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Standing in solidarity with the AAPI community

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Standing in solidarity with the AAPI community

Led by a group of AAPI student leaders and volunteers, a Covid-19-safe candlelight vigil took place on Friday evening on Killian Court as a symbolic and artistic expression opposing the surge of anti-Asian violence across the United States.
“As I’ve learned more about the history of the AAPI community in the United States, the purpose of a hate crime isto instill fear, keep people quiet, and make them feel alone and insignificant,” says Lily Cheng Zedler, one of the event organizers and graduate student in Sloan School of Management. “I hope members of the AAPI community who came to the candlelight installation took away the message that, ‘You are seen. You matter. You belong here.’”
Racism is nothing new to the AAPI community; it existed long before the coronavirus pandemic thrust it into the national spotlight. The installation is just the starting point for community members to stand in solidarity with the AAPI community. MIT community members are encouraged to continue amplifying and supporting AAPI organizations and community groups, to check in on friends and loved ones, and to continue to condemn all acts of hate and violence towards the Asian community.
At MIT, Institute Discrimination and Harassment Response (idhr@mit.edu) can help anyone in the community, whether you seek support or would like to report an incident.
National organizations and resources include the Stop AAPI Hate reporting site, Stand Against Hatred reporting site, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and the Asian American Organizing Project.

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