Our Origins

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Stop AAPI Hate was co-founded when community leaders from Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, and AAPI Equity Alliance recognized the need to document the rise of COVID-19-related anti-Asian racism in the early stages of the global pandemic and joined forces to launch an online reporting center.

On March 19, 2020, our coalition launched stopaapihate.org, where Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders could share their experiences with race-based hate and discrimination without divulging personal information or engaging with law enforcement. 

It went viral. In the days, weeks, and months that followed, we received thousands of reports from across the U.S. People of all ages, genders, and ethnicities were sharing incidents of verbal harassment, physical assault, racial discrimination, child bullying and more. 

With the subsequent rise of high profile attacks — including the murder of Vicha Ratanapakdee, the Atlanta spa shootings, and the gun violence in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay — millions of people took to the streets in protest of anti-Asian racism, giving rise to a nationwide movement for racial justice that we are proud to be a part of.

Since then, we have advocated for community investments, civil rights protections and education equity.

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