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The COVID-19 pandemic unleashed both the largest health crisis and some of the most pronounced expressions of racism and violence in recent history. This continues to trouble the Community Action Network, especially given the escalated anti-Asian racism and the trend of violence against Asian American and Pacific Island (AAPI) persons, especially AAPI women.

Furthermore, we condemn the acts of violence in Atlanta, Georgia that took the lives of eight people, including six Asian-American women. We are heartbroken for their families and mourn this tragic loss with them. We also express deep disapproval of how law enforcement is choosing to frame these horrific events. This “bad day” was felt most severely by the victims and their loved ones, they are the ones in need of our support in this hour.

Racial Equity is central to the work of Community Action Partnership, and in moments like these our national network is collectively “leaning in” to embrace and give voice to AAPI people everywhere. We see you. We hear you. We are with you. We also lift up the amazing work of National Asian American Pacific Women’s ForumAsian Americans Advancing Justice-AtlantaStop AAPI Hate Campaign, and countless other organizations who are mobilizing to support those who have been impacted by white supremacy, racism, misogyny and racialized violence.

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