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Thursday, March 18, 2021

波士頓市議員吳弭、Ed Flynn 、Andrea Campbell 發聲明 譴責暴力

 


I join our Asian American community in mourning and solidarity following the senseless shootings in the Atlanta area last night.

It’s heartbreaking and appalling to see the anti-Asian harassment, violence, and now mass murder that has accelerated over the past year — part of a long history of racism in America that we all must fight to end.

And all too often, the most silenced members of our community — Asian American elders and women working in invisible industries — have borne the brunt of these attacks.

The unconscionable blaming of Asian American communities for the devastation from this pandemic has reinforced the sense of invisibility and perpetual foreigner status that so many of us have known our entire lives.

Growing up as the daughter of immigrants from Taiwan, some of my most vivid childhood memories involve racist encounters with strangers.

People who knew nothing about me except for my appearance feeling empowered to pull eyes into slits or chant ching chong sounds. That constant feeling of needing to be aware, ready, on guard whenever out in public.

Since before COVID-19 was spreading in the United States, Asian American communities have been on edge, reeling from the impacts.

Boston has not been immune to these incidents. In every city across the country, we must build community to protect and celebrate our intersectional identities.

We will stop Asian hate and combat racism by meeting this moment, by building a city for everyone, by transforming our systems to see and value every life.

Michelle


I am beyond disgusted and saddened by the mass murder and shootings that recently occurred in Georgia against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and the ongoing anti-Asian violence happening across our country. 

In Georgia, six of the eight victims were Asian American women. While so many of us are still processing our shock, we have seen far too much racist and misogynistic violence to be surprised.

The grief, anger, trauma, and fear that our Asian American friends and neighbors are experiencing is real and painful. This moment demands more than solidarity – it demands we ALL take action collectively to support our AAPI communities.

If you're able, will you contribute to one of these local organizations doing the work to support AAPI communities in Boston?

VietAid
Asian American Resource Workshop
Chinese Progressive Association
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
Saheli

Last summer, we marched and demanded action against racism standing in solidarity with Black, Brown, Latinx, Indigenous, and AAPI communities. Anti-racism doesn't just mean reckoning with the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow, but also the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese internment, and the targeting of Arab communities post-9/11 and so many other forms of violence. 

We have to acknowledge the ugly truth: Violence against Asian Americans in this country – and here in our City – is not new, but it is growing. Hate crimes against Asian Americans are up by over 130% here in Boston. 

This anti-Asian violence will not go away on its own – we have to come together in a multiracial, multilingual coalition of people who care enough about each other and about the cause of justice to make real, lifesaving change. So, aligned with my value system I'm holding the victims and their families, and all of us affected by this latest tragedy, in my prayers while also taking the necessary steps to create a City that is free of harm and hate – and I hope you'll join me. 

Will you help uplift AAPI communities, show your solidarity, and fund the fight for racial equity and justice by donating to organizations focused on eradicating anti-Asian violence and ensuring our AAPI brothers and sisters have all they need to survive this pandemic and thrive on the other side of it? 

Thank you for being part of the solution,

Andrea




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