Jobs to Move America grieves the lives of the eight people, including six Asian women, murdered in Atlanta this week and the thousands of Asian-Americans that have been targeted in hate incidents over the past year alone.
We stand in solidarity with groups across the country demanding an end to anti-Asian hate, xenophobia and all forms of racist violence.
According to the most recent data, hate incidents targeting Asian Americans rose by nearly 150% in 2020, with Asian American women twice as likely to be targeted. We acknowledge these recent killings and hate incidents as merely an installment of over 100 years of anti-Asian racism and scapegoating that has only served to divide workers and our communities.
As the country struggles to rebuild and promote an equitable economy, we need to create policies that support all workers rather than blaming one country or population for our economic woes. We support calls for the direction of public dollars towards crisis intervention resources, including in-language support for mental health, legal, employment, and immigration services. Economic justice is inseparable from racial justice and to build a healthy, equitable society, we need to invest public dollars into critical services and support for communities of color.