STATEMENT FROM ARC-SOUTHEAST ON THE ANTI-ASIAN ATTACKS IN GEORGIA
March 18, 2021

 

On the evening of March 16th, eight people were murdered during a white supremacist attack on three different spas in Northwest Georgia. Six of the eight people killed were Asian women. We know that these violent attacks here in Atlanta were not isolated, but are part of the increased anti-Asian attacks across the country and the long history of racist violence in this nation. 

 

Our hearts are with the families and loved ones of Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Julie Park, and Hyeon Jeong Park. Reproductive justice declares that we deserve to live in safe and sustainable environments free from state and interpersonal violence. We should not live in fear in our homes, in our workplaces, or in our communities. 

 

As a Black-led and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color centered organization, we are in solidarity with our AAPI community members. We know that our collective liberation is tied together, because our oppression is rooted in the same systems of racism, anti-Blackness, gender-based violence, and white supremacy.  

 

As our Board Chair, Leng Leng Chancey states, “We must confront white supremacy head on and dismantle the structural oppression that threatens our very lives...Now is the time for BIPOC communities to fight back.” Our commitment to ending anti-Asian hate is  a commitment to ending anti-Blackness, and is ultimately a commitment to abolishing white supremacy. 

 

In response to this crisis, we are following the lead of our AAPI community members and organizations and we ask that you do the same. Below are ways you can support:

 

  • Sign on to Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta’s collective community statement.

  • Donate to the victims and their families. All donations will go directly to support the victims and their families.

  • Share the resources you can offer to the victims and their families, other impacted community members, and community organizations involved in crisis response. The resources you might offer can include, but are not limited to: mental health services (counseling, healing), other medical services, immigration legal services, interpretation or translation in Asian languages, victim advocacy/case management, assistance with fundraising for victims and their families, childcare, and/or food assistance.