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#HATEISAVIRUS Hosts Raise a Million Chapter II
Oct 17, 2020
Limited Edition HATEISAVIRUS x Van Ness Wu Drop
UPRISERS are beyond grateful and thrilled to announce our collaboration with Van Ness Wu to release the limited edition HATEISAVIRUS x Van Ness Wu Peace Hoodie and Tee. Van Ness Wu, a Taiwanese-American actor, singer, entertainer and all-around visionary, debuted his brand xVESSEL in 2018. xVESSEL is influential in its avant-garde footwear and aesthetic street-ready apparel. Van Ness has established a notoriety in the streetwear and sneaker community as well as an acclaimed actor. On top of his film and fashion productions, he uses his platform to support and advocate for important social causes. SHOP the exclusive HATEISAVIRUS x Van Ness Wu drop at weareuprisers.com!! As UPRISERS we continue to sow into the vision to unite and empower our communities across platforms. The move for change becomes boundless when we come together.
What is #HATEISAVIRUS?
Since the start of this year, UPRISERS have been working closely with #HATEISAVIRUS. What started as a local initiate became a global movement when now CEO and Co-Founder of Hate Is A Virus, Tammy Cho (Founder of BetterBrave) and CFO and Co-Founder, Bryan Pham (Founder of Asian Hustle Network) came on board. In fact, the name HATEISAVIRUS was inspired in the living of our founder, Michelle K. Hanabusa. Kari Okubo, our digital marketing director; Saul Lopez, our art director and content creator; and Michelle K. Hanabusa sat in her living room trying to make sense of everything going on and brainstormed ways to help our local community. We recognize parallel to the increase in hate and racism, there demands a sizable force to counter those voices. We’re here to stand together and let our voices resonate louder.
#HATEISAVIRUS is an instrumental movement to counter racism and xenophobia against Asians fueled from the rhetoric generated by COVID-19. They gathered the community together for the first Raise A Million virtual rally and event in May because of the pressing urgency to help Asian American owned restaurants that were hit twice as harder than non-Asian businesses. Through our incredible partnerships and your committed participation, we raised $17k in funds to help local businesses. To think, that is just the beginning.
Mission for Raise A Million Chapter II
The vision continues to reveal itself. We continue to engage and activate our community of influential individuals to work towards change. Our latest Raise A Million Chapter II raised over $15k for our arts, music, fashion and media organizations. The extraordinary panelists include Sandra Oh, Kulap Vilaysack, Maulik Oancholy and MILCK. The incredible keynote speakers were Van Ness Wu, Kathy Masaoka and Yu Tsai. Last but not least, we were joined by phenomenal female artists Judith Hill and Ruby Ibarra. In case you missed it, you can still watch it here!