IATSE Local 695 stands in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and our members who belong to those communities. The escalating violence we are seeing is racist, xenophobic and misogynistic. This violence in all of its ugly forms is condemned by Local 695. AAPI communities must be protected and honored for the amazing part they played in creating our country and in contributing to the richness that makes us the diverse nation we are today. Please speak up and let our AAPI friends, family and colleagues know that we love and support them.
We urge all of our Local 695 members and kin to always promote inclusion, diversity, and anti-racism and to respect one another and create a more equitable society where violence and intolerance are condemned and eliminated. The internet has many resources for us to help make that happen. Here are just a few that you can seek assistance from, or contribute to, or get involved with….
The AAPI Community Fund
This fund aims to amplify AAPI voices and find ways to uplift, empower, and protect the AAPI community. Donations will support organizations that support the AAPI community with initiatives such as increased community safety and support for those affected by violence. In addition, the fund has partnered with GoFundMe to create a landing page for a variety of AAPI support needs here.
AAPI Progressive Action
AAPI Progressive Action is a nonprofit that works to empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, connect AAPI communities and their leaders, and promote awareness and action for progressive AAPI causes. Founded in 2017, the group achieves this mission by formulating and analyzing domestic policies of importance to AAPIs, collaborating with AAPI and allied organizations to promote a progressive agenda, and partnering with national and local AAPI and allied organizations to increase the participation of AAPIs in the voting process.
AAPI Women Lead
AAPI Women Lead and its #ImReady Movement aims to strengthen the progressive political and social platforms of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the U.S. through the leadership of self-identified AAPI women and girls with the goal ending the intersections of violence against and within the organization’s communities.
Asian Mental Health Collective
The mission of the Asian Mental Health Collective is to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community, making mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible.
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association https://www.naapimha.org/
The mission of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association is to promote the mental health and well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. NAAPIMHA works to accomplish its goals of preventing suicide among youth, empowering mental health consumers, and pushing for access to high quality affordable mental health services for all by advocating for policy change, working with community-based organizations, training service providers, and developing mental health fact sheets in various languages.
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance https://nqapia.salsalabs.org/GeneralDonation/index.html
NQAPIA seeks to build the organizational capacity of local LGBTQIA+ AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.
Save Our Chinatowns
A grassroots initiative passionate about supporting Chinatown communities in the Bay Area through art, conversation, and shared love of food. Their goal is to build on efforts in creating art and culture focused initiatives to benefit Chinatowns. Recent projects have included a magazine launch, a Lunar New Year festival, and an AAPI women-owned business spotlight.
Stop AAPI Hate
This reporting center tracks and responds to incidents of racism against AAPI individuals in the United States. Their aim is to serve as the leading aggregator of anti-Asian hate incidents, offer multilingual resources for impacted community members, provide technical assistance from rapid response to preventative measures, support community-based safety measures and restorative justice efforts, and advocate for local, state, and national policies that reinforces human rights and civil rights protections.
Welcome to Chinatown
A grassroots initiative to support NYC’s Chinatown businesses and amplify community voices that generates much needed momentum to preserve the neighborhood. The group offers small business grants and meals to essential workers and at-risk residents.