The Unity March launches a comprehensive slate of socioeconomic goals that engender greater societal equity.
Every single person in the country must have a voice in our local, state and federal governments. People of color and historically under-resourced communities are too often excluded, invisibilized, and face great barriers to accessing our democracy. We must ensure that this right is not only defended but strengthened, and that all people, regardless of race, gender, income level, sexual orientation, ability, immigration status, or any other part of our humanness, have full and equal access to all American social, economic, and political systems.
All people deserve full citizenship.
Citizenship is more than just a piece of paper, it means equity. That means access to basic human rights like quality food, housing, education, health care, jobs, communications, transportation, and the unfettered ability to participate in our democracy.
Pass legislation that ensures the over 11 million undocumented members and long-term visa holders have a pathway to citizenship so they can fully participate in our democracy. The undocumented community has been a key part of what keeps our nation moving. We must ensure their human rights are secure too.
Strengthen the right to vote and enable universal participation in our democracy.
If we are to be a true democracy, everyone must have a voice at all levels of government. We can’t just defend these rights, we must strengthen them to ensure all people, regardless of race, gender, income level, sexual orientation, ability, or any other part of our humanness, have full and equal access to our electoral systems.
Support legislation that expands and guarantees access to the ballot box like the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act.
A fair society and economy values and protects workers, asserting all workers’ right to dignity and security regardless of industry, citizenship, and/or employment status. We must ensure access to resources for small businesses owned by people of color and those living with a disability. Finally, we must tell our own diverse and authentic stories, and disrupt harmful narratives that sow division and fear so we can create culturally dynamic, equitable and inclusive schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods for all.
Representation isn’t just about media and culture. It also includes economic justice. We must protect workers’ rights and ensure that everyone has equal access to financial empowerment. This also means where government programs are not adequate, corporations must step up and fulfill their responsibilities to invest in the very communities that make, buy, and use their products.
Hold the public and private sector accountable in the protection of workers’ rights.
How? Restore dignity, agency, and power to working people by protecting workers’ rights through people-powered movements that center immigrant workers and use outreach by language and by industry.
How? Drive consistent philanthropic commitments to organizations, especially those serving historically under-resourced communities that provide holistic restorative socioeconomic support.
How? Urge corporations and government to invest in, build the capacity of, and promote small businesses (from Main Street to startups) that have been the hardest hit during the pandemic and pass laws that strengthen enforcement to protect workers from exploitation and to give everyone a fair living wage.
If we are to build a more inclusive society, we must tell the stories of those who built this nation, the stories that represent the diversity of us, and take an honest look at where we need to grow.
Support and invest in programs that reshape cultural and media institutions to promote more diverse, authentic narrative and fight harmful stereotypes.
How? Engage with local communities to find ways to combat harmful narratives about communities of color and empower community leaders to reform narratives and processes.
How? Initiate and execute plans to diversify, empower, and protect staff at studios, networks, and other media platforms, from senior level executives to interns.
Advocate for multicultural studies in K-12 education and higher education systems.
How? Support state- and local-level efforts for multicultural studies in K-12 and university systems to reflect the experiences and contributions of Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities, including women and LGBTQIA+ communities.
How? Honor the historic contributions of our communities in public spaces by rethinking, renaming, and/or replacing monuments, and declaring holidays that are inclusive of all major faiths.
Right to Reproductive Health Care
Our reproductive rights are under attack. Receiving adequate access to quality, affordable reproductive health care has dramatic effects on the social and economic well-being and outcomes of people, families and communities. The path to access is arduous due to mistrust in healthcare systems and providers, a lack of culturally-competent, in-language care, deep-seated cultural stigmas, and low rates of insurance coverage for our most vulnerable community members.
Right to reproductive health care.
How? We cannot fight for human rights without protecting reproductive rights. The same lawmakers determined to ban abortions are also working to suppress the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people and block our constitutional right to vote. With seven out of ten Asian Americans and eighty-five percent of AAPI women support access to reproductive health care, it’s clear that many of our nation’s elected officials are undermining and refusing to represent the majority of voices within our community. We must and will take our collective voice to the ballot box during the upcoming midterm elections in November and send this message to our elected officials: all individuals deserve to have autonomy and power to make decisions about their own bodies.