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Statement of Solidarity

 

March 17, 2021

Statement of Solidarity with the Asian-American, and  Pacific Islander Community

Dear Youth and Families of Sacramento,

We express our deepest sympathy to the families of the most recent victims of escalating violence and ongoing harassment directed at Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). We mourn with the families who lost loved ones through this horrendous act of violence of mass murder of AAPI community members  on March 16, 2021  in Atlanta.

We are grieved by the spread of COVID-19 misinformation and bias that has fostered the mistreatment of persons of Asian descent.  We also  recognize the deep, tangled roots of  intersectional oppression that many communities of color face:  bigotry, racism, xenophobia,  classism,  misogyny,  and beyond.  The group Stop AAPI Hate has reported
3,975 hate incidents against Asian Americans between March 19, 2020 and February 28, 2021

PRO Youth and Families condemns all forms of violence, discrimination, racism, harassment and xenophobia. We stand in solidarity with community leaders, students, and educators who are actively engaged in anti-racist action.  We are  committed to combating fear and racism through education, advocacy, and ongoing collaborations with organizations that do important work in this field  and  call upon our political and community leaders to address this urgent crisis.  

We encourage all those who can to take action. This may include the following

  1. Learn the names and stories of those we lost.  Six names have been released so far. Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Paul Andre Michels, 54; Xiaojie Tan, 49;  Daoyou  Feng, 44; Julie Park, 70’s; Hyun-jeong  Park Grant, 50’s.
  2. Check in with family and friends in the AAPI community, listen to their stories, for as long they want to talk about it.  
  3. Contact your representatives  and advocate for policies that thwart hate crimes and violence, and that support progress toward institutional anti-racism and justice for all.  
  4. If you see racism, say something. Strong allyship behavior needs to be modeled over and over again.
  5. Donate to AAPI community restoration and enrichment organizations. Historically, less than 1% of philanthropic resources go to AAPI communities.

March 25,2020

Dear Youth and Families of Sacramento,

Whether it is yesterday, today, or tomorrow the call for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion is key to our collective growth. We recognize that the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, who continue to be historically disenfranchised, under-served, and undermined, still face barriers that negatively impact both daily life experiences and generational prosperity. Most of these barriers are the consequence of a choice to not properly acknowledge, evaluate, and correct the historic and long-term impacts of systemic racism. The youth we work with and serve, and their respective communities, have inspired PRO Youth & Families to reflect on our own responsibilities and active roles. We openly acknowledge the systemic trends of institutional racism and its impacts on Sacramento today. Our sense of agency has always come from the youth, the families, and our partners who care to see an end to racial inequities within our institutions; and we choose to be responsive.

PRO commits to promote justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the programs we run, the communities we serve, and within our organization by:

  • Nurturing a culture of accountability within our organization by providing opportunities for continuous learning and growth for our staff and leadership on the history and impact of racism, white supremacy, and systemic oppression.
  • Hiring staff, leadership, and board of directors of racial and ethnic diversity to better represent the populations we seek to serve.
  • Creating sustainable opportunities that empower BIPOC youth to speak and build on community-based solutions to reverse the systems that perpetuate racial inequality.
  • Leveraging the capacity of communities to advocate for policy change that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Leveraging the capacity of organization leaders that represent and address the needs of disenfranchised and vulnerable populations.

Our goal is to provide sustainable and positive impacts in the lives of the youth we serve and lead. We will be an example to future generations through our values and actions, not just our words.