Everyone deserves to live in a healthy and safe environment. That environment includes where you live, work, play, and pray. We reject and actively push back against racist rhetoric, actions, policies and institutional oppression that leads to state-sanctioned brutality, gun violence, and harm that again and again assaults communities of color. We are committed to working for justice and equity, and are in solidarity with social, racial, and environmental justice organizations to build community, understanding and honest dialogue to address the root causes of violence, harm and hate.
The racial and sexual violence that Asian American and Pacific Islander women face in the United States is not new, but is historically and shamefully ignored by mainstream media, decision-makers, and often organizations like ours who are dedicated to bettering societal and environmental health.
The MLK holiday is a day set aside to uplift a civil rights leader who fought to break down the institutional structures that promote racism, ableism and classism. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of action, so to honor him - let’s act too!
The beginning of the new year is traditionally a time where we make resolutions; commitments and actions that are often focused on healing. So I can think of no better time then now to reflect on WVE’s commitments to you.