Movement Strategy Center Stands With the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community 

Movement Strategy Center (MSC) recognizes that the world we live in is dominated by white supremacy and Anti-Blackness, and we have spent our first 20 years incubating a diverse coalition of BIPOC- and women-led activist organizations as they tackle systemic racial and environmental inequities from the ground up.

Our staff, board, and movement leaders are devastated by the tragic murder of eight victims in Atlanta, Georgia last week. This crime, committed by a white male, claimed the lives of eight individuals — six of whom were Asian women. We stand with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in solidarity, now and always — as violence against our AAPI neighbors and friends has escalated over the last year in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic and the incendiary remarks of the former United States president.

On the same day as this brutal shooting, Stop AAPI Hate — an organization formed just last year to prevent Coronavirus-related discrimination — released a report stating that nearly 3,800 hate crimes had been reported against AAPI individuals (mostly women) in the last year alone. We call on our elected officials and philanthropy at large to stop overlooking AAPI populations and organizations. In the meantime, here are some actions you can take to help fight violence against AAPI communities; and here are three pieces that highlight the voices of and issues facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders right now.