Hate crimes, biases and unprovoked attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have skyrocketed in recent months. The unprecedented uptick in hate crimes since last year with the assassination of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd to the present-day massacres in Georgia and Boulder, Colorado specifically targeting Asian people are sickening. Many civil rights leaders in and outside of the Asian American community are asking for swift action, prosecution, and justice for the victims.
On March 16th, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia there was a shooting at three spas where eight innocent lives (mostly females) were lost. Then again, this past Monday, March 22nd we learned of the massacre in Boulder, Colorado. We are grieving alongside our Asian American and Pacific-Islander brothers and sisters. 2020 marked the third consecutive year that hate crimes increased by more than 7,000 reported incidents across America. The last spike of this magnitude occurred in 2008. Anti-Asian crimes, specifically, have spiked by nearly 150%.
The late Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Jr. said “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We must speak out against all forms of hate. Hate is deadly and we cannot let it fester. Unfortunately, the hate being seen in the last few weeks are nothing new. It has been brewing and festering. There has been a blatant disregard for the humanity of communities of color for some time and it needs to stop. In the spirit of unity and justice that was echoed across our pages all Summer long, we are once again asking you, your family, and friends to stand in solidarity with us to speak out against all forms of racial discrimination, violence, and xenophobia.
We have taken the liberty of sharing resources to help you take action and help support the AAPI community.
- Report Incidents of Hate:
- ‘If you see something, say something’ is more vital now than ever before. The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) – a group of 50,000 Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students has a curated list of resources that includes everything from explaining the difference between a hate crime and a hate incident to detailing ways to report hate crimes to law enforcement. It has also launched a pro bono Hate Crimes Task Force to offer legal resources to victims. You may submit a request through an intake form.
- For New York, specifically – the New York Police Department has formed an Asian Hate Crime Task Force, it is a first-ever task force dedicated to investigating crimes targeting a single race. It is staffed by 25 detectives of Asian descent who speak a combined nine Asian languages, the group is tasked with guiding victims through the justice system, from reporting a crime all the way to prosecution. It will remain in effect after the pandemic.
- Stop Asian Hate: Together, We Can Make a Difference – this recently organized drive will distribute donations between five different AAPI Community organizations. That includes Mekong NYC, Asian Health Services, Oakland Chinatown Ambassadors Program, AAPI Women Lead, and Khmer Girls in Actions.
- National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – the organization focuses on building a movement for social, political, and structural change for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls.
- Welcome to Chinatown Longevity Fund – Founded in 2020, the Welcome to Chinatown Longevity fund aims to support and protect at-risk small businesses owners in Manhattan’s Chinatown with $5,000 grants.
- Apicha Community Health Center – Apicha provides affordable healthcare services to underserved people in New York City, including Asians and Pacific Islanders, Latinos, African Americans, and other people of color.
- Asian Mental Health Collective – The Asian Mental Health Collective’s mission is to normalize and destigmatize discussion of mental health within the Asian community. Much of this work involves creating blog posts and resources for social media, but the company is constructing a massive database of Asian therapists working in both the United States and Canada. Once completed, it could go a long way in making people feel more comfortable seeking out therapy for themselves.
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