Pushing Back Against Racism

BRIDGE Housing is appalled and angered by the deadly attacks in Georgia this week and the staggering rise in anti-Asian violence in many communities, including San Francisco and Oakland. We denounce racism in all forms, and understand this is an especially frightening time for many residents, staff and partners who are of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. We value you and stand with all who deserve and demand racial, social and economic justice.

Yesterday, elected officials and expert witnesses testified on Capitol Hill at a House Judicial Committee hearing about discrimination and violence against Asian American people. “It is time that we continue to push back against xenophobia every time it rears its ugly head,” said Congressmember Judy Chu (R-CA), “Lives are at stake.”

What can we do, individually and collectively? Here are some action links our staff are finding helpful:

  • Sign up for a free training across a number of topics including bystander intervention, how to respond to harassment, and conflict de-escalation with Hollaback!, which teaches people to act and to reach across their own identities to ally with others and establish a united front against harassment.
  • Study safety tips for those experiencing or witnessing hate at Stop AAPI Hate, a group that tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Listen to the “Who Belongs” podcast produced by the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, a center that brings together researchers, organizers, stakeholders, communicators, and policymakers to create transformative change.
  • Check out pro basketballer Jeremy Lin’s “121” conversation with his brother Josh and Dr. Jenny Wang, a licensed psychologist whose work focuses on racial identity and trauma, social justice and cultural reverence.

There is no place for hate in our society. We are striving to make BRIDGE’s work part of the antidote to systemic racism, and we are committed to sustaining and creating communities where all people feel welcomed, respected and valued.

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