Resources from Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy:
The past year has brought a devastating increase in hateful speech and violence towards Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities throughout the United States. One incident of anti-AAPI hate is too many, and there have been nearly 3800 incidents documented by Stop AAPI Hate between March 2020 and March 2021 alone. EPIP condemns anti-AAPI violence and the racist hatred that it comes from, which continues to threaten and assault BIPOC communities.
This senseless racist and xenophobic violence has been inflamed by hateful political rhetoric, but builds on an abhorrent legacy of anti-Asian sentiment that is part and parcel of white supremacist culture and dogma in America. We decry these hateful beliefs and join in solidarity with our AAPI members, AAPI communities, and all who oppose racism, hatred, and violence. We also call on the philanthropic community to include AAPI organizations and communities in its efforts to advance social justice and achieve racial equity.
Please join us in condemning the violence and supporting AAPI people and communities. We offer the resources below as a starting point.
- In “As Violence Against Asian Americans Intensifies, the Moment for Philanthropy to Act Is Now,” Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) CEO Pat Eng and Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) Executive Director Erik Stegman ask When will philanthropy take action to stop this violence against Asian Americans? and call on philanthropy to combat the invisibility of Asian Americans to the philanthropic sector by repudiating violence against Asian American communities and supporting AAPI organizations within their current grantmaking portfolios.
- AAPIP’s Supporting API Communities Resource Directory shares ways for the philanthropic sector to take meaningful action in the midst of the heightened violence and hate targeting Asian American communities, with links to API-serving organizations and coalitions, national and local response efforts, and resources for learning, safety, and support.
- In addition to documenting incidents of hate, Stop AAPI Hate shares safety tips, ways to help if you witness a hate incident, and reports that show the extent of this disturbing rise in AAPI-targeted incidents of hate and violence.
- The Anti-Asian Violence Resources CARRD shares resources, petitions, and other ways to take action. While EPIP has not vetted all organizations included in this card, we strongly support its goals to protect and support the AAPI community.
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
AAPIP developed this Supporting API Communities Resource Directory to mobilize the philanthropic sector towards meaningful action in the midst of heightened violence and hate targeting Asian American communities. We encourage allies to engage by learning about and supporting the work of API organizations and coalitions, participating in webinars and online discussions, and the deeper work of connecting the dots between the interpersonal racism experienced by individuals, the systemic racism that impacts Asian American communities (detention, deportation, etc.), and the harm caused by the “model minority” narrative that pits Asian communities against Black communities. It is important for the sector to understand the greater context that these anti-Asian attacks fall under and to support community efforts addressing anti-Asian violence. These are the moments to accelerate philanthropy for an inclusive democracy that calls us all to our fullest human potential.
Via Metro Caring:
To our Metro Caring community members who do not identify as members of the APIDA community, we call on you to not ignore the hateful speech and actions our APIDA community faces. Take a stand alongside our community members who are facing anti-Asian hate and disrupt the cycle. Stop the assaults and murders that are steeped in misogyny, racism, and xenophobia. Here are ways you can show up for our APIDA community members:
1. Check in with your APIDA community members, family, colleagues, and neighbors.
2. Sign this petition and demand better from our political leaders. Enlist your legislators to protect our APIDA community members and ensure our system and services protect their right to safety, health and freedom from terror.
3. Donate to organizations engaged in APIDA services and education around Asian culture: Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) Colorado Dragon Boat, Asian Pacific Development Center, Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network, iHollaback.
4. According to reporter Jennifer Liu, in her article, “How to Support Asian American Colleagues Amid the Recent Wave of Anti-Asian Violence”:
Non-Asian American friends and colleagues can show support by checking in with AAPI peers, showing they’re aware of the news, demonstrating care for their wellbeing and offering specific forms of help. Asking someone an open-ended question — “how are you feeling?” or “is there anything I can do for you?” — can create an emotional burden for the recipient in their response. Instead, as a coworker, you might acknowledge that the news is distressing, and then offer to take a meeting off their plate, extend a deadline or pitch in on a project, Tran says. Let the person impacted dictate how they want to do their work, she adds, and at the same time be explicit in your offer of support based on what they need.
5. Please read Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta’s Statement to hear local voices and sign on to support a community-centered response. If you want to support the efforts in Georgia, the local community is asking that you complete this form.
Where imagined stories of “us” vs. “them” have turned into the reality of countless, senseless tragedies. In a society where stories and personal lived experiences and beliefs continue to create deep divisions of “us” vs “them”, we must challenge and terminate this way of thinking in order to embrace — not simply tolerate — one another. To love one another. Currently, we grieve together as a community. Author Valerie Kaur shares that grieving together “requires witnessing the pain of trauma without trying to control, or colonize, or minimize it…”, and when done, is a revolutionary act. Our grief and love shared alongside community is the revolutionary act that is important today.
We must call on each other to destroy white supremacy 1, misogyny 2, xenophobia 3, and colonialism 4. All people deserve to be free from violence, intimidation and fear, for none of us are free until we all are.
At Metro Caring, we solidly recommit ourselves to our first core value: Pursue Equity. We will continue to pursue equity and justice for those who are victims of racism, sexism, classism, and beyond, because any community’s oppression comes at a cost to us all.
Metro Caring Board and Staff