From all of us at Movement Labs, we stand united against hate in solidarity with the Asian and Pacific Islander community. We condemn all acts of anti-Asian, anti-immigrant, and gender-based violence that are terrorizing communities across the country, including last week’s senseless mass murder of Asian women in Atlanta.
Violence targeting Asian Americans dates back to our nation’s earliest days, but it has been exacerbated in recent years by the xenophobic and racist rhetoric and scapegoating from the highest levels of power, including by our former President. We call for our elected leaders to publicly condemn this violence, both to send a clear message that these acts of hate and violence will not be tolerated in our communities, and to ensure that justice will be served.
We send our thoughts and prayers – and importantly, our commitment to action – to all of our AAPI friends, volunteers, team members, and partners in this challenging time.
Here are a few ways you can help:
Donate to organizations standing up for the AAPI community in this moment:
- Stop AAPI Hate: National campaign to document reports of anti-Asian discrimination and violence.
- Asian American Advocacy Fund: An Atlanta-based Movement Labs partner that is working to develop civic engagement and advocate for policies that support Georgia’s growing AAPI community.
- Find a local organization: Here is a crowd-sourced guide to organizations by state that are providing AAPI community advocacy, mutual aid, legal support, and more.
Take a virtual Bystander Intervention Training to learn how to safely respond if you witness harassment or discrimination.
- Hollaback (a nonprofit anti-harassment organization) offers one training geared toward a general audience, and another specifically for Asian American participants. Sign up here.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago. Sign up here.
These virtual trainings are offered for free, but if you are able, please donate to the host organizations so they can continue and expand this important work.
Help us text.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be working to support AAPI groups that are organizing on the ground by providing free texting services (see below). Watch for emails and posts on Slack for the opportunity to help.
Here are some of the things we are doing right now:
- Supporting AAPI-led groups in our community: We must pull through by pulling together & to that end we are offering direct support to organizations in our network that represent and advocate for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. We are reaching out to offer pro-bono texting services to AAPI-led groups in Georgia and around the country, so that they can rapidly respond to the immediate needs of their community. We are committing to providing hundreds of thousands of free texts and will continue to prioritize groups working to support BIPOC and AAPI communities through our COVID grant program.
- Building diversity in our local governments: We need more AAPI, women, and progressive elected officials that are committed to social justice representing our communities. We will continue to work hard to recruit diverse candidates to run for local & municipal offices through our Contest Every Race program. Contest Every Race recruits first time candidates to run against incumbent Republicans, where no Democrat would run otherwise. So far, over 2/3 of our recruited candidates have been women or people of color, and we are committed to keeping this level of diversity at a minimum in future recruitment efforts.
- Standing united to dismantle white supremacy: White supremacy fuels this violence and divides our country, pitting marginalized communities against each other. While anti-Asian violence is in the spotlight, we see it as connected to the struggles of Black, Latinx, indigenous, LGBT, female, poor, and undocumented people to live with dignity in this system. We are committed to this fight, however it presents itself. (See our June 2020 statement in defense of Black lives)
The Movement Labs Team