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Stop Asian Hate~ VAYLA

For Immediate Release: March 20, 2020
Contact: Ellen Lu, Program Coordinator, contacts@vayla-no.org

New Orleans, LA – Earlier this week, the current White House Administration double-downed on Sinophobic rhetoric regarding COVID-19. The name “COVID-19” was chosen specifically to maintain public discussion without stigma during a global public health crisis. By referring to the virus as anything other than its designated name (“Chinese virus,” “kung flu,” et al.), the nation’s leaders are eliciting further violence against the Asian American community when we must all practice social responsibility.

“This is a time of crisis and tension for all of our communities, but for Asian American communities and the Vietnamese community in New Orleans, it is an especially triggering time. We come from a diaspora that has survived despite war, colonization, environmental catastrophes, and limited access. Our focus should be on saving lives and building solidarity as we continue to share resources. Words have power. And phrases like ‘Chinese virus’ or ‘Kung-Flu’ to refer to COVID-19 affect our community and their safety while perpetuating anti-Asian sentiments. We call on the President, elected officials and all our leaders to set an example for all Americans.” said Jacqueline Thanh, Executive Director of VAYLA New Orleans.

VAYLA joins the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and more than 260 other organizations in urging congressional leaders to publicly denounce the increase in racist attacks and discrimination against the Asian American community, in the wake of COVID-19. VAYLA encourages the President and elected officials to do the same.

Stand up against discrimination so we can ensure our most vulnerable young people, elders, patients, medical care providers, store clerks, and all community members are able to access the help they need. Together we must denounce discrimination. #VirusesDontDiscriminate

Report any incidents of hate using https://bit.ly/2J5V0Hg.
Donate to our Emergency Relief Fund for undocumented folks and non-citizens at http://www.vayla-no.org/donate.html.

Donating, Volunteering, Reporting Hate Incidents: Here’s How to Help Combat Anti-Asian Violence

Eight people, including many women of Asian descent, were killed in shootings at Atlanta-area massage parlors on Tuesday, prompting a reckoning over rising rates of anti-Asian violence that have dramatically increased in the U.S. since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A recent study from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, found that while overall rates of hate crimes in the country decreased by 7% in 2020, anti-Asian hate crimes surged by 149%. Nearly 3,800 anti-Asian hate incidents were reported between March 19, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021, with women reporting hate incidents at 2.3 times the rate of men, according to a report published this week from Stop AAPI Hate. The Stop AAPI Hate reporting center was launched in March 2020 in response to xenophobic sentiments and to track attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.

A suspect in the shootings, Robert Aaron Long, has been charged with eight counts of murder after being taken into custody. While police say Long has denied the killings were racially motivated, the incident has sparked outcry for an end to anti-Asian violence. Since the shootings, the hashtag #StopAsianHate has trended on Twitter as individuals expressed solidarity with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

Here are some ways to support the AAPI community, from helping to report hate incidents to donating to nonprofits to volunteering.

Click here for more information.

KRC: 아시안 혐오범죄 급증, 신고하세요! | 핫라인 제공

A message from Isabel Kang and from KRC regarding Anti-AAPI community. Watch the video for more resources and information.

“민족학교는 인종 차별 범죄를 뿌리 뽑기 위해 핫라인을 운영하고 있습니다.
한국어와 영어 모두 제공하고 있습니다.
더이상 인종 차별 범죄를 감춰서는 안 됩니다. 신고하세요.
핫라인 전화번호는 213 709 3695입니다.”

“KRC operates a hotline to eradicate racist crimes.
Both Korean and English are available.
You can no longer conceal racist crimes. Report it.
The hotline phone number is 213 709 3695.”

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May 2021

APRIL 19, 2021

In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.

In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a monthlong celebration that is now known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Per a 1997 U.S. Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. Thus, this Facts for Features contains a section for each.

The following facts are possible thanks to the invaluable responses to U.S. Census Bureau surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places and economy.”

A More Diverse Nation

Learn more about it here.

CAAL & HPHA Report – Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 15, 2021
Contact: Julia Gay, julia@caalmn.org | (216) 744-4956

New COVID-19 Report Shows Disproportionate COVID-19 Mortality Rates in Minnesota’s Asian Community

St. Paul, Minnesota – The Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) and Hmong Public Health Association (HPHA) released a new groundbreaking report, A Race to Close the Disproportionate COVID-19 Mortality Rates in Minnesota’s Asian Community, highlighting preliminary data on COVID-19 mortality rates among Asian Minnesotans. The findings draw attention to the disproportionate COVID-19 mortality rates among Hmong, Karen, Karenni community members, and affirm the community’s concerns about the inequities many predicted would exist for this population. CAAL and HPHA hope this report urges policy-makers to use and publish more disaggregated health data related to COVID-19 infections and mortality.

Download the Press Release Statement here.

CAAL & HPHA Report: A Race to Close the Disproportionate COVID-19 Death Rates in Minnesota’s Asian Community

This report is written for policy makers, healthcare providers, and systems, and community leaders to provide insights and recommendations that can immediately improve ongoing efforts to address COVID-19 infections, prevent further deaths, and ensure that future prevention strategies are responsive and relevant when serving Asian Minnesotans. This report uses preliminary data on COVID-19 mortality rates among Asian Minnesotans. It draws attention to the disproportionate number of COVID-19 mortality rates among Hmong, Karen, and Karenni residents to demonstrate the critical importance of data disaggregation.

Download the report here.

SikhCoalition: Joint Statement from Eight Indianapolis-Area Gurdwaras Following Fedex Facility Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: media@sikhcoalition.org

Joint Statement from Eight Indianapolis-Area Gurdwaras Following Fed-ex Facility Shooting

“April 17, 2021 (Indianapolis, IN) — The following statement was released by representatives of eight Indianapolis-area gurdwaras, or Sikh houses of worship, including Gurdwara Gur Nanak Darbar (Plainfield), Gurdwara Guru Nanak Sikh Society (Raymond), Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib (Greenwood), Gurdwara Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis (Acton), Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar (Fishers), Gurdwara Sri Guru Granth Sahib Society (McCordsville), Darbar Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Indianapolis), and Sikh Society of Indianapolis…”

Korean Resource Center Hotline

“We at KRC are heartbroken to hear about yesterday’s shooting that killed 8 people in Atlanta, including six Asian American women. Our hearts go out to all the victims’ families and ⁠⁠to all our AAPI community members across the country who are processing this news and feeling a heightened sense of fear, anger, and grief. ⁠⁠It is hard to find the right words in the face of this appalling tragedy. As the details of this incident continue to unfold, we will be sharing resources and ways to offer care and support. ⁠⁠
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Note that KRC has a designated hotline (213-709-3695) ⁠⁠where we provide in-language assistance and compassionate support to our community.”⁠⁠
⁠⁠”민족학교는 어제(16일) 조지아주 애틀랜타에서 발생한 총격 사건에 대한 소식을 듣고 가슴이 무너지는 느낌입니다. 이번 총격으로 인해 8명이 숨졌고 그 가운데 6명이 아시안계 여성이었습니다. ⁠⁠
모든 희생자의 가족은 물론, 공포와 분노, 슬픔을 ⁠⁠느끼고 있는 아시안계 이민자들에게 심심한 애도의 뜻을 전합니다. 우리는 이 끔찍한 비극을 어떻게 표현해야 할지 그조차도 가늠하기 힘듭니다. 이 사건에 대한 자세한 내용이 나오는 것에 맞춰 민족학교는 ⁠⁠우리가 할 수 있는 지원 방법과 정보를 공유하겠습니다.⁠⁠
⁠기억하세요. 민족학교 핫라인은 213 709 3685입니다. 한국어로 도움을 받을 수 있습니다.⁠⁠”

SEAFN VICE Toolkit

The Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN) is outraged by VICE News and their decision to publish this article. [1] We call out VICE News and their history of amplifying trauma porn from Cambodia. We call out Matt Loughrey on his white saviour complex. We demand responsibility and accountability.

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