17 Mar Statement in Response to the Shooting of Asian Women in Atlanta
Statement in Response to the Shooting of Asian Women in Atlanta
It is with a heavy heart that we reflect on yesterday’s tragic shooting in Atlanta that killed eight people, including six Asian women. Regardless of motive, the fact remains that the killer targeted Asian women, and this violence underscores the soaring levels of anti-Asian hate, attacks, discrimination and harassment that our communities are experiencing – as well as how women (especially women of color and working class immigrants) are regarded and treated in society. We mourn for the victims and their loved ones. We grapple with compounding fear, trauma and loss. We are tired.
Yet, more than ever, we must remain steadfast in our work to end the hate and build respect and compassion between people. We renew our commitment to uplift communities of color, fight for equitable policies and celebrate diversity. We lean into our mission, values and the important support services we provide. We draw hope from our community’s resilience, and optimism from the outpouring of support from allies old and new.
In this time of crisis, it’s important to reaffirm our understanding that violence against Asian American communities stems from the same racism that targets Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Let’s stand together to put an end to acts of racism, and build equitable, safe, inclusive and sustainable communities for everyone.
Here are a few ways you can support the AAPI community:
- Report incidents to Stop AAPI Hate and follow them on social media @stopaapihate
- Educate yourself and others about anti-racism and the Asian community’s struggles
- Donate to AAPI organizations and shop at AAPI-owned small businesses
- Check in with loved ones in the AAPI community. Support and advocate for them.
Read our February 2021 statement on opens in a new windowStopping Anti-Asian Violence.