As senseless, violent hate crimes targeting Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) surged since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, co-organizers Michelle Tran, Kenji Jones, and Tiffany Yuen knew they had to take action. Saddened by this xenophobia and sickened at how many attacks have targeted the most vulnerable, they formed Soar Over Hate to equip folks to better protect themselves and fight back against anti-Asian hate.
Since late March 2021, they have distributed 24,000+ personal alarms, whistles, and pepper spray across New York and California. They organized AAPI Care Fairs and other events, serving thousands with free self defense devices, self defense classes, puppy therapy, meditation classes, mental health referrals, hepatitis B screening, and more.
Soar Over Hate serves the AAPI community in other ways through their need-based Bright Futures Scholarship for high school seniors. They have a Heal From Hate Therapy Fund to provide free culturally competent therapy to victims of anti-Asian hate incidents. They are excited to continue expanding these programs and distributions of more self defense materials with the help of donors like you.
And so many others, thank you so much!!!