CAAR Press Release: CAAR will soon be closing its doors
For Immediate Release
June 25, 2015
Dear Community Members:
Community Action Against Racism (CAAR) will soon be closing its doors. We find ourselves at a crossroads where current leadership is ready to move on but, after extensive search by current leadership, no new co-chairs have stepped up to take their place. Instead of keeping CAAR open, core organizers felt it best to be transparent about our real capacity to lead community organizing campaigns. Unless two people step into leadership, CAAR, as an incorporated nonprofit organization, will be obligated to dissolve. We are in the process of working with the Secretary of State on the proper way to do this.
CAAR has worked as an all-volunteer, Asian American-led, multiracial coalition since 1998 when a core group of community leaders organized against KQRS. Once that campaign ended, CAAR dissolved and was only resurrected in 2011 with the incident by KDWB. In 2011, the decision was made to become a nonprofit, which allowed CAAR to receive funding from Headwaters Foundation for Justice, the St Paul Foundation, and Pan-Asian Voices for Equality. These resources helped CAAR gain real wins against KDWB/Clear Channel, and later that year against WCCO for racist reporting. At that time, organizers also felt it was a time to shift focus from being reactive to proactive. Since then, CAAR organized workshops on media justice and events to engage community members on topics of how to respond to racism better. Now after four years, the current leadership is needing to rotate off and no one has been willing or able to take on the responsibility of leading CAAR forward. It is an indicator to core organizers that it may be time to close our doors as a nonprofit corporation.
This means that CAAR will be inactive, with no leadership. However, our individual organizers will continue to work on racial justice in other capacities, and CAAR’s Facebook presence may still be used to notify each other of events and campaigns that advance justice. If the need arises in the future, we hope that a small, committed group of people will feel they can resurrect CAAR once again. We feel that dissolving CAAR is the best choice at this time. We owe it to you, our community members, to be transparent and admit that, without new leadership, we do not have the capacity to carry on future work.
We encourage you to find other avenues to work on racial justice, media justice and other social justice work with organizations like Voices for Racial Equity (formerly the Organizing Apprenticeship Project, OAP), Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, BlackLivesMatter Minneapolis, Pan-Asian Voices for Equity, and many more who are doing great work!
We invite CAAR core members to our upcoming meeting to officially vote on dissolving the organization. We will also use this time to celebrate all our past work!
CAAR Celebration & Farewell Hangout
Wed, July 8, 2015
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Intermedia Arts (2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408)
Lastly, CAAR would like to acknowledge and thank all of our friends and supporters over the years. Our volunteers have been at the heart of this organization. Thank you!