Stop AAPI Hate
Standing united against hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities.
Stop AAPI Hate works to advance equity, justice and power by dismantling systemic racism
There is a long history of racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the United States dating back to the nineteenth century. And while AAPIs have spoken out for decades against racial discrimination and inequalities their communities face, their voices have largely gone unheard.
That all changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were observing through social media and media accounts that our community members were being racially profiled, harassed, and in some instances attacked, so we decided very quickly to start Stop AAPI Hate,” says Chinese for Affirmative Action Co-Executive Director Cynthia Choi.
ORG In Action Snapshot: Stop AAPI Hate
Stop AAPI Hate takes steps to address anti-Asian hate when it happens and to prevent it before it occurs. With roughly 11,000 reports of hate reported, from physical to verbal harassment, they advocate for the passage of local, state, and national policies that strengthen human rights and civil rights protections, dismantle systemic racism harming AAPI communities, and address root causes of discrimination.
To document the alarming escalation of xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, AAPI Equity Alliance (AAPI Equity), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University (SFSU) launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center in March 2020.
With the wide range and vast amount of hate experiences reported to Stop AAPI Hate, they were able to paint a vivid picture of anti-Asian hate—making visible a problem that for most people was invisible—while mobilizing support for AAPI communities across the nation. School children held bake sales in support of AAPI communities, employee resource groups held corporate leaders to account, and tens of thousands of people—people who had never considered themselves activists—flooded the streets to protest anti-Asian hate.
As the coalition has grown and with the ongoing grassroots activity, Stop AAPI Hate has started to use its platform to effect legislative change. In 2021, the coalition joined California’s API Legislative Caucus in passing the API Equity Budget, a historic bill that allocated over $165 million to AAPI communities and other marginalized groups. The following year, Stop AAPI Hate passed two more bills under No Place For Hate California, a campaign to address hate and harassment in public places.
Through this process, Stop AAPI Hate has found their place in the movement for racial justice, using their data and insights drawn from their reporting center to keep AAPI communities safe, uphold their civil rights, and teach the next generation to do the same.
Stop AAPI Hate: Meet Stephanie Chan
Stop AAPI Hate Research Manager, Stephanie Chan, helps the .ORG turn data into action. This includes analysis of the data to better understand what is happening, where, and to whom, and using this information to advocate for resources and effective solutions.
Their three key initiatives — Civil Rights, Community Safety and Transformation, and Education Equity and Ethnic Studies — help them address these immediate needs, while also working on long term solutions.
“We have a window that’s open right now for policy change, we have the attention of the press, we have the attention of policymakers, and for the first time in a long time, people in power believe that there needs to be more attention paid to AAPI communities.” says Candice Cho, Managing Director of Policy of the AAPI Equity Alliance.
To date, Stop AAPI Hate has received more than eleven thousand incident reports. They use their .ORG to help gather these reports, educate, and engage the broader public to get involved in order to combat future attacks on AAPI communities.
Learn more at https://stopaapihate.org/.