, San Francisco
Chinatown Working Group, Montreal
Daily Kos Liberation League
Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, Philadelphia
Tea Base, Toronto; Bright Pearl, Toronto
Aiya 合作社 Collective
Additional Sponsors

To: Local Elected Officials
From: [Your Name]

Residents in Chinatown are facing a housing crisis—consistently denied or misinformed of their rights, deprived of heat and hot water, and evicted— because of greedy landlords and housing policies that do not truly protect community members. Rents are rising exorbitantly and luxury development is skyrocketing. Please take action to work with the most directly impacted communities to pass housing policies that protect tenants and truly invest in affordable housing. You must be accountable to your constituents by working to end the current and impending displacement of all Chinatown residents.