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Senator Min applauds statewide grant awards to 80 AAPI organizations to fight anti-Asian hate

Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) announced his support for the first round of “Stop the Hate” funding, which was part of the California Legislature’s historic $156.5 million 2021 API Equity Budget investing in various Asian American and Pacific Islander community outreach and education efforts focused on fighting anti-Asian hate. The California Department of Social Services Civil Rights, Accessibility and Racial Equity Office allocated $14,269,246 in funding to 80 organizations statewide, including seven organizations in Orange County.

“As one of two Asian American Senators and a proud member of the API Legislative Caucus, I was so encouraged by last year’s historic investment to fight anti-Asian hate. They say that our budgets are a reflection of our values. I was proud to be a key part of our efforts to shape California’s budget, so that it finally reflects the importance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This first round of funding represents a path forward to address the rise in hate, to level racial inequities, and to provide a range of critical resources to our communities. I look forward to seeing how these initial 80 grant recipients will transform Orange County, and the rest of our state.”

Senator Min serves as Parliamentarian for the California Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, which developed and passed the 2021 API Equity Budget, which was the first initiative of its kind around the country.

The Fiscal Year 2021-22 Stop the Hate funding in Orange County were awarded to:

  • Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance
  • Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center
  • Korean Community Services, Inc.
  • OC Human Relations Council
  • Pretend City, The Children’s Museum of Orange County
  • Southland Integrated Services, Inc.
  • Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation

The services provided include:

Direct Services, including mental health and complementary health services; wellness and community healing; legal services; navigation, case management, and referral;

Prevention Services, including arts-based and other cultural work that deepens understanding and empathy; youth development; senior safety and ambassador/escort programs; individual and community safety planning; training, including bystander training and other de-escalation techniques; working across racial groups and other impacted populations to strengthen alliances and promote understanding.

Intervention Services, including outreach and training on the elements of hate incidents and hate crimes, services for survivors, and the rights of survivors; community-centered alternative approaches to repair harm from hate incidents and hate crimes; and coordination and liaising with local government and other institutional partners.

This article was released by the Office of Senator Dave Min.