Organizational Statement | NAPABA Statement on Hate-Fueled Violence in Kentucky and Pennsylvania


Organizational Statement


For Immediate Release
October 29, 2018

                             For More Information, Contact:
                             Nisha Ramachandran, Interim Communications Manager
                             nramachandran@napaba.org, 202-775-9555

 

NAPABA Condemns Hate-Fueled Violence in Kentucky and Pennsylvania

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) strongly and unequivocally condemns the climate of hate, racism, and anti-Semitism that has fueled violence against individuals and communities across the nation in the past week. We are committed to fighting hate crimes by educating and empowering our community to speak up and act against racially-motivated rhetoric and conduct, and to hold those accountable who encourage it.

This past week, a gunman attempted to enter First Baptist Church, a predominantly African-American church, near Louisville, KY. When he failed, he entered a local grocery store and murdered two Black people, an incident the FBI is now investigating as a potential federal hate crime. Just days later, on Saturday, an anti-Semitic attacker with an assault rifle killed eleven members of the congregation at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA.

NAPABA stands in solidarity with the Jewish and Black communities nationwide, and pledges to continue working steadily to promote our core values of acceptance, diversity, and inclusiveness. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of the horrendous violence in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. All people should be able to live their lives and worship freely without fear.

For more information, the media may contact Nisha Ramachandran, NAPABA interim communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or nramachandran@napaba.org.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

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