Once again, our nation reels from a mass shooting at an elementary school – a place violence and fear should never touch, but sadly that is not the case in America. Yesterday’s shooting, which left at least 19 students and 2 teachers dead, comes after weeks of racially-fueled gun violence – from the May 14 mass shooting at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, to a May 15 shooting at an Orange County, California church in which the suspect targeted the Taiwanese community in an attack police are calling a politically motivated hate crime. In New York, ten people were killed and three were wounded. In California, one man died and five people were injured. And in both shootings, the suspects left behind a trail of evidence, pointing to racism and hate as their motives.
Dear friends, This time last year, our friends and neighbors in LA County and across the country were reeling from a wave of brutal attacks involving Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. We are still reeling. Today, AAPI communities continue to experience harm in the form of violence, economic hardship, and the effects of racial trauma.
Dear friends, Ringing in the Lunar New Year at midnight tonight, AAPI Equity Alliance wishes good fortune, happiness, and health to all in the Year of the Tiger. An opportunity to bring loved ones close and celebrate with time-honored traditions, the holiday also encourages us to consider and breathe new life into our commitments. Warmly accepting this chance to reflect, we’re taking this moment to meditate on our commitments to cross-racial solidarity and working in tandem with fellow Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) activists.

Dear friend,

As we have all witnessed and deeply felt the ways in which last year’s challenges have persisted and transformed, 2021 has undoubtedly demanded stamina and steadfastness from our communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has worn on, exacerbating inequities in housing, economic stability, access to healthcare and safe working environments, and more. The pandemic-driven tide of violence targeting AAPI communities has continued to surge, as we have now collected over 10,000 reports of anti-AAPI hate incidents through our Stop AAPI Hate reporting platform. Many of us face these enduring trials with fatigue.

Dear A3PCON members,

Much was made of the governors’ races in Virginia and New Jersey last week. What received much less notice in the mainstream media was the tremendous success of Asian American candidates in multiple local elections. Three major cities--Boston, Cincinnati and Seattle--elected Asian Americans. For the first time in Boston’s 200-year history, a nonwhite, female candidate, Michelle Wu, who identifies as Taiwanese American, won the mayor’s race. Similarly, Aftab Pureval, a biracial Tibetan Indian American, became Cincinnati’s mayor and Bruce Harrell, a biracial Japanese and African American, Seattle’s mayor. Additionally, New York City elected five Asian American City Council members: Julie Won, Sandra Ung, Linda Lee, Shahana Manif and Shekar Krishnan.