Why we are raising $1M to support our AAPI community
Updated Friday, August 2020
We’re Tammy, Michelle and Bryan, the three co-founders of #HATEISAVIRUS, a movement that first started in response to Asian Americans fueled by COVID-19 and has since grown into an organization that mobilizes our AAPI community to fight against hate and racism against any communities of color.
How We Started
We started #HATEISAVIRUS because these issues are personal to us. Not only have we experienced racism growing up and in recent times, but we were seeing story after story about the hate crimes against our Asian American community fueled by the fears and misinformation around Coronavirus. We were seeing 6, 7, 8-year-olds getting bullied by their peers and the elderly getting brutally attacked in broad daylight. So much so that the FBI issued a warning to law enforcement about a rise in hate crimes.
On top of these hate crimes, Asian-led small businesses were being impacted by the xenophobia perpetuated by the fears and misinformation around Coronavirus too. In fact, businesses were reporting up to an 80 percent drop in business months before the government even mandated shelter-in-place.
Seeing all of this, we couldn't stay quiet and stand back. We had to do something. Then fate brought us together. Bryan and Tammy each came across Michelle’s social media post about wanting to rally the community and reached out to see how we could help via social media.
Within days of connecting, we joined forces and launched #HATEISAVIRUS with three primary goals:
Since launching our movement in April 2020, we’ve reached over 15 million impressions through the efforts our community advocates and leaders, including Megan Lee, Leonard Lim, SUCH, Sara Benincasa, Tim Chiou, and Adrienne Lawrence.
We’ve seen thousands of posts from supporters posting with #HATEISAVIRUS and what this movement means to them.
And we’ve seen artists, illustrators, and musicians creating encouraging and healing art to capture how many of us feel about the rising hate and racism.
Our team has also grown to something much larger than the three of us. Thank you to Saul Lopez, Kari Okubo, Jessica Stafford, Jason Chu, Riya Che, Tony Kim, Nicki Sun, Christian Perfas, Nico Sung Hyun Buonasora, Samuel Hyun, Kendice Choi and many more who have joined and supported our team during this time.
With your help, we raised over $17K+ to give to Asian-owned small businesses.
We kicked off our first Raise A Million virtual rally on May 23rd to bring our communities to rally against these issues and raised over $17K for Asian-owned businesses (with your help). Learn more about who we were able to support at hateisavirus.world.
You can also read our full press release here: https://www.hateisavirus.world/press-release/raise-a-million-chapter-1.
What's Coming Up Next
1. We’re forming a nonprofit organization to do more for the cause
After launching our grassroots campaign, we heard from our community all the different additional ways we could be a resource during this time. Knowing that we could do so much more and with the support of our community, we have started our process to becoming a nonprofit.
As we await our 501(c)(3) status, we have set up a nonprofit fund under Philanthropic Ventures Foundation so that all donations to Hate Is A Virus are fully tax-deductible and we can continue to allocate these funds to serve our mission of tackling xenophobia and racism.
2. We’re continuing our journey of raising $1M for our AAPI community through our Raise A Million event series
Our next event will be focused on supporting AAPI arts and culture organizations. This campaign involves a series of events to uplift creatives, educate and provide direct action we can all take. Stay tuned at hateisavirus.world and our social channels.
Our movement is truly a reflection of how the community has come together during this time. We hope that you continue to join our efforts. Here are a few different ways you can join the movement and take action:
We hope you’re as excited about these efforts as we are. Looking forward to seeing you at our next event!
Michelle, Bryan and Tammy
Founders of #HATEISAVIRUS
#HATEISAVIRUS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating xenophobia and racism against communities of color. Our goal is to mobilize and support our AAPI community in fighting hate and racism against any communities of color.
Your monetary donations help Hate Is A Virus fund operations and initiatives that combat xenophobia and racism and support different sectors of our AAPI community in need. All funds will support our mission through our designated fund Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF) a 501(c)(3) organization.