CLCV Condemns Violence Against Asian American Pacific Islander Communities, Joins the Call to Stop Asian Hate

Press Release
March 18, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Stefanie Lao, [email protected] | 424.282.0922

OAKLAND, CA - The California League of Conservation Voters released the following statement in response to the recent murder of Asian Americans in Georgia and the overall increase of hate crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

Statement from the California League of Conservation Voters:

"In light of the recent shooting in Georgia, CLCV stands with the AAPI community and the victims’ families as they mourn this tragedy.

Make no mistake that this was an act of white terrorism fueled by the language government officials used in the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Harmful rhetoric that wrongly blamed the AAPI community for the pandemic emboldened white supremacist beliefs. In turn, this fanned the flames of anti-Asian sentiment that is already deeply intertwined with our country’s history and systems of power.

That’s why we feel it’s important that we use our voices as an organization to strongly condemn the root of this hatred: white supremacy. For the last year, the AAPI community has seen an increase in receiving hate across the country. California is no exception; anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents have only skyrocketed across the state in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County.

We must hold ourselves and our leaders accountable to ensure we are all doing the work towards eradicating racism and white supremacy from our society. To protect our planet, we must also protect the people who live in it, especially communities that are unfairly targeted by racist policies and attitudes. The impacts of the pandemic have further exposed how intricately tied the environmental justice movement is to racial justice issues.

We simply cannot fight for climate justice without fighting for racial justice. We will remain committed to using our platform to empower people of color and fight for the most vulnerable amongst us, and we call on our members to do their part to Stop Asian Hate."

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