GatherDC Stands in Solidarity Against Anti-Asian Hate

by GatherDC Staff / March 18, 2021


We hate that once again we are waking up to the reality of hatred and bigotry rearing its ugly head in our society, hurting innocent Americans who deserve to live in a peaceful, just, tolerant world. This week, shootings at three Atlanta-area spa parlors killed six innocent Asian Americans and two other victims – all but one were women. This incident is among the 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents that have been reported since the start of this pandemic a year ago, a 150% increase reflected in all major cities across America.

GatherDC wholeheartedly condemns all forms of hatred, violence, and discrimination towards Asian-Americans. We stand in solidarity with our Asian-American Jewish friends, and all AAPI and BIPOC people. We recognize that condemnation of this bigotry is not enough. It is up to each of us, as a collective and as individuals, to work towards long-term solutions for a more compassionate society. At GatherDC, we have been working with an external consultant over the last 6+ months to more intentionally and effectively integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice into every facet of our work. As a staff and as a community – we must do whatever we can to dismantle systemic oppression against Asian-Americans that has always been a function of our society, but put on full display and rising dangerously over this past year.

As Jews, we believe deeply in living with loving kindness (chesed), repairing the world (tikkun olam), and, seeing sacredness in every human being (tzelem elohim) and we refuse to standby quietly as we watch our AAPI and BIPOC friends live in fear, trauma, and pain.

To everyone who is suffering – we see you. We hear you. We stand with you. We offer you our sincere promise to do better, to work harder so you can feel the safety, inclusion, and love you deserve everywhere you go.

We hope everyone in our community will join us as we work towards healing and education for a more tolerant future.


Jewish Asian-American and AAPI Solidarity Resources

We encourage you to take a look at these resources. We will be updating this list in the days and weeks to come, and commit to continuing to share out ways we can educate ourselves and become better allies going forward. If you know of a resource that should be added to this list, email us.

Jewish Asian Organizations and Projects

  • Ammud: Jews of Color Torah Academy: Provides Jewish education for Jews of Color (JOCs) by Jews of Color. Empowers Jewish people of color who oftentimes find themselves sidelined by racism in majority-white Jewish institutions, and allows them to access the Jewish education needed to be leaders of the broader Jewish community.
  • Anti-Defamation League (ADL): A leading anti-hate organization that fights all forms of hate and is a global leader in exposing extremism and delivering anti-bias education.
  • Be’chol Lashon – Counting Jews: Educates the public and policymakers through ongoing publication of books, monographs, journal articles and reports.
  • Lunar: The Jewish-Asian Film Project: A project supported by Be’chol Lashon, LUNAR highlights the racial and cultural diversity of the Jewish community by celebrating the experiences of young adults who exist at the intersection of Jewish and Asian American in a video series. 
  • Mitsui Collective: A new organization working at the intersection of Jewish wellness, spirituality, nature connection, and community building. 
  • Not Free to Desist: An open letter and educational resources to encourage public conversation about how to collectively dream an anti-racist Jewish community.

Resources and Websites

  • Anti-Asian Violence Resources: A comprehensive list of resources to help individuals educate others, take action, donate, and more.
  • Asian American Federation: Safety resources, created in collaboration with experts from the Center for Anti-Violence Education, teach targeted individuals how to de-escalate threatening situations and defend themselves in the event of anti-Asian violence. 
  • Asian Mental Health Collective: Normalizes and de-stigmatizes mental health within the Asian community.
  • Asian Pacific Fund: Strengthens the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the Bay Area by increasing philanthropy and supporting the organizations that serve its most vulnerable community members.
  • Bystander Intervention Training: An interactive online training to teach participants about the types of disrespect and dangers that Asian and Asian Americans are facing and learn the five strategies (5Ds) for intervention and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening.
  • NextShark.com: A leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.
  • Stop AAPI Hate: A nonprofit social organization that runs the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center which tracks incidents of discrimination, hate, and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

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