This tee is an extension of the initiative “In The Mood For Love, Not Hate” started by Sunny Chen and friends, which fundraised to assemble and distribute safety accessories to Asian American communities in California.
This is a preorder item. Production will start 04.05 and will be shipped once they arrive.
Since the start of the pandemic, reported hate crimes against Asian have risen North America and across Europe. The NYPD reported that hate crimes motivated by anti-Asian sentiment jumped 1900% in New York City in 2020. Stop AAPI Hate, a reporting database created at the beginning of the pandemic as a response to the increase in racial violence, received 2,808 reports of anti-Asian discrimination across the US between March 19 and December 31, 2020. The majority of crimes occur at Asian-owned businesses and in public areas. Based on the first three months of 2021, this number is not projected to decrease. Each crime sows anxiety and despair for many AAPI individuals and haunts our day-to-day.
To put an end to these assaults, and to this anti-Asian mindset, our community and allies must confront a vast and complex history of anti-Asian laws and change the insufficient representation we have as a people in the media, education and politics. Therefore, we have decided to produce and donate 100% of the profits of this tee to the following organizations:
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund : By supporting AALDEF, we can fight for Asian American civil rights through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy. This nonprofit offers those who have experienced hate crimes the legal resources necessary to fight back and seek justice.
Immigrant History Initiative: Our education system often diminishes BIPOC perspectives and limits our narratives to a few paragraphs of a 700-page textbook. Empathy starts with learning the stories of a people’s struggles, fights and successes. By supporting Immigrant History Initiative, we can fundamentally change how we learn, talk, and think about race, migration, and social justice as a global society. The initiative provides comprehensive education resources that center on the histories and lived experiences of immigrant communities and people of color.