Fellow BUILD Members,
Please see the below statement released from the Washington Immigrant Network (WIN) in response to crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. We are saddened by the recent hate acts committed against these communities. We are joined together in solidarity with WIN and the AAPI communities against Anti-Asian hate and discrimination and bigotry in all forms.
Message from WIN's President, Kim Sauer
We are heartbroken and outraged by the recent horrific events in Atlanta and by the heinous attacks upon members of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in Washington State and elsewhere. AAPI communities across this nation are grief-stricken, anxious, fearful, and angry. It is no secret that many of us from the AAPI community are fearful for the safety of ourselves and our loved ones.
The New York Times reported nearly 3,800 hate incidents in the past year toward AAPI. Sadly, Washington State hasn’t been immune to these terrible trends. Is this just a problem that is limited to the AAPI victims that we’ve been hearing a lot about this past year? No. Hateful and harmful behaviors don’t just inflict pain directly upon the targeted victim(s). They spread a dreadful sickness throughout our society and we, as a whole, will never thrive as long as this sickness exists.
It’s overwhelming to think about where to go from here. It is easy to stay angry, fearful, blaming, and suspicious of others, but that will not help us change the situation we are in. We must stand up, take action, and not give in to those who wish to harm us. There is a Korean saying: “Even if, you are in a mouth of a tiger, find the way to survive.” This is the time to take action. It’s hard to do, but try to find a silver lining in this dark cloud and start from there.
I find my silver lining in my friends and colleagues of all races that have shared their concerns, well wishes, and offerings of support. As an Asian woman and immigrant, many friends and colleagues contacted me expressing their concerns and offering their support. Our Business Resource Groups colleagues have posted encouraging messages of solidarity, letting us know that we are not alone. Let’s start from there. Together we are stronger and together we can combat these hateful and harmful behaviors that are causing so much pain and sickness in our society. We immigrants have made this country our home - regardless of when we settled here. We contribute to making this country a place where people from around the world want to immigrate and live. We must stand strong and continue our effort to combat our racism and sexism.
Offering Support to AAPI Communities
Please join us in solidarity to support our AAPI communities and help stop the hate crimes and violence against our people. Here are some ways to help:
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