The fight for social justice continues as hate crimes occur in the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The increase in reported violence may be attributed to prejudices associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, however these types of racism-fueled attacks and microaggressions are not new to the AAPI community. Together let’s stand…for each other, for our communities, for equality for all.
The recent rise in attacks on the AAPI community has brought on a collective outcry for justice across the country.
Between March 2020 and February 2021 Stop AAPI Hate reported 3,795 hate crimes and incidents against Asian Americans nationwide. The ripple effect of this kind of trauma affects victims, their families and entire communities.
Our society doesn’t work if it doesn’t work equally for all. The violence against the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community must end, and we must raise awareness, look inside ourselves and take a stand against racism. At AT&T we will continue to Stand for Equality and speak out against Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander violence.
“Last year, we issued an international rallying cry to stand with and stand up for Black lives. This moment is no different, as we rally in protection and support of Asians and Asian American people. This is a moment to live out our value to Stand for Equality,” says Corey Anthony, AT&T Chief Diversity & Development Officer.
What we are doing
The history of the AAPI community is rich and essential to the fabric of our society, but many times their struggles and experiences are not heard.
To address the violence against the AAPI community, AT&T and WarnerMedia are committing $7 million to combat and confront anti-Asian hate. This includes a multi-platform PSA campaign to inform, educate and inspire others to stand in solidarity and Stop Asian Hate. Read more.
In an effort to continue supporting the cause, we are making donations across the enterprise to the following organizations through an employee match-based dollar-for-dollar program.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
AAJC is a national organization dedicated to advancing the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and building a fair and equitable society for all through public education, public policy advocacy, community organizing, and litigation.
Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF)
AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.
Center for Asian American Media
The Center for Asian American Media is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible.
Here are ways to play a part in creating the world we want to live in.
- Text-to-give to the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE) to support AAPI small businesses. Text AAPI to 20222.
- Books to read to understand anti-Asian racism in America.