Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations in Northern California will receive $900,000 in grants from Kaiser Permanente as part of its earlier commitment of $5.4 million to combat racism against AAPI communities.
Fighting hate: Nine nonprofits will receive $100,000 each to stop harmful cultural stereotypes, assist affected individuals, and educate the communities about exercising their rights, among others, according to Patch.
- The groups set to receive funding are Chinese for Affirmative Action, Community Youth Center, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Asian Americans For Community Involvement, Asian Law Caucus, Sacramento API Regional Network, New Breath Foundation (NBF) and Asian Health Services.
- These organizations are involved in developing the communities by advocating for better policies, providing health and mental health services, offering training and job opportunities, and directly assisting victims of hate incidents and crimes.
- Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California President Carrie Owen Plietz said they recognize many of their “employees, members, and community” have been “subjected to racist acts and discrimination directed at people of Asian descent.”
- The health care provider revealed that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders represent 34% of Kaiser Permanente employees and 23% of its 12.4 million members.
- New Breath Foundation founder Eddy Zheng said his foundation would use the grant to focus on “racial solidarity and cross-cultural understanding” among marginalized communities and to promote “restorative justice as an alternative to incarceration.”
- In an interview with KOIN 6, Northwest Permanente President and CEO Imelda Dacones revealed that they partnered with STOP AAPI Hate and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) to help identify community-based organizations in the communities they serve to educate, intervene and invest in programs.
Kaiser Permanente has tapped AAJC to redistribute grant funds to community-based organizations while working with the four other independent organizations in the Advancing Justice affiliation, Spectrum News reported.
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