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#StopAsianHate

#StopAsianHate. This initiative was first started by Congresswoman Grace Meng and California Assembly member Evan Low. The continued violence and racism against Asian Americans have reached their highest levels in our lifetime and must STOP. Out of crisis comes opportunity to rally together, stand in solidarity, and demand action.

On, Friday, March 26, 2021 you are invited to join organizations, companies and individuals for a Virtual Day of Action to #StopAsianHate. Ending this horrific spike in anti-Asian violence and racism starts with people like us speaking up. 


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Why Friday?

 On March 26, 1790, the Naturalization Act was signed into law, prohibiting non-white people from becoming US citizens. 231 years later, racism towards the Asian community not only persists but is on the rise: Asian elders are being physically assaulted in the streets. Asian American children are afraid to go back to school. We are still grieving the murders of 6 Asian women in a racially-motivated killing spree in Atlanta last week. 


PLEASE JOIN US IN PARTICIPATING IN A WORLDWIDE VIGIL TO REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF THE ATLANTA SHOOTING By  326vigil.org

The vigil will take place at 7:30 pm ET on Friday, March 26th (#StopAsianHate Day of Action & Healing) organized by 326vigil.org




What you need to do?

  1. Post on Social Media using the hashtags #StopAsianHate and #326DayOfAction to show solidarity .

  2. Encourage your followers to: post in support of the Day of Action on their own channels, check-in on their Asian American friends.

  3. Learn more about AAPI history, and donate money to support efforts to stop Asian hate.

    • Remember to encourage them to use the hashtags #StopAsianHate and #326DayOfAction


Media/News Coverage

Become better informed on recent and historical anti-Asian racism and xenophobia in the U.S. 





  • NPR interview with Dale Minami: Educate yourself! @DaleMinami gives a lesson about the long history of anti-Asian discrimination and racism in the US on @npratc @NPR. From Chinese Exclusion to Muslim and Sikh discrimination after 9/11. https://n.pr/3cTxwTZ


Li Zhou’s Vox article on The long history of anti-Asian hate in America, explained: “Forever Foreigners” read @liszhou explanation of how this stereotype has been used for over a century to exclude, discriminate, and enact violence against Asian Americans. https://bit.ly/3c9ijiy


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Actions you can take:  

Need a more detailed list?  Refer to this Action Page to #StopAsianHate


  1. Invest time and energy to support existing AAPI based social justice organizations and initiatives such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Stop AAPI Hate, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), AAPI Force, and AAPI Women Lead. Learn about and get involved in local efforts by signing this collective community statement or sharing resources you can offer to the victims and their families.


  1. Donate to the victims of the violent acts and their families and provide financial support to campaigns for Asian American communities. Check out New York Magazine’s 61 Ways to Donate in Support of Asian Communities to: challenge misinformation campaigns, expand documentation of anti-Asian violence, provide medical relief & social services to Asian American families targeted in hate crimes, and advance policies & legislation that enforce greater protections for people of color.


  1. Build your skills by taking Harassment Intervention Trainings for bystanders and those experiencing harassment. Learn more and read about the roots of anti-Asian violence.


Diversify your sources by interviewing & quoting Asian American experts. The Asian American Journalists Association’s speakers bureau at AAJAStudio.org features Asian Americans with expertise in equal rights, hate crimes, AAPI history, racial justice and community-building work, racial profiling and discrimination.

Encourage federal, state, and local partners as well as faith and CEOs to take actions to #StopAsianHate

    1. Urge Congress to pass Congresswoman Grace Meng’s COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and Congressman Don Beyer’s Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act.

    2. Urge the Department of Justice Community Relations Service to work closely with civil rights coalition partners to boost outreach, coordinate engagement, and introduce new partners to condemn domestic terrorism and bigotory.

    3. Urge CEOs business leaders to condemn anti-Asian racism in the workplace and share corporate statements of values and solidarity with the Asian American community and pledge corporate giving to AAPI-led community organizations to address long-term needs.

    4. Urge elected officials to build out local Asian American Advisory Councils from business leaders, frontline workers, community leaders, and youth activists and have trusted messengers share violence prevention hotlines.

    5. Conduct Know Your Rights training and measure racism and racist attitudes towards Asian Americans in order to decrease anti-Asian racism and increase accountability for racist actions.



Where #StopAsianHate are in this moment: 


As the entire country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American community is also facing an alarming rise in anti-Asian violence, racism, and discrimination.

  • In 2020, nearly 1 in 3 Asian Americans reported experiencing racial slurs or jokes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Stop AAPI Hate documented almost 3,800 incidents against the Asian American community since March 2020, ranging from violent attacks to verbal harassment.

  • There was a 1900% increase in violence against Asian Americans in 2020 and there has been a 150% increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans in America’s major cities.

Asian Americans are the target of violent assault, traumatic verbal harassment, and often-overlooked discrimination that aims to devalue their dignity and their place in society. Such racism is the result of white supremacy and creates an unacceptable environment of fear and terror. 

  • Eight people were killed, six of whom were Asian women, and were targeted in a series of mass shootings that occurred at three spas or massage parlors in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, GA on March 16, 2021

  • An 84-year-old Thai man was brutally assaulted and shoved to the ground by his assailant in San Francisco on January 28, 2021. He died from his injuries two days later.

  • A 75-year-old Asian American man was attacked, shoved to the ground, and robbed in Oakland, CA on March 9, 2021. The victim was left brain dead and died from his injuries 2 days later.

  • An 89-year old woman was slapped in the face and lit on fire while outside her home in New York City

  • A man was slashed across the face with a box cutter, requiring 100 stitches, while riding a New York City subway train.

  • A couple found a note pinned to their door that read: “We’re watching you f—— c—– take the chinese virus back to china. We don’t want you hear [sic] infecting us with your diseases!!!!!!!!!! – Your friendly neighborhood.”

These events did not occur in a vacuum. America has a long history of vilifying minorities, including targeting the Asian American community, and using federal law to enable this discrimination and violence.

  • In 1871, seventeen Chinese immigrants were lynched by a mob of 500 in Los Angeles. In 1885, a mob of five hundred armed white men forcibly expelled 700 Chinese residents from Tacoma, WA, and a few months later, a mob of 1500 gathered to force all Chinese residents out of Seattle.

  • The 1875 Page Act was one of the earliest pieces of federal legislation to restrict immigration, designed to prohibit immigrants deemed ‘undesirable’—defined as Chinese "coolie" laborers and prostitutes—from entering the U.S. In practice, it was used as a way to prevent Chinese women from migrating to the United States and subjected them to invasive and humiliating interrogations by U.S. immigration officials.

  • In 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first federal law to bar an entire group of people from immigrating purely based on race. By the 1930s, Japanese, Korean, South Asians, and Filipinos were also barred from entering the country and from becoming naturalized citizens.

  • In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 to incarcerate 120,000 Japanese Americans and forcibly remove them from their homes.

  • Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man in Detroit, was beaten to death in 1982 because his attackers, who were auto factory workers, thought he was Japanese and blamed him as a symbol for the decline of the U.S. auto industry.

  • On September 15, 2001, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh gas station owner in Arizona, was murdered by a man who blamed him for 9/11.

  • Just recently, on March 15th, 2021, 33 Vietnamese refugees were deported. The prison-to-deportation pipeline is another form of anti-Asian racism which harms Asian American communities. Policies which justify deportation based on histories of incarceration are another way the United States justifies and legalizes anti-Asian violence.

The current rise in anti-Asian racism is not just limited to random acts of violence and discrimination. It reflects current geopolitical tensions and the use of anti-Asian rhetoric by major political leaders—rhetoric that is putting a target on the backs of Asian Americans.

  • Former President Trump repeatedly referred to COVID-19 at rallies, press conferences, and on social media as the “Kung Flu” or the “China virus.”

  • Research suggests that former President Trump, who’s racist or stigmatizing tweets were retweeted 1,213,700 times and liked 4,276,200 times, was the greatest spreader among politicians of anti-Asian American rhetoric related to the pandemic.

  • In March 2020, Senator John Cornyn said, “China is to blame … because the culture where people eat bats and snakes and dogs and things like that” and later incorrectly accused China as the source of the MERS and the Swine Flu outbreaks. 

  • A Scottsdale Councilmember spread disinformation through Facebook posts, “COVID literally stands for 'Chinese Originated Viral Infectious Disease' and the number 19 is due to this being the 19th virus to come out of China.”  

  • One hate incident reported the attacker saying, “I agree with Trump. F--k China! … It’s because of you, the Chinese, that we have to wear a mask.”

This violence and discrimination exacerbates the loss and trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic—even as the community plays a significant role on the frontlines of fighting the disease.

  • More than 1.4 million Asian American healthcare workers make up 8.5% of all essential healthcare workers.

  • 2 million essential workers are Asian American and many frontline workers are Asian American—accounting for more than 20% of physicians, 9.8% of therapists, 9.8% of registered nurses, and 7.7% of healthcare technologists and technicians.

  • Filipino nurses make up only 4% of the nursing population of the United States, yet they comprise nearly one-third of nurses who have died due to COVID-19.

  • Asian American unemployment increased over 450% from February 2020 to June 2020.

  • There are more than 20 million Asian Americans in the United States.  Two million Asian American–owned small businesses generate $700 billion in annual GDP and employ around 3.5 million people, but 75% of these businesses do not have access to COVID-19 relief.

Asian Americans continue to grapple with longstanding stereotypes as “perpetual foreigners” and the “model minority.” Both stereotypes result in the disenfranchisement and demonization of vulnerable populations across diverse communities.

  • Asian Americans have the highest intra-group income inequality in the United States. The top 10% of earners in Asian American community had 10.7 times the income of the bottom 10% compared to the national average of 8.7%.

  • Since 1980, 55% of refugees have come from Asia, compared to 28% from Europe, 13% from Africa, and 4% from Latin America. 

Southeast Asian Americans are the largest refugee population in the United States, with more than 1.1 million Southeast Asians moving to the U.S. over three decades. Of this 1.1 million, 460,000 are living in poverty. 


Words and history matter!


Credit

  • Post Composed // Hope James, Founder & Chairwoman of Bipoc Bloggers & Creatives
  • Content Team // Madeline V. Twomey (she/her)  Director of Digital Partnerships for the 59th Presidential Inaugural Committee and Community Content Director for the Biden for President campaign and RufusAndMane


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