The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) announced the launch of a national anti-hate network Tuesday.
Anti-Asian hate has risen since the onset of the pandemic. An organization called Stop AAPI Hate has recorded 9,081 incidents of anti-Asian hate or discrimination from March 19, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
Organizations and lawmakers throughout the country have been working to combat the rise in anti-Asian hate.
TAAF itself launched in May 2021. Their goal is to address the lack of investment and support given to the AAPI communities.
TAAF’s Anti-Hate National Network aims to provide better coordination and collaboration between organizations working to combat anti-Asian hate.
The organization also announced the creation of AAPI Action Centers and AAPI Emergency Relief Fund. The goal of these programs is to provide local AAPI communities with adequate funding and support.
“Our AAPI families, friends, and neighbors continue to be blamed for the pandemic,” Sonal Shah, President of TAAF, said in a press release. “The launch of our Anti-Hate National Network, AAPI Action Centers, and AAPI Emergency Relief Fund is TAAF’s full-throated response to the hate happening in our communities that for too long has gone unchecked. Make no mistake, we plan to unleash the resources and tools necessary to take on the crisis of hate and create a broader sense of belonging — we’re just getting started.”
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