Cities, States, Elected Officials, Influencers, and Organizations Stand United on National Asian American and Pacific Islander Day Against Bullying and Hate

“Our mission at Act To Change is to protect and empower youth within our diverse AAPI communities, including Asian American, Pacific Islander, Sikh, Muslim, LGBTQI, and immigrant youth. Act To Change puts together an annual national AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate to stand in solidarity and recommit to our movement. Sadly, COVID-19 has only exacerbated the xenophobia and racism that AAPI communities have always faced. It’s inspiring to see leaders and individuals from all over the country stand with us, honor the legacy of Vincent Chin, and pledge today and everyday, to stand up against bullying and hate.” 

— Actor, Author, and Act To Change Co-Founder Maulik Pancholy

Today, May 18, 2020, marks the second annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) National Day Against Bullying and Hate, led by AAPI anti-bullying nonprofit Act To Change. AAPIs have long faced violence, hate, and bullying, and now the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked rising numbers of anti-Asian hate crimes. Advocates, celebrities, and elected officials are rallying together today to call for communities to stand united against violence, xenophobia, and racism. The organization will also host a live virtual event, UNITED WE STAND, featuring a line-up of AAPI influencers, leaders, and allies. 

Fast Facts:

  • About 1 in 5 students report being bullied during the school year
  • 50% of Asian American students report bias-based harassment
  • Two-thirds of Sikh American students report being bullied
  • Half of Muslim American students report being bullied due to their religion
  • Founded in March in response to a rising surge of anti-Asian hate crimes, STOP AAPI HATE has received more than 1,900 reports of hate crimes 
  • Anti-Muslim, anti-Sikh, and anti-immigrant hate crimes have seen dramatic increases in the past 4 years

AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate is observed during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and on May 18, the birthday of Vincent Chin, who was murdered in an anti-Asian hate crime in 1982. This year would have been his 65th birthday. Nearly 200 organizations and more than a dozen cities and states across the country are joining in this day, including:

  • Los Angeles
  • New York City
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • Washington DC
  • Boston
  • Phoenix
  • Seattle
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Atlanta
  • Jersey City
  • Des Moines
  • St. Louis County, Missouri
  • Irvine, California
  • Buena Park, California
  • Burlington, New Jersey
  • Torrance, California
  • State of Illinois
  • State of Delaware
  • State of New Jersey
  • The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Teach For America
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • GLSEN
  • GLAAD
  • The Trevor Project
  • Hispanic Federation 
  • League of United Latin American Citizens

To view the full list of partners and more details, visit acttochange.org/dayagainstbullying.

To join the conversation on social media, use #DayAgainstBullying and #ActToChange. Through its website ActToChange.org, Act To Change offers anti-bullying and anti-hate resources including in multiple Asian languages.

News Coverage
  • Coronavirus Hate Crimes Changed Focus for Asian American Pacific Heritage Month, Good Morning America
  • John Cho, Randall Park, Lisa Ling, Kal Penn And More Join Act To Change’s Virtual Anti-Racism Event, Deadline
  • De Blasio, John Cho, Rep. Grace Meng unite for event to fight racism against Asian Americans, The Hill
  • Asian American Celebrities Share Stories of Being Bullied, AdWeek
  • Brands Need to Show Support and Make Actionable Change for the Asian American Community, Angry Asian Man
  • AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate Livestream Tackles a Legacy of Hate and What Needs to Change, AsAmNews
  • Hollaback joins Act To Change, Hollaback
  • JACL recognizes Day Against Bullying and Hate, RAFU
  • GLAAD Joins Act To Change in Marking Second Annual AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate, GLAAD
  • CAPAC Members Observe AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate, CAPAC
  • NAPAWF Supports Act To Change’s Day Against Bullying and Hate, NAPAWF

Join Us for AAPI Day Against Bullying+Hate

Join us for a nationwide recognition of the 2nd annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Day Against Bullying + Hate on May 18.

Act To Change is rallying the nation — including cities, elected officials, influencers, and community organizations — around the second annual AAPI Day Against Bullying+Hate on May 18, 2020.

With bullying, discrimination, and hate crimes against Asian Americans on the rise during Covid-19, it’s more important now than ever that we stand up to xenophobia and racism. Act To Change’s day-of virtual program, UNITED WE STAND, will commemorate this day with special guests and performances.

Moderated by Maulik Pancholy, Actor, Author, & Co-Founder of Act To Change.

Special guests include:

  • Tan France, TV Personality
  • Lisa Ling, Journalist
  • John Cho, Actor
  • Padma Lakshmi, Food Expert & Author
  • Kal Penn, Actor, Producer & former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
  • Randall Park, Actor, Writer & Producer
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray
  • Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder, Define American
  • Helen Zia, Author/Activist
  • Poorna Jagannathan, Actor, Netflix’s Never Have I Ever
  • Hudson Yang, Actor, Fresh Off the Boat
  • Celia Au and Lawrence Kao, Actors, Wu Assassins
  • Punam Patel, Actor, Netflix’s SPECIAL
  • Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06)
  • Bing Chen, Chairman, Gold House & General Partner, AUM Group
  • Michelle Lee, Editor in Chief, Allure

…and more!

More details at acttochange.org/dayagainstbullying.

Commemorating the First-Ever AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate

Cities, elected officials, and advocacy groups rally around a day to fight hate in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and honor the legacy of Vincent Chin

Today — May 18, 2019 — marks the first-ever Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Day Against Bullying and Hate. This day is led by Act To Change, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending bullying in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. May 18 is also the birthday of Vincent Chin, who was brutally murdered in 1982, catalyzing a national Asian American movement. Cities and other municipalities across the country have officially declared this day. Act To Change is also partnering with elected officials, influencers, and other nonprofit organizations to spread the word and reaffirm a commitment to standing up to hate and bullying.

“We’re seeing an increasingly anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and xenophobic political climate, and kids are facing hate both in and outside the classroom,” says Act To Change Chairman and Co-Founder Maulik Pancholy. “That’s why this inaugural AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate is so important in highlighting the urgency to act to change this.”

Half of Asian American studentshalf of Muslim American students, and two-thirds of Sikh American students report being bullied. And in one report, over two-thirds of Chinese-Vietnamese, Laotian, Iu-Mien, and Indian American youth said they had been bullied at school. Additionally, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups is at an all-time high, and the death toll tied to the radical right has increased.

Supporters of AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate include:

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
  • Boston City Council
  • City of Hoboken, New Jersey
  • City of Miami, Florida
  • City of Seattle, Washington
  • City of San Francisco, California
  • City of Torrance, California
  • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
  • Congressman Frank Pallone
  • County of Burlington, New Jersey
  • County of Passaic, New Jersey
  • Georgia State Representative Sam Park
  • Governor Phil Murphy
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Los Angeles City Council
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans
  • New York City Council Members Margaret Chin and Peter Koo
  • OCA — Asian Pacific American Advocates
  • Senator Bob Menendez
  • Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
  • State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly

To join the conversation on social media, use #DayAgainstBullying and #ActToChange. Through its website ActToChange.org, Act To Change offers anti-bullying and anti-hate resources including in multiple Asian languages.

Pancholy states, “This day is part of a larger movement of uplifting communities across the country, promoting a culture of tolerance and safety, and celebrating our differences.”

Questions? Contact info@acttochange.org.

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