I was glad to find this collective statement by Asian Americans who are suffering this violence. To hear how they are doing and what they are asking us to do to support them. They rightly point out violence against their community is part of a larger system of violence and racism.
This statement supports the abolition of police and prisons. We reject increased police presence or carceral solutions as the answers. And building just communities is what Mutual Aid is all about. 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.
Note: It can be difficult to determine which sources are reliable, as in this case where I’m not familiar with the organizations that are involved in anti-Asian violence. I appreciate the daily digest of Popular Resistance, which I have found to be a reliable source of information about justice issues and actions. That’s where I found the following information. Also, the American Friends Service Committee-South Region is one of the signatories.
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.
To sign on to the statement as an individual or a group, or make a donation to communities in need, go to https://www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/aaajcommunitystatement
On March 16, eight people were killed at three different spas in North Georgia. Six of the people killed were Asian American and all but one were women. We are heartbroken by these acts of violence, which come at a time when the AAPI community is already grappling with the trauma of increasing violence against Asian Americans nationwide, fueled by scapegoating around the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the United States’ long history of white supremacy and systemic racism.
By signing on to this letter you join us in decrying misogyny, white supremacy, systemic racism that is at the core of violence against Immigrant and Black communities.
As we collectively grieve, process, 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 crisis for our AAPI community, we must be guided by a lens of community care that prioritizes coordinating resources to address those needs.
We thank you for your solidarity and patience as we investigate the best response for the victims and their families.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is the first and only nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in Georgia and the Southeast.
Through our work, we envision a social movement in which communities of color are fully empowered, active in civic life, and working together to promote equity, fair treatment, and self determination for all.
Founded in 2010 as the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC), our organization became part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation in 2014. Since then, we have re-organized our focus areas more specifically into four groups: Policy Advocacy, Organizing & Civic Engagement, Impact Litigation, and Legal Services.