Statement Condemning Violence Against Asian American Pacific Islanders
ACTEC condemns the recent spate of violent attacks against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, including the horrific shooting of eight individuals in Georgia, six of whom were Asian American women, and the beatings of elderly Asians in many cities across the nation. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have faced a double pandemic of COVID-19 and anti-AAPI racism. Whether it is at their workplace, on public transit, or on the street, the most vulnerable people are being targeted: elders in precarious living situations, workers in low-wage jobs, and women and children. Anti-Asian discrimination in the U.S. is not new. Almost 150 years ago, the U.S. government effectively barred Asian immigration to the U.S. and barred Asian Americans from owning land. Less than 80 years ago, that same government interned those of Japanese descent in camps during World War II.
ACTEC is committed to being both actively anti-racist and anti-discriminatory, and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment. The recent assaults against AAPIs are a painful reminder that the elimination of systemic racism and discrimination is everyone’s responsibility. ACTEC commends its Fellows to become and remain engaged, both personally and professionally. You may take a first step by taking Bystander Intervention Training today.