While the devastating impact of COVID-19 has taken its toll on all communities, Asian Americans have been hit particularly hard as the pandemic has mutated into a virus of hate, harassment and violence. In response to the most recent attacks on elderly Asians, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Solidarity Fund in partnership with Comcast, NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 with an initial investment of $100,000 and this public service announcement.
The Asian community has been targeted since the start of the pandemic, and cases have exploded in the Bay Area and beyond:
- Nearly 3,000 incidents of Asians being harassed, spit on and stabbed were reported nationwide last year, including over 700 in the Bay Area
- According to New York Magazine, over the course of the pandemic, racist and violent attacks on the Asian community have increased by 1,900 percent
- In the span of just one week in February, four Asian seniors were killed or severely injured by violent attacks, three of whom live in the Bay Area
The Solidarity Fund will provide grants to organizations working to address the persistent anti-Asian racism, including supporting the physical and mental health of survivors, ensuring the safety of seniors, and advocating for racial justice across racial lines. To be as responsive as possible, we have distributed our first round of grants to 22 Bay Area nonprofits. Learn more about the grantees and their funded work.
Looking for ways to help the Asian American community, but don’t know where to start? We’ve compiled a list of suggestions here.
Anti-Asian racism is only one of the many challenges our community has been facing since the start of the pandemic. To learn more about the enduring and devastating impact of COVID-19 on the physical, mental and economic health of the community, click here.
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