One week ago today, eight lives, six of whom were Asian American women, were murdered in a series of spa shootings in the state of Georgia. We mourn with the victims’ friends, families and the Greater Atlanta communities directly impacted by this most recent act of domestic terrorism.
According to Stop AAPI Hate, the nation’s leading coalition documenting and addressing anti-Asian hate and discrimination, attacks on Asian Americans have increased more than 150% since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The majority of these were experienced by Asian women, who reported hate incidents at a rate 2.3 times more than Asian men. As an organization led by a mission to eliminate racism and empower women, we continue to condemn these acts of violence and racism.
YWCA Greater Lafayette, in solidarity with YWCA of Greater Atlanta and YWCA USA, stands against racism and gender-based violence. This latest assault on Asian Americans in Georgia is an assault on AAPI communities everywhere. We believe Greater Lafayette is enriched by the input and inclusion of our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and that society is stronger when everyone is given equitable opportunity to thrive.
“At YWCA, we are unwavering in our demand for justice and in our commitment to creating a world in which all women, girls and people of color can thrive. The shared experience of structural inequality and racism across all communities of color require us to deepen our work together to advocate for equity and justice. We do this work because we demand a safe world of equity and human decency. We will get up and continue to do the work until injustice is rooted out, until institutions are transformed and until justice just is.” – Elisha Rhodes, Interim CEO, YWCA USA.