North Bay Leadership Council mourns the loss of the eight souls murdered in Atlanta, including six Asian/Asian American women. We are saddened by the continuing acts of violence against people of color throughout the United States. The fact that hatred, racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism and violence are ever present in our communities shows the need for us to become more united in the efforts to stop hate in all its forms.
There is a cumulative effect of the hatred and violence we are witnessing and far too many are experiencing. The prevalence of hatred and violence causes fear not only among the people being targeted but for all right-minded people who recognize that hatred and violence are a cancer in our communities. If one person isn’t safe, none of us are.
It is apparent that there is a much work to do to end racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism and violence in our country. NBLC is committed to that cause and looks to partner with other groups in achieving that goal. We support efforts like those of Santa Rosa Junior College to stand in Solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities and Denouncing Anti-Asian Racism/Violence. You can read the SRJC Resolution here.
In response to challenges, NBLC seeks to be a problem-solver and part of the solution. We think that contributing to nonprofits who serve the AAPI community in California would be helpful. Below are some suggestions or consider giving to any group with likeminded objectives:
- AAPI Women Lead
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network
- Asian Women’s Shelter
- California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
- Center for the Pacific Asian Family Inc.
- Khmer Girls in Action
- Hmong Innovating Politics
- South Asian Network
Let us join together to put all of our resources and hearts into ending racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism and violence. We call on our colleagues to stand with us in grief and solidarity against systemic racism and gender-based violence. Violence against Asian American communities is part of a larger system of violence and racism against all communities of color, including Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.
In this time of crisis, let’s come together and build just communities, where we are all safe, valued, and treated with dignity and respect.