Blog Northwest Harvest Statement on Murders in Georgia March 22, 2021 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email We stand with Asian communities and in solidarity against anti-Asian hate and violence. Our staff, volunteers, and partners throughout the state of Washington are heartbroken and angry about this tragedy. We stand with the families of those killed in Georgia: Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue And we stand with the thousands of victims and survivors of anti-Asian violence, hate, discrimination, and oppression. We recognize that thoughts and prayers will not stop racism and hate. Words and statements of solidarity will not solve this crisis, or end the fear, or heal the pain wreaking havoc on AAPI families. We will redouble our work in locked arms with individuals and organizations fighting to address the root causes of oppression and racism: white supremacy, discriminatory policies and practices, and inequitable distribution of, and access to, resources including housing, education, health care, and food. Until AAPI, Black, Brown, Indigenous and other communities of color can live without fear and without experiencing hate, oppression, physical and verbal racial attacks, our work will not be done. Washington state has the third highest reports of AAPI hate incidents, behind New York and California. These occurrences – verbal harassment, shunning, physical assault, civil rights violations, and harassment – are happening largely in public spaces, workplaces, and online. Anti-Asian violence is a manifestation of white supremacy and structural racism running rampant in America. Asian and Pacific Islander communities have been experiencing rising racist attacks, violence, and discrimination. Anti-Asian racism disproportionally targets Asian women, according to data from Stop AAPI Hate. This horrible, targeted attack on Asian people in Atlanta is not an isolated personal act; it is yet another example of systemic oppression and the intersectional threats and outcomes of racism, classism, misogyny, and white supremacy. At Northwest Harvest we are taking action to ensure that our SODO market, our warehouses and offices in Seattle, Kent, Spokane, and Yakima are safe spaces for AAPI communities, customers, staff, and volunteers. We hope you will join us in taking action against racist, misogynist attacks on our Asian communities and neighbors. Promote Healing for Victims Families Share their names: Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue Donate to the victims’ families, and organizations advocating for AAPI rights: https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-hyunjungkim-to-support-my-brother-i?utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all&utm_source=customer https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-and-family-financial-support Check in with Asian American friends, coworkers, community members to ask how they are doing. Intervene when you see someone asking the question “where are you from” when an AAPI person has already answered the question, and when you witness any form of harassment, joke, shunning, verbal or physical threats directed at AAPI people. Support AAPI Communities and Resources: Stop AAPI Hate Pacific Islander Community Association of Washington AAPI Community Fund Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) Change Lab Asian American Advocacy Fund Engage, Learn, Become a More Vocal Ally: A Guide to Bystander Intervention Asian Americans Advancing Justice 5 Ways White People Can Take Action in Response to White and State-Sanctioned Violence Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) AAPI hunger is often hidden Amber Ruffin video about institutional racism against AAPI communities and the solidarity across communities that are impacted by White violence.