Standing in Solidarity with Our Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

As collectively respond to hate crimes, such as the tragedy in Georgia in 2021, we must lead with the needs of those most directly impacted at the center: the victims and their families. 

We must also stand firm in decrying misogyny, systemic violence and white supremacy. Racist stereotypes about Asians, combined with the hypersexualization of Asian women, put those who work in low-wage jobs at high risk for experiencing racist, sexist attacks. Asian American women in the low-wage workforce are particularly vulnerable to racial and sexual harassment. 

We must invest in long-term solutions that address the root causes of violence and hate in our communities. And we must recognize that violence against Asian American communities is part of a larger system of violence and racism against all communities of color, including Black, Hispanic, Indigenous and immigrant communities. 

In this time of crisis, let’s come together and build strong communities of trust, where we all feel safe, where all workers are treated with dignity and respect, where all children feel comfortable going to school, and where all our loved ones have the freedom to thrive. #StopAsianHate

AFT Resources

You don’t need to wait for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month to teach and celebrate the AAPI community. The history of Asian Americans in the United States is an integral part of American history. Since their arrival as far back as the 1800s, Asian immigrants have contributed to and shaped the way the country is today.

Lesson Plans & Reading Lists

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A curated collection celebrating Asian and Asian American authors and illustrators.
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A reading list to understand anti-Asian racism in America.

Georgia-specific: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta

  • Collective statement  A Community-Centered Response to Violence against Asian American Communities (individual and organizational sign-on) 
  • Donation page  Support the families of the victims
  • Mutual aid intake form
    Services that are being requested:
    • Mental health (counseling, healing)
    • Immigration legal services
    • Interpretation or translation in Asian languages
    • Victim advocacy/case management
    • Fundraising for victims and their families
    • Child care
    • Food assistance

Addressing Anti-Asian Hate & Workers Rights

Mental Health & Self-Care

Watch our recent Town Hall on Combating Anti-Asian Hate

AFT's Evelyn DeJesus and Fedrick Ingram Stand with AAPI Americans Against Hate

BTUs Ethnic Studies Now Campaign

The Boston Teachers' Union started an organizing campaign to advocate for the funding, staffing and professional training needed to develop, implement, and sustain ethnic studies in all Boston public schools. A strategy to combat anti-Asian hate is centering curriculum, where students see themselves.

Learn more here. 

Solidarity Actions


Call on President Biden for emergency safety and relief for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.


Join a solidarity vigil near you and show your support. Includes talking points.


A community-centered response to violence against Asian American communities


Watch: PBS NewsHour

Asian American community battles surge in hate crimes stirred from COVID-19