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HCAH Response to Atlanta Tragedy

Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and communities of the eight victims involved in yesterday’s tragic shootings in Atlanta. The past year has been disheartening and overwhelming for the Asian and Asian American community. Houston Coalition Against Hate stands in solidarity with our AAPI siblings in denouncing the increase in hate incidents and hate crimes. Everyone deserves to be safe and protected. No one should have to live in fear for their personal safety.
 
A year ago, we made a joint statement with OCA-Greater Houston condemning anti-Asian sentiments, xenophobia, and violence. We are disappointed to find ourselves in the same place a year later. These crimes and incidents are absolutely unacceptable, and we must not remain silent.
 
While no acts of anti-Asian violence or crime have been reported in Houston, our community is not immune from this type of hatred and bigotry. Many of our partners have reported incidents of verbal hate and bias experienced by those they directly serve. We call upon Houston and the Greater Houston Area to courageously stand firm with HCAH against all hate, bias, violence, and discrimination in our community and across the United States.

Please help keep our city safe by participating in one of our free virtual Bystander Intervention Trainings co-created with OCA-GH and Hollaback. Our first session is tomorrow March 18th. For more information and to register, please go to: www.houstonagainsthate.org/BIT. These trainings are appropriate for anyone high school age or above anywhere in the world, so please share widely.
 
Lastly, we ask anyone who has experienced a hate crime to file a report with your local law enforcement agency. If you would like support in doing so, please do not hesitate to contact HCAH. We hope victims of hate incidents will also submit an online report at
www.aapihatecrimes.org and www.adl.org.
 
In solidarity,
 
Marjorie Joseph
Executive Director
 
Register for a Bystander Intervention Training
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