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AAPCHO COVID-19 Resource Hub

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Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is continuously monitoring (COVID-19) alerts and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and other health agencies across the United States and its territories.

This page will be updated frequently with tailored resources for community health centers covering the COVID-19 vaccines, multilingual and culturally appropriate materials for Asian American (AA), Native Hawaiian (NH), and Pacific Islander (PI) communities, resources to address anti-Asian racism, public health considerations, and other public health considerations.

Resources Include: COVID-19 Vaccine, Multilingual and Culturally Appropriate Materials, Resources for Health Centers, Addressing Anti-Asian Racism, Cultural Humility, and Public Health Considerations

If you have questions, would you like to contribute resources to this page, and/or require technical assistance, please email preparedness@aapcho.org.

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment – Shifting From Hate to Health: Benefits of Leading From within Community

Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white nationalism are weapons of racism promoting fear and isolation and putting individuals and entire communities at risk for stress, trauma, isolation, and poor health. Listen to the full session here!

The current social and political context fosters hate speech and acts of hate against Muslims and Jews. Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white nationalism are weapons of racism promoting fear and isolation and putting individuals and entire communities at risk for stress, trauma, isolation, and poor health. By investing in organizations led by communities under attack—and through robust, genuine, and reciprocal relationships—grantee partners are shifting the focus from hate to health. In this Quick Take, hear from Jewish and Muslim leaders, and learn successful strategies to creating safer and more welcoming communities and drafting actionable steps for your organization.

Cia Siab Inc: Why Are Pronouns Important?

Cia Siab Inc: Have you ever heard someone introduce themselves like this: “Hi, I’m Piper. I use They/Them pronouns”. And wonder why they included their pronouns? Or have you ever been corrected when you referred someone as a ‘She’ instead ‘Ze’? We’re starting to hear and see people share their pronouns on their bio’s, social media, during conversations. Why exactly are pronouns important? And how can you practice being more inclusive of all identities?

Want to learn more, connect with our Queer Coordinators, Leader & Huab Cua at leaderthao@ciasiabinc.org & huabcua@ciasiabinc.org.

#StopSEAADeportation: SEARAC’s New Series of Video PSAs

Video PSA Series on SEAAs and Deportation

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) proudly presents a series of deportation-focused public service announcements (PSAs) featuring the stories of five impacted Southeast Asian American (SEAA) community members and their families. This video series is designed not only to educate the broader Southeast Asian community on the impact of deportations on our families and communities but also to build public support for the need to end deportations.

These PSAs come on the 25th anniversary of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRAIRA), which enables the mass deportation of noncitizens with who have come into contact with the criminal legal system and increases punitive measures against immigrants and refugees. Through this new series of PSA videos, SEARAC seeks to honor the individuals and communities who have been devastated by the heightened deportations of Southeast Asian Americans, a practice that began with the passage of IIRAIRA and continues today. 

To view any of the videos below, click on their image or their title. You can also find all videos on SEARAC’s YouTube channel.

AAPI Health and COVID-19 Health Information | AAPI Emergency Response Network

Visit the resource website here: https://aapiern.org/health

Learn more and find resources for COVID-19 related health information, including resources translated into different AA and NHPI languages. The ERN is a central hub for resources for the AA and NHPI community in these difficult times. On this page you will find links for COVID-19 related health information, including resources translated into different AA and NHPI languages. If you know of resources that could be helpful to the community, please submit them here.

Statement on U.S. Treatment of Haitian Refugees | Freedom Inc.

View the full statement here

Freedom Inc. knows too intimately the struggles and experiences of Hmong, Khmer and Black refugees and immigrant stories. Over the last 20 years in providing services to Hmong and Khmer refugees and organizing Queer, Trans, women, and youth around issues like deportation, domestic, and police violence, we are outraged at the United States’ treatment of Haitian people seeking refuge at our borders.

Immigration is a decision that refugees have to make in order to protect themselves and their families. They come here looking for solace and are instead placed in cages by our government. This country has a deep, terrible history of violence against refugees from non-white countries, and particularly toward Black refugees. Why is it that Black people must be put in cages whenever they cross our borders? The right to asylum is a foundational part of this country, but it is constantly denied to people on the basis of their race and nationality.

We’ve seen the world be appalled by the horrific photos of Afghan refugees being left behind by U.S. evacuation planes, but that same empathy is missing for the Haitian asylum seekers imprisoned at the border. The unrest that is driving Haitians away from their home is the direct result of Western imperialism, especially the environmental impact of the United States. Just like with our Afghan refugees, they are here because we were there.

We are a product of failed refugee resettlement programs. The impacts of this cruelty last for decades, leading to poverty and generational trauma in these communities. These asylum seekers deserve to be let into our country in their pursuit of a better life. They deserve to be treated with compassion and given the foundation for a better life. Freedom Inc. demands the acceptance of any and all refugees, but that acceptance must also come with support and access to life-sustaining resources.

We stand with organizations like the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and echo their demands: The US government must allow Haitian asylum seekers across the U.S. border and offer them asylum without detention. Once accepted, these refugees must be given the support and resources necessary for them to build new lives. Finally, all deportations and expulsions of Haitian nationals must cease immediately.

Love & Power,

Freedom, Inc.

Statement of Solidarity From the Asian American Leaders Table on 9/11

From the Chinese Progressive Association:

To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Asian American Leaders Table invited us and our colleagues in the Asian American and racial justice movements to remember and reflect on the past 20 years. We asked ourselves: How did the tragedy affect me, us, and our community? What are we still grappling with as communities of faith and communities of color? How do we use our collective power and resources to build a truly inclusive nation? Click the link below for some reflections that our Arab, Muslim and South Asian leaders offered and for the full statement of solidarity from the Asian American Leaders Table with additional resources: https://9-11solidaritystatement.carrd.co/

Report: Hate Crime Laws | Movement Advancement Project

Hate crime laws lack uniformity across US: Report

More than half a century since they were modernized, hate crime laws in the U.S. are inconsistent and provide incomplete methods for addressing bias-motivated violence, according to a new report by advocates for better protections.

The report, first shared with The Associated Press ahead of its Wednesday release, is a comprehensive national review of hate crime laws that shows gaps and variances in the laws. Due to the complexity of hate violence, certain statutes meant to protect racial minorities and marginalized groups are less effective, as a consequence of bias in the criminal justice system, the report says.

“We really think this is the first report to bring together a state-by-state analysis along so many dimensions … with a focus on racial justice and criminal justice reform,” said Naomi Goldberg, LGBTQ program director for the Movement Advancement Project, which authored the report in partnership with over 15 national civil rights groups.

The coalition of civil rights organizations includes Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Goldberg described it as an unprecedented collaboration in the advocacy space.

The report’s release comes after a more-than-yearlong focus on COVID-era hate violence directed at Asian Americans and Asian immigrants, and ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, which saw an uptick in anti-Muslim and anti-Sikh attacks.

Access the full report here: https://www.lgbtmap.org/2021-report-hate-crimes

What Is Xenophobia?

View the resource website here: https://www.verywellmind.com/xenophobia-fear-of-strangers-2671881

What Is Xenophobia?

Xenophobia, or fear of strangers, is a broad term that may be applied to any fear of someone who is different from us. Hostility towards outsiders is often a reaction to fear. It typically involves the belief that there is a conflict between an individual’s ingroup and an outgroup. Xenophobia often overlaps with forms of prejudice including racism and homophobia, but there are important distinctions. Where racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination are based on specific characteristics, xenophobia is usually rooted in the perception that members of the outgroup are foreign to the ingroup community. Whether xenophobia qualifies as a legitimate mental disorder is a subject of ongoing debate. Xenophobia is also associated with large-scale acts of destruction and violence against groups of people.

Visit the website to learn more about xenophobia, its characteristics, types, impacts, history, and how we can work collectively to fight xenophobia