Note: The James E. Rogers College of Law joins APALSA and the Office of the Provost in condemning the violence that took place in Atlanta this week. Please see the resources shared in the statements below to remain informed, get support, and report discrimination or harassment.
March 17, 2021
Dear Arizona Law Community, friends, and allies:
APALSA stands in solidarity with our Asian American Pacific Islander community in condemning the targeted act of violence that occurred in Atlanta yesterday. The precious lives lost yesterday include six women of Asian descent. We are outraged and saddened by their murders. Their deaths are a tragic indication of anti-Asian sentiment that has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
APALSA is committed to creating a safe, and inclusive environment for all marginalized students. Crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders spiked by 150% in major U.S. cities in 2020. In the past year, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were targeted in close to 3,800 hate incidents. It is unfortunate that the recent spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is not more prevalent in major media outlets. This link has statistics, updates, resources to educate, petitions, mental health resources, and more.
For updates on incidents of anti-Asian hate please see this link to the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center. This center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.