Atlanta-area residents woke up to news Wednesday morning that an overnight shooting spree left eight people dead and another person injured. It appears that at least 6 of those killed were Asian women. We mourn for those who lost their lives, those injured, and all who have been affected by this ruthless act of violence.
While details about this horrific incident are still emerging, Unite Oregon strongly condemns the wave of anti-Asian racism and violence taking place across the United States, and right here in Oregon, targeting our own Asian & Pacific Islander communities. Stop AAPI hate has documented nearly 3,800 incidents of anti-Asian racism over the past year, disproportionately impacting Asian and Pacific Islander women.
Racism, misogyny, classism, and other forms of oppression compound each other in insidious ways. We must work together to dismantle all forms of oppression that members of our communities experience. We join organizers across the United States in calling for deeper investments in community-centered, transformative justice initiatives which prioritize healing for those impacts by hate incidents.
We urge you to show your solidarity with those grieving in Atlanta by supporting local organizations working on the ground:
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta (https://www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org)
- Asian American Advocacy Fund (https://www.asianamericanadvocacyfund.org)
- 9to5 Georgia (https://9to5.org/chapter/georgia)
- National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum - Georgia chapter (https://www.napawf.org/chapters/georgia).
We also urge you to support local Asian & Pacific Islander organizations, like our longtime partners at APANO, the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (www.apano.org).
If you have experienced a hate incident, we encourage you to report it to ReportHatePDX.com (Portland-focused), or StandAgainstHate.Oregon.gov (statewide).
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