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Month: March 2021

Calls on Cuomo to Resign

NYS Young Democrats Stand with the AAPI Community #StopAsianHate

The New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) stand with our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) members and community against anti-AAPI hate crimes. While these incidents are not exclusive to the pandemic, violent attacks on individuals, especially Asian elders, vandalism of businesses, racial epithets shouted by strangers, and more have plagued the lives of AAPI individuals throughout the country over the last year. Since the beginning of COVID, there has been a 1900% increase in hate crimes against AAPI throughout the country. The latest of which ended the lives of 8 people, 6 of whom were women, in Atlanta, GA just yesterday.

This xenophobic behavior is a remnant of our country’s racist history and a trait of the worst of our society. It must be stopped. We call on everyone to do their part in protecting our AAPI members, neighbors, friends, & family using the intervention links below. We can #StopAsianHate together.

In addition to the physical effects of these hate crimes, we acknowledge this additionally takes a toll on one’s mental health whether they were a victim or not. To anyone who has been directly or indirectly affected by AAPI Hate Crimes, we encourage you to speak up and speak out about your experience. You are not alone and there are many avenues of support available to you, some of which have been linked below. NYSYD stands with you against this hate and with our AAPI community.

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STOP AAPI HATE – A research center dedicated to documenting anti-Asian hate incidents, providing resources for victims, & advocating for policies to reinforce human and civil rights protections

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Hate Crime Resources – Legal resources, advocacy groups, statistics, toolkits, trainings, & more courtesy of the NAPABA

Asian Mental Health Collective Therapist Directory – List of Asian Mental Health Professionals in New York State

Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training – Bystander Intervention Training session in conjunction with Asian Americans Advancing for Justice (AAJC)

NAPAWF NYC – COVID Racist Harassment Coping Guide – A guide to caring for oneself before, during, and after an incident of harassment developed by the NYC chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

Detox Local – An extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) community.

Young Democrats in the News: Calling on Gov. Cuomo to Resign

Check out some of the recent coverage NYSYD has recieved after calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign.

NYS Young Democrats Stands with Survivors Calls on Cuomo to Resign

We acknowledge the courage of everyone brave enough to speak their truth in regards to their experiences with Governor Andrew Cuomo. The New York State Young Democrats (NYSYD) firmly stand with all survivors of sexual harassment or assault. We understand that 75% of all workplace harassment incidents go unreported, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). We take these allegations seriously and we support Attorney General Letitia James’ independent investigation into these matters.

We believe the survivors and trust that the AG’s investigation will substantiate the claims that have been made. Because of this, and in light of this demonstrated pattern of behavior, we call on the governor to resign immediately.

These particular incidents reiterate the need to reform the structures and systems through which the legislature and executive address issues of sexual harassment and assault. Alongside the need for investigating these particular incidents, we call upon the legislature and executive chamber to revise practices so that staff and survivors not only feel they can come forward, but that they will find justice when they do.

To all survivors of sexual harassment or assault in any instance: We hear you and support you wherever you are, as this is not limited to the workplace or legislative halls. We remain an organization committed to working with you to dismantle the systems that sustain environments where these actions are welcome.

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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center
For survivors, employers, employees, organizations looking to eliminate sexual violence in the workplace.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network)
Survivor Hotline: 800.656.HOPE(4673)

YWCA of New York
For Victims and Survivors of sexual violence who are in need of housing and counseling

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For men who are survivors of sexual abuse or harassment

NYSCADV (New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence)