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Mission Statement

“AAPA is committed to being an inclusive and diverse organization dedicated to: building the capacity and fostering the professional excellence of administrators, teachers, and classified staff; advocating for educational programs and policies that promote and build awareness of Asian American cultures; and supporting Asian American students to become the leaders of the future.”

#StopAAPIHate: AAPA calls for an end to Anti-Asian Violence

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Asian American Pacific Islander communities have been targeted by racism and xenophobia. The rise in violent attacks against Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) has led to more than  4,000 reported anti-Asian hate incidents in the past year.  On March 18, 2021 written testimony to the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Judiciary was shared. “While most of the incidents involve bullying, racial epithets, and verbal abuse and harassment, an increasing number of incidents have involved physical violence.  For example, last spring a father and his two young children were stabbed at a Sam’s Club parking lot in Texas by an individual who thought that the Asian family had brought COVID-19 to the U.S.  We have seen heartbreaking violent attacks on vulnerable Asian elders, including Vicha Ratanapakdee in San Francisco, Juanito Falcon in Phoenix, and Pak Ho in Oakland, who have died as a result of their injuries.” On March 16, six Asian women were shot to death in the Atlanta spa shootings.  “Although the motivations for some of these attacks are unclear, the effect is clear:  Asian Americans no longer feel safe, and live in fear of attacks because of their race and ethnicity.”   

 

AAPA denounces these senseless acts of violence against the AAPI community and the tragic loss of life that took place as a result.  AAPA expresses our heartfelt condolences to all who have been affected by these acts of hate.  We strongly condemn these violent acts of hatred and ask that we all stand together to combat racism.  Let’s combat racism through care for one another, civic engagement and advocacy, financial support and leadership in our spheres of influence.  AAPA strongly encourages educating our students through its ethnic studies initiatives, restorative justice practices, and positive school climate practices. 

 

 

 

 

RESOURCES/LINKS FOR EDUCATORS: 

 

Los Angeles County Office of Education - Addressing Anti-Asian Racism and Discrimination: Resources for Educators:

https://www.lacoe.edu/Home/News-Announcements/ID/4546/Addressing-Anti-Asian-Racism-and-Discrimination-Resources-for-Educators

 

PBS: 

https://www.pbs.org/weta/asian-americans/watch/

 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Curriculum/ Lesson Plans:

https://www.advancingjustice-la.org/what-we-do/curriculum-lesson-plans