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Collective Statement – A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities

On March 16, eight people were killed at three different spas in North Georgia including six Asian women. We are heartbroken by these murders, which come at a time when Asian American communities are already grappling with the traumatic violence against Asian Americans nationwide, fueled by the United States’ long history of white supremacy, systemic racism, and gender-based violence.

As we collectively grieve and respond to this tragedy, we must lead with the needs of those most directly impacted at the center: the victims and their families. And during this time of broader crisis and trauma in our Asian American communities, we must be guided by a compass of community care that prioritizes assessing and addressing our communities’ immediate needs, including in-language support for mental health, legal, employment, and immigration services.

We must also stand firm in decrying misogyny, systemic violence, and white supremacy. We must invest in long-term solutions that address the root causes of violence and hate in our communities. We reject increased police presence or carceral solutions as the answers.

For centuries, our communities have been frequently scapegoated for issues perpetuated by sexism, xenophobia, capitalism, and colonialism. Asians were brought to the United States to boost the supply of labor and keep wages low, while being silenced by discriminatory laws and policies. From the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, to the forced migration of refugees from U.S.-led military conflict in Southeast Asia, to post-9/11 surveillance targeting Muslim and South Asian communities, to ICE raids on Southeast Asian communities and Asian-owned businesses, Asian American communities have been under attack by white supremacy.

Working class communities of color are disproportionately suffering from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Trump administration’s relentless scapegoating of Asians for the pandemic has only exacerbated the impact on Asian business owners and frontline workers and inflamed existing racism. The hypersexualization of Asian American women and the broad normalization of violence against women of color, immigrant women, and poor women make Asian American women particularly vulnerable. Hate incidents against Asian Americans rose by nearly 150% in 2020, with Asian American women twice as likely to be targeted.

We are calling on our allies to stand with us in grief and solidarity against systemic racism and gender-based violence. Violence against Asian American communities is part of a larger system of violence and racism against all communities of color, including Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.

In this time of crisis, let’s come together and build just communities, where we are all safe, where all workers are treated with dignity and respect, and where all our loved ones thrive.

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In Solidarity,

Asian Americans Advancing Justice -Atlanta & Georgia NAACP

 

Georgia Organizations

159 Georgia Together

9to5

9to5, National Association of Working Women

Absolute Justice now & Protect The Vote Ga coalition

ACLU of Georgia

All Voting is Local

Georgia America Votes-Georgia/America Votes

Asian American Advocacy Fund

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Activists

Asian Real Estate Association

Asian Youth for Civic Engagement

Atlanta ATL Radical Art

Atlanta Jobs with Justice

Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Black to the Future Action Fund

Black Voters Matter

Cambodian American Association of Georgia

Care in Action

Civic Georgia

Coastal Georgia Minority Chamber Inc

Common Cause GA

Crystal in the City

E Equals MC Squared Educational Services LLC

Environment Georgia

Faith in Public Life

Feminist Women’s Health Center

GA Familias Unidas

GALEO & GALEO Impact Fund

Georgia AFL-CIO

Georgia Alliance for Social Justice

Georgia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations

Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda

Georgia Equality

Georgia Muslim Voter Project

Georgia Shift

Georgia Stand-Up

Georgia State AFL-CIO

Georgia Working Families Party

Georgians for a Healthy Future

JCRC of Atlanta

Justice For Georgia

Korean American Coalition

Latino Community Fund Inc.

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – Welcoming Atlanta

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

New Georgia Project Action Fund

Partnership for Southern Equity

Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates

Poder Latinx

Progress Georgia

Promote Positivity Movement

Protect The Vote GA

Raksha, Inc

Refugee Women’s Network

Rep GA Institute Inc

Represent GA Action Network Inc

Savannah Undocumented Youth Alliance

Showing Up for Racial Justice – Atlanta

Sierra Club, Georgia Chapter

Southern Poverty Law Center

Taiwanese American Professionals – Atlanta

The Black Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, Inc.

The New Georgia Project

They See Blue Georgia

Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of the Southeast

We Love BuHi (Buford Highway) Inc.

Women Watch Afrika

 

National/ Out of the State Organizations

Alliance for Youth Action

Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education

America Votes-Georgia/America Votes

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Apna Ghar, Inc.

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Asian Prisoner Support Committee

Asian Youth for Civic Engagement

ATL Social Change

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Black Lives Matter Global Network

Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry at Fuller Seminary

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)

Community Justice Action FundCouncil on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Daya Inc

Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

Equality Labs

Freedom Network USA

GGE Media

Global Sikh Economic Forum

Haitian Bridge Alliance

Hate Is A Virus

Immigration Hub

Innovation Law Lab

Jetpac Resource Center

Jewish Voice for Peace Korean American Center (a division of Korean Community Services)

March For Our Lives GA

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Mekong NYC

MPower Change

Muslim Justice League

National Network for Arab American Communities

National Organization for Women

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

NFLUENCE

North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT)

NPNA

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates

Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)

People For the American Way

Pi Delta Psi Fraternity

RESULTS

Sakhi for South Asian Women

Seac village

Seed the Vote

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

South Asian SOAR

South Asian Youth In Houston Unite (SAYHU)

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Southeast Asian Defense Project

Southeast Asian Freedom Network

State Innovation Exchange (SiX)

Taiwanese American Citizens League

Taiwanese American Professionals – Austin Chapter

Taiwanese American Professionals – New York

Taiwanese American Professionals – San Diego

Taiwanese American Professionals – San Francisco Chapter

Taiwanese American Professionals – WashingtonDC

Taiwanese Americans for Progress

The Revolutionary Love Project

Transforming Generations

Tsuru for Solidarity

Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations

United We Dream

Voto Latino

Yemeni American Merchants Associaiton

Young Bhutanese Coalition of New York

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

 

List of organizations updated on March 17, 2021 (4:45 PM EST)

For more information please email jwoo@advancingjustice-atlanta.org