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Resources to Support the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

Posted in News on March 19, 2021

The surge in violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community throughout the pandemic, culminating with the recent senseless act in Atlanta, is extremely disturbing and saddening. BMI condemns these acts, as we do with racism, hate, intolerance and violence in all forms. Our company believes in justice and equality for all, and we are proud to stand united in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. As violence and intolerance continues to escalate across the nation, it’s critical to drive the meaningful change that is so urgently needed in our communities. 

Below, BMI has compiled a list of resources dedicated to protecting equality and the rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our country. This list provides links to resources that offer legal and human rights advocacy, mental health support, and educational information, as well as ways you can help or contribute. We’ll continue to add other resources to this guide, so please check back for new updates.

Human Rights

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Americans have been part of the American story since its earliest days and are now the U.S.‘s fastest-growing racial group with the potential and power to shape our nation. AAJC’s mission is to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.

Stop AAPI Hate - In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center on March 19, 2020. The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council - A3PCON 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.

Chinese Progressive Association - Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working-class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance - NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.

Stand Against Hatred- A website run by Asian Americans Advancing Justice that will allow users to report hate crimes and learn about the experiences of others.

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families - CACF is the nation’s only pan-Asian children and families’ advocacy organization bringing together community-based organizations as well as youth and community allies to fight for equity for AAPIs.

Asian Pacific Islander - Middle Tennessee - A nonprofit working toward racial justice by building API community, lifting API voices, and unpacking API identities in Middle Tennessee.

Tennessee Immigrant & Refuge Rights Coalition - This organization is nationally recognized for their multiethnic, multigenerational coalition building, effective legislative advocacy, and award-winning communications initiatives. They organize both individual immigrant and refugees, as well as organizations that serve immigrant and refugee communities.

Professional

National Association of Asian American Professionals - The NAAAP is the premier leadership organization for Asian and Asian American professionals in North America, with 30 chapters, several thousand active members, and a reach of more than 20,000 professionals. Founded in 1982, NAAAP is a volunteer-run non-profit that inspires, develops, and connects leaders across industries and communities through networking and educational events, trainings, community service programs, and celebrations of Asian American excellence.

Legal

Chinese for Affirmative Action - CAA advocates for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial and social injustice.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Law Caucus - The mission of the Asian Law Caucus is to promote, advance, and represent the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Islander communities.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (https://www.lawyerscommittee.org/) - The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.

American Civil Liberties Union - The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Their mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

Center for Constitutional Rights – For 55 years, the Center for Constitutional Rights has been dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change by combining cutting-edge litigation, advocacy and strategic communications in work on a broad range of civil, and human rights issues. CCR handles issues like abusive immigration practices, corporate human rights abuse, and criminalizing dissent, among others.

Asian American Federation - AA Federation is one of the strongest leadership voices advocating for better policies, services, and funding that lead to more justice and opportunity for Asian immigrants, one of New York City’s poorest and most underserved communities.

Mental Health

Asian Mental Health Collective - It is the mission of the Asian Mental Health Collective to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community. They aspire to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide.

@asiansformentalhealth - Instagram account administered by Jenny Wang, PhD, a clinical psychologist who provides a variety of mental health information and provider recommendations to the Asian community.

Asian American Psychological Association - AAPI’s mission is to advance the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities through research, professional practice, education, and policy.

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum - The APIAHF influences policy, mobilizes communities and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Asian Health Coalition - Over the past 20 years, the Asian Health Coalition has aimed to eliminate health disparities among Asian, Pacific Islander, African, and other communities of color by utilizing a collaborative partnership approach to support the development and implementation of culturally and linguistically appropriate health programs and initiatives.

Education

Racial Trauma Toolkit by Boston College - The Boston College Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) Alumni Board has released a toolkit for managing symptoms at #racialtraumaisreal, which is available to download.

American Psychiatric Association Stress & Trauma Toolkit – The objective of this toolkit is to help readers become familiar with best practices for understanding special populations experiencing stress and trauma.

Anti-Defamation League - ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is a global leader in exposing extremism and delivering anti-bias education and is a leading organization in training law enforcement. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

Center for Anti-Violence Education - This organization works to prevent hate violence in our communities through educational programs that center the experiences of people most marginalized.

Resource Guides

@aaajatl - This is a database of actions, organizations, and educational materials compiled by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta, the first and only nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia and the Southeast.

The Strategist - New York Magazine’s the Strategist has compiled a list of 61 ways to donate in support of Asian communities. They have organized this list based on what each organization does, from assisting businesses impacted by COVID-19 to providing legal aid and education. Many of the organizations mentioned are national, though several service specific communities, which they have noted.

Playbill – Playbill has assembled a continuously-updated list of ways to support, educate, and donate to organizations aimed at ending AAPI hate.

GoFundMe - A central page for all verified AAPI fundraisers.

 

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