Statement of support and solidarity with AAPI community
Eight individuals were murdered in Atlanta on Tuesday, including six women of Asian descent. For the past year, Asian American and Pacific Islanders have endured a dramatic increase in discrimination and violence directed at them in response to lies and misinformation spread about the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of these horrific events, MSCF stands in solidarity and support with our AAPI members, as well as AAPI students in our classrooms, family members, friends, and neighbors who have experienced the unacceptable effects of anti-Asian hatred and xenophobia.
As educators and unionists, we believe everyone, regardless of who they are or where they were born, deserves to live a life free from fear and threat of violence. We stand side by side with the entire AAPI community in demanding a stop to the xenophobic rhetoric targeted at them and denounce violence motivated by racial and gender-based prejudice. We remain committed to our role in rooting out racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and any other system of domination and oppression--in our classrooms, in our workplaces, and in our communities.
In the spirit of what we can do as individuals, we invite you to read the statement put out by AFL-CIO's Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance as well as their resource guide on anti-Asian violence. We also encourage you to explore many of the resources out there geared towards educators. This page of resources from Jennifer Ho at the University of Colorado Boulder is an excellent place to start.
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