Response Following the Acts of Violence and Hate Against the Asian Community

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.

Get Trained with Hollaback

Stop AAPI Hate National Report

Asian Americans Are Calling on Allies in Response to a Wave of Violence

Asian American Experiences of Racism during COVID-19

How to Support Asian American Colleagues Amid the Recent Wave of Anti-Asian Violence

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Anti-racism Resources to Support Asian American, Pacific Islander Community

Stories Shed Light On Recent Attacks On Asian Americans

How You Can Join the Stop Asian Hate Movement

Self-Care Tips For Asian Americans Dealing With Racism Amid Coronavirus

Allyship right now: #StandForAsians

A Rise in Attacks on Asian-Americans

 

Follow accounts like:

@stopaapihate

@michellekimkim

@hateisavirus

@antiracsimdaily

 

Sincerely,

The Junior League of Los Angeles Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee