On Finding Footing

When the weight of the world is heavy, it can feel hard to know where and how to place your feet to take a stand. This past year there has been a surge of racially fueled hate crimes and racially motivated harassment. The tragedy in Atlanta has brought about an awareness and understanding of the depth of anti-Asian incidents and attacks that have been occurring nationwide. How do we begin to take a stand as individuals, families and communities in solidarity, comfort and healing? What can we do to make change?

For each of us the answer might be different – protest, donate, learn, write, volunteer.  There are so many ways to begin the work of change.

In an effort to provide support as we all try to find our footing in the work of building a more just, tolerant and safe world, we offer these resources.  Some are the concrete supports we provide to parents and caregivers through our own trauma informed program. Others are resources that resonate with us as both parents and educators. This is not an exhaustive list, but a place to start if that’s what’s needed. All are for you to use and share.

For Educators & Parents

  • The Stop AAPI Youth Hate Campaign conducted a study in 2020 that provides insight into what AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) youth are experiencing. It combines concrete data with recommendations for next steps.
  • For adults, it can be equally as difficult to take action when we are witness to incidents of racism or harassment. Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Hollaback! are hosting virtual workshops on zoom where you can learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without ever compromising your safety. 
  • Learning for Justice, an organization founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has spent the past 30 years working with communities, schools, educators and students to reduce prejudice and promote social justice. Learning for Justice offers free resources like lessons and classroom materials as well as easy to access webinars and podcasts on a variety of racial justice topics.
  • Music has the ability to celebrate cultures and inspire those who listen. The Silkroad Ensemble, founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, has a goal “to advance global understanding, deepen learning, and promote cross-cultural collaboration” through music. Through Silkroad’s website you can access their music, videos as well as accompanying teacher resources.

Direct crisis supports for those in need

To report an AAPI hate incident, visit https://stopaapihate.org/.

If you or someone you love has been a victim of a hate crime, VictimConnect.org can provide guidance and support. For telephone based support, call 1-855-4VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)

To find resources or programs by state to support women who are experiencing violence, visit WomensHealth.gov

The Asian Mental Health Collective whose mission is  “to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community” offers resources including this list of international and US based crisis hotlines.


About Standing (in Kinship) appears in the March 2021 issue of Poetry

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