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COVID-19 Relief in020

PEACE Standing in Solidarity with our AAPI Neighbors

The PEACE Partnership is deeply saddened by the ongoing violence against Asian Americans both throughout the country and in our region. We somberly recognize that these acts of violence are not isolated incidents or regrettable tragedies, but are a part of the troubling rise in anti-Asian violence that has gripped our nation.  This surge is fueled by the Inflammatory racist language used to describe the pandemic, and has its roots in America’s long history of racism, xenophobia and the othering of immigrants who helped build this country.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) is a broad category that includes: Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, and other Asian and Pacific Islander groups. Here in Santa Clara County, AAPI residents make up nearly 40% of Santa Clara County’s population[1]. Our county has the second largest Vietnamese-speaking community and the largest Hindi speaking community in the US[2]. In San Jose, the first Chinatown was built in 1866[3], while one of three remaining Nihonmachis (Japantown) in the country is also located within the city[4]

Our rich and diverse cultural heritage is the true wealth of Silicon Valley. The loss of safety experienced by one group is a loss for us all, and makes our entire community less peaceful and less safe. The vision of the PEACE Partnership is to build a future where everyone can thrive. At the core of that vision is the belief that everyone has value, everyone belongs, and everyone has a right to live without the fear of violence. To that end, PEACE takes this moment to acknowledge the value, strength, and resiliency in our Asian American and Pacific Islander community, and to stand in solidarity with them in the fight against hate.

Please see below for ways you can participate in efforts to combat violence and hate crimes, and stay informed on local legislative action.

1. Report hate crimes and incidents at www.stopaapihate.org. Launched in March, 2020, this center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

2. Attend a bystander training course at www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/. Bystander training provides you with the tools on how to de-escalate or intervene safely when witnessing incidents of aggression or harassment.

3. On March 23rd, Supervisor Otto Lee introduced a Board Referral to develop a work plan and timeline regarding the implementation of an anti-hate community outreach and education campaign in response to the recent spike of Anti-Asian hate crimes and violence. 

[1] US Census Bureau 2019 : https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/santaclaracountycalifornia

[2] Santa Clara County Executive’s Office

[3] Chinese in San Jose and Santa Clara Valley http://chcp.org/chinese-in-san-jose-and-the-santa-clara-valley/

[4] History of Japantown San Jose https://jtown.org/history

Anti-Racist Results Based Accountability Training.

In October, 2020, PEACE Partnership was proud to provide our community with a two day virtual training on Anti-Racist Results Based Accountability (RBA), delivered by Erika Bernabei, PhD, Principal at Equity & Results. Our training series was a big hit – with 160 participants from a diverse cross section of community-based organizations and government agencies in attendance.

Racial equity-informed RBA supports the work of individual organizations or collaborative/collective impact efforts to do larger systems change work that challenges the status quo and builds the personal and organizational “muscle” to continuously refine work so that it meets racial equity goals.

For slides from the training, please see below.

COVID-19 Relief in 2020

On April 17, 2020, the East San Jose PEACE Partnership Leadership Team established a PEACE Relief Fund from its Wellness Fund to provide assistance for undocumented individuals and families who reside in the three-PEACE zip code areas. The target population for this fund are people experiencing hardship due to COVID-19, and are ineligible for traditional forms of government support. The PEACE Partnership Leadership Team allocated $175,000 from its Wellness Fund to the PEACE Relief Fund. In addition, the Partnership received funding from outsider funders including: Tipping Point & SH Cowell, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and other individual Donors.

The PEACE Partnership delegated authority to PEACE COVID-19 Relief Fund Ad Hoc Committee to develop the strategy, criteria and process to distribute funds. The PEACE COVID-19 Relief Fund criteria and Request for Proposal (RFP) were developed by modeling best practices and a grassroots approach, and both were vetted and reviewed by community partners and residents. Proposals were carefully considered if they had a strong programmatic presence in East San Jose with a plan to distribute the funds in at least one of the zip codes; solid ties and rapport established with East San Jose residents; strong outreach plan to engage its target population; organizational capacity/infrastructure to disburse grant funds and capture minimal data; and proposals were also considered based on how strongly they aligned and were rooted in the mission and vision of the PEACE Partnership.

In total, The PEACE Relief Fund raised $604,000 which were distributed to 730 East San Jose individuals and families.

On behalf of the East San Jose community, we thank our donors and supporters for your generosity.

Free COVID Testing in East San Jose:

COVID-19 testing is free, easy, and safe.

There are over 50 COVID-19 testing sites across the County, with many located in East San Jose. To find a testing site near you, please visit https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/covid19-testing.aspx

Please note, some testing sites require you to make an appointment ahead of time. Please carefully read instructions for the site before deciding to go in-person. If you feel you may have symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, or loss of sense of taste/smell, please call the testing site ahead of time before showing up in.