Act To Change Celebrates the 6th Annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate

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POSTED MAY 18, 2024

Act To Change Celebrates the 6th Annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate

Today, May 18, 2024, is the 6th Annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate.

On this day, Act To Change is joined by nearly 50 cities and states, over 70 partner organizations, and supporters like you to remain united against bullying and hate.

Asian American and Pacific Islander kids and teens are bullied every day online, in schools, playgrounds and their learning environments. Kids face social isolation, verbal bullying, and even physical violence.

We’re all too familiar with microaggressions such as “Where are you really from?” and “Your English is so good!” Our country has a long history of anti-AAPI racism – starting from the Chinese Exclusion Act to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, annexation of Hawaiian Islands, post 9/11 racial profiling of Muslim Americans, and nearly 12,000 cases of COVID-19 fueled hate acts.

In an environment that continually others us as “perpetual foreigners”, AAPI youth shine and inspire us every day. We grow up searching for belonging – and today AAPI youth are creating spaces that welcome everyone, where everyone feels like they belong. From youth activists to fashion designers, scientists, and photographers, our youth are changing the world.

May 18, 2024 would have been Vincent Chin’s 69th birthday. Chin was a Chinese American man who was brutally murdered simply for being Asian. Today we honor Chin and everybody who has been told they are unworthy because of the way they look, and everyone who has faced verbal or physical abuse simply for being different.

Today we are embracing our differences and celebrating our inspirational young leaders. Today is an opportunity for us all to collectively say NO to bullying. Every day is a day against bullying, and every day is a chance to spread kindness, awareness, and love.

Visit the event webpage here, and make a donation to Act To Change here.

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Support the Act To Change movement:

✍️ Take the pledge to always speak up against bullying and injustice, and share it with 10 friends.
🎨 Raise awareness on social media with these shareable graphics.
💯 Make a donation to Act To Change. Donations are fully tax-deductible and go towards anti-bullying initiatives and programming.
✔️ Follow Act To Change on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok
📚 Download and share the 2024 AAPI Anti-Bullying Book List
🗃️ Organize within your communities with our Racism Is A Virus toolkit and Homeroom Anti-Bullying Workshop guide.
📖 Learn our community’s rich histories with One Day of AAPI History by AAPI Youth Rising.
🧠 Explore mental health resources from National AAPI Mental Health Association.

2024 Event awardees include:

  • Geena Rocero, 2024 Impact Awardee
  • Maia Shibutani, Alex Shibutani, 2024 Impact Awardees
  • Jason Liaw, Changemaker of the Year
  • CA vs Hate, Allied Organization of the Year

The nearly 50 participating cities and states in the National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate include:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Boston, MA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbia, SC
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Fernley, NV
  • Hartford, CT
  • Honolulu, HI
  • New York City, NY
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Whatcom County, WA

The 70+ supporting organizations include: 

  • AAPI Youth Rising (AYR)
  • Asia Society Southern California (ASSC)
  • Asian American Progressive Student Union (AAPSU)
  • CACF – Coalition for Asian American Children + Families
  • Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL)
  • GLAAD
  • Gold House
  • Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
  • Japanese American National Museum (JANM)/Democracy Center
  • Jeremy Lin Foundation
  • Montgomery County Progressive Asian American Network (MoCoPAAN)
  • National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
  • OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates
  • Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
  • Sikh Coalition
  • Stop AAPI Hate
  • The Asian American Foundation
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FAST FACTS:

  • National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate is an annual commemoration led by anti-bullying non-profit Act To Change since 2019.
  • Act To Change is a national 401(c)(3) organization that fights bullying with multi-pronged approaches of programming, policy, data, and curriculum. Learn more at acttochange.org.
  • 49% of AAPIs have faced discrimination or unfair treatment that may be illegal.
  • 50% of AAPIs experiencing discrimination report feeling sad, stressed, anxious or depressed as a result.
  • Young and female Asian Americans are among the least likely of all racial groups to feel acceptance and belonging in America.
  • 8 out of 10 Asian Americans have experienced bullying in-person or online.

To join the conversation on social media, use #DayAgainstBullying and #ActToChange.

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Originally launched under President Obama’s White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Act To Change is a national nonprofit organization working to end bullying among AAPI youth. It envisions a world where all youth can grow up feeling proud of and supported in who they are.