Hate Has No Home Here

Community actions and resources to join together against hate

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Bellevue is among Washington's most diverse cities. With more than 40% of the population reporting some Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry, city leaders have taken a number of actions to fight hate, bias and racism, particularly after several instances of hate crimes and discrimination against the Asian and Pacific Islander community nationwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are just some of the ways the city is responding and supporting a welcoming, inclusive community. This page also contains resources for community members to report incidents of hate and support an inclusive community spirit in Bellevue where we all stand up to say Hate Has No Home Here. 

Hate Has No Home Here is more than a movement. It is an affirmation of community values in ensuring everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, and embraces a shared accountability to treat everyone with dignity. While the effort was prompted by the recent rise in violence against members of the Asian Pacific Islander community, it is a larger and broader stance against all forms of hate, including against members of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities. It is an affirmation that residents, businesses, and places of worship and education in Bellevue will not tolerate hate, in any of its forms, in our community.

See the 'Get Involved' section below for opportunities to add your voice to the conversation and make a commitment to supporting inclusion in Bellevue. 

Messages from Bellevue in support of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community members

  • City statement April 20, 2021 - Mayor Lynne Robinson and Police Chief Steve Mylett released a joint statement following the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. The statement reads in part, "It is critical that all levels of government are more aware of the tremendously important responsibility we have in protecting the lives and wellbeing of all community members. Bellevue stands in solidarity against prejudice, bias, hate and social inequity."
  • City leaders speaking at anti-hate rally March 20, 2021, featured in Lake to Lake television show.

Report Incidents of hate or bias

Get Involved in the Hate Has No Home Here movement

Proclaim: Residents, businesses and local organizations are encouraged to join together in a visual message of strength and unity against hate in our communities by posting signs and stickers in yards and windows proclaiming that Hate Has No Home Here. The signs and stickers, produced by the City of Bellevue, say "Hate Has No Home Here" in multiple languages spoken in Bellevue. By accepting the signs and stickers, recipients pledge a commitment to reject discrimination and be part of the solution to ending hate in our communities. Through a partnership with the Bellevue Downtown Association, Hate Has No Home Here banners will adorn light poles in the downtown area through May. 

  • Residents - Yard/window signs will be available for pick up at no cost at the following locations and times (guidelines for placement):
    • Bellevue Downtown Library, Tuesday-Wednesday 1-7:30 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Newport Way Library, Tuesday-Wednesday 1-7:30 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Other locations are to be added as they are confirmed so please check back.

Downloadable files for posterssigns and banners are also available. 

  • Businesses/organizations - Window stickers will be available for pick up at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce April 6 and 8, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. You may also fill out a form to request a sticker be mailed to you. 

Participate: The City of Bellevue invites community members to be part of a crowd-sourced community video message about what an inclusive community looks like to you. This document has all instructions and parameters to participate. The resulting videos will be posted to the city's website and YouTube channel, and may be used for other promotional purposes. See the first video below:

In addition, the virtual Cultural Conversations session for May is called "Are You Listening?" and focuses on the theme of Voice: how we find it and how we support others in speaking their truth. The session is on May 4, 1-2:30 p.m. Click here for more information and a link to register.

One of the May 4 event panelists, Emily Chang, also spoke at the city's March Cultural Conversations session about her experience with the model minority myth. Her speech from that session is below:

Prepare: Know what to do if you see or experience hate. The national nonprofit Asian Americans Advancing Justice offers bystander intervention trainings and additional reporting mechanisms to track and deter all forms of hate in our communities.

More Resources

Tips for managers/businesses in response to race-based incidents of hate affecting employees

Step 1: Acknowledge what is happening

  1. Acknowledge that the event took place.
  2. Research and educate yourself to know context.
  3. Share resources and information for those with questions.
  4. Take your time, don't breeze through the topic.
  5.  If able, share your own feelings and model vulnerability when safe.

Step 2: Reduce work-related pressure

  1. Talk with employees about how they are doing.
  2. Reexamine work flow and necessary tasks, shifting deadlines if possible.
  3. Understand that while we are in a state of trauma response our neural functioning is not at its peak. (This can manifest in varying degrees of intensity, refer staff to HR if they need accommodation.)

Step 3: Make space for discussion

  1. A check-in, formal or informal, provides space to talk about recent events.
  2. A follow-up to the verbal acknowledgement (step 1).
  3. Hold space in a staff meeting for people to share their responses.
  4. Connect the information back to the work only after allowing individuals to express their own feelings.

Step 4: Support employees holistically

  1. This may mean supporting employees in their work duties but also in their wellbeing.
  2. Provide resources from internal and external sources: It is best practice to remind all employees that resources are available from a variety of sources.
  3. Check in again, these events can preoccupy an employee's mind for weeks or months after the incident.

Credit: Marika Sitz

Internal communication examples

Courageous Conversation Intro Slide

Presentation from City of Bellevue Employee Resource Group courageous conversation in support of Asian and Pacific Islander staff members, March 25, 2021



Internal message to staff

Message to City of Bellevue staff from City Manager Brad Miyake to address the topic of standing together against hate in the community and workplace, March 19, 2021

Asian Pacific Islander mental health resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness - View the NAMI statement on AAPI violence and visit nami.org/AAPI for mental health resources for the API community. 
You can also call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI
Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741 to speak with someone right away.

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Other BIPOC mental health resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Visit NAMI pages for Black/African American, Indigenous, and Hispanic/Latinx (Español) communities to find culturally specific mental health resources and information. 
You can also call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-NAMI
Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741 to speak with someone right away.

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