5 Ways You Can Support The Asian Community & Combat AAPI Hate

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Easy and actionable ways to show your support to the AAPI community today and every day.

Our country has been in heartache ever since the horrible hate crime on Tuesday, March 16, in which a white man shot and killed 8 people including 6-Asian women. This targeted attack comes as a wake-up call to many who were unaware of the alarming uptick of Anti-Asian rhetoric and hate crimes ever since the start of the pandemic. The AAPI community, who have already faced a harsh and unfair history in America and still faces xenophobia and discrimination, have become the target of even more pandemic-fueled harassment and violence ever since Covid hit.

It's now more important than ever that we rally together to show our support to the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, who have contributed so much to our society and deserve to feel welcome, safe, and appreciated. We've outlined 5 simple ways you can show your support to the AAPI community and help #StopAsianHate today and every day.

1. Donate

If you are able, consider donating to one or many of these amazing organizations and funds which are supporting various facets of the AAPI community.

  • stopAAPIhate.org: Organization that tracks the number of AAPIhate crimes since Covid. They also offer support and services to victims, and a portal where anyone can report an incident they've witnessed.
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Their mission is to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. You can also donate specifically to their Atlanta Chapter.
  • National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum: NAPAWF is an organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls, elevating them to impact policy and drive systemic change.
  • AAPI Women Lead: Their goal is to challenge and help end the intersections of violence against and within our communities, through their #ImReady movement. They do this work in solidarity with other communities of color.
  • Womankind: This organization helps survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence rise above trauma and build a path to healing. They are an expert in serving Asian communities but their services are also available to all.
  • Red Canary Song: A grassroots coalition of Asian and migrant sex workers that fights for justice and police accountability in the many cases of violence against sex workers.
  • Asian American Advocacy Fund: a grassroots 501(c)4 social welfare organization dedicated to building a politically-conscious, engaged, and progressive Asian American base in Georgia.
  • AAPI Community Fund: Donations will support organizations that empower and uplift the AAPI community, with initiatives such as increased community safety and support for those affected by violence. You can also find GoFundMe's list of verified AAPI donation pages, here.

2. Report Hate Incidents

If you witness an Asian-hate act, make sure you report the incident to your local police, and follow up with a report to the FBI. If you are able, intervene and stand up to the attacker. There are even courses you can take, like this free one, which will teach you what to look out for, and ways you can de-escalate a situation.

3. Support AAPI Businesses

There are many resources highlighting AAPI businesses you can support. Like this "60+ South Asian-Owned Small Businesses", "30+ Asian-American-Owned Businesses You Can Support Right Now", and "Asian-Owned Small Businesses Need Your Help More Than Ever — Here Are 11 You Can Support Right Now".

Furthermore, support your local Asian small-business owners. Showing your support can be as simple as ordering from your local Asian food restaurant!

4. Volunteer

From coast to coast, organizations are popping up, whose missions are to increase safety for AAPI communities through volunteers and local participation. An example of such an organization is Compassion in Oakland, which was formed in response to the surge of anti-Asian attacks -- particularly in California’s Bay Area. Their mission is to "provide the Oakland Chinatown Community with a resource for promoting safety and community. We aim to embrace the often forgotten, underserved, and vulnerable. We promote compassion not indifference, unity as opposed to divisiveness. Fostering a more caring and safer Oakland for all."

Check out your local city for an organization like this one which allows community members to support the AAPI community. If you can't find an organization near you, remember you can always make an impact just by yourself. Anyone can stand up to hate crime, especially with courses like this free training, which provides skills for identifying and deescalating instances of anti-Asian American harassment and xenophobia.

5. Educate Yourself

Stay informed. Asian hate has been on the rise for over a year now, but for many people, it's taken this recent horrific attack to realize just how bad the situation has become. We cannot let this racism and xenophobia go unaddressed. We need to continue learning about the issue, and having tough conversations about racism, stereotypes, and hate crimes with our peers. Talk to your friends and family members about these topics, raise awareness so that we can all stand together to fight Asian hate.

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What other ways can we show our support for the AAPI community?

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