Category: News

Dear friends, Ringing in the Lunar New Year at midnight tonight, AAPI Equity Alliance wishes good fortune, happiness, and health to all in the Year of the Tiger. An opportunity to bring loved ones close and celebrate with time-honored traditions, the holiday also encourages us to consider and breathe new life into our commitments. Warmly accepting this chance to reflect, we’re taking this moment to meditate on our commitments to cross-racial solidarity and working in tandem with fellow Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) activists.
atanapakdee. A grandfather recognized by his neighbors for his early morning walks through the Anza Vista neighborhood in San Francisco, Ratanapakdee became recognized across the country as one prominent face among far too many victims of anti-Asian violence. On this day in 2021, Ratanapakdee was spontaneously shoved to the ground while out for a morning walk, sustaining injuries from which he would not recover. As one particularly horrific incident in what has become an undeniable surge in anti-Asian hate throughout the nation, Ratanapakdee’s death struck a resounding chord among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities–one that still rings true today, just two weeks after the killing of Michelle Alyssa Go in New York City.

Dear friend,

As we have all witnessed and deeply felt the ways in which last year’s challenges have persisted and transformed, 2021 has undoubtedly demanded stamina and steadfastness from our communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has worn on, exacerbating inequities in housing, economic stability, access to healthcare and safe working environments, and more. The pandemic-driven tide of violence targeting AAPI communities has continued to surge, as we have now collected over 10,000 reports of anti-AAPI hate incidents through our Stop AAPI Hate reporting platform. Many of us face these enduring trials with fatigue.

Dear A3PCON members,

Much was made of the governors’ races in Virginia and New Jersey last week. What received much less notice in the mainstream media was the tremendous success of Asian American candidates in multiple local elections. Three major cities--Boston, Cincinnati and Seattle--elected Asian Americans. For the first time in Boston’s 200-year history, a nonwhite, female candidate, Michelle Wu, who identifies as Taiwanese American, won the mayor’s race. Similarly, Aftab Pureval, a biracial Tibetan Indian American, became Cincinnati’s mayor and Bruce Harrell, a biracial Japanese and African American, Seattle’s mayor. Additionally, New York City elected five Asian American City Council members: Julie Won, Sandra Ung, Linda Lee, Shahana Manif and Shekar Krishnan.

Dear A3PCON members,

We hope today is treating you well! As many of you know, A3PCON is a member of two redistricting coalitions, which submitted map proposals to the LA city, LA county, and CA state redistricting commissions. You can check them out here:

It’s been two weeks since TIME magazine announced its Top 100 most influential people of 2021, which included Stop AAPI Hate co-founders Cynthia Choi, Russell Jeung, and me. We were honored and truly humbled to receive this recognition.
In a turbulent year, as the U.S. has seen a surge in racist, anti-Asian attacks—from terrifying assaults on senior citizens to the tragic mass shooting in Atlanta—no coalition has been more impactful in raising awareness of this violence than Stop AAPI Hate. Since its start, the organization has logged more than 9,000 anti-Asian acts of hate, harassment, discrimination and assault across the country.