OP-ED: ‘Stand In Solidarity with Asian American Colleagues and Friends’

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FRAMINGHAM – Our Framingham group of stakeholders are committed to working in collaboration. Our goal is to increase progress in creating an environment of inclusion which is diverse and equitable for all members of our community.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in early Spring last year, Human Rights groups across the country have noticed a pattern of targeted hate crimes against Asian Americans. Recently released data confirmed that the number of racist incidents against the Asian American community has indeed skyrocketed.

Massachusetts has reported 67 incidents (likely under-reported) of verbal and physical assaults, only a small number of which would qualify for prosecution under most laws against hate crimes. Attorney General Maura Healey is co-sponsoring legislation to reform the state’s hate crime statute to expand the law.

As we celebrate the Lunar New Year, these news stories are particularly heartbreaking. What is supposed to be a time of celebration and togetherness for millions of people around the world has been marred by these senseless acts of violence. We must remember that where a person is from should not matter in how we view them. The government of an individual’s country should not matter in how we view them. We believe that we are more alike than we are different and have similar goals with respect to freedom, health and happiness for ourselves and our families. We are not able to be inclusive when we only see our differences.

We urge everyone in our community to stand in solidarity with Asian American colleagues and friends; to speak up in the face of injustice in all its forms and to take care of each other in every way we can. We all need to be understanding of the fact that as humans our actions can create an environment of greater inclusion. In our busy days we must take time out to evaluate the environments we work and live in, and make changes if we are not inclusive. In addition, we must always take action to prevent any scenarios where hate, discrimination, bullying, and inequity are allowed. It can not be accepted and will only decline if we act collectively to put a stop to it.

Recent reports include the murder of an 84 year old Thai man walking in his San Francisco neighborhood; a subway attack in New York City in which a 61 year old Filipino man was slashed across the face with a knife; and a number of assaults targeting older Asian Americans in California and New York and the most recent murders of 8 people in Atlanta.” It cannot be accepted and will only decline if we act
collectively to put a stop to it. 

To start, here are some important organizations fighting for Asian American rights. Be sure to follow and engage with them as they begin planning next steps and actions following yesterday’s horrific attack. 

● Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
● Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AJC (Washington, DC) (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
● Stop AAPI Hate (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
● National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
● 18 Million Rising (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
● APIA Vote (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
● APIA Health Forum (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
● National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (Website, Twitter, Facebook)

Signed by

Business Community

  • Jim Giammarinaro President Metrowest Chamber of Commerce
  • Towma Rastad Business Marketing Group Account Representative| Wegmans Food Markets
  • Scott Richardson, AIA, LEED AP Principal and Vice President of Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects (GRLA)

Faith Based Community

  • Rev. Dr. J Anthony Lloyd Greater Framingham Community Church
  • Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D. Professor of Worship, Church & Culture Executive Director, Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Dr. Deborah L. Clark Pastor of Edwards Church, United Church of Christ, Board of Wider Missions and Coordinator of Open Spirit: A Place of Hope, Health & Harmony
  • Rev. Gregory Morisse The Plymouth Church in Framingham
  • Rev. William Tanner The Plymouth Church in Framingham

Non-Profit Leaders

  • Jim Cuddy Executive Director South Middlesex Opportunity council (SMOC)
  • Eric L. Masi, Ed.D President & CEO Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Inc.
  • Helen Lemoine Executive Director Leadership MetroWest
  • Martin D. Cohen President/CEO MetroWest Health Foundation
  • Paula Kaminow Vice President, Operations-Framingham and Contracts Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Lino Covarrubias, Chief Executive Officer JFS of Metrowest
  • Steve Kerrigan President and CEO Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Anna C. Cross Executive Director MetroWest Nonprofit Network
  • Paul Mina President & Chief Executive Officer United way of Tri-County
  • Maria Rosado Pelham Learning Center
  • Diane E. Gould, President & CEO Advocates, Inc.

Education Leaders

  • Kyle Amber Clark, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC)
  • Robert A. Tremblay Superintendent Framingham Public Schools
  • Joseph Corazzini Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Diversity and Community Development Framingham Public Schools
  • Javier Cevallos, President Framingham State University
  • Constanza Cabello, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Framingham State University
  • David Podell, President, MassBay Community College
  • Jake Hepler, Leadership Giving Officer, Development and Alumni/ae Relations at Northeastern University School of Law
  • Frank Tipton, Executive Director, Christa McAuliffe Charter School

Civic Leaders

  • Yvonne M. Spicer Mayor of Framingham
  • Maritsa Barros, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, City of Framingham
  • Congresswoman Katherine Clark – Fifth District of Massachusetts.
  • Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland), Represents the MetroWest communities of Ashland, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick which comprise the 2nd Middlesex & Norfolk district.
  • Jack Patrick Lewis – State Representative – 7th Middlesex District
  • Carmine Gentile – State Representative – 13 th Middlesex District
  • Marian Ryan – District Attorney – Middlesex County

Community Leaders

  • Esta Montano
  • Paul R. Joseph

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