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In the wake of COVID-19, we are seeing a rise in hate crimes against Asian people, with several Asian American elders being assaulted and even killed over the past few months. As 2,100 incidents targeting Asian Americans were reported this summer, activists are calling for heightened awareness of this racism. However, massive underreporting and a lack of response reveals an inability for many Americans to believe the severity of anti-Asian racism.

The idea of the model minority hides the systemic racism rooted in U.S. history. War efforts to depict Asians as crafty and cunning led to the Chinese Exclusion Act and then the inhumane internment of Japanese people. Racist rhetoric by politicians flames bigotry, as we see now from former President Trump’s calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” and the “Kung Flu.” 

Now in Canada, Australia, and the US, Asian activists are campaigning for awareness of this issue using the “I am not a virus” slogan that African women created in response to the stigmatisation of people with Ebola. 

We see here a common theme of institutions scapegoating easily targeted groups for spreading diseases, which conveniently diminishes the government’s responsibility to invest money and resources into protecting its citizens in the first place.  

Crimes Against Humanity in Greece

The Legal Centre Lesvos released a report documenting the intentional abandonment of migrants in the Aegean sea under life threatening conditions, which are crimes against humanity as defined by the International Criminal Court. The EU has largely turned a blind eye to Greek authorities’ violent methods of protecting their border, making it abundantly clear that they believe migrant lives are disposable. By failing to seriously investigate these crimes, Europe upholds a violent and colonial border regime, which ultimately benefits people who are already privileged enough to have job security and physical safety simply because of the place they were born. 

Quiz!

How much do you know about the hostile environment in the UK? Take this quiz from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants to learn more and support and their campaign to fight state racism against undocumented people. 

Virtual Workshop - Thinking Outside the Boxes:
a Holistic Approach

Tuesday, 9th March from 9:15-11:30 am GMT
As unfashionable as it is to say it, creating an inclusive culture in your organisation relies on understanding the complexity of the underlying issues that prevent robust change. Leaders who care about inclusion therefore need new, sharper tools to make this a reality. This workshop will be an introduction to how leaders who care about making inclusion happen can sharpen their thinking outside of and across inclusion silos as you design and lead on making inclusion a reality. If you are interested, sign up below.
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Virtual Workshop - Solidarity Across Differences
Tuesday, 30th March from 12:00pm-2:15pm EST/ 5:00pm-7:15pm GMT
While sharing lived realities of oppression can certainly bring different communities of colour and other marginalised communities closer together, building solidarity across these different experiences and identities isn’t possible when they are pitted against one another as competitive vehicles to diminish or deny each other's struggles (a.k.a. the “Oppression Olympics”). We believe in moving beyond the competitive scarcity mindset, and adopting a nuanced sense of the differences and commonalities of experiences and histories of oppression to be able to create a more powerful coalition of change-makers in shared solidarity. Sign up below to join us as we dig into this work.
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Asher
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