On March 16, 2021, eight people were murdered by a mass shooter in several Atlanta spas. Six of those who were killed were Asian American women, emphasizing that women with multiple marginalized identities continue to experience a lack of safety in our communities.
The pandemic not only exposed, but exacerbated existing challenges facing Asian American and Pacific Islander women. Stop AAPI Hate reported that AAPI women report hate and violence 2.2 times more often than men.
The City is committed to decreasing hate and bias incidents while increasing opportunities for intergroup harmony. On Wednesday, March 16, communities from all across the country will be gathering locally to acknowledge the lives lost due to hate and violence impacting Asian American and Pacific Islander. We encourage you to find an in-person or virtual gathering so that you can be part of the movement to usher in care and support, build community and solidarity. One such event happening in Philadelphia hosted by local community organizations is A Day of Remembrance: Grief, Rage and Action. (Click here for virtual option).
As we continue to heal as a community, the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement invites community organizations and leaders to engage in conversation to create mutual understanding and support. One such program is the Black + Gold Series, the first of its kind initiative sponsored by a municipal government. Community leaders and interested parties are invited to submit your ideas for programs that can create dialog and unity across Asian and Black communities in your neighborhoods, schools, community centers, or virtually.
Read the full blog below to learn how you can stay engaged.