Following the horrific shootings in Atlanta on March 16, we want to share ways you can help support the Asian American communities in Atlanta and other regions. 6 of the 8 victims who lost their lives in Atlanta were of Asian descent, and this adds to the growing list of violent crimes that have raised fears of hostility and hatred and directly endangered Asian Americans. President Biden condemned the targeted violence in the US last week. Below we’ve provided a list of charities and other resources and we hope you will join us and take action to support Asian American communities and counter hateful acts of violence.
Resources to Help
Regional Charities and Support Organizations
Asian American Advocacy Fund is a grassroots social welfare organization. Their mission is to, “advocate for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians in Georgia.” They have different funds you can donate too, along with ways to volunteers and engage with local lawmakers to make a change in communities.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice is an Asian law caucus that represents and promotes, “the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Islander communities.” They have firms in Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Donations will, “ensure that low-income, immigrant, and underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have access to free direct legal services and the most effective civil rights advocacy possible.” Donors can also choose if they have a preference on where they’d like their monetary gift to be designated to within the organization.
Direct donation link for Atlanta support: https://www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/donate
Korean American Coalition Metro Atlanta is a non-profit organization focusing on advocacy, education, and service to help the Korean American community in community, civic, and legislative matters – specifically in Metro Atlanta.
Asian Pacific Fund for Covid-19 is a specific recovery fund for those affected by the pandemic. The Asian Pacific Fund focuses on philanthropy, community, leadership, and awareness in the Bay Area.
Welcome to Chinatown is a grassroots initiative meant to support businesses in New York City. They have resources including an interactive map for small businesses in Manhatten’s Chinatown, and donations go to either grants for areas businesses or providing fresh produce and food for the community.
Save Our Chinatowns is a grassroots initiative raising funds for Bay Area businesses through art, conversation, and food – specifically in Oakland and San Francisco Chinatowns. All donations will be directly dispersed to the businesses, and every donor will receive a digital copy of their Zine that has recipes from local Oakland Chinatown businesses.
National Charities and Support Organizations
Stop AAPI Hate is a non-profit organization where people can report hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Donations help the organization continue to, “track and respond to the surge in racism and xenophobia.” Asian Americans reported almost 3,800 hate incidents over the past year, according to The Guardian’s report from Stop AAPI Hate.
Asian Mental Health Collective is a non-profit working to, “normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community,” with various ongoing projects. Donations support the organization’s vision to make mental health more easily available and accessible for Asian communities worldwide.
There is a helpful Anti-Asian Violence Resources Carrd with information to help educate on the happenings of violence against the Asian American communities, petitions you can sign to support the stop of discrimination and violence, mental health resources, ways to report an incident against Asian Americans, places to donate, and more.
We will update this article with further resources and hope you’ll join us in contributing to the above causes.