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NAAPIMHA joins over 70+ multicultural organizations for first-ever Asian American-led Unity March

JUNE 22, 2022


Krystle Canare, Director of Policy, NAAPIMHA

WASHINGTON, DC. On June 25, NAAPIMHA, over 70+ multicultural organizations, and a fantastic lineup of speakers are coming together to demand more be done to address anti-Asian and all forms of race-based hate at the first-ever Asian American-led Unity March at the National Mall in DC. The Unity March will engage allies, lawmakers, corporations, and the media to advance racial and economic justice, cultural equity, and full participation in our democracy from the bottom up because: When we are all safe, we can thrive and build that more perfect union.

NAAPIMHA joins the march because this, too, is mental health. We acknowledge the harmful impacts of racism and discrimination on mental health and the increased rates of suicidal ideation, anxiety, and depression within Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities, particularly amongst AANHPI youth. We acknowledge the importance of disaggregating data to understand the unique needs of AANHPI communities, providing culturally competent mental health services, and uplifting other ways of healing and holding hope, which can be harnessed through collective action and sharing our stories.

That said, we honor this day of action and healing. There will be moving performances and speeches by:

  • Award-winning producer and trans rights advocate Geena Rocero

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas

  • Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton

  • Alexandra Huỳnh, 2021 National Youth Poet Laureate

  • Tamlyn Tomita, Actress, Advocate, Philanthropist

  • NYC-based hate crime survivor Esther Lee

  • Gareth and Fe Hall, Christian Hall's Parents

  • Frank Wu, President of Queen's College

  • Dr. James Zogby, Founder, Arab American Institute

  • R&B Group WanMor

  • R&B/Pop Artist Thuy

  • Emcees: Richard Lui, Anchor, MSNBC/NBC News and Joie Chen

To join us, take one or all of the following actions:

  • Pledge to attend the Unity March to June 25th.

  • Recruit and share this historic collective action with your friends, family, acquaintances, and colleagues. Organize to meet somewhere so you can experience this event together.

  • Post a photo that captures, “I am marching for ____” and tag ##unitymarch2022 #whywemarch on your social media accounts

  • Follow the Unity March on

  • If you have a social media account, please share and use the Unity March social media tool kit.

For more information, visit the Unity March website.

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