“Stand With Asians” Day of Action & Virtual Walkout
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This Friday, March 26, Stand With Asians is organizing a day of action/virtual walkout
The number of attacks against Asian Americans has reached a breaking point: every day, innocent victims of all Asian ethnicities are being bullied, attacked, robbed and even murdered. But even after the swell in social justice in 2020, the outrage and attention from corporations, mainstream media, elected officials and society as a whole is simply not enough.
Virtual events on March 26 run from 5am to 10pm Pacific
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That’s why this Friday, March 26, Stand With Asians is calling on AAPIs and our allies to take the day off from work to peacefully protest anti-Asian racism, indifference as well as the lack of meaningful action. Despite making up 5% of the population, Asian Americans comprise 27% of the corporate workforce and a significant number of frontline workers.
Who are we / how did we start?
A friend of our lead organizer Tian He was brutally stabbed with an 8-inch knife in Manhattan’s Chinatown last month. The victim, a 36-year-old man, is now in the ICU fighting for his life.
In response, Tian wrote a Medium post which mobilized many of us from around the country and around the world (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Shanghai) to rally and start #StandWithAsians
On March 26, we encourage AAPIs and our allies to find a safe space to share and heal together, support AAPI-owned small businesses, create content, organize, learn about our history and discuss actions we’d like to see from our companies, our elected officials and society.
Lobby employers to condemn the acts of hate against AAPI and take on projects that positively impact the AAPI community
Align on actions we would like to see from corporate America to drive meaningful change
Take a day off from work to heal and grow. Use the time to learn, celebrate and strengthen the AAPI community.
On March 26:
Visit and support local AAPI-owned businesses
Volunteer at AAPI nonprofits with causes that interest you
Create, produce and post AAPI awareness content on social media with hashtags #StandWithAsians and #StopAsianHate
Watch 12 hours of live and on-demand educational and entertainment programming featuring speakers such as California Attorney General designee Rob Bonta, California Assemblymember Evan Low, MC Jin (rapper), Ryan Patel (CNN contributor), Jane Hyun (author of “Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling”), Thuy Vu (newscaster), Rami Rahim (CEO of Juniper Networks), Aarti Kohli (executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus) and more.
Why March 26?
The Naturalization Act of 1790 — The first uniform rules that granted United States citizenship by naturalization was signed into law on March 26, 1790. The law limited naturalization to “free white person[s] … of good character”, excluding Native Americans, indentured servants, slaves, free blacks and Asians. The racial restriction against Asians was the last to be eliminated — in 1952.
Who is supporting us?
Grace Meng, MC Jin, Daniel Wu, Daniel Dae Kim,1990 Institute, Asian Leaders Alliance and many other influential figures in the AAPI community. Along with their $500,000 donation to AAPI nonprofits, Airbnb also prominently featured StandWithAsians in their response to the recent attacks against the AAPI community.
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