Vigilant Love

Vigilant Love

Vigilant Love (VL) is a grassroots organization that uses arts, healing, and activism to resist Islamophobia, anti-AAPI violence, and xenophobia. Our work draws links between the incarceration, profiling, and surveillance of Japanese Americans during WWII and the ongoing treatment of Muslims in the U.S in order to build intergenerational and

Vigilant Love

Vigilant Love (VL) is a grassroots organization that uses arts, healing, and activism to resist Islamophobia, anti-AAPI violence, and xenophobia. Our work draws links between the incarceration, profiling, and surveillance of Japanese Americans during WWII and the ongoing treatment of Muslims in the U.S in order to build intergenerational and multi-ethnic solidarity to achieve systemic transformation. Our approach incorporates grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, political education, youth leadership development, and arts-based healing practices to build a culture of solidarity and resistance across communities. We believe these are key components to create sustainable movements where people are vigilant in their love.

About the Organization:

Vigilant Love (VL) is a grassroots organization that uses arts, healing, and activism to resist Islamophobia, anti-AAPI violence, and xenophobia. Our work draws links between the incarceration, profiling, and surveillance of Japanese Americans during WWII and the ongoing treatment of Muslims in the U.S in order to build intergenerational and multi-ethnic solidarity to achieve systemic transformation. Our approach incorporates grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, political education, youth leadership development, and arts-based healing practices to build a culture of solidarity and resistance across communities. We believe these are key components to create sustainable movements where people are vigilant in their love.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

The Issue:

Immigrant, refugee, AAPI, and Muslim communities continue to be targets of racialized violence, surveillance programs, detention, immigration bans, and other white supremacist violence. These various attacks, along with the sharp rise in anti-asian violence during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, compromise community safety for all of us, especially the most marginalized among us – such as elders, queer and trans youth, disabled people, and undocumented people. Thus, there is a critical need to build power within our communities, as well as uplift community oriented, inter-generational, and multi-ethnic solidarity building efforts that center directly impacted communities who are often at the forefront of social change and systemic transformation.

The Solution:

To create safety, solidarity, and healing in Muslim, AAPI, and other communities of color, Vigilant Love launched our Solidarity Arts Fellowship (SAF) for youth in January 2019. The SAF brings together 12-18 Japanese American and Muslim youth to participante in a 6-month program focused on arts-and-activism training, leadership development, and healing justice. The SAF aims to build meaningful cross-communal relationships as well as support participants to honor their identities, histories and challenge xenophobia, Islamophobia, and other forms of structural violence through creative expression. The program builds solidarity among Muslim Americans, Japanese Americans, AAPIs, and other communities impacted by surveillance, displacement, deportation, incarceration, and all forms of structural violence. The program creates unique opportunities for connection and grassroots solidarity building to ensure the safety and justice of directly impacted communities in the greater Los Angeles area, as well as provide youth with tools they need to organize and heal.

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