Standing in Solidarity with Our Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

As we collectively grieve and respond to the recent tragedy in Georgia, 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

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

Solidarity Actions

SIGN-ON LETTER

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

SOLIDARITY VIGILS

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

COLLECTIVE STATEMENT

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