May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Throughout the pandemic, AAPI communities have been subjected to increased hate and harassment. According to Stop AAPI Hate, hate crimes have increased by 1900%, with many cases involving elders. Together we can end this. Here are four ways to get started:
1. Keep Learning
Use the countless books, articles, podcasts, and videos available to learn about AAPI history. Prioritize content created by the AAPI community.
2. Give Back
Contribute to any of the countless organizations and initiatives run by and for the AAPI community. Focus issues range from LGBTQ and women’s rights to community development and economic justice.
3. Speak Out
Be mindful of the small and large ways you participate in anti-Asian racism: the words you say, the media you consume. Stand up and speak out. Show solidarity to the AAPI community through your actions.
4. Check In
Check in with your AAPI friends and family. Offer your time to listen and be present. Validate their experiences. Share resources. But be mindful not to ask them to educate you. This is not their job.
Leading for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion has always been a fundamental part of Public Allies’ DNA. Each year, our AmeriCorps apprenticeship program cohorts reflect participation and engagement from communities that have historically been underserved and underrepresented, with 80% identifying as people of color, 60% identifying as women, 25% identifying as LGBTQ+, and 5% identifying as non-binary. Join us.