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White House and TAAF Hosted Meeting Yesterday on Hate Prevention with AAPI Faith Leaders in Advance of 9/11 Anniversary
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White House and TAAF Hosted Meeting Yesterday on Hate Prevention with AAPI Faith Leaders in Advance of 9/11 Anniversary

The Asian American Foundation joined the White House Office of Public Engagement to host a meeting with AAPI faith leaders on hate prevention and racial equity in the lead up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

How the Asian American Foundation Secured $1.1 Billion for AAPI Organizations
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How the Asian American Foundation Secured $1.1 Billion for AAPI Organizations

[What TAAF] has raised so far via its AAPI Giving Challenge more than doubles the annual resources on hand for AAPI nonprofit groups over the next five years. Its infrastructure-building model and the buy-in it has earned from power players across multiple sectors also gives TAAF great potential to keep the taps flowing for AAPI advocacy.

Inconclusive review of virus origins prompts calls for more probes: ‘We have to get to the bottom of this’
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Inconclusive review of virus origins prompts calls for more probes: ‘We have to get to the bottom of this’

The Biden administration is also navigating complicated domestic politics, with activists having warned that any finding that faults China for the virus’s origin could foster threats to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a constituency that broke heavily for Biden in last year’s election. The Asian American Foundation “is deeply concerned that the debate over the origins of the pandemic — and some of the rhetoric driving the debate — could further fan the flames of anti-AAPI hate,” the group said in a statement this week.

Intelligence Review Yields No Firm Conclusion on Origins of Coronavirus
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Intelligence Review Yields No Firm Conclusion on Origins of Coronavirus

The investigation of the theory that the virus was accidentally created in the lab has made some people uneasy, especially those who believe the accusation is racist. Sonal Shah, the president of the Asian American Foundation, questioned the intelligence community’s entire effort to examine the origins of the pandemic, and said it could increase the risk of violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Readout of White House Roundtable Meeting with AA and NHPI Faith Leaders
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Readout of White House Roundtable Meeting with AA and NHPI Faith Leaders

Erika Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to the President and AA and NHPI Senior Liaison at the White House, Sonal Shah, President of The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), and the White House Office of Public Engagement, hosted a virtual meeting with AA and NHPI faith leaders on hate prevention and AA and NHPI inclusion in the lead up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Exclusive: White House meets with The Asian American Foundation
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Exclusive: White House meets with The Asian American Foundation

President Biden, Vice President Harris and other White House officials met this afternoon with members of the The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), a newly formed philanthropic group aimed at fighting racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Axios has learned.

Press Release: The Asian American Foundation Announces Historic Commitment of Over $1 Billion For AAPI Communities
TAAF

Press Release: The Asian American Foundation Announces Historic Commitment of Over $1 Billion For AAPI Communities

Through Its “AAPI Giving Challenge,” TAAF Raises Groundbreaking Support for AAPI Organizations and Causes Thanks To Philanthropic, Corporate, Individual Partners TAAF Leaders, Advisory Council Members, Partners Briefed Biden-Harris Administration Officials at White House Today On Their Plans To Provide Increased Resources To AAPI Communities

TAAF Releases Statement and Rapid Response Toolkit in Advance of COVID-19 Origins Report From the White House
TAAF

TAAF Releases Statement and Rapid Response Toolkit in Advance of COVID-19 Origins Report From the White House

Anti-Hate Toolkit Launched to Protect AAPI Communities and Highlight Proactive Measures for Addressing Hate

AAPI Leaders Fear COVID-19 Origins Report Will Lead to More Hate, Violence
AsAm News

AAPI Leaders Fear COVID-19 Origins Report Will Lead to More Hate, Violence

The Biden Administration is expected to release a report on the origins of COVID-19 this week. AAPI leaders are concerned the report could lead to more anti-Asian violence throughout the country, CNN reports.

Asian American advocates fear new attacks on women and older adults after COVID-19 origin report
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Asian American advocates fear new attacks on women and older adults after COVID-19 origin report

“We want our communities to be prepared,” so the Asian American Foundation issued a toolkit on how victims and witnesses can respond.

Asian-American Business Leaders Fund Effort to Fight Discrimination
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Asian-American Business Leaders Fund Effort to Fight Discrimination

A new foundation is launching with $250 million in backing from influential executives and major companies.

The Asian American Foundation launches with $125 million donation to AAPI causes
CBS This Morning

The Asian American Foundation launches with $125 million donation to AAPI causes

Actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim and Sonal Shah, president of The Asian American Foundation, join "CBS This Morning" to discuss the foundation's launch and its $125 million donation to AAPI causes.

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We Commemorate, We Commit: Out of Catastrophe, a Conversation on Connection and Repair
IFYC

We Commemorate, We Commit: Out of Catastrophe, a Conversation on Connection and Repair

In a moving conversation moderated by IFYC founder Eboo Patel in partnership with Sonal Shah, the founding president of The Asian American Foundation, the four shared a virtual stage yesterday to reflect on that morning two decades ago, mourn the 3,000 who died, and tell how they turned catastrophe into a catalyst for their life’s work: activism, research, teaching and writing that aims to protect, inspire and serve.

Hate crimes rise to highest level in 12 years amid increasing attacks on Black and Asian people, FBI says
Washington Post (AP)

Hate crimes rise to highest level in 12 years amid increasing attacks on Black and Asian people, FBI says

The number of hate crimes in the United States rose in 2020 to the highest level in 12 years, propelled by increasing assaults targeting Black and Asian people, the FBI reported Monday. In all, the federal agency tallied 7,759 hate crimes last year, a tumultuous 12 months marked by a global pandemic, a divisive presidential election and upheaval in the economy.

Over 20 organizations demand Biden 'redouble' efforts to fight anti-Asian bias
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Over 20 organizations demand Biden 'redouble' efforts to fight anti-Asian bias

As the investigation into the origins of the coronavirus is set to end this month, the groups warn that discussions of the report could aggravate anti-Asian hate.

Inside the Diverse and Growing Asian Population in the U.S.
NYTimes

Inside the Diverse and Growing Asian Population in the U.S.

The number of people who identify as Asian in the United States nearly tripled in the past three decades, and Asians are now the fastest-growing of the nation’s four largest racial and ethnic groups, according to recently released census numbers.

Illinois becomes first state to mandate Asian American history in public schools
USA Today

Illinois becomes first state to mandate Asian American history in public schools

A watershed moment: Illinois becomes the first state to mandate Asian American history in public schools

Discrimination against Indian Americans happens more than you might think
Washington Post (Reuters)

Discrimination against Indian Americans happens more than you might think

A new survey reveals 1 in 2 Indian Americans experienced recent discrimination, often on the basis of skin color

Combatting Hate: Key Resources in the Federal Government
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Combatting Hate: Key Resources in the Federal Government

Racial equity is an immediate priority for the Biden-Harris Administration. President Biden is putting equity at the center of the agenda with a whole of government approach to advance racial justice across Federal agencies, policies, and programs.