TO: All Staff & Medical Staff
|James Jackson, Interim Chief Executive Officer|
|Taft Bhuket MD, Board of Trustee President|
|Tracy Jensen, Board of Trustee Vice President|
|Jennifer Esteen, Board of Trustee Secretary/Treasurer|
|Kinkini Banerjee, Board of Trustee|
|Luisa Blue, Board of Trustee|
|Jeanette Dong, Board of Trustee|
|Alan E. Fox, Board of Trustee|
|Sblend A. Sblendorio, Board of Trustee|
DATE: March 20, 2021
SUBJECT: Standing in Solidarity with our Asian American & Pacific Islander Community
Dear AHS Family,
As leaders of an organization whose vision and mission includes eliminating disparities and serving all, we are outraged by the recent acts of discrimination, harassment, and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our communities and nationwide.
Our deepest condolences go out to the families of those killed and harmed, and to all members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community experiencing trauma from this violence. Elders are venerated members of AAPI communities, and the cruelty of targeting seniors is simply beyond the pale.
The recent shooting that took the lives of marginalized working-class immigrant women in the Atlanta Area, including six Asian women, reveal the intersectional nature of class, racialized and gendered violence, as well as racialized sexual violence. These acts and the statement that the assailant was “having a bad day” by a Georgia police officer is infuriating, heartbreaking and a painful reminder of the long history of racially motivated harassment towards the AAPI community.
Over the past four years, the inflammatory rhetoric, racism, anti-immigrant bias and xenophobia have been relentless. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw a sharp rise in hate crimes, and discriminatory acts against Asians and Asian Americans.
Discrimination towards this highly diverse community goes largely unnoticed, putting Asian American and Pacific Islander children, adults, families, communities, and businesses at risk.
For our AAPI staff family, we acknowledge the grief, outrage and fear you must be experiencing. We know that this climate of fear is adversely affecting the health of our community and we extend care and support.
Please know that the Employee Assistance Program is available to all employees, their families and members of their households for confidential and no cost assistance to help you cope with these distressing events. You can reach Claremont EAP, our provider, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-834-3773 or online at claremont.com.
We stand in solidarity with AAPI communities, condemning bigotry and demanding justice against racist violence. Being neutral in the face of injustice is not an option and we commit to fighting all forms of racism beginning with our own institutional practices and will strive to build an anti-racist culture.
Each one of us can stand up against the hate and violence facing the AAPI community. The struggles of all communities disproportionately harmed by systemic racism and white supremacy are intertwined, and now more than ever we need multi-racial solidarity in calling for accountability for hate crimes against AAPI people.
There are opportunities to engage in local efforts in support of AAPI community members. Below is a list of resources to improve our understanding of AAPI history and anti-Asian violence, and opportunities for solidarity.
Please know that we are always available to you and welcome your ideas to improve Alameda Health System for our patients, our staff, and our community.
In peace and solidarity.
Organizations fighting for Asian American rights:
- Oakland Chinatown Coalition (Facebook, Twitter)
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Website, Twitter, Facebook).
- AAJC Stand Against Racism Resources
- Stop AAPI Hate (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
- National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
- 18 Million Rising (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
- APIA Vote (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
- APIA Health Forum (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
- National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
- The AAPI Emergency Response Network (ERN), born out of a collaboration between the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) and other non-profit groups, is a compilation of resources on health, hate incidents, small business, and more specifically for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice: https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/covid19
- Equal Rights Advocates
- American Racial Justice Toolkit
- What you can do about anti-Asian violence
- A Tense Lunar New Year for the Bay Area After Attacks on Asian-Americans
- History of racism against Asian-Americans in the US
- Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States