Our Promise to Democracy
On January 6th, we witnessed an attempted coup by white national terrorists and barely saw any repercussion nor accountability on the perpetrators. Make no mistakes, this is not just about white privilege. This is white supremacy in its rawest form. In the beginning of 2020, we saw Black women and men murdered with barely any justice from the same government that allowed those terrorists to break into Capitol Hill.
“This event also triggered traumatic memories with individuals who had to leave, or were forced to leave their own war-torn countries to start a new life.”
This event also triggered traumatic memories with individuals who had to leave, or were forced to leave their own war-torn countries to start a new life. Growing up in this country as a refugee, I encountered many challenges. Whether it’s being yelled at with racial slurs or being stared at when walking into public spaces with predominantly white people, the fact that I had to be strategic and thoughtful of how I navigate my path as a person of color, is what BIPOCs in this country can relate with and are experiencing everyday.
These experiences however made us stronger, more resilient, and hopeful of what a genuinely inclusive country could be. We believe in our constitution, but when it gets threatened, we can no longer stay silent. We want to be vocal and be part of the movement in support of a fair democratic process.
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association is a direct service organization who provides services to immigrants, refugees and low-income individuals and families in Greater Lowell. We are committed to empowering individuals to fully participate in our country’s democracy through obtaining citizenship, registering community members to vote, and providing civic engagement workshops about local, state and federal governments.
“My family came here because of the promise of democracy and CMAA will continue to help keep that promise.”
My family came here because of the promise of democracy and CMAA will continue to help keep that promise by educating and empowering individuals to be civically engaged. Our voice is our right. Our democracy is our right.
Sovanna Pouv, Executive Director