NJSACC’s Statement Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
In the face of an appalling surge of anti-Asian violence since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, NJSACC memorializes its active condemnation of this and all racial and gender-based aggression, and stands in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
The recent horrific murders of eight people in Atlanta, including six Asian women, come at a time of unprecedented violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). There have been 3,800 reports of hate incidents targeting members of AAPI communities across the country since last March when the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to the advocacy organization Stop AAPI Hate.
NJSACC condemns this violence and stands in solidarity with AAPI communities everywhere. There are over 940,000 Asian Americans in our state, more than 10% of our population, according to Jersey Promise, an Asian American advocacy organization.
At NJSACC, we have intensified our commitment to dismantling systems that continue to perpetuate racial and gender-based violence. We are applying an equity lens to every aspect of our work, from staff development and all the work we do. This is a painful time for all of us. However, we all have the responsibility to help this country heal and repair hundreds of years of injustice. It’s also a reminder of how critical it is that we pull together to make our communities, and all of NJ, more inclusive, equitable and safe for all.
Michael Vuong, Clubhouse Director of the Tenderloin Clubhouse at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco shares hear how he has been responding in his personal life and with the youth he serves:
PBS Daily News Lesson: Asian Americans face a wave of discrimination during the pandemic