The shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, this week is tragically, yet another act of anti-Asian violence in the United States.
To our Asian and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) members: We stand with you and we mourn with you. The California Speech Language Hearing Association (CSHA) strongly and unequivocally condemns anti-Asian discrimination and violence. We speak as an organization deeply committed to the belief that all people are empowered with the fundamental human right to engage and connect. As such, we cannot remain idle as the communities we serve are plagued with social injustice, racism, xenophobia, and hate.
In the face of such tragedy, thoughts and prayers are not enough. We encourage our members to educate themselves about anti-Asian discrimination and violence in the United States, both historically and specifically with the exponential increase in anti-Asian hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is a short list of resources to get you started:
- 5-Part PBS Series: Asian Americans: https://www.pbs.org/show/asian-americans/
- Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino: https://www.csusb.edu/sites/default/files/FACT%20SHEET-%20Anti-Asian%20Hate%202020%203.2.21.pdf
- Stop AAPI Hate: https://stopaapihate.org/together/
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice: https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org
- AAPI Women Lead: https://www.imreadymovement.org
- Take action, support H.R. 6721 – COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act – https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6721
- Find your representative and senators: https://www.govtrack.us