National/International Latin American Migrant-led and Human Rights Organizations Condemn Violence Against AAPI Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
March 18, 2021
CONTACT:
Fernanda Durand | (214) 402-0186 | [email protected]
Nancy Treviño | (786) 201-8958 | [email protected] 

 

The following is a joint statement from Presente.org and Alianza Americas

 

 

“As a network of Latin American immigrant-led organizations from across the country and the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the relatives of every one of the victims of the mass shootings that occurred in Atlanta two days ago. Six of the eight victims in these acts of violence were Asian women, making this a heinous act driven by misogyny, racism, and white supremacy. 

 

The growing presence, resistance, and movement building in the face of so much pain and death give us hope. But we need more than hope — we need to make sure that the tragedies stop. As a network of organizations fighting against racial prejudice and the continuing effects of white supremacy, we are in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities across the U.S. during this painful moment. We condemn racism and all acts of violence motivated by misogyny, racial and ethnic prejudice. 

 

We will act firmly against all narratives that dehumanize and demonize ethnic and racial minorities, including those who are born in the U.S., as well as those who are born abroad. The insidious connection between misogyny and white supremacy is evident in the rhetoric and actions of perpetrators. In this moment of great tragedy, we call on all people of good faith to condemn all acts motivated by racial and ethnic hatred.

 

We also call on all communities, especially minority communities, to strive to become far better organized in order to effectively fight back against structural racism and all actions motivated by racism. Only organized communities can succeed in the struggle to build a better society and a better world where the human rights of every person are truly honored and respected.”

 

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Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.

Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Presente.org’s mission is to advance Latinx power and create winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expand the political imagination and traditional boundaries; and foster inspiration for freedom, equity, and justice.

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