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Statement in support of the AAPI community

Statement in support of the AAPI community

The horrific killings in Atlanta and attacks on members of the Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has once again reminded us of the reality of the rise of anti-Asian hate, discrimination and violence across this country. Even before the pandemic, the AAPI community has endured verbal and physical harassment and assaults for decades. Since the emergence of COVID-19, this has gotten even worse. There have been nearly 3,800 reports of hate incidents across the country since March 2020 alone, according to a report from the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center. And it’s likely that many more incidents go unreported. 

We must be conscious of the actions and language we use and how these have resulted in the increased racism, assault and the murders we now see. We should also continue to fight against the systemic racism and inequality in our society that deprives people of the means to live with dignity and compassion. 

We want every CCL volunteer and staffer who is a member of the AAPI community to know that CCL supports you, and that we reject the xenophobia and racism that you and other communities of color experience. These racist and violent attacks need to end, and perpetrators need to be held accountable for these hate crimes. No one’s “bad day” is a reason to end the life of any individual. 

Our sentiment and prayers are with the families of the victims who lost their lives: Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, Paul Andre Michels, 54, Xiaojie Tan, 49, Daoyou Feng, 44, Yong Yue, 63, Soon C. Park, 74, Hyun Jung Grant, 51, Suncha Kim, 69, Yong A. Yue, 63, and Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, who was injured. Read more about the victims here.

We recognize and appreciate that many of our volunteers are working to end racism and want to be good allies. To support that, we have assembled the resources below: