We’re tired. We’re frustrated. We’re heartbroken. And we know that many of you are as well in light of the shootings in Atlanta this week and the ongoing attacks and hate against the Asian American community.
At the outset of the pandemic, we wrote about coming together to support each other in a virtual environment. Since then, we’ve reiterated our stance against racism, shared resources, and encouraged you all to join in on the momentum to speak up and call for change to combat racism. A year later, we’re asking again for our community to come together. We know that this is an emotionally exhausting time and hope that this community can serve as a support system – turn to each other for comfort, protect and speak up for each other, and allow yourselves time and space to grieve, process, and heal. With this support, let’s work together to fight the root of all this violence and reject any form of racism and hate against marginalized individuals and communities.
As we’re continuing to work on programming to bring our community together, raise our spirits, advocate for a truly equitable society, and amplify Asian American voices, we invite you to engage in the following steps:
- Check in on each other and allow space to heal
- Share ideas with us and post resources/news to raise awareness and education
- Read more from our national organization, TACL, here with resources ranging from how to raise awareness of and report acts of hate, to learning about the history of AAPI discrimination and challenges, to organizations to support
- Sign on to this statement with us by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta in solidarity with our fellow community individuals and organizations
- Donate to the AAPI Community Fund to support fellow organizations empowering and uplifting the the AAPI community and get your donation matched by TAP-NY President, Julie. Just email her with your receipt showing the donation amount by Friday, April 2nd, EOD – she will personally match up to $1,000 in aggregate
- Join the AAPI Rally Against Hate in NYC with more details linked here (please continue to practice safe social distancing and wear masks)
This work is ongoing, but we can get through this together and rise above the hate. We all deserve to feel safe and respected.