The March 16th shooting of eight people, including six Asian-American women, is a tragic reminder of the life-threatening consequences that AAPI (Asian-American and Pacific Island) communities — and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) women and trans people specifically — face in our country.
This egregious act of anti-Asian violence follows months of increasing attacks on AAPI communities. The shooting took place a day after a report released by Stop AAPI Hate revealed that of the nearly 3,800 anti-AAPI hate incidents reported since last year, 2,800 (or 68%) targeted women.
Impact Cubed stands with those condemning anti-Asian violence and uplifting the voices and experiences of AAPIs and BIPOC community members.
We encourage support of the local organizations listed below. Links will take you to donation pages, ensuring that your support goes to work immediately.
Asian Solidarity Collective (ASC): Activates Asian American social justice consciousness by building Asian solidarity with Black folks, queer and trans people of color, and other oppressed communities.
Karen Organization of San Diego: Supports nearly 70,000 refugees from Burma through community building, cultural preservation and awareness, and other support services.
San Diego API Coalition: Advocates for representation of API voices by amplifying and cultivating leadership, acting as a collaboration hub for API organizations, and building a more inclusive and equitable San Diego. Host organization of the San Diego Asian Film Festival.
San Diego Pan Asian Queer Coalition (QAPIMEDA): Builds capacity and leadership within the LGBTQ+ community to promote connectivity, combat stereotypes and racism, and mobilize civic and economic power.
As we grieve and reflect on the dynamics that undermine and attack our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, we offer you these resources:
- Terry Wunder, Moishe House’s Senior Program Director and Hive member, compiled this resource list with specific ways to support AAPI communities.
- Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) has assembled a hub of resources for those looking to learn more about charitable giving for action.
- Trailblazing social justice activist and writer Bob Wing’s 2005 Monthly Review piece “Crossing Race and Nationality: The Racial Formation of Asian Americans, 1852-1965” provides a good primer on historical context for taking on anti-Asian racism.
- The Atlantic’s Morgan Ome explores how this moment might be a turning point for the political identity of Asian Americans with poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong.