A demonstrator wearing a face mask and holding a sign takes part in a rally to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence, near Chinatown in Los Angeles, California, on February 20, 2021. - The rally was organized in part in response to last month's fatal assault of Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old immigrant from Thailand, in San Francisco. (Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP) (Photo by RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images)
Since news of COVID-19 has spread across the US, a rise in anti-Asian hate speech, violence, and hate crimes against Asian American communities have become prevalent. Stop AAPI Hate recently revealed that 3,795 reported hate incidents against Asian-Americans have occurred within the past year. From attacks on the elderly and women to little-to-no support in funding Asian-run businesses during the lockdown’s economic collapse, it’s become clear that AAPI communities need our help and support.
From sending donations to speaking out against racism, there are always actionable ways to get involved with supporting AAPI communities. By pushing for more education on anti-Asian racism, amplifying the voices within AAPI communities, and simply spreading awareness on social media, we hope to combat this racism and violence while encouraging our readers to do the same. Below is a list of a few Asian-led organizations that aim to help provide mental health resources, funding, advancement, and support to Asian American communities all across the country. Here are ways you can help.
AALEAD works to support low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth through educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities through after-school, summer, and mentoring programs. Donate here.
In memory of Yang Song, a grassroots collective of Asian and migrant sex workers unified for their labor rights and formed Red Canary Song. They fight for mutual aid, full decriminalization, and anti-trafficking. Support their cause here.
Curated by Ronny Ho, Spotify’s Head of Dance and Electronic Development, Spotify’s Jasmine Playlist — originally titled “Asian Americans on the Rise” — aims to “illuminate Asian artists everywhere.” From up-and-coming acts to globally renowned pop stars, you’ll hear music from Asian voices from all genres on this playlist. Listen here.
As one of the most easily shareable and clickable links, the Anti-Asian Violence Resources Carrd was made to help make spreading awareness easier. No matter what social media platform you’re using, this link quickly brings awareness to access to support and resources for AAPI communities. Click here to copy and share.