To the editor:
The tragic incidents that took place last week in Atlanta are another example of the terrible increase in hate crimes perpetrated against Asian American communities. The GSBA stands in solidarity against the racism, hatred, and violence that resulted in the March 16 murder of eight people, including six Asian women.
Too often, words ring hollow in response to another mass murder. As a predominantly white-led organization, we believe that it is incumbent on us to center and amplify the voices of our partner organizations, and to work to be better allies. White supremacy, which is so deeply imbedded in our institutions, lies at the core of what we must all work to dismantle, and we pledge to continue this work.
We urge our members to speak out against this deadly rise of anti-Asian hate and to support local, regional, and national organizations that actively are working to advance justice for Asian Americans.
Small businesses in Washington should be particularly attuned to this issue. The majority of the attacks this past year are reported to have happened in businesses, and Washington has had the third-highest reporting of attacks in the country (after California and New York).
Connect with your neighbors and partners who are part of the Asian community. As we have asked in response to attacks on LGBTQ and Black people, learn how you can intervene in incidents happening in your business to support your coworkers, your clients, and everyone in your community.
Here are some resources to get involved and show your support:
" Asian Counseling & Referral Service
" API Chaya
" WA Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
" Hollaback! Bystander Intervention & De-escalation Trainings
" Stop AAPI Hate
" Ethnic Chambers of Commerce Coalition
" Friends of Little Saigon
" Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce
We have had to send messages like this one far too often. Once again, we strongly urge the GSBA community to actively support the communities facing discrimination and violence. All of our struggles are connected, and we need to go beyond platitudes to achieve justice and progress in our society.
Mark Rosén, acting president and CEO, GSBA
Jay Petterson, board chair, GSBA