Say Sorry Barry

A campaign for respectful rhetoric in local DC politics

In response to anti-immigrant remarks made by District of Columbia City Councilman Marion Barry, a group of young progressive activists launched the Say Sorry Barry campaign in April 2012 to engage the city in a dialogue about respectful rhetoric. This was especially critical because his comments contributed to a dangerously xenophobic narrative present throughout the 2012 election cycle. To combat this, our campaign used online organizing to build public grassroots pressure and successfully hold him accountable for his actions.

In a joint press conference on May 24, Councilman Barry finally apologized and affirmed his commitment to proactively work with and support Asian Americans in the District.

For more information about the campaign, check out some of our coverage in the Washington Post, The Huffington Post, National Public Radio, DCist, and Angry Asian Man.

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