UPDATE (March 23) –The AAPI Coalition Against Hate and Bias will continue to have virtual rallies via Zoom on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.. Get details.
Rally against hate and bias on Monday, March 22 in Tukwila
SEATTLE (March 22, 20121) — The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Seattle Chapter thanks those who joined its 2021 Virtual Gala on Saturday and reminds all that were unable to attend or want to support the work of APALA, you can sign up for an annual membership here ($35 or $15 for students/retirees) or send a check to APALA at P.O. Box 84269, Seattle, WA, 98124 or send a donation via PayPal. If you know someone who would like to join the chapter but money is a barrier, please contact APALA Seattle for scholarship opportunities and further assistance.
Seattle APALA is encouraging all to attend vigils and rallies being planned in the wake of last week’s horrific killings in Atlanta. The AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) Coalition Against Hate and Bias, which has been hosting “We Are Not Silent” rallies since before the killings, will continue today (Monday) with a rally at 3:30 p.m. in Tukwila on Southcenter Pkwy and Strander Blvd. Click for details.
The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO continues to denounce and condemn any forms of racism and discrimination, rooted in a history of stolen labor on stolen land, and reaffirms our work on Race and Labor and the Resolution on Condemning API Racism and Xenophobia During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond. In this moment we amplify the leadership and words of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), and other local organizations for direction, resources, and action:
Also, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) is hosting a series of trainings on racial and immigrant justice for Asian American and Pacific Islander peoples. Get more information here.
Here are some pictures taken by WSLC Organizer Ingrid Chapman at an AAPI solidarity rally in Burien on Friday:
“Enough with excuses,” write Sutapa Basu, Connie So and Velma Veloria in a Seattle Times guest column. “Enough with harassment. Enough with objectifying women. Enough with violence against women and AAPI. Enough of domestic terrorism against women and Black, Indigenous and people of color. Enough with hate crimes. Enough with white supremacy. We stand in solidarity with others demanding justice… We encourage people from all communities to join the vigils, rallies and/or marches being planned by our AAPI communities. Join us and stand up against hatred, misogyny and violence.”
Here are some resources if you are a victim or witness hate crimes against members of the AAPI community:
- If you are a victim of a hate crime, you can make a report online: stopaapihate.org, aapihatecrimes.org and standagainsthatred.org.
- If you’d like to learn more about how to respond to hate crimes, see OCA — Asian Pacific American Advocates’ COVID-19 Toolkit, Responding to Hate Crimes Community Action Guide and Hate Incident Reporting website.
- Locally, API Chaya is one of the leaders in the nonprofit, anti-violence movement in highlighting the intersections of gender-based violence and state violence. API Chaya’s helpline number is 877-922-4292. Advocates will be accessible in the languages you speak.