Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Resources for a better tomorrow
Throughout Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, RST has taken a look at AAPI history, achievements, and hardships the community has overcome. While AAPI Heritage Month is a time to learn about the history and contributions of AAPI, we’d also like to reflect on the current moment and how we can all use our voices to take a stand against AAPI hate and discrimination. On a final note, we must ask ourselves how we can help each other create a safer, more compassionate country. Please read on if you are interested in learning about how you can help create a safer environment for AAPI and all others.
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1) Support organizations assisting AAPI communities across the nation
Foundations like Asian Americans Advancing Justice are crucial for getting hate crime survivors the help, justice and protection they need. Similarly, Stop AAPI Hate and #HATEISAVIRUS are working tirelessly to curb the tides of racism, while guaranteeing Asian Americans are granted equal rights in all spaces. These organizations are nonprofits, meaning they rely on the generous donations of others to continue doing their necessary work. If you have the ability to give, these organizations are all fantastic ways to support AAPI communities while demanding justice.
2) Use your voice to influence our government to take a stand against Asian American discrimination.
Tell your representatives to approve legislation aimed at protecting AAPI, while better addressing and cataloging all hate crimes – not just those targeting AAPI.
3) Know how to be an informed and effective bystander.
There are many ways to safely assist victims during a hate incident, so take some time to learn how you can help. In that same vein, everyone should know how to report a hate crime locally. Hate crimes are historically under-reported, so it is crucial to help victims report crimes, ensuring that perpetrators are held accountable for their heinous actions.