AAC's Community Action Guide
Staff at the Asian American Commission created this Community Action Guide to help the community respond to the rise in hate incidents against the AAPI community.
In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, Hollaback! partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt their free bystander intervention training to meet this moment.
Unfortunately, anti-Asian and Asian American racism and xenophobia is not a new phenomenon. It has been part of American history for a long time, and we have seen it manifested against different Asian/American and Pacific Islander communities in many ways over the years. As the coronavirus pandemic escalates, we have seen more harassment, discrimination, and even violence directed at these communities. The Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation has been documenting hate crimes and hate incidents since 2017 at www.StandAgainstHatred.org, which is available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.
Report a hate Incident
Due to misinformation about COVID-19, we’ve seen a rise in hate incidents against the AAPI community across the country. At the Asian American Commission, we have created a survey to collect reports of racially motivated hostility from the community. We encourage those who have faced any verbal or physical harassment to complete the survey. Please note that all personal information will be kept confidential.
- MA Attorney General – Civil Rights Division
- Greater Boston Legal Services: Asian Outreach Unit : 617-371-1234
- Anti-Defamation League New England: 617-406-6300
- Council on American Islamic Relations – Massachusetts: 617-862-9159
- Fenway Health Violence Recovery Program: 617-927–6250
Report to your District Attorney
- Suffolk District Attorney: (617) 619-4000
- Middlesex District Attorney: (781) 897-8300
- Norfolk District Attorney: (781) 830-4800
- Essex District Attorney: (978) 745-6610
- Worcester District Attorney: (508) 755-8601
- Hampden County District Attorney:
- Holyoke: (413) 538-7152
- Springfield: (413) 735-6000
- Westfield: (413) 572-1454
- Northwestern District Attorney:
- Northampton – (413) 586-5780
- Greenfield – (413) 772-6944
- Belchertown – (413) 323-5275
- Orange – (978) 544-7376