UNA-USA National Council Chair Paula Boland’s Statement on the Attacks in Atlanta
On behalf of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA)’s network of chapters, UNA-USA National Council Chair Paula Boland released the following statement on the racially-motivated attacks in Atlanta.
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UNA-USA is saddened and angered by the horrific attacks in Atlanta. Recent acts of discrimination and racially-motivated violence against the AAPI community do not reflect America’s commitment to uphold universal human rights. We must #StopAsianHate everywhere at every level.
Earlier this year, President Biden issued a memorandum acknowledging and condemning the attacks. “Advancing inclusion and belonging for people of all races, national origins, and ethnicities is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of the American people.” U.S. Senators called for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to release a detailed plan to address coronavirus-related hate crimes and discrimination, designate an official to coordinate an interagency response and a review of these incidents, and provide monthly updates to Congress. Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06), who serves as the First Vice Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, introduced a resolution to denounce anti-Asian sentiment related to COVID-19 which currently has 124 cosponsors.
Check out recent blog by UNA-NCA chapter fellow “Asian-Americans: The Void in Which We Live”