Like you, we at ELACC were saddened and shocked at last month’s tragic shooting in Atlanta, GA, that left eight people dead, including six Asian women. We reflect on this senseless act of violence with heavy hearts and mourn for the victims and their loved ones. As acts of hate towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community are on the rise, we must stand united to denounce hatred in all forms and advocate for racial justice.
For 25 years, ELACC has fought for equity alongside the most marginalized members of our community. Our values are deeply rooted in the advancement of social and economic justice for people of color in Los Angeles. We strongly condemn all acts of violence targeting AAPI communities across the country and join our allies in denouncing the xenophobia, violence and, racism against our AAPI brothers and sisters.
Now more than ever, we must remain committed and headstrong in our work to end white supremacy and racism and continue to uplift communities of color. We stand in solidarity with our AAPI, Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities to end racial and gender violence everywhere and work to create a safer and more inclusive world for everyone to live and thrive.
It’s up to all of us to take action and protect each other. Here are a few ways you can support the AAPI community:
- Follow @stopaapihate on social media and visit their website to report any incident of physical or verbal violence against AAPI communities.
- Support AAPI owned small businesses and donate to AAPI organizations.
- Learn ways you can protect your communities and intervene effectively as a bystander without compromising safety. More info at Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
- Engage with your local community civically and ask your elected officials what they are doing to combat racism towards the AAPI community.
- Stay informed of what’s happening and why. The AAPI community has experienced centuries of violence in the US stemming from anti-Asian racism. Educate yourself and your loved ones on the historical context of this racism.
- Check-in on your loved ones who are part of the AAPI community and lend your support.
ELACC staff and board of directors