Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $400,000)
1. Applicant Name: South Asian Network
1. Project Title: Stop The Hate Project
2. Artesia, CA
5. SAN plans to conduct surveys with community members on the types of hate crimes/bias related incidences they have encountered and use this data to assess community needs to mitigate hate crimes/incidences.
6. SAN’s goal will be to enhance awareness about the hate crimes/bias related incidences, educate the low income limited English proficient language community about the importance of reporting and helping them prevent themselves from the pervasive anti-Asian hate crimes. We will provide mental health therapy to victims and survivors of hate crimes as well as community workshops on wellness and community healing. We will also provide individual and community safety planning, training including bystander intervention and other de-escalation techniques for community and community leaders, arts-based workshops to alleviate mental health issues that arises out of hate crimes encounters. We plan to reach seniors through our client-base as well as through our existing partnership with senior and religious centers. We will also reach our young adults through workshops in colleges and universities throughout Southern California. We plan to work in collaboration with other BIPOC communities and host town halls to address these issues as a coalition of organizations and communities.
7. The specific issues that we would like to address in the South Asian community are: what makes a crime a hate crime; knowing their rights; learning how to report; not letting their limited English proficiency status or their immigration status prevent them for speaking out and reporting; protecting themselves & their families from hate crimes; and seeking redress. Our focus is on the low-income South Asian immigrant community as this particular population faces significantly higher rates of hate incidents & even micro- aggressions, which impacts their mental well-being and is pertinent to address.
We seek priority consideration of 1A & 1B as we plan to reach the South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghani, Sri Lankan & Nepali) low-income seniors, adults & youth through targeted outreach & programming for each of these specific groups. These communities have been affected by the anti-Asian rhetoric and hate.
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