In Solidarity with Our Asian Pacific Islander (API) Community

Last updated: April 30, 2021, at 6:58 a.m. PT

Originally published: March 17, 2021, at 12:36 p.m. PT

The rise in violence against the Asian Pacific Islander community is reprehensible and heinous. It saddens us to know that our API staff and community are living in fear. At the Y, as an anti-racist organization, our vision is a world that is free from bias, hate, and injustice. In solidarity with our API community in Washington State and around the country, we condemn hate and xenophobia in all forms.

Video: Statement Condemning Violence Against Asian Pacific Islanders

Description: Hear from our president and CEO, Loria Yeadon, about the rise in violence against the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. The YMCA of Greater Seattle stands with the API community in condemning hate and xenophobia in all of it's forms.

We ask that you speak out and stand against hate where ever it be. We also invite you to show your solidarity with the API community by do the following:

  • Check on your API family, staff, and community members. Ask how they are doing and what support they need.
  • Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Learning Series – We are not a stereotype - Breaking Down Asian Pacific American Bias. Explore Series
  • Share accurate information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We are proud to amplify the recoding from the national event Breaking the Silence, hosted by the national YMCA Asian and Pacific Islander Leadership Network. Please view it if you weren’t able to attend the live event and share it with your networks. We have also previously shared the national message from Kevin Washington, CEO of YUSA, on our social media.

For more educational tools, explore these resources complied by our National Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Network (APILN). We encourage you to share with your networks as well. 

It will take all of us, alert and aware, with empathy and compassion, to root out hate to create a world where all people feel safe, affirmed and valued. 

In community,
Loria B. Yeadon | President/CEO