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As AAPI Heritage Month draws to a close, we wanted to share some reflections with you. Every May, we proudly celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (APAHM) and reflect on our communities’ histories in this country. At AAPI Equity Alliance, we celebrate our members who work tirelessly every day to advocate for AAPI issues and amplify our communities’ voices. This APAHM was bittersweet, as we mourned the passing of Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, who first introduced the resolution to proclaim the first 10 days of May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week in 1977. We remember Secretary Mineta, reflect on his lifetime of service and leadership and express our gratitude. His life’s commitment to preserving democracy and addressing inequality wherever it exists, has left a tremendous impact on this country. In honor of his life and legacy, I invite you to learn more about his story through the Mineta Legacy Project.
“We are recognizing AAPI Heritage Month this year by honoring the members of our community who have fought against racism and discrimination of all kinds,” said Manjusha Kulkarni, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and executive director of AAPI Equity Alliance. “That includes those who report their experiences with hate to our website, enabling us to advocate for real solutions.”
Once again, our nation reels from a mass shooting at an elementary school – a place violence and fear should never touch, but sadly that is not the case in America. Yesterday’s shooting, which left at least 19 students and 2 teachers dead, comes after weeks of racially-fueled gun violence – from the May 14 mass shooting at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, to a May 15 shooting at an Orange County, California church in which the suspect targeted the Taiwanese community in an attack police are calling a politically motivated hate crime. In New York, ten people were killed and three were wounded. In California, one man died and five people were injured. And in both shootings, the suspects left behind a trail of evidence, pointing to racism and hate as their motives.
We now are increasing our interactions, perhaps at the dry cleaner when we pick up coffee, or a donut or a bagel… all those different places, unfortunately, have potential opportunities for hate and for things like refusal of service or verbal harassment,” Kulkarni tells CNBC Make It. “And I think that’s part of why a lot of employees can be wary about going back to work.”
Manjusha Kulkarni, our Executive Director and Co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, discusses anti-Asian discrimination and the future of the movement. She speaks with Shery Ahn and Haidi Stroud-Watts on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia".
Dear friends, This time last year, our friends and neighbors in LA County and across the country were reeling from a wave of brutal attacks involving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We are still reeling. Today, AAPI communities continue to experience harm in the form of violence, economic hardship, and the effects of racial trauma.