SEIU Local 1000 Statement of Solidarity with the Asian-American Pacific Islander Community

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Over the last year, the AAPI community has faced nearly 4,000 attacks, more than 2/3rds of which were directed at women, often in their place of business. The actual number is likely much higher, as many go unreported.

As a public sector union, we stand with our Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) sisters and brothers in SEIU Local 1000 and across the country. We are saddened and outraged by the rise in anti AAPI violence. And we will continue to fight for the right for workers to feel safe at work and oppose all forms of racism, hate, and violence. 

We also know the damage that racist stereotypes do to weaken worker solidarity and worker power. Some of our strongest, most fearless SEIU 1000 leaders fighting for the rights of State workers we represent are also AAPI leaders. Particularly during March, when we honor women’s history and celebrate Cesar Chavez’s legacy, we acknowledge standing on the shoulders of great leaders like Larry Itliong, Yuri Kochiyama, and Patsy Mink. And we recognize the contributions of contemporary leaders such as Rinku Sen and Ai-jen Poo, who are guiding some of the most important work nationwide on racial equity and reimagining long-term care, rights for domestic workers, and a better society to secure dignity for all of us as we age.

So, what can we do?  As we stand against hate, we can learn about the history of anti AAPI sentiment in this country. We can check in on our AAPI brothers and sisters in our union, our family, and our community. We can reach out to AAPI businesses near and far and let them know we feel sadness for the attacks and that they have our support. And we can keep asking how we as a community can stand with each other and for each other so we truly are stronger together.  

For a list of helpful resources on how to report AAPI hate crimes or if you are in need of someone to talk to, click here. To get involved in Local 1000’s AAPI Committee, please email apicommittee@seiu1000.org

 

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Yvonne R. Walker
President, SEIU Local 1000