CAAR leaders and core organizers are meeting this weekend for a 2-day retreat to reflect on what CAAR’s been able to do and strategize together on what makes sense for the future of CAAR.
Take a look at the packed agenda that we have planned.
We are looking forward to coming together and building deeper relationships with each other to continue this work.
CAAR stands in solidarity with the effort to drop the “R” word used for the Washington NFL team. We will see you at this protest TODAY! For those who want to meet up with some friendly faces ahead of time, you can meet up with CAAR members and members of the Don’t Buy Miss Saigon Coalition at 5:00pm in the parking lot of Community-University Health Care Center (2001 Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404). Do not park in the CUHCC lot- however, there should be plenty of nearby street parking. We’ll meet in the corner of the parking lot located at Franklin and Bloomington at 5:00pm, then join the larger group/march across the street at 5:25.
Read about what’s wrong with the name and more about the history of why it’s so offensive. Look at the good example How Media Organizations are Handline the “R**’ Name and publicly announcing they won’t use the name. Journalists and media sources in CAAR’s listserv – consider adding your name/organization to the list.
Below is a link to view a presentation of CAAR’s community engagement survey results. We had 45 people take the survey.
CAAR leaders and core organizers are meeting this weekend, November 9-10 for a two-day leadership retreat. Part of our discussion is to talk about the future of CAAR and we’ll be reviewing the survey results and comments as part of this conversation.
Tell us what you think of the results by commenting below!
Join us at our next CAAR General Membership Hangout!
When: Tuesday, October 15 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Northwest Area Foundation (60 Plato Blvd. East, St. Paul, MN 55107) Fourth Floor.
- 6:00 – 6:30 Grab food, Intros & relationship-building activity (facilitated by Chee Kue)
- 6:30 – 7:15 Updates – Budget/Operations, Miss Saigon Organizing, Leadership Retreat, & Community Engagement Survey Results (facilitated by Maivncais & Margie)
- 7:15 – 7:45 Open Discussion Time, what’s come up for you? (facilitated by Sandy)
- 7:45 – 8:00 Determine next steps & wrap up
CAAR’s Official Statement of Support:
“Community Action Against Racism (CAAR) stands in solidarity with the work of the Don’t Buy Miss Saigon Coalition. CAAR’s mission is to hold institutions accountable for spreading negative ethnic and racial stereotypes. Supporting the Coalition aligns with CAAR’s work around racial justice and activating community voices.”
Join CAAR members this Tuesday, Oct 8 at 6:30pm at the “Don’t Buy Miss Saigon: The Unity Event.” Some of CAAR’s lead organizers have been very active in the Coalition’s strategies and we encourage all our members to take action. Press Release Attached
On the Ordway’s opening night of Miss Saigon, community members have created a peaceful event for the public to gather in unity for social justice.
The Don’t Buy Miss Saigon Coalition has been organizing against the stereotypes and misconceptions perpetuated by the production of Miss Saigon and the fact that it has come back to the Ordway for the third time. The Coalition has created the October 8 event as an opportunity for local Asian Americans and our allies to come together in solidarity and to share our own truth about what it means to be Asian American.
The fact that Miss Saigon is playing at the Ordway which is located in the city of Saint Paul is troubling given our large Asian American population and the impact a play like this can have here. Saint Paul has seen a 20 percent increase of the Asian American population from 2000-2010 and has thirty-one percent of Saint Paul Public School students now Asian American (Wilder Foundation July 2013). Asians are also the fastest growing racial group in the state (MinnPost June 2013) and has one of the largest trans-racial, trans-national adoptee populations.
To learn more about the play and what’s wrong with it, please visit the Don’t Buy Miss Saigon Coalition’s website: http://www.dontbuymiss-saigon.com/
Sign the national petition to stop the production of Miss Saigon: http://act.engagementlab.org/sign/DontBuyMissSaigon?source=field
Stay up-to-date by “liking” the Coalition’s public Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Saigon-Lies-Dont-Buy-It/644663278889354
The accomplished writer and activist, David Mura, recently wrote an essay “The Problem(s) With Miss Saigon (or, how many stereotypes can you cram into one Broadway musical). Here is an excerpt:
I am writing this essay in response to the Ordway Theater’s decision to bring back Miss Saigon a third time to the Twin Cities. The Ordway Theater has taken this action despite numerous protests and criticism of the musical by the local Asian American community. The twenty-year history of the Ordway’s indifference and disrespect towards our community and its leading artistic and activist voices is perhaps without parallel in recent Minnesota cultural history.
The offensive and problematic nature of Miss Saigon stems from its plot and its characterization of both the American and Vietnamese characters. The Ordway and many white American audience members seem to have trouble seeing this. But for many Asian Americans, the egregious stereotypes in this musical are patently obvious.