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, 2021, 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 interested to be a part of this effort, and have since formed the Anti-AAPI, Discrimination & Violence Outreach Working Group (description below).

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

What

  • Exists as a working group within MNAPABA’s Outreach Committee
  • Formed in response to and in the wake of increased anti-AAPI racism, discrimination and violence
  • Focused on outreach, with particular emphasis on leveraging our legal expertise, to our Minnesota's AAPI community

Who

  • Made up of MNAPABA attorneys and others; all are welcome--no need to identify as AAPI 
  • Other affinity and bar associations will be invited to join this effort 

How:

Potential outreach ideas could include:

  • Organize know your rights seminars 
  • Produce a flyer with resources
  • Legal outreach to greater Minnesota
  • Compiling a list of local Asian businesses to assist
  • Compiling stories of MNAPABA membership and experiences


The Working Group has convened twice since forming in March. Recognizing that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused trauma and hardship for many in the AAPI community, the Working Group is focusing its efforts on empowerment and connection. To that end, group members are exploring how to provide comprehensive bystander training to MNAPABA members and allies, collaborating with Twin Cities law schools to better serve diverse students, and engaging with local and national organizations committed to anti-racism. The Working Group welcomes ideas and feedback from MNAPABA members and friends who want to contribute to this important work. Please contact Nicole Dailo, MNAPABA Vice President of Outreach, at nicole.dailo@gmail.com for more information or to get involved.

Events

Confronting Hate: Strategies for Prevention, Accountability, and Justice with the U.S. Department of Justice | Oct. 25, 11:00 am-3:30 pm EST

The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division is holding an important and timely convening about how we can all work together to address the scourge of hate-motivated violence and discrimination. This virtual conference will include discussions about the rise of hate activity, online hate, the recently released 2020 hate crime statistics, and the role of criminal, civil, and community responses to acts of hate. Speakers include Merrick Garland (Attorney General) and Kristen Clarke (Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights). Additional speakers will be announced closer to date. This conference is open to the public. For more information or to register, please click here.

Our People's Movement Assembly: Reimagining Safety as Asian Americans | Oct. 2, 12:00-4:00 pm (North Mississippi Regional Park)

Join for a conversation about reimagining public safety as Asian Americans. There will be discussions around Asian Americans' relationships with policing, the issues we face around keeping each other safe, and take an opportunity to reimagine what safe communities look like. There will also learn more about the opportunity in Minneapolis to vote for a new department for public safety. There will be art, food, and real conversations with community members building real systems of safety in our communities. For COVID-19 precautions, this is an outdoor event. For more information or to register, please click here.

This event is organized by the Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice, a coalition of Asian Minnesotan organizations fighting for solidarity and justice in Minnesota.

    NAPABA Presents: Trauma Informed Interviewing Skills for Victims of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes and Incidents | Sept. 30, 4:00-5:00 pm EST

    As reports of hate crimes and hate-fueled incidents against Asian Americans continue to rise, NAPABA and the AAPI legal community are being called upon to respond to victims and complainants. This program will teach critical skills such as how to recognize trauma, how to build trust with victims, and how to speak with hate crime victims, hate incident victims, and witnesses in a compassionate, sensitive, and culturally appropriate manner. This webinar will be led by experts in their fields: Katharine Manning, who advised the U.S. Justice Department on its most challenging victim issues; and Professor Sherry Wang, who teaches graduate courses in multicultural counseling, developmental counseling, etc. For more information or to register, please click here.

    Asian Solidarity Circle | Series Begins June 12, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

    The Asian MN Alliance for Justice (AMAJ) Combating Anti-Asian Racism Team will be kicking off an event series called Asian Solidarity Circle, beginning June 12. This kickoff session will take place at the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL), with lots of available outdoor space (941 Lafond Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104). There will be food, networking, and small group discussions to hold space for courageous conversation, healing, reflecting, and building together about the Asian experience in Minnesota. The event is reserved for individuals who identify as Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander. For more information or to register, please click here.

    #StopAsianHate: The Role of Media in the Rise of Anti-Asian Violence| May 26, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

    In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM), the Thomson Reuters Asian Affinity Network (AAN) is hosting a panel discussion on the role of the media in shaping the public perception and narrative of Asian Americans, including the need for greater representation and inclusion of Asian Americans in the entertainment and media space, and how media organizations can help combat the rise in anti-Asian hate. 

    Thomas Kim, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary and AAN-NY Executive Sponsor, will moderate the panel and Cristina Juvier, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, will deliver opening remarks. The panel will feature the following distinguished journalists and leaders in the media sector: Helen Zia (Author, Journalist, Activist), Daniel Mayeda (Associate Director, Documentary Film Legal Clinic at UCLA School of Law), and Krystal Hu (Reporter, Reuters). Please click here for more information or to register.

    Resources

    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).

    The Alliance for Asian American Justice: Newly formed initiative to coordinate and drive law firm pro bono resources for victims of anti-Asian hate.

    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.

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