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Mencap appoints Whitewater

first_img  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Mencap appoints Whitewatercenter_img Howard Lake | 15 January 2002 | News Mencap has selected Whitewater to handle its direct marketing activities.Mencap has selected Whitewater to handle its direct marketing activities. The agency will work on a new acquisition pack aimed at recruiting affluent donors, a new welcome pack, and following up on warm appeals and developing legacy mailing packs and advertisements.Find out more about Whitewater. Advertisementlast_img read more

Internet fundraising ‘can be profitable’

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis An expert panel discussed whether Internet fundraising could ever be profitable at CHASE 2003 in February 2003. They agreed that it could be profitable but differed as to how.The debate was sponsored by the Institute of Fundraising Special Interest Group in IT. There was little disagreement that Web sites on their own were unlikely to generate much income: targeted e-mail communications were needed to generate sufficient visitors and online donors.All delegates’ charities had a Web site but very few had implemented online fundraising to any degree. One charity however told how it had improved their online income by simply moving the “donate now” button from a sub-page to the main page. Advertisement  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digitalcenter_img The panel consisted of representatives from JustGiving, Charity Technology Trust, Fisher Technology, and the V&A Museum.Visit the Institute of Fundraising IT SIG. Howard Lake | 3 April 2003 | News Internet fundraising ‘can be profitable’last_img read more

Oarsome effort by charity CEO fundraisers

first_img SeeAbility is the operating name for The Royal School for the Blind, a national charity which has for over 200 years provided support for people who are blind or partially sighted and have additional disabilities. They currently operate a range of services in Bristol, Devon, East Sussex, Hampshire, Humberside, Kent, London, Sheffield, Somerset, Surrey and West Sussex. The preparation for last Friday’s rowing was held in a simulated rowing tank – the only one in Europe – where the intrepid fundraisers could learn the basic techniques of sculling before getting into a boat together and trying to do it in synch. SeeAbility provides a comprehensive range of information and advice on eye care and vision for people with learning disabilities and eye care professionals visit www.seeability.org. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Paralympic coach Simon Goodey, an expert in adaptive rowing, put the ‘Three Tenners’ through their paces until they were ready to complete the event on the 2,000 metre course. Notes to editors Tagged with: Events Three charity CEOs going by the name of ‘The Three Tenners’ have finished their gruelling challenge of each completing 10 Olympic and Paralympic events in 10 months, so far raising over £17,000 for improved services for blind and partially-sighted people. The events kicked off on January 1st this year with a 12k run up Box Hill. The last event, sculling, took place last week (November 2nd) at the London Regatta Centre at Royal Albert Dock. As well as sculling, other events have included Boccia, Goalball, the London Marathon, London Triathlon, boxing, windsurfing, tandem cycling, judo, fencing and sailing. If you wish to donate, please visit www.bmycharity.com/3tenner or call SeeAbility on 01372 755 000 for more information. Advertisement ENDScenter_img SeeAbility’s eye 2 eye Campaign is improving eye care and vision for people with a learning disability through access to information, specially adapted sight tests and low vision support. SeeAbility offers a wide range of specialised residential, community and rehabilitation services for people with a visual impairment and additional disabilities. They aim to provide each individual with the support they need to develop essential life skills for greater independence and a fulfilling life. Howard Lake | 7 November 2012 | News SeeAbility is a member of UK Vision Strategy and Eye Health Alliance which promote awareness of and the importance of regular accessible sight tests. David Scott-Ralphs comments, “It’s been a tremendous experience preparing for every event and we have been able to get a sense of the long arduous hours both Olympic and Paralympic athletes endure to reach their level of performance. But our overriding sentiment is one of humility, especially when we consider how many fantastic volunteers there are who, week in, week out, give up their time to make it possible for people of all shapes, sizes and disabilities to take part in sport and competition. We’re hoping that everyone can boost our fundraising efforts so that we can reach our target of £30,000. All the money is going directly to improve services for blind and partially sighted people, including getting them more involved in their communities through sport and other leisure activities.” SeeAbility’s Head Office is based in Epsom, Surrey. For further information call 01372 755000.  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Oarsome effort by charity CEO fundraisers David Scott-Ralphs, SeeAbility CEO joined Peter Corbett, CEO of Thomas Pocklington Trust and Mike Brace, who is himself blind and recently-retired CEO of Vision 2020UK, to prepare for each of their 10 events (5 individual and 5 team) with an intensive training programme. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Corporate fundraising round-up for the end of September 2016

first_img6) Inspirock & International Institute for Peace through TourismInspirock has integrated its online trip planner onto the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT’s) new website, Travellers For Peace, free of charge, providing support to the IIPT’s Travel Ambassadors of Peace campaign. Inspirock will also donate revenue from bookings generated by the trip planner on the new site to the IIPT to help fund the organisation’s work, which promotes peace through tourism. Advertisement 1) Axcis Education and the National Autistic SocietyAxcis Education has announced that it is to continue its partnership with the National Autistic Society for a further two years, as well as its exclusive sponsorship of Network Autism. The sponsorship will include support for events, conferences and training across numerous activities organised by the charity, including Network Autism and the My World National Autistic Society Education Campaign. Axcis will also headline sponsor the National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference and the Autism Professional Awards for the sixth year. As the end of the month approaches, here are eight corporate fundraising partnerships that have caught our attention. Melanie May | 23 September 2016 | News 3) Lookers & Prince & Princess of Wales HospiceLookers is helping the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow to raise £21 million as part of a major appeal to construct a brand new, state-of-the-art care facility. The hospice is seeking to raise an additional £2.8 million to reach its £21 million target. In support of the hospice’s ‘Brick by Brick’ Appeal to raise the funds, Lookers is donating a brand new Dacia Sandero 1.2 which has a list price of £7,290 to help it reach its funding target as part of a prize draw for those who pledge their financial support. Main image & Lloyds Banking Group image:  Copyright onEdition 2016©Model Jodie Kidd joins cyclists from Lloyds Banking Group, London on the Tour de Pudsey: Tower Bridge London, to Pudsey in Yorkshire.  73 total views,  1 views today Corporate fundraising round-up for the end of September 2016 Tagged with: corporate fundraising 2) Align Technology & InvisalignTo honour Invisalign treating its 4 millionth patient worldwide (pictured), Align Technology, the international company behind Invisalign, is pledging to donate up to $1 million to the Operation Smile Foundation. The campaign is being backed in the UK by Olympic cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny, who will be tweeting #4millionsmiles. Every smile will be added to a geo-located world map, lighting up the world as the smile count grows. Align Technology will match every post or smile with a $1 donation to Operation Smile for a total pledge up to $1 million. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 4) Close Brothers Motor Finance & Great Ormond StreetClose Brothers Motor Finance has raised £13,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The funds were raised through a series of events which saw some employees from the business taking part in a 1,300 mile cycling challenge, cake sales, quizzes, racing nights and a silent auction. The money will go towards purchasing special cots that help babies maintain temperature while they are in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.5) Premier Radio & TearfundPremier Radio has made Tearfund its Charity of the Year.  74 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 7) Lloyds Banking Group & BBC Children in NeedLloyds Banking Group colleagues have taken on the ‘Tour de Pudsey’ challenge for BBC Children in Need. 60 staff set off on 13th September with riders departing from London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, to join together at the finish in Pudsey, Yorkshire. The cyclists, who had already raised over £160,000 for their charity of the year before they started their 3.5 day 300 mile journey to Pudsey in Yorkshire, were joined by Jodie Kidd, London Team ambassador at Potters Field Park, Cardiff Team ambassador Gethin Jones at Principality Stadium in Cardiff and Mark Beaumont in Edinburgh.8) Lidl UK and CLIC SargentLidl UK is donating 30p from sales of its British apples to CLIC Sargent until 28th September, in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.From today till 28th Sept, 30p from sales of our British Apples will go to @CLIC_Sargent to support #CCAM. More info https://t.co/PTO701kieD pic.twitter.com/oj1o1fe16D— @LidlGB (@LidlGB) September 22, 2016 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Guide to effective telephone fundraising published by IoF

first_imgGuide to effective telephone fundraising published by IoF  284 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Tagged with: Telephone fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13  283 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 13 February 2019 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. “There are few tools as powerful as the telephone to achieve long-lasting connections with donors. The results of the IoF survey show that a third of respondents said they did not feel confident of the regulatory environment for using the phone. We hope this guide will help give charities some clarity on how the telephone can continue to be an important part of the fundraising mix.” The Institute of Fundraising has published a guide to help charities use the telephone effectively for fundraising.A Good Call: Using the Telephone for Successful Fundraising aims to help fundraisers and charities develop stronger relationships with supporters, and has been developed with the help of telephone fundraising agency Ethicall.The guide is free to all charities and fundraisers, and provides information and advice on a range of ways the telephone can be used to talk to supporters, such as to gather feedback, say thank you, talk about legacies and diversify support. It also explains the regulatory and legislative requirements.The information is split into two parts; advice on conversations fundraisers can have with supporters, and clear guidance on how fundraisers can plan and prepare for these conversations, including guidance on handling of personal data.Research carried out by the Institute of Fundraising alongside the guide found that three quarters (74%) of 100 respondents currently use the telephone as part of their fundraising strategies, with the most common use, by 85% of respondents, being for welcome calls and relationship building/stewardship (excluding specific financial asks).The survey also showed that while 68% of respondents felt confident in their understanding of the regulatory environment, a significant number indicated a lack of confidence regarding GDPR and PECR.Tamsin Mitchell, Business Improvement Lead at the Institute of Fundraising, said:“Using the telephone has been, and continues to be, a great way to communicate with and engage supporters. We are delighted to have worked with experts in this area to produce this resource, which will support fundraisers by equipping them with the confidence and knowledge to use the telephone as an integral part of their fundraising strategies. “Feedback from fundraisers shows that the telephone can be crucial to building and strengthening relationships with supporters – it allows for an individual conversation, which can truly enhance a supporter’s experience and is a really important way to say ‘thank you’. We hope that ‘A Good Call’ can help fundraisers reach out to supporters, deliver excellent conversations and nurture long-lasting relationships.”Alex Weeks-Smyth, Client Services Director, from Ethicall, added: Advertisementlast_img read more

Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle van Milrem Robotics wordt tentoongesteld op IDEX 2021

first_img Type-X Robotic Combat Vehicle van Milrem Robotics wordt tentoongesteld op IDEX 2021 Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 18, 2021 WhatsApp The Type-X RCV is designed to support mechanized units and will become an intelligent wingman to main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. Twitter Facebook Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Previous articleType-X, le véhicule de combat robotisé de Milrem Robotics, sera dévoilé à l’IDEX 2021Next articleJazz beat short-handed Clips 114-96 for 9th straight win Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

‘Health And Safety Concerns Should Precede over Religious Rights’ : Plea In SC To Stop Burial Of Persons who Died of COVID-19 In 3 Mumbai Cemeteries

first_imgTop Stories’Health And Safety Concerns Should Precede over Religious Rights’ : Plea In SC To Stop Burial Of Persons who Died of COVID-19 In 3 Mumbai Cemeteries Nilashish Chaudhary1 May 2020 5:58 AMShare This – xFearing the risk of COVID-19 spreading through infected dead bodies, a Mumbai resident has moved Supreme Court seeking a stay on burials being allowed in 3 cemeteries next to his residential area. Aggrieved by the Bombay High Court’s order of April 27, refusing to stay burials of deceased in these 3 cemeteries in Bandra West, the petitioner has sought Special Leave to appeal against…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginFearing the risk of COVID-19 spreading through infected dead bodies, a Mumbai resident has moved Supreme Court seeking a stay on burials being allowed in 3 cemeteries next to his residential area. Aggrieved by the Bombay High Court’s order of April 27, refusing to stay burials of deceased in these 3 cemeteries in Bandra West, the petitioner has sought Special Leave to appeal against the same. While the original writ petition before the High Court had challenged the permission given by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to use certain cemeteries for burials, the aforementioned interim order renders the plea infructuous, contends the petitioner. “Consequently, in the absence of any interim protection the Petitioners’ writ petition would be infructuous as the burial process will continue and irreversible damage would be caused to the neighbouring area if the covid-19 virus spreads due to the infected buried bodies.” The petitioner, Pradeep Gandhy, raises health and safety concerns involved in permitting burials to take place, especially in densely populated areas such as his. His primary contention is that burials of those who died of COVID-19 might pose a health risk to the public at large and therefore, should not be allowed for the time being. Religious rights must be subject to public order and health, in this unprecedented health crisis that we find ourselves in, urges the petition drawn up by Advocate Udayaditya Banerjee. “The present unprecedented health situation ought to take precedence over the religious rights of the deceased’s family members seeking to bury the deceased at the subject cemeteries. In the context of shifting of graves of muslims vis a vis their right to religion under Article 25 and 26 of the Constitution, this Hon’ble Court has consistently reiterated the fact that such right must be subject to public order and health of the larger community.” Conceding that there is no research to suggest that burials could cause the infection to spread through soil and underground water, the petitioner argues that it is wise to err on the side of caution during extraordinary times. On the other hand, it has also been submitted that there is no research to suggest the contrary either and several governments world over have advised on cremating the bodies of deceased who succumbed to the virus. The Maharashtra Government had also issued a circular advising the same, but later modified it, states the plea. “(The State) had originally issued a Circular dated 30.03.2020 directing that all Covid-19 infected deceased should be cremated and not buried, to avoid the risk of spreading of infection. However, due to undisclosed reasons, (they) modified this Circular, and issued the impugned Circular dated 9.04.2020, permitting burial to take place in 20 notified cemeteries, which included the subject cemeteries.” “Even though there may be no scientific basis to the contrary, it is precautionary in nature and imperative to be “safe rather than sorry” in extraordinary times such as the present situation where there is no cure to the disease.” Moving on, it is argued that even if burials are permitted, the same should take place in less populated/congested areas due to the potential catastrophe that could fall upon the residents of these places, adjacent to the cemeteries alluded to. To this end, examples of cemeteries located in such areas, which have not been listed by the BMC in its circular, have also been suggested. “It is respectfully submitted that the Petitioners have a legitimate fear of the spread of the covid-19 virus through the soil to the nearby populace, if the infected bodies are buried in the subject cemeteries. If at all the burial cannot be avoided due to religious and personal reasons, then the same ought to take place at the cemeteries near area which are less populated.” It has thus been prayed that not only the burial process at those three cemeteries be stayed, but the operation of the April 27 High Court order also be stayed till the present plea is disposed off.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Next Storylast_img read more

Further calls to house tourism facilities in Old Courthouse building

first_img Twitter By News Highland – April 29, 2019 There are further calls on Donegal County Council to house tourism facilities in the Old Courthouse building in Letterkenny. The building, located in the heart of the town, was recently handed over to the local authority and it’s widely thought that tourism services situated there would have far reaching benefits.Cllr Ciaran Brogan says it’s important for the Council to explore all options in this regard and to utilise the building to its full potential:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ciarangfhgfhfthgftourism.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Further calls to house tourism facilities in Old Courthouse building Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Google+center_img Previous articleWAAR Ready for Take OffNext articleGarda Economic Crime Bureau warn of fake financial websites News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Brundidge ‘outsider’ among featured artists at IAC

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 6, 2018 Book Nook to reopen Print Article Not many towns of 2,000 have several nationally acclaimed artists, however, Brundidge is rather fertile ground for such artists. Brothers Larry and Ronald Godwin put Brundidge on the map with metal sculptures that include Larry’s Wright Brothers and Flyer in Dayton, Ohio and “Alice in Wonderland” at Disney World and Ronald’s “Marlin” in Destin and “The Strider” that stopped traffic in New York City.Brundidge also proudly claims outsider artist Betty Sue Matthews who is one of 14 featured artists in the “Alabama Art Inside Out” portrait series by internationally acclaimed Troy artist Nall.“Alabama Art Inside Out” officially opens with a reception and Art Talk by Nall at 5 p.m. Friday at the International Arts Center on the campus of Troy University. The event is free and open to the public.Nall “discovered” Betty Sue Matthews after reading an article about her in The Messenger. Next Up“After I read the article I was quite interested and decided to take a short ride to see Betty Sue’s work,” Nall said. “Janice Hawkins and Baba Hendricks went to Brundidge with me. It was immediately evident that Betty Sue had a distinct style. We each bought several of her pieces.”Nall recognized that Betty Sue Matthews was truly an outsider artist. She had no training in art and had not been influenced “artistically” in any way. When she was not drawing in the sand with a stick, she was cutting figures out of tin with a pick ax.“Betty Sue was legitimate,” Nall said. “She painted both sides of whatever she was painting whether it was a human figure about six feet in height, a baby or a horse or a rooster. I decided to buy up a whole bunch of her artwork rather than a bottle of wine.”A large number of people in the local area purchased Betty Sue Matthews artwork. Nall said her artwork was a good buy.“Betty Sue’s artwork is in museums and in private collections around the country,” Nall said. “She will be remembered in Alabama, but she will not be a star because she’s not working anymore and she doesn’t have money behind her, so she’s not being promoted and too often those with talent aren’t promoted.” Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Brundidge ‘outsider’ among featured artists at IAC Latest Stories But Betty Sue Matthews – or Mathews, depending on how she spelled her name at the time – will join 13 other artists as stars during the “Alabama Art Inside Out” exhibition that will remain on display at the Troy University International Arts Center through November 9.The portrait series will feature portraits of each of the artists by Nall and two works of art by each of the artists.The artists feature are: Steve Skidmore, Yvonne Wells, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Mose T., Frank Fleming, Bill Nance, Clifton Pearson, William Christenberry, Chip Cooper, Kathryn Tucker Windham, Charlie Lucas and Flemming Tyler Wilson, Betty Sue Matthews and Bruce Larsen. You Might Like Allowance requested for short-term rental of home A man that had previously listed his house for short-term rental before being told to cease and desist by city… read more By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Advocates demand action after coronavirus spurs 2,000 reports of anti-Asian bias

first_imgAsian Pacific Policy and Planning CouncilBy STACY CHEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A new report says that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States have been the target of more than 2,000 bias incidents since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic — with nearly half of them occurring in California.The figures were released Wednesday by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, a coalition of organizations in the greater Los Angeles area that advocates for the rights of the AAPI community. In March, the organization launched Stop AAPI Hate, a program to track coronavirus-related harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. As of July 1, there were over 2,000 incidents reported across 45 states, with 42% of incidents coming from California.At a Wednesday press conference, council Executive Director Manjusha Kulkarni was joined by California Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi and David Chiu in asking California Gov. Gavin Newsom to include members of Asian communities in the state’s upcoming COVID-19 task force “to help ensure the state takes real action,” Kulkarni said, as well as to educate schools and businesses about the impacts of xenophobia and racism.They also called on the governor to allocate around $1.4 million for specific policies and research programs to help curb discrimination as part of the COVID-19 general fund, and also to strengthen existing anti-discrimination laws and mental health services for those who are affected.Kulkarni, who said the state’s recently-passed $202 billion budget included no funding for initiatives to fight anti-Asian discrimination, said the organization nonetheless feels the governor is open to their concerns and that members are “really hopeful this will be among many important issues that rise to the surface.”In response, Newsom’s press secretary, Jesse Melgar, told ABC News that “we value our relationship with the API Caucus and other stakeholders, and look forward to ongoing dialogue about how we collectively work toward the vision of a California for All.”“Racism and xenophobia have no place in California — not during a public health emergency when it is essential we come together to support all of our communities — not ever,” Melgar said.Recently, several videos of a woman harassing local Asian Americans in Torrance, California, went viral on social media. She was seen going on a racist rant at a park on two separate occasions, and in a third similar incident at a mall in 2019. A Torrance police department investigation resulted in no arrests.Around the same time a typed note was found posted on the door of a Japanese cookware shop in Torrance threatening the owner with violence.“We are going to bomb your store if you don’t listen and we know where you live. Go back to Japan, you monkey,” the note read.Members of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council say these are just a few of the more than 800 incidents that have been reported in California over the past three months.Assemblymember Muratsuchi has lived in Torrance, a city whose population is over 34% Asian, for over 20 years, and says he acknowledges Newsom’s past support of Asian Americans. But he calls the recent attacks “ugly and disgusting” and says he hopes they can get the resources necessary to deal more effectively with the spike in anti-Asian activity.At the press conference, officials also directed blame toward President Donald Trump, whose continued use of terms like “Chinese virus” and “kung flu” was said to encourage racist rhetoric against Asian Americans.“This pandemic of racism is being perpetrated by the commander-in-chief of the U.S.,” said David Chiu, chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, who also addressed struggling businesses in LA’s Chinatown. “This is akin to the tactics he used in his 2016 campaign when he attacked our Latino community using similar dog whistles.”The attacks on Asian Americans come as Black Lives Matter protests spread across the globe. Kulkarni said that Asian Americans, like Black and Latinx communities, have been the victims of racism.This period of reckoning “gives us an opportunity to stand with our African American sisters and brothers and fight what they’re going through,” she said. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more