Statement of Solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander Community
Dear Project HOME Community:
We are saddened and outraged by the increase in Anti-Asian violence occurring within our nation. Just yesterday, six Asian women were shot and killed during a shooting spree that targeted Asian businesses in Atlanta. In December, we learned of the death of 19-year-old Christian Hall. Christian was experiencing a mental health crisis and instead of receiving aid and support, he was shot and killed by Pennsylvania State Police. In January, 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee was knocked to the ground and killed while walking in his San Francisco neighborhood. In February, in New York City, Noel Quintana, 61, was slashed across the face, and on the same day in Oakland, a 71-year-old grandmother was knocked to the ground while crossing the street and robbed. The group Stop AAPI (Asian-American Pacific Islander) Hate has reported 3,975 hate incidents against Asian Americans between March 19, 2020 and February 28, 2021.
Community, Project HOME condemns discrimination, racism, and violence against our Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) colleagues, residents, patients, program participants, and community members near and far.
Please join us as we stand in grief and solidarity with our AAPI community members. Let our grief and anger spur us to action.
- The New Yorker: Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination During the Coronavirus Crisis
- The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Discrimination and Violence Against Asian Americans
- Find a list of education resources, petitions to sign, places to date, and more by clicking HERE.
- Report hate incidents HERE and HERE.
- Attend a bystander intervention training to learn ways to stop anti-Asian American and xenophobic harassment.
- Send a message to elected officials that the federal government, state and local community responses to incidents of AAPI hate must be intersectional and responsive to the needs of Asian American women and elders.
On behalf of the Project HOME Executive and Senior Management Teams, the Advocacy Team and DEI Committee, let us redouble our work to further the vision of a safe, equitable and beloved Community.
S. Mary Scullion and Joan McConnon