For Immediate Release
March 18, 2021 – On March 16, 2021 in the Atlanta metro area there were 3 shootings that resulted in the death of 8 people; 6 of these were women in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. On March 17, 2021, in San Francisco, CA an elderly woman, who is also a member of the AAPI community, was the victim of a random attack. We are saddened to hear about the senseless deaths of all of the victims in Atlanta and send condolences to all of their family, friends, colleagues as well as all of the members of the AAPI community, who have been affected by a recent uptick in violence within the community. We also send wishes of a speedy recovery to the victim in the San Francisco attack.
These unnecessary acts of violence that occurred are a grim reminder of the more than 3800 acts of hate reported to the organization StopAAPIHate.org as well as a reminder that the Violence Against Women Act was allowed to expire and is currently sitting with the United States Senate after being voted for reauthorization within the United States House of Representatives.
As the first multicultural organization in the nation, Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc looks to create a just and inclusive world, a world in which everyone deserves to be treated with respect, dignity, pride and honor. We wholly condemn all acts of hate, racism, xenophobia and misogyny against all of our communities. To our Asian American Pacific Islander community, we understand and share in your pain. We see your hurt and understanding the emotional toll, we offer our comfort to you during this time.
Mu Sigma Upsilon asks that our sisters, our universities, and our communities at large to stand with our Asian American Pacific Islander community and report hate to stopaapihate.org here in order to ensure that all acts are properly accounted for. For members of the AAPI community that are experiencing hate or allies that are witnessing acts of hate, here are some tips for what to do and how to help. For additional resources, please visit: Asian American Feminist Collective, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Stop AAPI Hate. Together we can do our part to reduce hate.