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Welcome to LILAC! LILAC (Long Island Laboring Against COVID-19) is an award-winning student-run charitable organization whose mission is to serve the communities and workers who have been affected by the coronavirus by providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and emotional support through inspirational letters, cards, artwork, and multimedia videos. Our GoFundMe page raises money for medical supplies for healthcare workers to show our solidarity as they keep our communities healthy. Our ThankYou & WeCare (TYWC) Initiative raises the medical community’s and patients’ spirits by compiling and distributing encouraging letters, cards, artwork, and creative videos in a dedicated space where all can come to enjoy uplifting works which show solidarity, support and appreciation. Through our TYWC Initiative, student artists are channeling their feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic into their creative work, and in response, are spreading positivity and seeking to build support and a sense of solace for all our front line heroes, both medical and non-medical, and those patients who are fighting the disease themselves. ... CONNECT WITH US! WEBSITE: https://www.lilacovid19.org/ INSTA: https://www.instagram.com/lilacovid_19/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/LILACorg FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LILACovid19/
Sabrina co-hosted a Black History Month celebration at the African American Museum of Nassau County
On 2/25, on behalf of LILAC and GPI, our founder Sabrina Guo co-hosted a Black History Month celebration to extended our deepest respect and appreciation for the privilege of inheriting the legacy of the Joysetta & Julius Pearse African American Museum of Nassau County, and for being able to witness the fruits of Joysetta and Julius Pearse’s labor on this special occasion. We sponsored a breakfast reception at the museum, donated 5,000 masks, and dedicated 3 pieces of member-produced poster-size artwork to commemorate the life and legacy of the late Joysetta Pearse. We want to congratulate artists YeonWoo Lee, Nikhita Kapoor, and Tina Ting, whose artwork will be part of an upcoming exhibition at the museum. May we continue to work in likewise fashion to bring our communities together and be a source of good in the world.
Meeting with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
We’re excited to share a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer! It was an honor to meet the senator on Thursday, 10/14, in a joint meeting with other Asian American leaders in Long Island. We are so grateful for Senator Schumer’s support for Asian Americans and for taking the opportunity to speak with us about concerns within the AAPI community. Senator Schumer himself has been a great ally, fast-tracking the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in the Senate this April and supporting Senator Mazie Hirono and Congresswoman Grace Meng in pushing for more federal funding to facilitate hate crimes reporting. While we have much more work to do, this was a significant step in a positive direction. Founder Sabrina thanked the senator for his much-needed support and was able to share with him some of her own experiences with discrimination and bigotry, which happened even during donation events with LILAC. These types of occurrences are still common today, and while we may not believe they are indicative of all Americans, it’s a sad example of the state of our country today. This is why we believe it is of utmost importance to come together and combat hate in our neighborhoods, legislation, and culture because it is still happening today. In response, Senator Schumer encouraged Sabrina and all listeners with this inculcating remark: “We always have to speak out every time hate happens. That’s the lesson of history. If you stay silent, hate will grow. If you speak out, the better angels within people’s natures can flourish. It is endemic now when we have such demons let out, and we have to push them back in.” “Our communities stand united against racism. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can stop it.” -StopAAPIHate
15th Annual Back-To-School Supply Giveaway
On Saturday 9/25, Office of Minority Leader Legislators Kevan Abrahams and Debra Mulé co-hosted the 15th Annual Back-To-School Supply Giveaway! Organized by Trimz BarberShop and Heeling Soles, the giveaway handed out backpacks, sneakers, school supplies, vegetables and fruits, masks, hand sanitizers, and other essential resources necessary for our South Shore community. LILAC and our parent org Girl Pride Int’l partnered with other sponsors like Glory House Recovery Inc, Bethpage Credit Union, Clarity Surgical, Freeport Inc., Gio’s Little Angels Daycare, Hand & Hand Outreach, Millennium Sistahs, Parabit, Awalom Family & Friends, and more! We were especially inspired by the efforts of Trimz Barber Shop, Heeling Soles, and Glory House to strengthen our communities, even as they themselves are financially strained in the midst of this ongoing pandemic. We were also honored to have the Nassau County Police Department and Freeport Police Department stop by and support our students, in addition to bringing their own contributions. It was wonderful to see people from all walks of life join in! This Drive-Thru served hundreds of young students of the South Shore community and their families. It marked the second of a four-year commitment from LILAC/GPI, with members Alyssa Pinto, Natalie Kaplan, Tina Ting, Umesh Ponugupati, and our youngest member Minghan Tang (10), handing out backpacks and bags full of supplies, sneakers, and food. We also want to say thank you to our members' parents who were there to deliver boxes of vegetables and fruits to this drive-thru. We are very proud to help our community members, and we give gratitude to the support of our donors and followers like you. Thank you for stepping up and helping out our community. Together, we will overcome the hurdles the pandemic placed before us, and let compassion and generosity uplift us all. ... CONNECT WITH US! WEBSITE: https://www.lilacovid19.org/ INSTA: https://www.instagram.com/lilacovid_19/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/LILACorg FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LILACovid19/
COVID-19 and the increase in anti-Asian hate crimes
While it’s been noted in the media that the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our society has included a surge in xenophobia and racism, we wanted to once again reiterate the exacerbated effects this bigotry has had on the AAPI community. These attacks and increased hostility have tragically not stopped, but only increased. Additionally, the mental health impact on people of AAPI descent has gone largely unnoticed and unaddressed. It is important that we not forget to continue to combat anti-Asian hate on a daily basis. While news coverage can increase awareness for a moment, let us not allow it to dictate our attention on these pivotal issues! Our communities are hurting, and it is up to us to fight for equality, justice, and respect for all people. We must also engage on a policy level, urging cultural sensitivity and promoting legislation to tackle hate crimes in a way that tangibly reduces the detrimental effects on society. Today we are sharing a recent rally we co-organized, and remembering that it is our duty to stand up for Asian lives! Anti-Asian xenophobia and racism in the USA goes back to as far as the 19th century, when the Page and Chinese Exclusion Acts rejected potential immigrants, and who could forget the discrimination Japanese-Americans faced during WWII. Our history is fraught with bias and racism, and to this day Asians face harassment in many forms, being viewed as “perpetual foreigners” who can never be “true American.” We must fight in solidarity against all forms of discrimination and hate! Please, let us continue to do our best in supporting the AAPI community as this pandemic rages!
Asian-American Political Leaders Unite at AAPI Rally!
At the recent Anti-Asian Hate Rally LILAC co-organized, we were profoundly moved and honored to have NY Senator John C. Liu, Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens), and Director of Nassau County Office of Asian-American Affairs, Farrah Mozawalla, join us to inspire change, connect with our communities, exhort resilience, and demand proactive actions in support of AAPI lives. While news cycles come and go, it’s important for us to remain attentive to rising trends of anti-Asian hate, and speak up from within our community so that others who do not experience this form of discrimination can be aware of and help combat anti-Asian bias. We are so privileged to have these incredibly Asian-American role models as stalwart voices for positive change and for justice! It is important to have a representative body in government that reflects the American populace in its entirety, so that we all have a voice and say in how our country is run. It is up to us to take actionable steps and live lives of integrity, which includes being brave enough to advocate for ourselves, even if society ignores us. We will not stop fighting until the world knows we are here! @johnliuny @grace4ny @farrahmozawalla
Politicians and Community Leaders Stand in Solidarity with AAPI Community (Part 1)
In addition to political leaders from within the AAPI community, we were also joined by NY Senator Jim Gaughran, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph S. Saladino. We are so thankful for these allies in the struggle against anti-Asian hate! They have rightly decided that injustice to some is an affront to all, and that until one of us is still discriminated against, we are not all free! We want to encourage everyone to get involved in the fight against anti-Asian hate, and that if you see something, DO something! Be in community with and intentionally advocate for those outside of your lived experience! Listen to and believe what others say about their perspectives navigating this country. It is important that we humbly unite and work together if we are to truly make a change in this country. And let us not be passive in our desire for justice! We must demand tangible legislative and cultural change, so that we can all truly be free! @countyexecutivecurran @gaughran4senate @supervisorsaladino
Politicians and Community Leaders Stand in Solidarity with AAPI Community (Part 2)
As we close our coverage of the recent rally for AAPI lives, we want to continue to exhort our community to stand together for justice and equality for all. We are grateful to have politicians and community leaders like Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan (18th District), Legislator Kevan Abrahams (1st District), and District Superintendent Dr. Tom Rogers, who came together with us in support for our cause! We must remember that in addition to a shift in our culture, it is important to also advocate for a shift in our legislative processes. In this way, we can create a system that works for all of us! It is so encouraging to see politicians and community leaders from all walks of life coming together to stand for AAPI lives, and we have hope that we can continue this good work, even as news cycles come and go. We want to encourage everyone to get involved in the fight against anti-Asian hate, and that if you see something, DO something!
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