Our voice matters. Our action matters more.
As our community continues to mourn George Floyd’s senseless death in Minneapolis, our grief grows for the families and communities of the Asian-American women murdered in Atlanta - Delaina Ashley Yaun, Hyun Jung (Kim) Grant, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Sun Cha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, and Paul Andre Michels - and the families and communities of the individuals murdered in Boulder - Denny Stong, Neven Stanisic, Rikki Olds, Tralona Bartkowiak, Suzanne Fountain, Teri Leiker, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray, Jody Waters, and Eric Talley.
Our grief comes with renewed anger and frustration, and we denounce the anti-Asian American racism and misogyny that led to the murders in Atlanta. We denounce the horrendous acts of violence that led to the murders in Boulder. When one of our communities is hurting it affects all of us in direct and indirect ways.
We recognize, however, that there is no value in denouncing these things if we do not fully commit to creating systems that are inclusive, anti-racist, and equitable for all people. We need to ensure that change happens now AND that the change is sustainable. We use our voices, we commit to action, and we work every day to create systems that work for ALL – through increasing the grants that support work by and for community, increasing investments in and with communities of color, and making every daily choice we have with equity in mind.
“When good things happen, it is the result of the efforts of good people working together, united in a common purpose.”
Mort and Alice Mortenson
Kayak photo courtesy Pat Chiconis