The Junior League of Los Angeles is uncompromising in our commitment against racism and discrimination in all its forms. We will continue to speak out and condemn intolerance, discrimination, and violence. Since the pandemic, there has been an increase in violence against the Asian and Pacific Islander community largely fueled by COVID-19 pandemic racist rhetoric and xenophobia. Over the last few weeks, there has been a rise in anti-Asian violence, specifically targeting seniors and women across the United States.
From the murder of an 84-year-old Thai man, Vicha Ratanapakdee, in California’s Bay Area to the slashing of the face of Noel Quintana, a Filipino in New York, to the murder of six Asian women in Atlanta this week, all of whose names have not been released, these violent attacks have left Asian and Pacific Islander communities in mourning and fearing further tragedy.
The Junior League of Los Angeles stands in solidarity with our Asian and Pacific Islander members and community. We stand firmly against all racially and ethnically motivated acts of intimidation and violence. We are here to support all our members grappling with anger, fear, disappointment, and uncertainty. JLLA stands by each of you.
The Junior League of Los Angeles is dedicated to creating an inclusive and equitable organization that reflects our mission of service as civic leaders. As we stand together with our Asian and Pacific Islander members and community, we do so as a united organization committed to anti-racism in all its forms.
We want to create a safe space and forum for JLLA members to safely express their feelings around the hate and violence perpetrated against the Asian and Pacific Islander community. We are setting up a Listening Session this Thursday, March 25th, from 7:30 – 8:30 pm to create a haven to talk and support JLLA members. This session will be led by three of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee members Janine Moy, Miki Barr, and Chelsea Elder, alongside past JLLA President Anika Jackson.
Also, we would like to provide resources as you work to process the events that have taken place.
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The Junior League of Los Angeles Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee