Organizations, sites, and platforms for taking action, healing, and learning.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that love is what justice looks like in public. And while no measures can erase the social injustices inflicted upon the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community — and currently centered in public conversation in the wake of blatant, xenophobic violence — continuing to commit to what’s right means expanding our conversations and our minds, always.
Today, we’re sharing ways for standing with and taking action in solidarity with members of the AAPI community.
Los Angeles Times-produced hit podcast Asian Enough features notable AAPI guests in conversation about their own stories and the larger narratives of race, family, and culture that define their lives and work today. (Must-listen episodes include Margaret Cho and our veep, Kamala Harris.) Meanwhile, podcastSelf-Evident presents immersive personal narratives and community conversations through a national culture lens.
There’s no better time than May (which is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month) to celebrate and self-educate the ongoing gifts and contributions of its members. Start your education with the PBS docuseries Asian Americansorwriter Hannah Bae’s 31-day, AAPI book-reading challenge. (And, speaking of lifting others up? Supporting spaces that offer talking and healing circles as well as pro bono services for our AAPI brothers and sisters is a great idea, no matter the season.)
Asian American news source Next Shark features ongoing updates about how to organize, self-educate, and combat acts of terror and inhumanity against the AAPI community. The posts run the gamut from steps being taken by non-profit community #HateIsaVirus to intersectional action resources such as the Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit, among others.
Support spaces of community-making and identity-affirming paid self-care (like this Circles series by Modern Health). Inspired by the power and history of Asian food, art, and culture, Bay Area-based grassroots initiative Save Our Chinatowns mobilizes people and dollars that directly benefit Chinatowns in Oakland, SF, and beyond. Another idea? Set an intention (and recurring donation reminder) to support ongoing action and progress through the efforts of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
Where are you finding, healing, and showing up for others in this time? Share what you’re learning where else to give and act in the comments.