We must stand with the Asian community

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Dear friend,

At Stand.earth, we unequivocally denounce all anti-Asian hate crimes and manifestations of white supremacy in all its forms.

This week’s tragic shooting in Atlanta, Georgia targeted three different businesses staffed primarily by Asian women, where a white male shooter entered and killed eight people, six being Asian women. Anti-Asian racism has been present for a long time in the U.S. and Canada, but hate crimes have recently skyrocketed alongside inflammatory rhetoric about Asian communities regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

An important discussion to have right now is that this tragedy could have been prevented. This egregious and racist hate crime (and it’s important to recognize this as a racist act, not just some random act of violence) serves as a reminder of how important it is for every one of us to speak up, show up in solidarity with our Asian colleagues, friends, neighbors, and family, and do our part to combat anti-Asian racism. Every. Single. Day.

In that spirit, we’d like to share the following resources for those looking to take action, learn more, and rise... up against hate:

Donate if you can. If you have the financial means, consider providing monetary support to groups who are providing direct support to Asian communities, like the Asian Mental Health Collective, 18 Million Rising, and Save Our Chinatowns (Bay Area) or Welcome to Chinatown (New York). In Canada, Asian Canadian groups are calling for more support for Asian and migrant sex workers [1]. You can donate to advocacy and service providing organizations like SWAN, Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Network, and Maggie’s Toronto.

Support organizations working on racial justice for Asian communities. Supporting Asian communities doesn’t have to be monetary. You can show solidarity by signing up for updates from groups in the U.S. that include Stop AAPI Hate and Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), and in Canada include Project 1907 and the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice.

Take care of your mental health. This is a very hard time for everyone, but especially those in the Asian American or Canadian community. Check out Subtle Asian Mental Health on Facebook who are offering free 1:1 supportive listening sessions. Asians for Mental Health have a comment thread on Instagram of therapists willing to provide reduced or free sessions to the Asian American community. There is also a crisis line at 1-800-273-TALK.

Speak out. You can report anti-Asian hate crimes to Stop AAPI Hate in the U.S. or Project 1907 and CovidRacism.ca in Canada.

Diversify your social media feed. Seek out and amplify Asian voices by following accounts like @stopAAPIhate, @annie_wu_22, @angryasianfeminist, @kimsaira on Instagram, or track conversations on Twitter through the #StopAsianHate and #RacismIsAVirus hashtags.

Keep learning. The resources above are just a start. Check out our blog for a longer list of things you can do to keep educating yourself and taking action.

At Stand.earth, we want to recognize that we have been complicit in not raising our voices sooner against anti-Asian racism, and that if we are to stand by our values and commitment to environmental justice, this work must include accountability for our own shortcomings.

To every person reading this right now – this is the time to do everything in our collective power to disrupt the systems that perpetuate racial injustice in workplaces, policing, health care, housing, pollution, and more. White supremacy is a plague but one without a vaccine – it can only be beaten by all of us joining together to stamp it out.

With care and respect,

Todd Paglia
Executive Director

[1] Asian Canadians call for end to anti-Asian racism after Atlanta shootings, demand protections for sex workers, March 18 2021, CBC News

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