On Tuesday, March 16th eight people were shot and killed in what is now known as the “Atlanta Spa Shooting”. The victims were identified as Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Yaun, Hyun Jung Grant, Yong Ae Yue, Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Paule Andre Michels and Daoyou Feng. Of those eight individuals, six of the victims were women of Asian descent, leading officials to believe that these victims were targeted due to race and gender. Many large news organizations are not calling it for what the act is, a Hate Crime. A Hate Crime as defined by the FBI is a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity”. While this case specifically is gaining a lot of attention, it is important to realize that this is one of many Asian-Hate Crimes that have occurred within the last year.
Struggles and violence against the Asian American community are often overlooked. The model minority myth has been a way to hide anti-Asian racism by using the stereotype that Asian Americans are successful and non-problematic in contrast to other minority groups. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Hate Crimes against Asian Americans have gone up by 1900%. Violence and racism towards the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community has been occurring at large scales, but the media has just now started reporting on it.
Asian Americans have been denied services.
Their businesses have been avoided.
Asian American children were murdered in the grocery store.
An Asian woman had acid thrown on her.
Businesses were robbed and destroyed.
A Vietnamese grandmother was robbed and assaulted.
Older Asian Americans have been targeted and assaulted.
Many have also been killed.
Those are just a few of the over 2,800 incidents that have been reported. With the rise of these incidents, it is important to make ourselves aware of what is going on in our country regarding these racial attacks and support those within the AAPI community.
How Can You Help Support the AAPI Community?
Report Hate Incidents
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is a group of AAPI attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, created a list of resources that explain Hate Crimes and hate incidents and how to report them to law enforcement. There are also community organizations in which you can report these incidents to such as;
Stop AAPI Hate
The Stand Against Hatred
Learn About the Asian American Experience
Follow for Information on the AAPI Community
Sign The Petition:
Petition to hold the media accountable for covering these stories by @asianamericancollective
Mental Health Resources
AAPI to Follow to Diversify Your Feed
Organizations/Accounts to Support:
Definition of Hate Crimes
Anti-Asian Hate Crimes rise 1900%
Doc Martens - everyone knows the name and recognizes the yellow stitching holding the shoes together. It’s unique how a pair of shoes and an iconic brand can bring generations together to bond over a commonality. As many of us recognize Doc Martens as a timeless piece to include in our daily modern wardrobe, it’s fascinating to know that the boots were originally designed as a functional work boot to be worn by factory and postal workers. It wasn’t until around 1970 that the boot started to form a revolutionary part of dress and human behavior. Punk culture and dress started by a group of working-class individuals that came together to divert from the norms of society. Doc Martens were a way of expression and rebellion from the typical wardrobe and united people to form a group of solidarity. In a Textiles and Apparel course, I learned how styles from subculture groups of society are taken to create mainstream fashion trends.
The originality of wearing work boots as a fashion statement was viewed by others and adopted, which created a long-lasting trend. Doc Martens are admired for their durability, quality, and overall aesthetic. I can’t scroll through Instagram or Pinterest without seeing a pair styled with an outfit. What’s unique about these boots is they can be styled with almost anything, which is rare to find a shoe that is so flexible and trans-seasonal. Following the trend of sustainability in the fashion industry, investing in long-term pieces of clothing can be a great way to lessen the number of products you buy. I invested in my first pair of Doc Martens recently after many years of admiring them and I’m excited to share all the versatile ways to style/wear them.
In times of COVID, is a shoe really worth buying if it can’t work with a sweatsuit? My favorite thing about my Doc Martens is wearing them with sweatpants and a sweatshirt while still looking put-together! Wear this to the grocery store, to run errands, or on a walk.
Many people think boots are only meant for the cold weather, although Docs are great all year round. Pair with a dress, skirt, sweat pants, or leggings. It always manages to tie together an outfit during any season.
Trends come and go, but Docs will stay forever. Regardless of the newest trend, these shoes can fit into your wardrobe in some way shape, or form. With fashion, it’s all about the staple pieces and investing in items that will last you a lifetime — Docs do just that.
Who says business wear has to be boring? Pair Docs with straight-leg jeans or slacks, a turtle neck, or a plain tee, and top it off with your professional blazer. You can wear this to meetings, dinners, or a day out and ensure you’ll look ready to take on the day (did I mention, Docs are super comfy for your daily walks to the fridge while WFH?)
I love wearing a pair of socks that extend past the opening of the show - it’s so fun to see it peek through.
If you want to read more about Doc Marten’s history, visit their website and check it out!
Last week, Uprising Magazine returned for the second consecutive year to the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association’s (SWPACA) 2021 conference. Given the public health crisis, the conference had moved to a virtual format in order to still provide attendees with their fill of research-based, cultural, Southwest-focused social projects.
In February of 2020, four members of Uprising flew down to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to present and attend other sessions at this same conference. In preparation for a fully-virtual conference, this year’s five members took to weekly 7:00am Zoom meetings to create the direction and messaging for our presentation.
Isaac Hackman (Co Editor-in-Chief), Cassie Hendrix (Co Editor-in-Chief), Melina Gotera (Editorial Director), Katie Maloney (Marketing Director) and Kalleigh Kress (Featured Member) made up the team of five student leaders presenting at the SWPACA conference.
With a strong understanding of attendees' interest in addressing racial injustices, cultural disparity, and social issues, Uprising set out to share our college organization’s efforts towards advocacy and action.
As this conference attracts nationwide attendees, we started by providing context to the historical roots of the Waterloo Cedar Falls Metropolitan area. We explored the long-sowed division and racial/socioeconomic inequities and their roots in redlining and other systems of white supremacy. We cited the controversial USA Today feature labelling Waterloo as the "#1 Worst Place for Black Americans to Live" and the nationwide discourse sparked by the New York Times' 1619 Project, which was written and produced by Nikole Hannah Jones, who grew up in Waterloo. This information set the stage for several elements in Issue 10.
Prior to this school year, Uprising leadership created and adopted a Commitment to Change, or Commitment Statement, to set the tone going forward in our continued work to produce a diverse, inclusive and welcoming publication environment. The statement is founded on three primary pillars --
Further, Uprising adopted a Land Acknowledgement statement into Issue 10 — with intentions to keep at the beginning of each issue going forward — to show respect towards Native and Indigenous People. The Land Acknowledgement recognizes the specific Native tribes that once populated the land our university resides on. Throughout this process, Uprising learned Land Acknowledgments should be a recognition of the wrongdoings of the past, and a celebration of an inclusive and welcoming future.
Land Acknowledgement: Uprising would like to acknowledge the land on which we gather is the seized territory of the Ioway, Sauk, Meskwaki, Wahpeton and Sioux People. Indigenous lands weren’t ceded through efforts of “good faith” by the United States Government, rather they were stolen from Native and Indigenous Peoples through coercion and dishonesty.
Both the State of Iowa and the United States Government carried out acts of genocide, ethnic cleansing and forced removal as ways to acquire land. Despite centuries of theft and violence, this remains Indigenous land — it will always be Indigenous land.
Native and Indigenous People are not relics of the past. They continue to share their talents and gifts amidst a backdrop of ongoing colonialism. We celebrate you.
Uprising shared the impact of two individuals from Waterloo who sought out a collaborative relationship with UNI Textiles and Apparel Program director, Dr. Annette Lynch. They are Waterloo Mayor, Quentin Hart, and Waterloo Schools & Career Center Talent & Acquisition Specialist, Joy Briscoe. Their creative partnership with UNI TAPP was extended to Uprising with an opportunity to assist at the most recent Cedar Valley Fashion, Arts and Culture Expo. This event celebrates Black excellence and Greek Life, featuring local leaders, artists, singers, dancers, and creators. Uprising members got involved in shooting photos, video and other general assistance on set.
Joy Briscoe was also an integral part of Issue 10’s ‘Sunday Best’ photoshoot and article, that featured photos and interviews with five award-winning local leaders: State Representative Ras Smith, Momentum Program Director Joyce Levingston, congressional staff member Ryan Stevenson, artist and motivator Nia "Shindigg" Wilder, and Waterloo Neighborhood Services Coordinator Felicia Smith-Nalls.
‘Sunday Best’ was shot in the empty historic Faith Temple Baptist Church — also known as Walnut Street Baptist Church — which was recently purchased by the local Habitat for Humanity chapter on behalf of the neighborhood. Smith, Levingston, Stevenson, Wilder and Smith-Nalls spoke on the intersections of faith, leadership, history and fashion in their own lives and work. Melina relayed her creative process, highlighting the importance of flexibility and leaning into the interviewee's narrative rather than imposing one.
Melina ended our SWPACA presentation with a quote from Ras Smith, the youngest Black lawmaker in Iowa — and the son of Reverend Belinda Creighton-Smith — who grew up in the Faith Temple Baptist Church. As he walked around his mom’s office from half a lifetime ago, he pointed out clear memories of this space from the past, quoting it as a “muscle memory” embedded in his DNA.
It was an honor for our group of student leaders to present on important topics that have been researched and learned as an organization over the past few months to a larger audience outside of our Iowa base.