Asians for Justice was founded in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020. As protests against systemic racism and police brutality ignited in major cities across the country, many Asian Americans joined in the fight, particularly after hearing such public figures as Hasan Minhaj and Prabal Gurung speak up, calling out anti-Blackness and complicity through silence in their own communities. In New Orleans, May Wen heard their call to action and approached several Asian social and historical groups about forming an organization to do so.
Asians for Justice began meeting in early June 2020, under the name Asians for Black Lives. In September, the organization finally settled on the name Asians for Justice, reflecting its goal of addressing a wide range of social issues. Since then, Asians for Justice has worked with other organizations locally and across the country forming connections from LA to LA. Our weekly Zoom meetings focus on Asian American issues, with a particular focus on social justice and equity in the movement to dismantle the patriarchal white-supremacist structures that control our society. Our mantra is "Think Global, Act Local" with our hopes that New Orleans will one day become a bastion for national and international human rights movements.
Asians for Justice is an inclusive community that seeks to unify Asian-identified people and allies in the greater New Orleans area in the struggle for human rights through activism, education, advocacy, and direct action.
We transform the world through our communities' shared stories and united voices, from the past to the present.