Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Anti-AAPI Racism and Hate Crimes Resources
In the wake of heightened violence and hate attacks against the AAPI community, MNAPABA has compiled the following community events, resources, and statements to support our members, friends, families, and greater community. We also welcome and encourage allies to engage and share discussions. As the National Association of Asian American Professionals has stated: "We also recognize that the pain and loss that Asian Americans are experiencing is not isolated from the suffering of other communities of color. We must proactively work together towards finding justice for members of all communities, while coming together to act as a unified people."
Please continue to check back for updates, as we will update this page as more information and resources become available. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but meant to steer our community towards some support in these difficult times.
MNAPABA Anti-AAPI Racism, Discrimination & Violence Outreach Working Group
On March 18, MNAPABA convened a listening session, with many at the session expressing interest in doing outreach to Minnesota's AAPI community in response to and in the wake of increased anti-AAPI racism, discrimination, and violence. We invite everyone who is interest to be a part of this effort, and have since formed the Anti-AAPI, Discrimination & Violence Outreach Working Group (description below). Please email MNAPABA Vice President of Outreach, Nicole Dailo at email@example.com by Friday, March 26 if you would like join the working group. Non-MNAPABA members and allies are welcome.
We recognize that many of our local AAPI organizations are already doing this important work. Where we can collaborate and support these organizations, we would like to do so, including leveraging our expertise as lawyers. The need will drive our work.
MNAPABA Anti-AAPI Racism, Discrimination & Violence Outreach Working Group Description
Potential outreach ideas could include
Community Conversation on Anti-Asian Racism and Violence | March 24, 5:00-6:30 pm
Join the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) for a public event to hear from leaders and community members about anti-Asian racism occurring in Minnesota and nationwide. Speakers include: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, MDHR Commissioner Rebecca Lucero, CAAL Network & Executive Director Bo Thao-Urabe, and others. Please click here to register or for more information.
Virtual Roundtable Stopping AAPI Hate | March 25, 6:00-7:00 pm
Join a roundtable discussion hosted by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison about short-and-long-term solutions, raise areas of collaboration, info about what each speaker's representative organization is currently doing that works, and what more the organization could do, legislative advocacy, community outreach, and more in stopping hate against the AAPI community.
Speakers include: Attorney General Keith Ellison, Anders Folk (U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota), Michael Paul (FBI Special Agent in Charge), Rebecca Lucero (Commissioner of Human Rights), John Choi (Ramsey County Attorney), Bo Thao-Urabe (Executive Director, Coalition of Asian American Leaders), Sia Her (Executive Director, Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans), Foung Hawj (Minnesota State Senator), Fue Lee (Minnesota State Representative), Mitra Jalali (St. Paul City Councilmember), Nelsi Yang (St. Paul City Councilmember), Dr. Rose Chu (Roseville Area School Board Director), Ma Manee Moua (Attorney, Moua Law Office, PA), and Nu Vang (Vice President, Hmong Bar Association).
For more information or to submit questions, please click here.
Virtual National Day of Action and Healing | March 26, (Vigil begins 7:30 pm EST)
Join the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a number of other organizations nationwide to come together and #StopAsianHate to fight against racism and discrimination. A day of action social media toolkit is available here. A Worldwide Vigil will also begin at 7:30 pm EST to remember the victims of the Atlanta shooting, hosted by the Korean American Coalition-Metro Atlanta chapter. Registration information for the vigil is available here.
For more information about the Day of Action and Healing, please click here.
Federal Response to Violence Against Asian Americans | March 29, 1:00-1:45 pm EST
Join the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for a moderated discussion with representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice to learn more about the Administration's response to hate crimes and what communities can do to ensure safety. Panelists include: Jay Greenberg (Federal Bureau of Investigation), Justin Lock (U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service), and Robert Moosy (U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division). Please click here to register or for more information.
Minnesota Asian Safety Squad: Community patrols and individual escorts to guard vulnerable Asian Minnesotans against racist violence.
Minnesota Discrimination Hotline: Report discrimination against the Asian Minnesotan community (translation services available).
Stop AAPI Hate: Tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training: Free bystander intervention training sessions and workshops to respond to anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Dedicated to advancing civil and human rights for Asian Americans, with hate crime tracking and reporting (various languages available) and various other resources.
NextShark: Dedicated to giving visibility to Asian American news, including news relating to racism and hate crimes.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Hate Crimes Resources: Pro bono legal resources and other tools to help local communities against hate-fueled attacks.