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The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) is setting up a nationwide effort for national and local advocacy groups to work together as violence and hate crimes against Asians and Pacific Islanders persist. 

Why it matters: Stop AAPI Hate has tracked over 9,000 self-reported anti-AAPI incidents since March 2020 — half of which occurred in the first six months of this year alone.

The details: Through direct partnerships and funding, TAAF’s new Anti-Hate National Network aims to connect the foundation with organizations fighting the issue and bridge them to one another.

  • The efforts begin with the Chinese American Service League in Chicago, the Asian American Federation in New York City and Asian Health Services in Oakland leading the network's first pilot “action centers."
  • Each group, which also received a $500,000 grant from TAAF, will expand their existing anti-hate services and create new ones led by the foundation.

Separately, the foundation will also partner with GoFundMe to set up an AAPI Emergency Relief Fund for victims of hate crimes and their families, with an initial $500,000 investment.

What they’re saying: “What we've heard from the organizations … is that they want to be a part of a national network so they can learn from each other,” Sonal Shah, president of The Asian American Foundation, told Axios.

  • TAAF's efforts will also allow the AAPI community to "speak with one voice on a national scale," Paul Luu, CEO of the Chinese American Service League, tells Axios.

The big picture: “We have this time, this moment, to use the horror of what's been going on in our communities to try to try to mobilize change,” longtime Asian American activist Helen Zia told Axios.

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Why it matters: The duo has increased their investments in media projects in the past few years via their non-profit organization called Quadrivium Foundation.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked three abortion restrictions set to take effect on Nov. 1.

Why it matters: The laws would place new limits on medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to attain board certification in obstetrics and gynecology.

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The Biden administration has frozen a $700 million aid package to Sudan after a military coup on Monday threatened to end the country's transition toward democracy.

Driving the news: At least three protesters have been killed and dozens wounded in the chaotic scenes that followed the announcements from Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan's ruling council, dissolving the government and declaring a state of emergency.