Over the past year, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) reported nearly 3,800 cases of hate-related behavior from the time the pandemic began to this past February. The majority of those incidents included verbal abuse, but 11 percent of them also involved physical violence. Then, on the evening of March 16, a 21 year old white man went into three different spas in the greater Atlanta area and killed eight people—six of whom were Asian-American women. Though police are declining to report on a motive, it's clear that the Asian American community is hurting right now and was hurting before March 16. America has—in the past year and beyond—a major issue with hate crimes against AAPI people.
Trump did not invent anti-Asian racism, but the former president's use of "the China virus" and the "Kung Flu" over the past year, have led to a rise of anti-Asian hate crimes that have ranged from verbal abuse to being spat on and physically attacked, all the way to murder.
US Rep Judy Chu posted on Twitter, "As we wait for more details to emerge, I ask everyone to remember that hurtful words and rhetoric have real life consequences. Please stand up, condemn this violence, and help us #StopAsianHate." Though no protests or demonstrations have yet been publicized, there are several ways you can educate yourself, speak up, and donate to help curb the violence against the AAPI community.
Asian-American Resource Center in Atlanta
Based out of Duluth, northeast of Atlanta, the Asian-American Resource Center works with immigrant families on issues like housing and civil rights.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice—Atlanta
Geared specifically toward the AAPI community, Asian Americans Advancing Justice works for civil rights for AAPI members in Atlanta and the South, as a whole.
The Korean American Coalition—Metro Atlanta
Serving the interests of Korean-Americans in the Atlanta metro area, the organization works to support Korean Americans and educate those who seek more information about immigrants.
Compassion in Oakland
If you're in the Oakland area, you can volunteer to escort people home or elsewhere to ensure they remain safe.
Planned March in DC
In Washington DC, a march has been planned for the evening of Mrach 17, beginning at the Chinatown arch. The group will march against white supremacy and anti-AAPI violence.
GoFundMe: Victims of Violent Crimes in the Bay Area
Donate to Stop AAPI Hate
Stop AAPI Hate is a leading name in organizations working to end racism against the AAPI community. Formed as a coalition between the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University, the initiative works to provide support to local, state, and national level programs supporting AAPI communities.
Donate to Asian Mental Health Collective
In an effort to remove the stigma of mental health in the Asian community, the Asian Mental Health Collective is working to provide healthcare and support to those in the Asian community.
Donate to Chinese for Affirmative Action
The organization Chinese for Affirmative Action works for immigrant rights and anti-racism initiative. Since its founding in 1969, the organization has expanded to be a leading voice in supporting Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
Donate to the Asian Pacific Fund
The Asian Pacific Fund has initiatives to fight against the rise in anti-Asian racism. It also uses its funds to help those suffering from Covid-19, which disproportionately affects AAPI communities.
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
The NKASEC works for immigration reform and healthcare access, but also uses a portion of its donations to fight for civil rights' initiatives.
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