Communities for a Better Environment
March 19, 2021
On March 16, a shooter killed eight people in Atlanta; six of the victims were identified as Asian and seven were women. At least four of the people killed were of Korean descent.
The Weingart Foundation stands with communities in our collective grief and outrage at these tragic deaths. We condemn the anti-Asian racism that has led to increased hate speech and violence against Asian American communities.
Racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has remained historically invisible. The Atlanta chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice points out that this includes a long history of hyper-sexualization of Asian women that is rooted in Westernized and colonial perceptions of Asia. This is inextricably linked to harassment and sexualized violence against Asian women. Women of Asian descent have reported 2.3 times more incidents of violence than A.A.P.I. men, according to a new Stop A.A.P.I. Hate report of nearly 3,800 hate incidents reported since March 2020.
While anti-Asian hate crimes have increased during the pandemic, working-class Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and Asian American communities have also been disproportionately impacted by the virus and faced higher rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.
It’s important to remind ourselves that racism impacts communities in distinct ways, but it impacts all of us profoundly. From anti-Asian violence to the horrific pandemic death toll in Black, indigenous, and Latino communities, to police and state violence against B.I.P.O.C. people, to the white supremacist insurrection at the Capitol, structural racism is threatening our very existence.
Anti-Black racism and the genocide of Native Americans have formed the foundation from which this nation’s other forms of systemic racism are built. What gives me hope is that communities have been making these connections. They are standing up and standing together, oftentimes led by courageous young people. The Weingart Foundation is united with these movements against racism and in building the bigger We.
President & C.E.O.
Recent President’s Messages
Feb 10, 2021
This is my last President’s message, and over the past few days, I have been trying to figure out what to write. Probably overthinking things, because more than anything else, I want to express my profound gratitude to our nonprofit and cross sector partners, my colleagues in philanthropy, and the Board and staff of the Weingart Foundation.
Message from Fred Ali, President & C.E.O.: Announcing the Weingart Foundation’s F.Y. 2021 Program Plan
Jul 21, 2020
In August 2020, I will begin my 22nd year as the President of the Weingart Foundation—and the work has never been harder.
Mar 16, 2020
First, thank you to the nonprofit organizations and frontline providers who are doing critical work to inform, protect and advocate for communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Message from Fred Ali, President & C.E.O.: A Heartfelt Farewell to our Senior Vice President, Belen Vargas
Aug 1, 2019
It is with deep gratitude for her many years of service and well-wishes for the future that I announce the departure of our senior vice president, Belen Vargas. Belen will leave the Weingart Foundation in late September to join California State University, Los Angeles as associate vice president for operations and chief mission officer.
Jul 1, 2019
A new proposal by the administration to drastically limit legal immigration could hurt millions of children and families across the country. Of all the recent cruel and unnecessary policies on immigration, this one stands out.