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How You Can Support Asian-American Communities Right Now

From donations to volunteer opportunities.

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Over the past year, COVID-19 has caused a surge in anti-Asian violence across the country, from elderly experiencing racially charged attacks to young people facing bullying. And with the pandemic still in effect, AAPI communities are in need of our support.

There are plenty of ways to get involved, whether that's spreading awareness via social media, donating to organizations, promoting mental health resources, or simply taking a stand against hateful behavior (without the need of policing). Ahead, find out how to show your support now.

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Stop AAPI Hate

Launched after the surge in xenophobia and bigotry aimed at Asian Americans in the wake of COVID-19, Stop AAPI Hate collects reports and data of incidents of hate, violence, harassment, and bullying against AAPI people throughout California and other parts of America. Donate here.

Courtesy of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta

Founded in 2010, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is 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. Donate here.

Asian American Advocacy Fund

The Asian American Advocacy Fund advocates for federal, state, and local policies to help improve the lives of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and all immigrant populations in Georgia. Take action here.

Courtesy of Hollaback!

Hollaback! has partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice to organize free bystander and de-escalation trainings. Sign up here.

Asian Mental Health Project

According to the American Psychological Assocation, Asian Americans are three times less likely to seek mental health services than white individuals. The Asian Mental Health Project's mission is to educate and empower these communities to seek mental healthcare. Donate here.

Red Canary Song

After the death of Yang Song, a massage worker in Flushing, Queens, who was killed during a police raid in 2017, Red Canary Song formed as a grassroots collective of Asian and migrant sex workers seeking labor rights, mutual aid, full decriminalization, and anti-trafficking. Donate here.

Courtesy of GoFundMe Page
GoFundMe for Vicha Ratanapakdee

Vicha Ratanapakdee's son-in-law set up a GoFundMe after his death on Feb. 1 in San Francisco at the age of 84 due to injuries from an alleged racially charged assault. Donate here.

Courtesy of SEARAC

SEARAC is a civil rights organization working to empower Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese-American communities. Donate here.

Courtesy of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

The Asian Law Caucus equips low-income, immigrant, and underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with free legal representation. Donate here.

Courtesy of Chinese Progressive Association
Chinese Progressive Association

CPA, which also has a branch in New York City, offers community education and organizing, leadership development and alliance and movement building for the low-income and working-class community in San Francisco. Donate here.

Allies Doing Work

A GoFundMe has been set up to donate equal amounts to eight Bay Area organizations that support their local Asian-American communities. Donate here.

Asian American Feminist Collective

This New York City-based organization hosts public events and provides resources to to help support the Asian-American feminist movement. Donate here.

Dear Asian Youth

Since launching in 2020, Dear Asian Youth is comprised of young volunteers from across the country striving to educate and celebrate Asian youth. Find out more here.

Courtesy of Welcome to Chinatown
Welcome to Chinatown

Welcome to Chinatown is a grassroots initiative that supports Chinatown businesses and amplifies community voices in New York City. Donate here.

Courtesy of Heart of Dinner
Heart of Dinner

Heart of Dinner is a nonprofit organization that delivers weekly lunches, produce, and ingredients throughout NYC's elderly Asian-American community while supporting local small businesses. Donate here.

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