“Systemic racism entitles one ethnic group to enjoy certain rights and privileges while denying other groups in that society the same rights and privileges. Institutional racism is the racial attitudes held by an ethnic group that are so ingrained they become accepted as facts and normal behavioral practices, thus marginalizing and demonizing another ethnic group"
Thurston League of Women Voters DEI & Justice Committee March 19, 2021 STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF AAPI COMMUNITY
The Thurston LWV and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committee embrace the statement by LWVUS on March 18th and stand in solidarity with Asian American Pacific Islander communities - especially during this time of fear and violence.
Along with many others, we mourn with AAPI families, friends and neighbors who have lost loved ones and who experience racial terror and humiliation at the hands of white people.
Cynthia Stewart’s (Tacoma-Pierce County LWV President) June 1, 2020 open letter ( HERE ) states, “The League of Women Voters is prioritizing equity in its work right now. But nothing will change unless the majority of us say, if not now, then when?"
The Thurston LWV urges local League members and supporters to show up by connecting, learning and standing with our communities of color.
Below are just two current opportunities among others.
To learn more, go to https://www.lwvthurston.org/calendar
*TALK ABOUT RACE BOOK GROUP - Sunday, April 16, 2021 Cast, by Michelle Wilkinson
*RACE & CIVICS ENGAGEMENT DIALOGUE - Saturday, March 27th 9:30am - 12:00pm Initiated by the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition-South Puget Sound Chapter and Looking Back Moving Forward, cosponsors include the League of Women Voters of Thurston County, Heartsparkle Players-Playback Theatre Company, and Window Seat Media.
Using the framework suggested by the speakers, attendees will participate in facilitated breakout groups that will encourage the telling of our own stories, listening to others, and engaging in conversations that heal the racial divide.
Indeed - if not now, then when?
From the LWVUS:
LWVUS and LWVGA Condemn Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders
3/18/2021WASHINGTON – Today the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters of Georgia issued the following statement in response to the rise in hate crimes against the AAPI community, including the mass shootings across Atlanta on March 16th:
“The League of Women Voters grieves the murders of the eight individuals who were killed on Tuesday, March 16th, and the countless other AAPI lives that have been tragically taken as a result of racially motivated violence. We mourn those who have lost their lives or been harmed, mentally or physically, as a result of anti-Asian xenophobia and racism.
“Anti-AAPI racism is not new to our country, whose history includes the creation of internment camps, the Chinese Exclusion Act which prohibited Chinese laborers, as well as countless acts of violence. Yet in the past year, we have witnessed a disturbing increase in attacks targeting AAPIs, often in connection with myths about COVID-19.
“Together, the League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters of Georgia call on law enforcement officials to seek justice for those murdered on Tuesday night. Additionally, we urge Attorney General Garland and FBI Director Wray to prioritize the investigation of anti-AAPI hate crimes. We cannot fight the racism, hate, and impunity that threaten the lives of AAPIs unless our leadership takes the necessary actions to denounce racist violence and demand accountability in its wake.
"The League stands in solidarity with AAPI communities. We are committed to listening to and amplifying AAPI voices and educating ourselves on the historic and ongoing systemic racism that plagues this country so that we can be better allies.
“We urge our followers to do the same, and to call on elected and appointed officials at all levels of government to demonstrate their commitment to keeping ALL communities safe. There can be no liberty in the face of racist and xenophobic violence.”
Contact: Lilly McGee | 202-263-1329 | [email protected]