As an organization that has long centered and been powered by female-identified
people, the heartbreak over the most recent attacks is especially palpable for those
of us who have closely experienced both the power and the vulnerability of being
Asian women and leaders in our community. Our members —many of whom are
women, mothers living in the SROs, and young women — are risking their safety to
go to work, providing childcare and caring for family members, navigating distance
learning, and trying their best to preserve their mental health during these trying
times. Our Asian American communities are also traumatized, afraid, and outraged
during a time when we are also experiencing disproportionate impacts of the
pandemic. These include mass unemployment, safety risks to frontline workers,
insecure housing, the shuttering of our local small businesses, and a surge in antiAsian racism.
We recognize that violence affects all of us and all of our communities. We believe that our strength is in unity, not division, and that our histories and our futures areintertwined. All of us, including women and low wage workers, deserve to be safe.
We deserve effective and long term solutions that will address the root cause of this
issue. We must invest in long-term community-centered solutions that create
spaces for cross-racial healing that address underlying causes and create ways for
all to thrive. We are committed to working alongside communities of color to stop
the violence in all our communities. It is up to us to imagine what real safety could
look like for our people, and to build the future we want to see — one that is
grounded in accountability, justice, and care for each other.
As people who believe all our communities deserve safety, we demand the
• Tending to our survivors’ needs. Ensure victims and survivors of all
backgrounds and language abilities receive full supportive multilingual
multicultural services so they can recover and heal.
• Repair and heal. Provide resources for cross-community education, dialogue,
and healing in Asian American and Black communities that humanizes all of us
rather than demonizes or scapegoats any community of color.
• Build and Expand intervention. Expand prevention-based programs that
include mental health support, addiction recovery, housing stability, job
training, and invest in community-based infrastructure that we know will end
the cycle of violence and keep all of us safer.
• Invest in communities of color. We must address long-term systemic racism
and extreme inequality – jobs, housing, healthcare, education, and more. To
end violence, we must ensure all people have the resources and opportunities
they need to lead dignified lives.