We are angered and saddened by the rising violence in the U.S. against Asian community members. BRIDGE Housing condemns racism, and we continue to stand with our staff, residents and partners who deserve and demand racial, social and economic justice.
We were glad to see that California lawmakers this week allocated $1.4M to support research and programs including Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition that documents and addresses hate and discrimination against Asians and Pacific Islanders amid the pandemic. Of 2,808 incidents reported between March and December, 43.8% were in California—the most of any state in the country.
Federally, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus is advocating for the No Hate Act, which has gained support from House Speaker Pelosi and the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses. It would establish hotlines to report hate crimes, provide more resources for investigations, and mandate educational classes/community service for convicted hate-crime offenders.
We agree that there is no place for hate in our society. We strive to make BRIDGE’s work part of the antidote to systemic racism; we believe in sustaining and creating communities where all people feel welcomed, respected and valued.
Below are some excellent mobilization and advocacy resources that a BRIDGE staff member kindly shared:
https://stopaapihate.org/: Mentioned above, this center launched by Asian Pacific Planning Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Dept of San Francisco State University tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S.
http://Hateisavirus.org: A nonprofit community of mobilizers and amplifiers that exist to dismantle racism and hate. This group also provides resources and spaces for discussions through their social media presence. Their efforts include mobilizing other AAPI communities and working alongside other BIPOC groups.
https://compassioninoakland.org: A volunteer-led organization that promotes safety and community in Oakland, CA’s Chinatown. This organization connects older people and chaperones to keep them safe.
We stand with all who are fighting racism and intolerance; together, let’s work to ensure that all community members are treated with respect and compassion.
Cynthia A. Parker
President & CEO