March 19th, 2021 

KINGSTON, ON – The AMS condemns all acts of anti-Asian hate, discrimination, violence, sinophobia, and xenophobia and stands in solidarity with our Asian communities at Queen’s.  

The rise of Anti-Asian hate crimes in our communities, across our country, and around the globe is alarming and demands further attention. These recent crimes, rooted in racism and misogyny, are deeply upsetting and enraging. We want to hold space for our Asian communities, and support our students experiencing collective grief and mourning, and we wish to continue to support our Asian community at Queen’s during this time.  

We also recognize the long histories of Anti-Asian racism across our country, and want to reiterate that recent events are not isolated or incidental. Although COVID-19 has exacerbated and increased Anti-Asian hate crimes, acts of discrimination and violence facing Asian communities predates the pandemic. In order to support the ongoing work to challenge these oppressive conditions, we have donated $500 to Fight COVID-19 Racism and $500 to Butterfly.  

We encourage our peers to learn more about these organizations. Fight COVID-19 Racism allows individuals to share their experiences of Anti-Asian racism and tracks incidents reported. Butterfly’s mission is to provide support to, and advocate for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers. The violence occurred because the victims were women, and because they worked in an industry that holds violence from men. Sex workers deserve to live – sex work is real work. Both organizations have many resources available as well. 

If you need support during this time, please consider the following resources: 

Social Issues Commissioner – Angela Sahi
sic@ams.queensu.ca
PSCxCARED: Peer-Based Support for BIPOC Students
Available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2-4PM
https://zoom.us/j/8539970915 
EmpowerMe
Empower Me is a 24/7 phone service for crisis situations and scheduled sessions that allows students to connect with qualified counselors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. The password required to access the service is  studentcare.  
Asian Mental Health Collective (International and Crisis Hotlines)
Asian Canadian Therapist Directory
Maggie’s Toronto
Maggie’s Toronto Sex Worker’s Action Project is one of Canada’s oldest by and for sex worker support organizations.  
Queen’s Asian Student’s Association
Good2Talk
Good2Talk is a free confidential mental health helpline.
Telephone Aid Link Kingston
TALK is a confidential, anonymous, and non-judgemental volunteer-based support service.
Queen’s Equity, Diversity, and Anti-Racism Resources
Peer Support Centre (PSC)

Please consider the following educational resources:
CCNC-SJ FaceRace
Project 1907
Elimin8 Hate
Fight Covid-19 Racism

Books:
Minor Feelings
If They Come For Us
The Farm
Interior Chinatown
Know My Name
The Woman Warrior
Arrival
The Joy Luck Club
Dear Girls
In the Country

Asian Social Media Influencers and Activists to Follow:
Kim Saira (@kimsaira)
Stop AAPI Hate (@stopaapihate)
Unapologetically Asian (@unapologeticallyasian_)
Michelle Kim (@michellekimkim)
Annie Wu (@annie_wu_22)

Queen’s Clubs:
Queen’s Great Panda Society
Queen’s Hong Kong Students’ Association
Kingston Chinese Christian Fellowship
The Korean Christian Fellowship at Queen’s
Queen’s Asian Student’s Association
Queen’s Chinese Students & Scholars Association
Queen’s Living Water Mandarin Christian Fellowship
Queen’s Pinoy Association (QPA)
Queen’s Yu Theatre Society
Queen’s South Asian Association (QSAA)
Queen’s Taiwanese Student Association
Queen’s Association of Korean Canadian Scientists and Engineers (AKCSE)

WHAT TO DO IF YOU EXPERIENCE OR WITNESS ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE:
File a report: www.elimin8hate.org/fileareport 

Contacts:
Lavie Williams, Queen’s HREO Human Rights
Sultan Almajil, QUIC
Deanna Fialho, Queen’s Yellow House

We’re with you.

Please direct all media inquiries to Patrice Oliveira, AMS Director of Communications, at communications@ams.queensu.ca  

BACKGROUNDER   

Alma Mater Society (AMS) – //www.myams.org   

The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 19,000 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 1,000 student volunteers and 700 paid staff.  


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