CAMBA Statement on the March 16th Atlanta Spa Shootings

March 19, 2021 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Capital Area Muslim Bar Association is horrified and saddened by the targeted violence against Asian-American women in Atlanta last Tuesday evening, and the rise in violence, harrassment and discrimination towards Asian-Americans that is surging throughout the country.  Unfortunately, many CAMBA members are all too familiar with Muslim, Sikh, South Asian, and Arab Americans' vulnerability to racially motivated attacks.  But the fight against bigotry and xenophobia affects all communities, and we will always stand with our sisters and brothers in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

These acts are only the latest in violence, discriminatory actions, and policies that have placed unfair and harmful restrictions on Asian Americans.  Sadly, some of those with influence continue to vilify and scapegoat Asian Americans, directly resulting in unprecedented verbal and physical attacks.  The targeting of Chinese-Americans with words and acts blaming them for the novel coronavirus exposes Asian American communities to an even higher risk of violence and discrimination than before the pandemic.       

The attacks perpetrated across the United States deserve a swift law enforcement response.  However, prosecution and punishment are not enough.  Numerous Asian American organizations are working toward solidarity to address the societal harm caused by hate crimes.  As friends and allies to the AAPI community, CAMBA encourages our members to join the fight against AAPI hate on March 30 with former top federal officials Jessie Liu and Roy Austin, April 7 with DC and NJ Attorneys General Karl Racine and Gurbir Grewal, and April 12 with Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-3).  Please also check out NAPABA's helpful listing of hate crimes resources.   

In solidarity, 

CAMBA Board of Directors

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