Asians Fighting Injustice is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to uniting the AAPI community in fighting against the rise in hate crimes & racist attacks. Our goal is to stop Anti-Asian hate crimes in NYC. In this year alone, NYC has a projected 640% increase in violent hate crimes against the AAPI community. We are dedicated to enacting real change to reduce hate crimes against our community through continued modern-day activism and creating real, systemic change.
The organization is led by Ben Wei, a serial entrepreneur, educator, and activist who has raised millions of dollars to provide relief to marginalized communities most severely impacted by COVID-19 via his "A Million Masks " Campaign and the COVID Foundation (fiscally sponsored 501c3). Ben has organized two of NYC's largest rallies, including the largest rally against Asian Hate Crimes in modern history , with 10,000+ attendees coming together in NYC's Chinatown to respond to the Atlanta Spa Shootings. Ben's work has been recognized by the NYC Mayor’s Office , NYTimes , ABC News , The Atlantic, Buzzfeed News, NBC , CBS NY, & the LA Times.
Your funding will help us stand up and launch a new organization dedicated solely in fighting against hate. All donations will be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law as provided by the IRS. Currently the organization is 100% volunteer-run, with 60+ volunteers donating their time.
Your funding will be making the following possible:
Modern Day Asian Activism: Hosting events, like rallies, marches, and community service events, is one of the most effective tools in spreading awareness, gathering support and mobilizing communities. Our goal is to continue to lead a sociopolitical movement dedicated to stopping Anti-Asian hate crimes, battling racism, and developing community-based policies. We have already begun seeing positive social change as a result of our activism. Following our founder’s first rally, we learned from elected officials that the momentum coming from that rally helped them in their negotiations to expand New York State’s budget allocation for AAPI communities from $300,000 to $10 million dollars! We’re grateful for all the hard work that community organizations have spent in making that change possible, and are proud to see that we contributed to the process. We firmly believe that continued activism will lead to real-world changes.
Our next event May 15th, "AAPI Day of Unity": Asians Fighting Injustice is organizing the “AAPI Day of Unity”, an Asian Heritage Month Celebration bringing together dozens of organizations to empower AAPI voices and provide services to the community. During the morning, we have partnered with Soar Over Hate & Kenji Jones to help bring together over a dozen organizations to provide: Voter Registration (OCA & AALDEF), Free personal body alarms (Soar Over Hate), Free personal safety devices (Kenji Jones), Free healthcare screenings (Charles B Wang), Free mental health services (Hamilton Madison House), Free self defense courses, Puppy Therapy and more. In the afternoon we're bringing together an amazing group of artists & performers to highlight the diverse voices in our community.
Funds raised here will go towards making sure that we can continue to host events for the community and ensure that they are safe and well-produced (e.g. permitting, security, A/V, etc.).
Asian Hate Crime Victim Support : We have already begun to support NYC hate crime victims, by connecting them to the best legal counsel, offering translation services, and helping amplify their story. With your support, we will continue to serve hate crime victims and assist their families.
NYC Get Out the Vote Campaign to Support Hate Crime Solutions: There are 1 million+ AAPIs living in New York City. Only 16% participate in local elections. Mayor De Blasio won the 2017 Democratic primary for mayor by a margin of 200,000 votes. These funds will be used to reach out to the NYC AAPI community, get them registered for the upcoming Democratic primary, and have them vote to help select the future Mayor of NYC as well as other electeds. We will demand from all candidates to go on the record on how they plan to address the recent wave of hate crimes if they're elected. We aim to keep them accountable once they are elected, and if they fail to deliver, we will back their opponents that will.
Intercommunity and Intracommunity Dialogue: We believe that the only way to reduce hate crimes is to host and highlight important conversations with other communities, and to have tough discussions within our own communities addressing our disparate needs. We will continue to host inclusive events focused on bridging divides, deepening allyship and developing common goals.
Anti-Hate Crime Policy Platform: We are working to develop a realistic, implementable policy platform to address the rise in NYC's Anti-Asian Hate Crimes. Our goal is to protect Asian lives, while minimizing harm to other communities.
Organization Launch: As a new nonprofit organization, Asians Fighting Injustice requires funding for the organization's infrastructure, operations, and administration. This includes, but is not limited to office supplies, rent, utilities, and staff, all of which is required to keep Asians Fighting Injustice running. As we are an impact oriented organization, we have set as a goal to cap all funding that goes towards launching our organization to 20% of all the funds raised, so that we can ensure that the overwhelming majority of donations goes towards community impact.
Resources: With your help we will continue to update and provide free community resources including stopasianhate.us -- the one stop website for all things related to the movement --, as well as to setup 1-888-83-ASIAN, a counseling hotline for those who have been encountered Anti-AAPI hate.
Want to help? E-mail team [at] asiansfightinginjustice [dot] org
Our Next Rally : This Saturday, 5/15, at Columbus Park
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes, Asians Fighting Injustice (AFI) operates through a fiscal sponsorship with The Giving Back Fund, Inc. (Federal Tax ID: 04-3367888), a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to AFI are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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