Advancing Justice | AAJC Commends Governors for Issuing Joint Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Hate

Today, governors from 26 states and territories issued a joint statement addressing and condemning the rise in anti-Asian hate
For Immediate Release
Mary Tablante 202-296-2300, ext. 0114
Michelle Boykins 202-296-2300, ext. 0144

March 26, 2021—Washington, D.C.— Today, governors from 26 states and territories issued a joint statement addressing and condemning the rise in anti-Asian hate.  In that statement, the governors make clear that: "What is happening to Asian Americans is simply un-American. We condemn racism, violence, and hatred against our AAPI communities, and we must do more to protect, lift up, and support the Asian American community."

The governors who signed on are: Governor Gavin Newsom, State of California; Governor Jared Polis, State of Colorado; Governor Ned Lamont, State of Connecticut; Governor John Carney, State of Delaware; Governor Lourdes Leon Guerrero, Territory of Guam; Governor Gretchen Whitmer, State of Michigan; Governor Timothy Walz, State of Minnesota; Governor Steve Sisolak, State of Nevada; Governor Phil Murphy, State of New Jersey; Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, State of New Mexico; Governor David Ige, State of Hawaii; Governor Andrew Cuomo, State of New York; Governor J.B. Pritzker, State of Illinois; Governor Laura Kelly, State of Kansas; Governor Andy Beshear, Commonwealth of Kentucky; Governor John Bel Edwards, State of Louisiana; Governor Roy Cooper, State of North Carolina; Governor Kate Brown, State of Oregon; Governor Tom Wolf, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Governor Daniel McKee, State of Rhode Island; Governor Janet Mills, State of Maine; Governor Ralph Northam, Commonwealth of Virginia; Governor Larry Hogan, State of Maryland; Governor Charlie Baker, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Governor Jay Inslee, State of Washington; and Governor Tony Evers, State of Wisconsin.

President and Executive Director John C. Yang issued the following statement:

“We thank the governors from several states for standing firmly against anti-Asian hate and are grateful to Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania for coordinating amongst the governors.  Words and actions from our leaders matter and have a far-reaching impact. The sharp increase in hate against Asian Americans in the past year has been painful and heartbreaking in all its forms, from verbal harassment to physical violence against the most vulnerable people in our community. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC commits to continued work with elected officials, partner organizations, and other communities of color to combat hate in all its forms and to ensure that the needs of Asian Americans are seen and heard in the public and in all levels of government.”

Read the letter here.