I would like to address the recent tragic events that our nation has seen. We are mourning for the loss of our fellow Americans that lost their lives on Tuesday, March 16 in a string of attacks in Georgia. Eight people were killed. We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.
The attacks last week included six women of Asian descent, amongst them, four were Korean. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an alarming rise in violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
We at TASC wholeheartedly stand in solidarity with our AAPI community. TASC is against these and all acts of hate targeting the AAPI community, as well as any other group. Racism of any kind is not tolerated and must be recognized so we can seek equality and justice.
As a human services agency for individuals with disabilities, TASC understands the importance of inclusion, equality and respect for all. The racial injustices that we have seen in recent events is intolerable. We will continue to advocate for individuals that are treated unfairly. We will also continue to build policies and conduct work that promotes equality and fairness for all.
We all must take action to prevent hate crime. If you witness these actions taking place, please report it to the California Attorney General’s Victims Unit by going here. If the actions are against our AAPI Community, you may also report it to the Stop AAP Hate organization by going here.
If you are a first-hand victim of a civil rights violation, a complaint can be filed at the U.S. Department for Civil Rights by going here.
I am personally seeking ways in which I can support local organizations and agencies to fight against inequality. I encourage you to do the same. Our united voices against inequality will make a difference.
Executive Director & TASC’s Leadership Team