Reel Asian supports the Asian Canadian Women’s Alliance statement condemning the Atlanta shootings. We are deeply saddened by these tragic events and the on-going violence against the Asian community, and specifically gendered violence and violence against migrant workers. We extend our condolences to the victims’ families. As an organization, we mourn with the community and will continue to look for ways to amplify the voices within our community.
From their statement:
“Toronto-based Asian Canadian Women’s Alliance
(ACWA) condemns the murders of eight people in
Atlanta, including six Asian women. ACWA considers the
shooting rampage a direct result of the former president’s
racist comments during the Covid pandemic.
Anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked in Canada at a higher per
capita rate than the US. In Vancouver, such incidents nearly
doubled in 2020 over 2019.
Women, the elderly, and the most marginalized segments of the
community are disproportionately targeted, according to a
September 2020 report conducted by the Chinese Canadian
National Council, Toronto Chapter and Project 1907, Vancouver.
ACWA extends our condolences to the victims’ families. We urge
Canadian authorities to be vigilant about the continuing violence
against Asian Canadians.
Contact: Minsook Lee 416-671-5109
Jan Wong 416-919-9271”