The recent display of hatred against members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community is deplorable. We’ve said it before, and we will say it again:
Create Birmingham is an anti-racist organization.
We are outraged by the recent surge in unprovoked, violent, and even fatal attacks against Asian-Americans. The long history of anti-Asian racism has remained invisible. But in the past year, a significant and despicable rise in reported violence towards Asian-Americans was fueled by rhetoric baselessly blaming people of Asian descent for the outbreak and spread of COVID-19.
We stand in solidarity with those who have ever felt marginalized and targeted for their race or culture. We are committed to our work — amplifying our community’s cultural and innovative contributors and providing equitable opportunities for those working in the creative sectors.
If you’re looking for ways to support the AAPI community, there are a number of organizations that work to combat anti-Asian violence and provide ongoing education and support to those who need it:
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum works to “build a movement for social, political, and structural change for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls,” including fighting for economic and racial justice.
AAPI Women Lead “aims to strengthen the progressive political and social platforms of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the US through the leadership of self-identified AAPI women and girls” with the goal of ending violence within and against AAPI communities.
The Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is a “legal and civil rights organization serving the low-income Asian Pacific American communities.”
The Asian Mental Health Collective works to “to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community” by making mental health support easily available and accessible.
You can also donate to Stop AAPI Hate here.
The organization Hollaback! has also partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice to provide free bystander intervention training and conflict de-escalation training to stop anti-Asian and xenophobic harassment. You can sign up here.