IPM Statement in Support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community
March 26, 2021—Today, on #StopAsianHate Virtual Day of Action & Healing, we condemn racism and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and AAPI women. As attacks against AAPIs have escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic, eight people were murdered last week in Atlanta, including six Asian women: Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Yong Ae Yue. We mourn the victims and send support to their loved ones.
This tragedy is part of an unfortunately long history of harmful stereotypes, scapegoating and violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities that seeks to erase individual identities and assault their humanity. As a public health organization, we recognize that this threatens health and well-being and diminishes our society as a whole.
The past year has shown how important it is for all of us to take action against all forms of racism and violence. At IPM, we work to address health inequities that disproportionately affect women of color. We’re committed to this work, to examining our own internal structures and practices to improve diversity, equity and inclusion, and to supporting others who share these values.