On the night of March 16, eight people were shot and killed at massage parlors located in the Atlanta area. Of the eight victims, six were Asian women. This tragedy is the latest racist attack on the Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, a marginalized group that has been the target of discrimination and hate crimes for years and more so during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Stop AAPI Hate is a nonprofit organization that tracks incidences of discrimination, hate, and xenophobia against individuals of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. The organization has recorded over 3,800 incidents since the start of the pandemic, though it's important to note that this number on reflects incidents that are reported and does not reflect the scope of experiences that are not reported.
There are quite a few organizations that you can donate to that support the AAPI community, including organizations that provide food for individuals, support Asian-owned restaurant businesses, and offer mental health support to those who may need it following the rise in hate crimes. To follow are some of the organizations you can donate to financially, but it's always important to remember that you can support the AAPI community in your area by ordering food from Asian-owned restaurants and leaving tips, as well as shopping at Asian-owned food and retail stores.
Heart of Dinner
Heart of Dinner was founded in 2015 but shifted their goals at the beginning of the pandemic to work toward fighting food insecurity and isolation experienced by Asian American seniors. Their efforts support over 1,500 elders in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens by delivering weekly hot lunches, fresh produce, and bulk ingredients to their homes.
Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough is a collective of over a dozen Asian-American business owners in New York City that aims to promote cross-cultural community building and standing up for what is right. The organization does so while spreading awareness about the increase of anti-Asian hate. Their efforts include providing free meals to those in need, specifically Asian elders, underserved Black & Latino homeless shelters, and those struggling with food insecurity during the pandemic.
Stop AAPI Hate
As previously mentioned, Stop AAPI Hate is an organization that was started in March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic that records incidents of anti-AAPI hate, discrimination, and xenophobia.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta
Founded in 2010, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that works to protect the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia and the Southeast region specifically.
Asian Mental Health Collective
Their mission is to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community.
Hate is a Virus
Hate is a Virus was launched after the first spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans post-COVID-19. Their goal is to amplify, educate, and activate AAPI to stand for justice and equality in solidarity with other communities.
Asian American Feminist Collective
The collective helps to educate and address the ways Asian American people confront the intersection of race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, disability, migration history, citizenship, and immigration status.
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