Asian Solidarity Collective

Asian Solidarity Collective

Asian Solidarity Collective, along with it’s newly launched center, The Asian Advocacy Community & Action Center (TAC) is a movement and power-building organization in San Diego activating Asian American communities and moving them into action to create profound radical, sustainable and fundamental change in the world through organizing and community

Asian Solidarity Collective

Asian Solidarity Collective, along with it’s newly launched center, The Asian Advocacy Community & Action Center (TAC) is a movement and power-building organization in San Diego activating Asian American communities and moving them into action to create profound radical, sustainable and fundamental change in the world through organizing and community care Our work includes community building, transformative leadership development, political education, civic engagement & policy, direct services, and collective action. Asian Solidarity Collective’s mission is to activate Asian American social justice consciousness, condemn anti-Blackness, and build Asian solidarity intersectionality with Black, Brown and Indigenous folks, people with disabilities, queer and trans people of color and all oppressed communities.

About the Organization:

Asian Solidarity Collective, along with it’s newly launched center, The Asian Advocacy Community & Action Center (TAC) is a movement and power-building organization in San Diego activating Asian American communities and moving them into action to create profound radical, sustainable and fundamental change in the world through organizing and community care Our work includes community building, transformative leadership development, political education, civic engagement & policy, direct services, and collective action. Asian Solidarity Collective’s mission is to activate Asian American social justice consciousness, condemn anti-Blackness, and build Asian solidarity intersectionality with Black, Brown and Indigenous folks, people with disabilities, queer and trans people of color and all oppressed communities.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

The Issue:

San Diego Workforce Partnership recently released a report that “San Diego County is facing a significant behavioral health worker shortage” and estimating that there are 8000 workers short of the 25,000 behavioral workers that are needed.  This is quite alarming, especially considering the rise of anti-Asian violence since the onset of the pandemic in 2020 and how ASC’s community pulse surveys indicate that 49% of the 200 Asian identified survey participants are in need of mental health services. At the start of 2023, the news of a mass shooting in Monterey Park where 10 people from a celebration at a Lunar New Year event, ASC quickly coordinated yet another community vigil. This was devastating news that impacted the world and the community ASC serves. There have been over 200 mass shootings in 2023. This kind of violence just cannot be normalized and people are in need of mental health services more than ever, especially because there is a shortage of behavioral health services in San Diego. ASC's survey's alone has revealed that it has become even more apparent there is great need for these services, and specifically for Asian communities in San Diego. Some of the people who are seeking ASC’s support are Southeast Asian im/migrants and refugees, and people who are incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, who prefer to have support from an organization like ASC who have alternative intervention and community care practices. Community members in San Diego are seeking support from Community based organizations such as ASC, who offer community-based approaches as a form of providing safety and care to their most impacted communities.

The Solution:

ASC will tie in a service delivery component of addressing trauma related to racism experienced by the API community, the ongoing emotional and mental effects of intergenerational trauma, and the gap in outreach to the API communities of San Diego around mental health care. More importantly, ASC will provide a comprehensive community based initiative to not only educate on the issues of racism, but lead with tools for solidarity, bring critical dialogues and forums to further prevent personal and interpersonal crises, reduce the stigma of help seeking behaviors, and bridge our mental health practitioners to a platform of social and racial justice to improve the overall well-being of API people and our neighbors. 
  • ASC will coordinate a series of 8 four week sessions of Community Support Groups led by Asian mental health professionals from San Diego.
  •  Organize support for Asian and Asian Americans members, and overall BIPOC members of the San Diego Community.  Provide a platform for concerned San Diego community members.
  • Provide a think tank of community leaders to create alternative intervention solutions that keep each other safe by promoting community care practices and existing services to lessen the reliance on law enforcement agencies as first responders to crisis situations.
  • Develop trauma-informed wellness and healing spaces including political education programming to provide supportive spaces that create an atmosphere of community care with a social justice approach.
* Provide healing circles, and courses on topics such as transformative justice, Mindful Based Stress Reduction, effective coping skills, self defense classes and so much more including art healing workshops and more

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