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This month we mark a year of quarantine isolation and celebrate Women's History Month. We reaffirm that we are a community united by the vision of creating a just world that embraces people of all genders and sexual orientations. To achieve that goal we know that we have to condemn violence, racism, white supremacy, and stand in solidarity with people of all races and ethnicities.
We are outraged and saddened by the news that last night 8 people were murdered in Atlanta and that the majority were Asian women. In recent months, we have seen that crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have increased significantly. Since March 2020, there have been more than 3,700 reported AAPI hate crimes in the United States * and nearly half have been reported right here in California.
Enough with the hate!
These hate crimes are rooted in white supremacy and systemic racism. We know that the United States has a long history of racism and violence, including against the AAPI community. We see that this racism continues with the same accusations and violence today that we experienced in the 1940s when people of AAPI descent were incarcerated solely because of their ethnicity. As part of our loving community we urge you to condemn racism and commit to:
- Educating ourselves about racism, including racism against the AAPI community
- Recognize that our language matters. It is racism, not xenophobia.
- Dispelling myths about AAPI communities
- Participate in mutual support efforts
We are a diverse community and we will not be silent when our AAPI loved ones face violence. We are deeply saddened by these instances of violence. In memory of the lives lost, we reaffirm ourselves in our work of unconditional love and will continue to fight for the rights and lives of all.