03.17.2021. Yesterday’s shootings in Georgia that have left several Asian women dead is just the most recent incident in an unacceptable wave of violence toward Asian American and Pacific Islander people in our country. We stand with our AAPI friends, family and community members—and everyone traumatized by violence and hate rooted in racism and xenophobia —as they process and mourn this tragedy and so many others across our country, especially over the past year.
Hate and violence have no place in our vision and work toward making our communities healthy, strong and vibrant. We condemn racism and white supremacy in all its forms and expressions, and are committed to creating systems of justice and equity.
Additionally, we recognize that this event (and related media coverage) is tragic, disturbing and could be triggering. Please text "NAMI" to 741-741 if you need to talk to someone. Visit nami.org/AAPI for mental health resources for the AAPI community.
Anti-Racism Resources and Asian-American Organizations to Support and Learn From At This Time
- Violence begins verbally. Anti-harassment organization Hollaback offers excellent bystander trainings to help stem harassment in public places.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice offers a multitude of information and also has a substantial listing of resources to stand against racism, particularly during the time of COVID-19.
- We amplify this listing from AAPI leaders in this space who are keeping an active Google Sheet with a myriad of resources.
- Anti-Asian Violence Resources.
- Learn more about West Hartford photographer Mike Keo's IAmNotAVirus initiative to dismantle racism while amplifying the personal stories of Asian Americans. The project offers related resources and also uplifts other projects.
--Read the story in the Hartford Courant
- Become knowledgeable about the history, achievements, and ongoing struggles of AAPI in our country. PBS’ Asian Americans is a five-part documentary series on the history of Asians in America.