The events of this week in Atlanta have been devastating. The shooting resulting in the death of eight individuals – six of whom were Asian American and all but one of whom were women – sadly highlights yet another example of the structural violence and racism imposed upon diverse communities nationwide. Anti-Asian structures have existed in our country for centuries, but overt racism blaming Asian Americans for the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened hate and violence against those communities over the last year. Recent data shows that hate incidents targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders rose by nearly 150% in 2020, women being twice as likely to be targeted.
There is no place for the violence and hatred we continue to see against minority communities everywhere. PANOW stands with our Asian Pacific Islander communities today and always. For our staff and partners, we serve as a place welcoming all. We strive to create an environment supportive of the amazing perspectives and growth accomplished only by working side by side regardless of an individual’s race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, income, or ability.
Read a statement from our partners at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, including ways you can support and/or donate.
Carly Hood-Ronick MPA, MPH