Stop AAPI Hate
We are angry. Members of our community were murdered, and many Asian seniors have been attacked. This senseless violence against the Asian Pacific Islander communities in the San Francisco Bay Area needs to stop.
Our communities are traumatized by these violent assaults during a time when we are also deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Asian Pacific Islander struggle is real. Our communities are disproportionately affected by food and housing insecurity, unemployment, safety risks from being essential frontline workers, closing of locally-owned small businesses and the rise in anti-Asian racism.
COVID-19 has not only highlighted the health disparities in our Asian Pacific Islander community and access to quality culturally competent health care, but it has directly resulted in growing anti-Asian sentiment. We know racism has devastating impacts. We have stood together and pledged in allyship to be anti-racist. But the anti-racism movement needs to include Asian Pacific Islanders.
Anxiety is growing within Asian Pacific Islander communities where this violence is happening. Our families live in fear for simply going about our daily lives, going for a walk in our neighborhood or even getting groceries. We will not live in fear any longer.
Our elected leaders, particularly our District Attorney, need to step up to protect our seniors and immigrant families more than ever. We don’t need to hear anymore meaningless words or policy diatribes on public safety. We demand action. Help us fight hate and violence from bigotry and racism.
–Edwin M. Lee Asian Pacific Democratic Club Board
Ed Lee Dems joins Asian Organizations Across the Bay Area to Demand Action Against Violence
FEBRUARY 9, 2021
We denounce violence against members of Asian American communities in San Francisco, Oakland, and the greater Bay Area. We stand in solidarity with victims, survivors, and families who have suffered loss and pain.
These violent assaults have made the especially difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic even more painful. From our Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese elders to our youth, our Asian American communities are traumatized, afraid, and outraged during a time when we are also experiencing disproportionate impacts of the pandemic. These include mass unemployment, safety risks to frontline workers, insecure housing, the shuttering of our local small businesses, and a surge in anti-Asian racism.