18 Mar
  • By Jess Prewett
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In Support of our Asian-American and Pacific Islander Communities

Yesterday, we received the news that eight people were shot and killed in Atlanta, including six Asian-American women. In the past few days, weeks, and months, we have read about incident after incident of racially motivated hate crimes involving physical violence and harassment, targeting Asian Americans. These are not isolated events. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric, harassment, and violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) individuals, families and communities have increased, both in the Twin Cities and around the nation.
BGCTC recognizes the many emotions, fears, and concerns around the ongoing traumas being experienced within our AAPI communities, especially regarding the continued increase in violence against AAPI individuals and families, and the enduring economic and systemic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As an organization, we continue to strengthen our commitment to safety and care, connecting with support networks in our Club communities and revisiting various safety procedures in each Club to ensure the safety and well-being of our youth, staff, and families.
As always, we will continue working to support conversations of inclusion, unity, and justice however and wherever we can. Young people, especially young people of color, need trusted voices who understand trauma that will stand against racism and discrimination and for their safety and dignity. We ask our Club community to support our AAPI communities, and all BIPOC communities, by committing to anti-racist action and to being anti-racist role models for all young people.