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Remember Vincent Chin

June 23, 2011
In 1982, two white autoworkers, motivated by racist anger, bludgeoned Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man, to death with a baseball bat. Chin died from the injuries, just 5 days before his wedding. His murderers got away with 3 years of probation and a $3000 fine-- not a single night in jail—and are living free among us today.

June 23rd is the anniversary of Vincent Chin’s death. On Thursday, June 23, 2011, 6:30-8pm, please come join us for a vigil in Columbus Park, Manhattan (67 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013, Chinatown) to remember Vincent Chin and honor the role that his death played in the Asian Pacific American civil rights movement.

We’d like this vigil to serve as a time and place for people in NYC to:
-reflect on Vincent Chin’s death and its significance.
-hear from leaders and fellow community members about the APA movement and the fight against hate crimes today, and also provide an opportunity for anyone to express his or her thoughts about Vincent Chin.
-find ways to get engaged with the APA movement and connect with one another in solidarity.
-make a statement against all hate crimes, which continue to ravage all marginalized communities on a daily basis.

Schedule:
6 pm - Begin gathering in the pavilion in Columbus Park.
6:30 pm - Liz OuYang, President of OCA-NY, will give opening remarks to begin the vigil.
6:45 – 7:45 pm - More speakers and open mic
*John C. Liu, New York City Comptroller
*Spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
*Sandeep Amy Kaur, Staff Attorney at the Sikh Coalition
*Scott Lu and Christine Peng, Board Members, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities
*Peter Gee, Associate Director of Resource Development and Programs, Asian Americans for Equality
*Ron T. Kim, Vice President at the Korean American Association of Greater New York and Co-Director of APA for Progress - NY
*There will also be time for people attending the event to share their thoughts about Vincent Chin.
7:45 – 8 pm – Roll call for those who have died in racially motivated incidents since Vincent Chin.

We will also be playing sound bites during the event from the documentary, VINCENT WHO?