In Solidarity with AAPI and Keeping our Communities Safe
Everyone has a critical part to play in the fight against racism.
Attacks against racial minorities and immigrants is not a new issue. But the devastating surge in anti-Asian and Pacific Islander (API) hate crimes across the nation, with more than half of those reported occurring here in the Bay Area, cannot be ignored. These shocking statistics are a stark reminder that we all, every single one of us, must work to stop violence, confront racism, fight xenophobia and protect the diversity that makes the Bay Area so valuable.
There is much work to be done, but first, we must acknowledge the acts of hate against members of our community. Our API community members, neighbors, and friends are being targeted and attacked. Basic civil rights are under assault across the board. Acknowledging these realities is the first step in positioning us to act.
Together, with our API community members, allies, and others we will work toward solutions that empower our community through education, resources, and programming. We will continue to create safe spaces and havens for those who need them. We will work with partners to shape policies that uplift immigrant and marginalized communities. We will continue to actively reflect on the ways we contribute to white supremacy as an organization and work towards challenging the systems that reinforce it.
We will continue support and stand with the API community to fight for a better future together.
Keeping Our AAPI Community Safe
At the Y, we believe in celebrating the diversity that makes the Bay Area such a vibrant place to live. Our CEO and President, Jamie Bruning-Miles, released this statement above in response to the recent rise in attacks against our Asian American and Pacific Islander community, especially seniors, in the Bay Area.
It’s more important than ever that we work together to stop hate and protect our friends and neighbors. If anyone you know is a victim of a hate crime, please report it at stopaapihate.org/reportincident.
You can also review and share this Personal Safety Guide (English, Chinese, Spanish) from SF SAFE as well as their Neighborhood Watch Program flyer for safety tips and information on how to keep you, your family and your community safe.