Toshiko Hasegawa introduces Elizabeth Warren
Toshiko Hasegawa introduces Senator Elizabeth Warren at one of her final campaign events of 2020, which was held at Seattle Center (Photo: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Edi­tor’s note: Last year, at NPI’s 2020 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala, we were hon­ored to have Toshiko Grace Hasegawa as one of our fea­tured speak­ers. Toshiko’s reflec­tions on stand­ing strong against hate dur­ing tremen­dous­ly dif­fi­cult times are just as worth watch­ing and hear­ing today as they were almost one year ago when she record­ed them, espe­cial­ly giv­en this week’s hor­rif­ic mur­der spree tar­get­ing Asian Amer­i­cans in Atlanta, Geor­gia. These are moments when we must do all we can to unite our coun­try behind the pro­gres­sive val­ues we hold dear.

Toshiko Hasegawa introduces Elizabeth Warren
Toshiko Hasegawa intro­duces Sen­a­tor Eliz­a­beth War­ren at one of her final cam­paign events of 2020, which was held at Seat­tle Cen­ter (Pho­to: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

Meet Toshiko Hasegawa

Toshiko Grace Hasegawa, M.A. is the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Wash­ing­ton State Com­mis­sion on Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can Affairs.

Toshiko is a life long res­i­dent of Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton. She cur­rent­ly resides and was raised in Bea­con Hill as a fourth gen­er­a­tion Japan­ese Amer­i­can. She went on to attend Garfield High School in the his­toric Seat­tle Cen­tral District.

She has a Mas­ter of Arts in Crim­i­nal Jus­tice from Seat­tle Uni­ver­si­ty. Toshiko also received a bach­e­lor of Arts in Crim­i­nol­o­gy and Span­ish Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture as an under­grad­u­ate stu­dent at Seat­tle University.

She has earned cer­tifi­cates in effec­tive busi­ness writ­ing, grant writ­ing for non prof­its and pro­tect­ing human research participants.

This week, Toshiko announced her can­di­da­cy for Seat­tle Port Com­mis­sion, a coun­ty­wide office. She will be seek­ing the seat cur­rent­ly held by Peter Stein­brueck. You can learn more about her pri­or­i­ties on her cam­paign web­site.

Watch Toshiko’s remarks at NPI’s 2020 Spring Gala

Orig­i­nal­ly record­ed in April of 2020

Further reading

Take action: Stop racism against Asian Americans

These non­prof­its offer forms for report­ing instances of racism and hate crimes:

Sup­port this col­lec­tion of fundrais­ers if you’d like to put your mon­ey to work to stop Asian hate and help vic­tims of the mur­ders in Atlanta.

Need a back­grounder on hate crimes? This guide, pub­lished in 2006, is a good start­ing point for peo­ple unfa­mil­iar with this dif­fi­cult topic.

Down­load OCA’s COVID-19 toolk­it to learn how to avoid even unin­ten­tion­al­ly per­pet­u­at­ing and rein­forc­ing harm­ful stereo­types and false narratives.

OCA’s COVID-19 Toolkit

Con­sid­er sup­port­ing local non­prof­its that work against vio­lence and racism — like API Chaya — with your time, tal­ent, and trea­sure.

API Chaya empow­ers sur­vivors of gen­der-based vio­lence and human traf­fick­ing to gain safe­ty, con­nec­tion, and well­ness. We build pow­er by edu­cat­ing and mobi­liz­ing South Asian, Asian, Pacif­ic Islander, and all immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties to end exploita­tion, cre­at­ing a world where all peo­ple can heal and thrive.

(State Sen­a­tor and North­west Pro­gres­sive Foun­da­tion board­mem­ber Man­ka Dhin­gra co-found­ed Chaya, which is now API Chaya, sev­er­al years ago.)

There’s also the Asian Pacif­ic Islander Com­mu­ni­ty Lead­er­ship Foun­da­tion:

ACLF is a com­mu­ni­ty-based, non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that trains and sup­ports the lead­er­ship of Asian Pacif­ic Islanders (API) with a com­mit­ment to social jus­tice, com­mu­ni­ty empow­er­ment and pub­lic ser­vice. ACLF’s pur­pose is to pro­vide an envi­ron­ment which fos­ters the devel­op­ment of indi­vid­ual lead­er­ship, com­mu­ni­ty strength, and inter-com­mu­ni­ty uni­ty to pro­mote issues crit­i­cal to API’s.

And you can fol­low the Asian Pacif­ic Islander Coali­tion (APIC) on Facebook.

The most impor­tant thing you can do is con­front racism when­ev­er you’re in a posi­tion to. For exam­ple, if you hear some­one at your work­place, school, or faith com­mu­ni­ty make a racist com­ment, don’t let it slide. Report it and call it out. And if you’re will­ing and able, help that indi­vid­ual start their antiracism jour­ney. AAJC offers bystander inter­ven­tion train­ings — you can sign up for one here.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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