March 17, 2021 IN: National, Press Room
SEARAC Mourns the Victims of Shooting in Atlanta and of All Violence Against Asian American Communities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2021
Elaine Sanchez Wilson
Washington, DC – Today, we come together with our Asian American communities in grief and in solidarity, as we mourn with the victims of violence against Asian Americans, from the devastating shootings of Asian American women spa employees in Atlanta, to the deportation of 33 Vietnamese American community members on Monday by ICE.
“Our hearts ache from these acts of hate, gun violence, state violence, misogyny, and domestic white terrorism,” said Quyen Dinh, SEARAC Executive Director. “In the last year, we’ve seen attacks against Asian Americans skyrocket, primarily against Asian women, many of whom work in frontline and service sector industries, and elders. Our elected officials must address the xenophobia and fear-mongering against Asian Americans that have been a constant throughout US history. We demand swift action to uproot racist institutions and systems that continue to target those most vulnerable. For these impacted families and for so many others who’ve suffered harm and trauma, we demand immediate and long-term investment into community-centered solutions for safety and healing.”