Erie Arts and Culture is deeply saddened by the recent murders in Atlanta, GA that targeted the Asian community. Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by this tragic and senseless event. We denounce all forms of racism, misogyny, and violence.
We understand that the attack’s reach was far greater than the city, individuals, or families directly impacted. Transgressions against our neighbors, near and far, have grown in number as a result of pandemic. We stand with the Asian community with an open heart and a re-commitment as an ally, now and always, to listen, learn, serve, and celebrate this culture and heritage. Our neighbors, friends, and colleagues are encouraged to share their feelings and allow room for self-care. The road to positive change and healing is long, but together we can bring an end to these hurtful acts.
In tandem with our friends and colleagues at the Erie Asian Pacific American Association, we encourage our community to join us in supporting those grieving or living in fear by exploring the included resource list.
For more information about The Erie APAA, follow their Facebook account here.
If you see something, say something. Report an incident you experience or witness:
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If you feel unsafe, use these safety tips:
Join the Subtle Asian Mental Health Group on Facebook which offers free one to one supportive listening sessions:
Support your local Asian American owned businesses
Call your legislators (local, state and federal) and ask what they’re doing for the Asian community.
Support and spread the message on social media using the hashtags #StopAAPIHate #StopAsianHate
Learn the history of anti-Asian racism in the U.S.
Learn more here