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Press Release: March 17, 2021

APAICS Statement On Atlanta Area Shootings

WASHINGTON — Late Tuesday evening, eight individuals were killed in three Atlanta area businesses, six of whom were Asian American women. APAICS extends our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of this horrific crime.

Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, President and CEO of APAICS issued the following statement:

“While details of these heinous crimes are still being investigated, there is one constant. And that is the trauma that is carried among our Asian American community. Continued violence will serve only to exacerbate the pain, anger, and fear our communities hold. Historically, Asian Americans have been victimized, berated, and killed – from the times of Chinese exclusion and Japanese incarceration to the inflammatory rhetoric spread over the Coronavirus pandemic. We are painfully aware of the mistreatment of Asian Americans in the United States and we are hopeful that as a country we can learn about this history and achieve proper justice for Asian Americans.

We are frustrated, we are tired and we need solutions. We are asking our elected officials and allies to support local leaders in identifying the needs of our communities to provide the necessary resources to respond and prevent these types of attacks from happening again. With a more informed citizenry, we can improve the quality of life for not just only Asian Americans but the entire community at large.

Racism has no place in our country. APAICS is grateful to our CAPAC leadership and Rep. Grace Meng for spearheading efforts such as her resolution on denouncing anti-Asian hate, and to the Biden Administration for speaking out against the senseless attacks and violence toward Asian Americans. APAICS will continue our promise to uplift our AAPI community, and to support those who aim to make our country a safer place to live for all communities.”

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The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. APAICS programs focus on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the political pipeline for Asian Pacific Americans to pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.

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