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  • Resources for Fighting Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

    Resources for Fighting Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

    March 17, 2021

    The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce strongly denounces any acts of violence against innocent people – be it racially motivated or otherwise. Although we are still waiting to learn more information as things unfold, this type of violence, as well as how it is portrayed in the media, can hurt Asian businesses. We believe in the sanctity and nobility of each human life and uphold the values of our free and diverse nation to offer opportunities to everyone who calls America home to live, work and contribute to our economy and community in peace and security. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those touched by this tragedy in Atlanta.

    Leaders in Austin have responded strongly to these events and are calling for more vigilance and protection for Austin’s Asian-American community. We are so fortunate to have such friends standing by our community.

    Austin Council Member Alison Alter has contacted Chief Manley and Assistant Chief Gay to reinforce the need to be vigilant and protect Austin’s Asian-American community.

    While the Austin Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC) is unaware of any credible threats to the Central Texas area, ARIC has sent out a Situational Awareness Report to area law enforcement agencies encouraging them to increase the presence of marked patrol units in and around Asian businesses and communities. "Our officers have been aware of this information and when time permits will increase patrols in those locations," said the Austin Police Department.

    Congressman Lloyd Doggett also expresses his support to the Austin Asian Community, “Our local Asian American community is vital to the dynamic success that is Austin. Rising anti-Asian violence and hate speech must be vigorously countered through prosecuting wrongdoers, speaking out against racism, supporting our local businesses, joining our rally for Stop Asian Hate on Saturday, April 17, and standing with our Asian American neighbors at every turn.”.

    The City of Austin Equity office reports the Austin Asian community is dealing with some COVID-19 related harassment. If you are a victim or a witness of a hate crime, please report your incident here: austintexas.gov/page/report-covid-19-racism

    If you experience any micro-aggressions, racial profiling, or any sort of attacks verbal - whether it’s a dirty look, a racial slur or something worse - some tips are provided below:

    1. Dial 911 if you are in any danger
    2. If there are people around you, approach ONE person to help (people are more likely to respond individually, rather than as a group). You can say "This person is being rude and I am feeling threatened. Can you walk me to my car?"
    3. If you are witnessing an incident and there is no danger, approach the victim and move away together. If you can video the incident safely, then more action can be taken, either reporting to the police, or calling it out on social media
    4. Please report incidents to the City of Austin here.

    GAACC member Fowler Law Firm has also offered a no-charge consultation if you've been a target, call 512.441.1411. Act To Change has multilingual resources on how to deal with bullying.

    If any Asian-owned business is willing to be interviewed on the related topic or has a story that deserves to be heard, please contact info@austinasianchamber.org and we will connect you with the reporters who are working on the Anti-Asian racism stories.

    Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those touched by this tragedy in Atlanta.

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