“What we need to be do­ing in this mo­ment is sup­port­ing and stand­ing up for one an­other. The best de­fense is com­mu­nity. The best shield to state and hate vi­o­lence is sol­i­dar­ity.” — ac­tivist Ar­jun Singh Sethi

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In Suong says that the var­i­ous mem­bers of PrYSM and the peo­ple they sup­port all come to­gether un­der the same fun­da­men­tal ex­pe­ri­ence of U.S. mil­i­tarism in their home coun­tries. “The U.S. had no moral or le­gal jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for in­vad­ing our coun­tries other than ‘stop­ping Com­mu­nism.’ … The wars in South­east Asia caused one of the largest mass refugee flows in world his­tory and prompted the United States to cre­ate the Of­fice of Refugee Re­set­tle­ment. Many of us had no choice but to set­tle in the land of the in­vader.” Ac­cord­ing to PrYSM, the com­mu­ni­ties these im­mi­grants have cre­ated in Prov­i­dence are of­ten in­cor­rectly pro­filed as gangs by law en­force­ment, and their daily lives are mon­i­tored for crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

“PrYSM de­cided not to call po­lice af­ter the hate crime, be­cause they be­lieve in the abo­li­tion of po­lice and mil­i­tary and other in­sti­tu­tions that have in­flicted vi­o­lence on their com­mu­ni­ties,” Sethi said. “PrYSM dou­bled down on their neigh­bor­hood watch, re­quired staff to take self-de­fense classes, cre­ated a buddy check-in pro­gram, and adopted other mea­sures to pro­tect their com­mu­nity. In that sense, the hate crime gave them the op­por­tu­nity to reaf­firm their val­ues.”

also in­cludes the sto­ries of a Le­banese fam­ily who suf­fered harass­ment, as­sault, and even­tu­ally mur­der at the hands of a neigh­bor, a Jewish woman who got caught in the crosshairs of Richard Spencer’s alt-right move­ment and the alt-right web­site and an African-Amer­i­can alumna of Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton who ex­pe­ri­enced racially mo­ti­vated ha­tred af­ter be­ing elected to stu­dent govern­ment.

Many peo­ple feel help­less in the face of in­creas­ingly hate­ful rhetoric and vi­o­lence to­ward im­mi­grants, peo­ple of color, and mem­bers of other marginal­ized groups — and won­der what they can do. Sethi again em­pha­sized the need to sup­port sur­vivors, many of whom lack health care and may need fi­nan­cial sup­port for med­i­cal bills and miss­ing in­come from tak­ing time off work. “Vote and hold your politi­cians ac­count­able for when they preach big­otry and hate,” he said. “Don’t let them con­demn hate vi­o­lence with­out si­mul­ta­ne­ously con­demn­ing state vi­o­lence like the caging and sep­a­ra­tion of im­mi­grant fam­i­lies. De­mand bet­ter data on hate crimes so we can see who is be­ing tar­geted, where, and by whom.

“Fi­nally, white al­lies must step up and talk about the grow­ing threat of white supremacy across this coun­try. We are more likely to be harmed by a white su­prem­a­cist in Amer­ica than a Mus­lim or a refugee. White Amer­i­cans need to help root out white supremacy like the can­cer it is. Oth­er­wise, tragedies like the one we saw at Tree of Life Syn­a­gogue aren’t just pos­si­ble — they’re in­evitable.”

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