Sympathy and Resolve

All of us at the Marin Community Foundation join with millions of people across the country in expressing deep sadness and grave concerns regarding the latest surge in hate crimes directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Our hearts ache with sorrow for the victims, families and friends whose lives are cut down or forever changed following unprovoked violence, such as in the recent tragedies in Georgia, Oakland and the many other locales of cruelty over this past year and more. Words pale in trying to express the compassion and grief we feel for all of them, and for the members of the AAPI communities now dealing with the consequent crests of fear that such horrific acts always engender.

The moment also highlights the profoundly dismaying and angering reality that a relatively small minority in our system of governance continues to deny the overwhelming plea of the majority of Americans to enact comprehensive gun safety laws and to invest in enhanced mental health services commensurate with the painfully obvious needs. The current admixture of widely available guns and deep-seated psychopathology is a poisonous and dangerous brew, leaving lives lost, families broken and communities terrified.

For today, our immediate focus is on Asian American and Pacific Islander friends and neighbors, with the hope that they hear the many voices speaking out to express deep condolences. It is also our hope that these friends and neighbors sense that we hear them, really hear them, and strive to understand the significant frustrations expressed. The wave of assaults on the AAPI community, some out in the open, many others hidden or denied, are a long-standing scourge that must be addressed.

It is this acknowledgment, of the pain that has been suffered and the resolve it must advance, that can begin the transformation from a period of isolated mourning to a time of communal action.

Thomas Peters, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Resources

In President Biden’s first prime-time address on March 11, 2021, he acknowledged an alarming escalation in xenophobia, bigotry, and violence against Asian-Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. His condemnation of the vicious hate crimes, came at the heals of an executive action President Biden signed in January 2021, where he called for better data collection of anti-Asian racism and hate crimes.

According to STOP AAPI Hate, a group tracking these reports, more than 3,800 such incidents have been documented since March 2020, and women were twice as likely to be victims of these incidents. Another report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino reported that hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans rose 150% in the last year.

These trends converged tragically on March 17, 2021 when six women of Asian descent, along with two other people, were killed in Atlanta, resulting in a wave of outrage and enhanced attention to crimes against Asian people. The recent attacks appear to illustrate a surge in simultaneously racialized, sexualized and gendered violence directed towards Asian Americans.

MCF stands in solidarity against this hatred and in support of our Asian American and Pacific Islander community as they demand justice and action. Here are some of our recommendations for your consideration. We also encourage you to view AAPIP’s Supporting API Communities Resource Directory to learn more about the movement and actions individuals can take.

Please contact your philanthropic advisor if you have any questions about these organizations.


NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) is a national membership organization dedicated to expanding and mobilizing philanthropic and community resources for underserved AAPI communities to build a more just and equitable society. AAPIP’s programs include a range of convening, research and advocacy, community philanthropy and other incubation projects. https://aapip.org/

Asian Americans Advancing Justice fights for Asian American civil rights through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy. They are a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for civil and human rights in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Chicago. They co-founded an anti-hate initiative called StandAgainstHatred.org which is also collecting reports of hate crimes and tracking reports nationally. www.advancingjustice-aajc.org

Asian Mental Health Collective aims to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health and aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide. www.asianmhc.org

Dear Asian Youth is a youth-led, global organization that promotes intersectional activism, solidarity with other marginalized communities, and equality and equity. Through a digital platform, grassroots organizing, and community-based advocacy, Dear Asian Youth strives to showcase diversity in the Asian community as well as accurate and holistic representation. www.dearasianyouth.org

Note: Dear Asian Youth is fiscally sponsored by Irvine Lights

Hate Is A Virus is a community of mobilizers and amplifiers that exists to dismantle racism and hate. The organization started as a movement in April 2020 in response to the rise in hate crimes against AAPI due to the pandemic and continues to amplify, educate and activate AAPI to stand for justice and equality in solidarity with other communities. They are launching the commUNITY Action Fund to raise $1M for grassroots organizations providing mental health services, improving safety and care for the elderly and efforts that build solidarity. hateisavirus.org

Note: Hate Is A Virus is fiscally sponsored by Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect their lives, families and communities. NAPAWF is mobilizing and building power in 14 cities across the U.S. to create social, political, and economic change for AAPI women and girls. www.napawf.org

STATEWIDE/CALIFORNIA

Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council is a coalition of more than forty community-based organizations that serve and represent the 1.5 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the greater Los Angeles area, with a particular focus on low-income, immigrant, refugee and other vulnerable populations. www.asianpacificpolicyandplanningcouncil.org

Asian American Studies Department, at San Francisco State University, uses interdisciplinary approaches in teaching, community service, and research to address the structural and ideological forces that shape the lives of Asian Americans. aas.sfsu.edu

Chinese for Affirmative Action, based San Francisco, advocates for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial and social injustice. They provide advocacy and policy capacity, as well as outreach education. caasf.org

Stop AAPI Hate launched last year with Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University as a reporting center on AAPI hate. The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. stopaapihate.org

Note: Stop AAPI Hate is fiscally sponsored by Chinese for Affirmative Action.

LOCAL/BAY AREA

Asian Health Services is housing funds to support an Oakland Chinatown Victim’s fund for individuals and families impacted by the recent assaults and crime that have occurred in the community. They also serve and advocate for the medically underserved, including the immigrant and refugee Asian community, and to ensure equal access to health care services regardless of income, insurance status, language, or culture. asianhealthservices.org

Oakland Chinatown Coalition is a broad, neighborhood based coalition of service and community based organizations, businesses and professionals, churches, and residents who live, work, play, and shop in Chinatown. The Coalition advocates for and works to implement key improvements to the neighborhood including: public safety, access to jobs, affordable housing, community facilities/open space, small businesses, transportation, cultural preservation, and public health. www.turnout.org/open-opp/oakchinatowncoalition

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