By April 02, 2021 About verity
Far too often we witness senseless killing in our country as a result of hatred and racism. Again a couple weeks ago, we saw the murder of eight people, including six Asian women in Atlanta. Here in our own communities, we continue to see acts of violence against all people in the AAPI community, including women, elders and many others. In fact, Washington stands third in the country for AAPI hate crimes, and the organization Stop AAPI Hate reports that 68% of anti-Asian violence is directed toward Asian women.
We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community and condemn violence and racism against all people of color. We empathize with the fear and pain that our employees, members and neighbors are feeling, and we lend our voices to the demand for racial equity in our neighborhoods and our country as a whole. Verity condemns any acts of hate, xenophobia or violence and all forms of racial discrimination.
At Verity, we will continue to raise our voices and move forward with our learning toward becoming an anti-racist organization and being stronger allies to our employees, members and neighbors who are subjected to discrimination. We encourage our members and community partners to do the same. Our vision of cooperative communities who dream boldly is only possible if all members of the community are treated equitably and systemic racism comes to an end.
To report incidents of hatred or violence against the AAPI community, please contact your local authorities. You can also file reports with Stop AAPI Hate and with the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Additional support is available through Asian Counseling and Referral Services and the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association.