They Can’t Burn Us All, Inc.

They Can’t Burn Us All, Inc.

Since June 2021, we've organized over 40 free defense classes in Chinatown NYC and LA which served both youth and adults in the community. BRAV3 self-defense training was a direct response to empowering our community to stand up. After seeing a surveillance video of a woman being randomly attacked in

They Can’t Burn Us All, Inc.

Since June 2021, we've organized over 40 free defense classes in Chinatown NYC and LA which served both youth and adults in the community. BRAV3 self-defense training was a direct response to empowering our community to stand up. After seeing a surveillance video of a woman being randomly attacked in broad daylight in NYC Chinatown, our Founder China Mac launched BRAV3 to provide the community with free self-defense classes. Beginning this year, we began our Subway Support initiative at Grand Street Station as a direct response to the numerous attacks in the public transportation system. At the moment, we have organized 8 of them, while assisting over hundreds of aunties, uncles, and vulnerable folks with safety resources and tools, navigating the system, their heavy grocery carts, and intervening as active bystanders during situations. Throughout these events, it warmed all of our volunteers hearts to receive so much appreciation from our aunties, uncles, and other passengers for being a reassuring presence and helping hand. In doing this work, there are moments that can't be summarized with a metric or number. Whether that meant showing up and raising awareness for Guiying Ma and standing by Elmhurst hospital everyday to do so, or attending rallies for an elderly can collector Yao Pan Ma, or checking in on an elderly newstand manager Mr. Chen who was harassed, or ensuring justice for immigrant delivery work Yan Zhiwen, it's tough to call some of these efforts a success. However, our main hope is for those around the country to remember and be aware of these attacks especially those that happen to the low-income Asian immigrants in our community.

About the Organization:

Since June 2021, we've organized over 40 free defense classes in Chinatown NYC and LA which served both youth and adults in the community. BRAV3 self-defense training was a direct response to empowering our community to stand up. After seeing a surveillance video of a woman being randomly attacked in broad daylight in NYC Chinatown, our Founder China Mac launched BRAV3 to provide the community with free self-defense classes. Beginning this year, we began our Subway Support initiative at Grand Street Station as a direct response to the numerous attacks in the public transportation system. At the moment, we have organized 8 of them, while assisting over hundreds of aunties, uncles, and vulnerable folks with safety resources and tools, navigating the system, their heavy grocery carts, and intervening as active bystanders during situations. Throughout these events, it warmed all of our volunteers hearts to receive so much appreciation from our aunties, uncles, and other passengers for being a reassuring presence and helping hand. In doing this work, there are moments that can't be summarized with a metric or number. Whether that meant showing up and raising awareness for Guiying Ma and standing by Elmhurst hospital everyday to do so, or attending rallies for an elderly can collector Yao Pan Ma, or checking in on an elderly newstand manager Mr. Chen who was harassed, or ensuring justice for immigrant delivery work Yan Zhiwen, it's tough to call some of these efforts a success. However, our main hope is for those around the country to remember and be aware of these attacks especially those that happen to the low-income Asian immigrants in our community.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

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organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • District of Columbia • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Puerto Rico • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming

The Issue:

After years of the pandemic, the Asian American community continues to see attacks happening especially towards our vulnerable populations. While Asian hate is not something new, safety concerns have increasingly been front of mind for many members across the country. There have been several statistics on the intensity of the situation, with a study released in 2022 from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, stating that “anti-Asian hate crime increased by 339 percent last year compared to the year before.” Attacks are happening in our Asian enclaves, on sidewalks, on subways, across small businesses, and will continue to take place unless action is taken to demonstrate that hate has no place in our communities. Addressing this issue needs a holistic approach that incorporates efforts from across the board, and requires getting more community members involved. As a grassroots organization we are hoping to tackle the issue of Asian hate and safety in our communities while also addressing the need for community engagement in our younger generations.

The Solution:

While the goal of building community and ensuring safety, our plan comes in four levels. On an individual level , we want to continue providing self defense workshops to folks especially to our youth so that they can be equipped with tips and skills to be safe. Our BRAV3 initiative was created in 2021 as a response to an attack on an Asian woman that happened in broad daylight in NYC Chinatown. Through this effort, we found that situational awareness and self defense were overlooked and not often practiced amongst folks in our community. If anything, many attendees only came for one or two classes. From an organizing level , we want to expand our subway support to multiple stations in the city. This has been an initiative we’ve organized around in response to the attack and tragedy of Michelle Go early this year. The purpose for this initiative is to create assurance of safety for many of the elders who frequent Grant St. subway station in NYC Chinatown, often times carrying baggages three to four times their weight. In our efforts, we assist them in their walks up and down the staircase since many of these stations lack elevator access. From a community level , we want to create a safe zone that can be a way for businesses to be of support when someone may feel unsafe. Over the past couple months, we met small business owners who opened up their establishment for someone to seek help. We would like to create a safe zone that links the key hotspots where attacks have been happening so members of the community can refer to these areas for refuge. Lastly, from a cross-community level , we want to build bridges between marginalized communities by fostering meaningful dialogue and understanding. It is through solidarity, coming together, and constantly putting in the work, that we can make strides to overcome hate.

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