Kaiser Permanente Fights Hatred Against Asian Americans – Eight Area Organizations to Receive Nearly $1 Million in Grants to Fight Violence and Racism Against People of Asian Descent Across Southern California

SAN DIEGO, Calif.July 14, 2021 — To counter the surge in discrimination and racially motivated violence against Asian Americans and people of Asian descent, eight area community based organizations will receive grants totaling $900,000 thanks to Kaiser Permanente as part of efforts to stop anti-Asian hate and violence in Southern California. The money is also earmarked to help educate, protect, support and build resilience among that community.  The Japanese American Citizen League of San Diego is among the grant recipients.

These grants are part of a Kaiser Permanente national initiative to stand with and support the Asian American community in the face of bigotry and harassment locally and across the U.S. due in part to an ill-perceived association with the COVID-19 pandemic having originated in China.

 

“We recognize the pain that many of our employees, members and communities are experiencing due to the unacceptable increase in assaults, harassment and hate crimes directed at people of Asian descent,” said John Yamamoto, vice president of Community Health and Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “At Kaiser Permanente, we understand that health and well-being begin in communities that are just, equitable and safe. That’s why we stand firmly against all forms of social injustice, including the targeting of Asian people. We’re supporting organizations with proven records in defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and in providing support and healing to the Asian American community. ”

 

The local grants are part of Kaiser Permanente issuing $3.6 million to Washington, D.C.-based Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) to establish the Stop Anti-Asian Hate and Violence Initiative. In turn, AAJC is allocating $900,000 from that money it received from Kaiser Permanente to eight community-based organizations in Southern California over a two-year period.

 

These organizations are: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles; Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance; Stop AAPI Hate; Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council; Pacific Asian Counseling Services; Union of Pan Asian Communities; Japanese American Citizens League San Diego; and Visual Communications.

 

As part of the national initiative, the grants received by the local organizations will, among others, be used to:

 

  1. Advance the civil and human rights of Asian and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders through education, advocacy and community building.

 

  1. Address misinformation and xenophobia and increase reporting of hate crimes and hate incidents in the Asian and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities through a focused media campaign.

 

  1. Strengthen infrastructure for regional community-based organizations to prevent racist crimes and incidents, intervene when they occur, and promote healing.

 

The local organizations receiving grant money were identified by Kaiser Permanente’s community health teams, as well as members of the Kaiser Permanente Asian Pacific Islander Association, an internal business resource group dedicated to workforce engagement, improvement of inclusive culture, identification and advancement of diverse leadership, and community volunteerism.