We are a group of middle-schoolers who are raising our youth voices to spread awareness about the issues facing our Asian American Pacific Islander Community.
My name is Mina and I am a 7th grader in the East Bay. I spoke about the rising xenophobia against the AAPI community due to COVID-19 at my school assembly at the beginning of the pandemic. After a year of increasing anti-Asian sentiment and violence towards my community members, I decided to take more action.
Originally I had a “little idea” to hang a sign over the I-80, one of the busiest intersections in CA. This “little idea” evolved into the AAPI Youth Rising Rally. On March 28, 2021 over 1,200 community members including many youth and families came together in solidarity with the AAPI community where many brave youth raised their voices in solidarity. We then marched to the SF Bay Pedestrian Footbridge and hung our signs on the overpass while we heard motorists honk in support. It was an inspirational day for all of us. My friends, Anna, Bee, Juno, Mila and many others joined to make this “little” idea a reality. Now we are organizing to take many more “little” actions to make a difference. Please consider joining us!