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March 18, 2021 - A statement of care following the tragedy in Atlanta

Posted March 18, 2021, 10:15 AM

Updated December 16, 2022, 9:11 AM

Dear CCA Community,

On Tuesday, we learned of another terrible act of violence in our country—the murder of eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian women. I am deeply saddened for those who are coping with the unbearable loss of their loved ones, and the grief and fear felt in communities across the country. I am also angered by this horrific act. I cannot ignore the intersection of racial, sexual, and gender violence of which the tragedy in Atlanta is but the latest example. It is especially devastating in light of a wave of escalating incidents of anti-Asian racism and violence against Asian communities across the nation, including here in the Bay Area.

As I wrote just three weeks ago, CCA condemns all acts of violence and discrimination, and denounces the racism and xenophobia that feed them. I want all members of our community—especially, today, our Asian and Asian American students, faculty, and staff—to know that we stand with you in support and in solidarity. You deserve to feel and be safe, respected, and free from violence and hate. When that is taken from you, it harms us all. 

As a caring community, we extend compassion to those among us who are experiencing trauma or grief. And as creative citizens, we must each act with urgency to address and dismantle the complex systems of oppression that diminish us all. 




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