Advancing Justice – AAJC Releases Statement on White House “United We Stand” Summit to Combat Hate-fueled Violence

Upcoming Summit is a Step Forward to Fostering Unity as We Look Toward Future Action to Address Hate
For Immediate Release
Michelle Boykins (202) 296-2300, ext. 0144
Vivin Qiang 202-780-9327

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On September 15, the Biden administration will host the “United We Stand” Summit to bring together leaders across industries for discussions around addressing hate, violence, and division and fostering unity in our nation.

John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC, issues the following statement:

“We commend President Biden for his commitment in bringing the nation together to have long overdue discussions about addressing hate-fueled violence that has impacted too many communities in America. 

“The attacks against Asian Americans, which spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to harm our communities at an alarming rate. We hope discussions from the Summit will not only address immediate needs in hate crime and hate incident reporting and response, but also center on long-term solutions that include greater investment from the federal government in communities harmed by hate.

“Contrary to widely-held perceptions that Asian Americans are doing well in the U.S., our communities often struggle to access support services that are linguistically accessible and culturally competent. We call for increased engagement by government agencies with Asian American communities, including improving outreach and community education, strengthening language access, building meaningful partnerships with community-based organizations, and increasing funding to organizations serving impacted communities. 

“Advancing Justice – AAJC looks forward to participating in this important discussion and we hope this Summit will lead to continued action from the administration to protect our communities and support healing. We look forward to working with the administration to create conditions where all communities feel safe and are able to thrive.”