I am angry. And I am frustrated. Hearing about these hate crimes towards my Asian Pacific islander American community is unfortunately not new. We’ve been advocating against this violence for years – but this time our collective voices are so much louder because we are fed up with the status quo. We offer our condolences to the families of the Atlanta shooting victims and all those impacted by hate crimes and violence.
NAAAP-Chicago STRONGLY denounces escalating acts of hate and violence against APIA women, elderly, and the greater APIA community. The time to seek action and advocacy is now more important than ever. It’s so important to connect to our community to provide and receive support. We will no longer be invisible or silenced in our outrage and will advocate and take action.
NAAAP has begun taking action by creating a resource page of useful sites providing data/statistics, mental health resources, education/how to training, and more. Stay tuned for additional projects, initiatives, and actions.
Until then, stay safe and well.
Chapter President – Chicago
National Association of Asian American Professionals
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3/27/21 Chicago Sun Times: ‘You can’t stay quiet any longer’ — hundreds rally in Chinatown to ‘stop Asian hate’ crimes