Statement In Response to the Wave of Violence Targeting AAPI Communities

We continue to mourn with all those feeling a sense of loss and anger following the murders in Atlanta that took the lives of eight people, including six Asian women.

We stand in solidarity with members of the AAPI communities, centering those members of our communities who have felt this pain most directly. To our friends who are members of the AAPI communities, we see you and we stand with you. We are grateful for your presence, your strength and the gifts you share. 
 
Voices Against Injustice condemns the violence that occurred in Atlanta and the hatred, racism, misogyny and xenophobia at its root. Hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States have increased during the pandemic inflamed by hateful messages and racist rhetoric that went unchecked. We know all too well the cost of silence. We recognize the need to be vigilant because anti-Asian hate and scapegoating is not new in this country. We cannot look away. We must break this cycle. The escalating violence directed toward Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our nation is horrifying, and it must end.   

Today, and every day, we must stop Asian hate. We pledge our support, our solidarity and our ongoing commitment to act.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, March 29 at 7:00 PM
“Missing in Brooks County” Salem Film Fest  Post-Film Discussion
Co-hosted by Voices Against Injustice and Welcome Immigrant Network
 
Join us for this virtual event. Elsabel Rincon, Voices Against Injustice Board Member and the Founder/ Director of Welcome Immigrant Network (WIN) will co-facilitate a discussion inspired by this screening at the 2021 Salem Film Fest. The Boston Globe calls MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY "One of the most nuanced and disturbing...films about the immigration crisis." This film, sponsored in the Salem Film Fest this year by Voices Against Injustice, centers on human rights workers, activists, and law enforcement agents who confront the life-and-death consequences of a broken immigration system.
 
For more information about the film, click here for the 2021 Salem Film Fest website or watch the trailer. Then, we invite you to click here to register for the post-film discussion
 
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS
Monday, April 26  7:00 PM 
HUMANIZING LANGUAGE / WORDS MATTER 
Co-hosted by Voices Against Injustice and Salem State University Center for Civic Engagement
 
Tuesday, May 25th  7:00 PM 
2021 SALEM AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE and 
RISING LEADER AWARDS
Co-hosted by Voices Against Injustice and Peabody Essex Museum
Honoring Cosecha Massachusetts for their courage and leadership in the immigrant rights movement and for their response to the pandemic. We will also be honoring student leaders who are raising their voices against injustice and making a difference in the community.

 
Thank you to all who attended our last panel, the second in the Remember, Honor, Act Series: Inequities in the Carceral System. 
 
We were honored to have Shar’Day Taylor, Sean Ellis, Chad Quintana and Brandy Henry join us. For resources and websites discussed during the event, click here
 
Email us at voices1692@gmail.com to let us know of your programming suggestions and/or let us know how you choose to Remember, Honor, and Act.


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