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AAAJ-Atlanta – #RememberingMarch16 Collective Statement & Toolkit

This March 16 will be the one year anniversary of the murders of eight people, including size Asian women massage workers at spas in our metro Atlanta community. As the organization that led the rapid-response efforts to directly support victims, survivors, and their families, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta invites you to join our organization in remembrance.

We invite partner organizations to join us in solidarity on March 12 for a day of remembrance. We kindly ask partner organizations to observe Wednesday, March 16 as a sacred day for quiet reflection.

  1. Sign-on to our collective statement by Wednesday, March 9. The statement will be released on our website on Saturday, March 12 and organizations who have signed on will be listed as co-signers.
  2. Observe, join, or organize solidarity events on March 12, 2021 in your local community. In Atlanta, we are co-hosting a community remembrance event with the Asian American Advocacy Fund alongside our co-sponsors: Raksha, CPACS, Korean American Coalition, and New Georgia Project. Please share our solidarity day invitations with your networks.
  3. Use this community toolkit to uplift our 5-part art collaboration series dedicated to the one year remembrance.

APM Research Lab – Minnesota’s Diverse Communities: Perceptions of Policing Report

APM Research Lab: On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin while in police custody. His death was a catalyst for large-scale protests throughout Minnesota and far beyond that lead to renewed scrutiny of how the state’s police interact with people of color and calls for broad transformation to policing and the criminal justice system. But it was a moment that made clear, too, that not all Minnesotans experience the same Minnesota.

This report is the first of several we will issue in coming weeks from the Minnesota’s Diverse Communities Survey, conducted from April 26 to June 14, 2021, in close proximity to the much-publicized trial of Derek Chauvin, which concluded on April 20th. Among other topics, the survey asked Minnesotans about their attitudes toward and experiences with the state’s police force and criminal justice system. Findings from this part of the survey are summarized below with additional detail available in a longer report on the subject.

APM Research Lab – Minnesota’s Diverse Communities: Perceptions of Policing Report

AAPCHO COVID-19 Resource Hub

VISIT THE RESOURCE HUB HERE!

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.

SEAFN – Southeast Asian Freedom Week of Action Communications Toolkit

Southeast Asian Freedom Week of Action Communications Toolkit 

A political education and freedom campaign to end the detention and deportation of Southeast Asian migrants and refugees. 

Topline messages: 

  • The U.S. government is an agent of anti-Asian violence each time it detains and deports Southeast Asian migrants and refugees.
  • Detention and deportation are extensions of U.S. imperialism, whereby our people are continuously displaced from our homes and families by the U.S. government, as we had been in Southeast Asia.
  • Southeast Asian migrants and refugees are unconditionally deserving of dignity. The immigration system is bereft of that.
  • Detention and deportation does not create safe communities. In fact, it exacerbates violence and injustice.
  • Southeast Asian liberation is deeply intertwined with the freedom struggles of other migrants and refugees and of the Indigenous nations of the U.S. whose lands were also pillaged by the U.S.
  • Fighting anti-Blackness is a central pillar in ending the oppression of Southeast Asian people internationally.

Petition: http://bit.ly/seafreedom 
Share the toolkit: https://bit.ly/seafreedomtoolkit

Coalition of Asian American Leaders – CAAL 2020 Impact Report

CAAL: We are pleased to announce the release of our 2020 Impact Report! In the words of Executive and Network Director Bo Thao-Urabe:

“We acted urgently to uplift the unseen voices, and we did not stop connecting people to decision-makers because, during this time, it became even more crucial that the voices of the community be centered.”

We invite you to take 5 minutes to view our report and celebrate the many ways we showed up and took care of one another:

AAU Statement on Violence Against Asian Community + Resources & Action Items

AAU Statement on Violence Against Asian Community + Resources & Action Items

These past few weeks, US headlines and news sources have been highlighting a significant increase in anti-Asian harassment and violence since early 2020 with more than 3000 documented incidents across the country. Most recently, we grieve Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old man from Thailand who suffered fatal injuries after being shoved to the ground on one of his daily walks. We stand in solidarity with Noel Quintana, who was slashed across the face on the New York City subway, the 71-year-old grandma who was knocked to the ground and robbed in Oakland, the 91-year-old grandpa who was shoved to the sidewalk on a sunny day in Oakland Chinatown. We feel the pain of the families and friends of those who have been victims of racist violence.

Amidst these stories, we also must say the name of Christian Hall, the 19-year-old Chinese American teen who was fatally shot by the Pennsylvania State Police when Hall was undergoing a mental health crisis. Although the victims of anti-Asian violence may initially seem unrelated to Hall’s case, AAU believes that the oppressive systems of our society and the blatant disinvestment in public services not only allow these incidents of violence to persist, but create them in the first place. Thus, all these seemingly disparate stories are tied together. In these moments of anger, grief, and sorrow AAU wants to encourage our community to connect our pain to that of the Black community immense and unjust losses at the hands of police. We all suffer under white supremacy and no minoritized or economically disenfranchised community in the United States is able to avoid its violence.

Just a year ago, in March 2020, AAU convened a community forum on the rising number of incidents of anti-Asian harassment and violence across the country. This increase was broadly attributed to the administration’s stoking of public bias and anti-Chinese sentiment (i.e. using terms like “kung-flu”) as news spread about the first reported cases of Covid-19 in Wuhan. At the forum, eight Philadelphia Asian leaders discussed recent anti-Asian incidents and the rising levels of fear and stress in our communities. A year later, we are again hearing reports of anti-Asian violence, with some of the most egregious reported recent incidents occurring  on the West Coast. 

Throughout AAU’s 35 year history, we have seen many incidents of anti-Asian violence, harassment and hate crimes. We know that these racially motivated events have also been a long part of our nation’s history and increase especially during times of upheaval when community members turn blame and fear towards each other rather than towards larger systemic causes. 

Whether it is one incident or many, the effects of violence aimed at our communities can be felt across age, gender, class, or Asian ethnic/cultural background. Our youth, their parents, and our elders are afraid— often on a daily basis. Additionally, we all come from histories of societal discord, war, violence, immigration, displacement. Incidents in the current moment raise our communal memories of incidents in the past. And during this pandemic, there is less space for continued efforts towards generational healing. 

When these incidents occur and fears are stoked, we see our own communities’ racism rise (especially targeting black communities). Again, the histories in our communities where Asians and Black people have been pitted against one another leave us disconnected, angry, unaware of the privilege that Asian communities have been granted over Black and Latinx communities, unaware of our own racism. Our community leaders end up calling for increased police presence and gun ownership. We get more entrenched in a vicious cycle that this country has perpetuated since it began.

At AAU, we are concerned at how difficult it is to remember in difficult times to look at a larger picture— at the whole situation of larger systemic failure. The pandemic shows the many holes through which our communities can fall under the inhumane system we live in. Millions and millions of people in the U.S. are without work, adequate healthcare, food, or shelter. Millions of people are incarcerated. Thousands of people in our immigrant and refugee communities are facing deportation and detention in this incarceration system. How can we expect crime and tensions in our communities not to rise in these circumstances?

We must not blame each other. The solution to violence cannot be more violence. Our communities need linguistically accessible resources, mental health services, cross-racial community, solidarity building, and restorative justice programs.

We must look further. We must dismantle our history of economic inequity and racism. Who are the wealthy people benefiting every day from the suffering of the oppressed? Who are the people who reinforce this oppressive system every day to protect their profits and privilege? It is so difficult to consider that we may have more in common with even those who target our Asian elders and youth with violence  than we do with those who keep their hands clean while the systems of oppression do their dirty work for them— keeping us from lives with dignity and plenty where we could begin to heal from centuries of damage, violence and disconnection. 

In this moment, we ask our communities to continue envisioning and enacting safe and just futures that honor everyone’s humanity and make reparations for historic and ongoing oppression. Ask how conservative visions of a safe community (more police, more firearms) will perpetuate both anti-Black and anti-Asian violence. Ask what will really have to change in our society so that none of our community members are faced with the many forms of violence (physical, economic, emotional) we are confronted with every day.  Fight for justice for Christian Hall as a part of a lineage of murder that follows Walter Wallace, Briana Taylor, George Floyd, Eric Garner, and too many more.

Action Items:

View the list of resources and suggested readings here!

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.

Bystander Intervention 101 – A Training Outline | The People’s Response Team

Access the full training document here: https://www.afsc.org/sites/default/files/documents/bystander_intervention_final.pdf

From The People’s Response Team

Goals of the Workshop This training will focus on ways to intervene in public instances of racist, anti-Black, anti-Muslim, anti-Trans, and other forms of oppressive interpersonal violence and harassment while considering the safety of all parties. In addition to group discussion, participants have the opportunity to use role-plays as a tool in practicing intervention techniques, and learning new ways to protect ourselves and our communities. We do not believe anyone is an expert on bystander intervention as different situations and one’s own risk factors will influence how they intervene; however, we seek to hold space for people to share skills and experiences in a safer and affirming environment.

America Needs All Of Us. A toolkit for talking about bias, race, and change (from Welcoming America)

View the Toolkit here: https://welcomingamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/America-Needs-All-of-Us.pdf

There has never been a more important time to talk to our communities about what it means to be a truly welcoming place. Welcoming is about more than tolerance—it’s about developing a true respect and appreciation for our neighbors, creating policies and programs that support inclusion, and making sure that everyone—newcomer or longtime resident—feels they belong.

Welcoming is also about equity, and more specifically, racial equity—achieving the best and most fair results for everyone so that we can all prosper. To get there, we have to be proactive and engage in conversations with our community that are not always easy, but are crucially important.

As an organization concerned with creating more equitable and inclusive communities, and with addressing the root causes of what makes communities unwelcoming for immigrants and refugees in particular, Welcoming America has learned that leaders benefit from tools that help them to engage with what we call “receiving communities”—the places that are being reshaped by demographic change and immigration, and the diverse longtime residents who live there. This means getting at the thorny issues that prevent communities from moving forward, together.

Fortunately, America is in the middle of a much needed and long overdue conversation about race, bias, and immigration. And when our communities change demographically—and when immigrant communities become more racially and religiously diverse, as they are today—this conversation becomes even more important, and the tools to effectively engage receiving communities all the more critical.

At the time of publication of this toolkit, the country is not only in the midst of a presidential election and its often divisive rhetoric, but grappling in very public ways with what a more racially and religiously diverse America means for both policy and everyday culture. And unfortunately, too much of that conversation is being conducted by TV talking heads more interested in debating and debasing than in building resilient and thriving communities.

For ordinary people who want to engage in meaningful conversations about our changing communities, immigration, and racial bias, it can be challenging and difficult to know how or where to start. You don’t have to look very far—just the television news or social media—to see how polarizing the discourse can be. And that discourages us from stepping into conversations about these topics with people in our community, workplace, or place of worship.

Out of fear of saying the wrong thing or not having a space to talk about these issues, there are millions of people in our communities who are not engaged in the dialogue about immigration and bias.

Racial Equity Tools Website

Visit the resource website and discover 600+ resources here: https://www.racialequitytools.org/

“We offer tools, research, tips, curricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working for racial justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large.”

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. It offers toolsresearchtipscurricula, and ideas for people who want to increase their understanding and to help those working for racial justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities, and the culture at large.  We curate resources that use language and analysis reflecting an understanding of systemic racism, power, and privilege and are accessible on-line and free to users. The only exceptions are the Transforming White Privilege curriculum which is behind a paywall on the RET site, and the Racial Equity Learning modules which are linked to World Trust Educational Services’ site.