FACL BC Statement on the Anti-Asian Fatal Shootings in Georgia, USA
March 18, 2021
Today, FACL BC grieves the deaths of the victims of a series of fatal shootings by a White man in Georgia, USA. Six of the eight victims were Asian women who worked in massage parlours. We condemn this horrific act of racist, gender-based violence, and we stand in solidarity with members of Asian communities everywhere who are impacted.
This tragic incident is a part of the alarming rise of racist incidents against Asian people across North America, including BC. The majority of incidents are against East and Southeast Asian individuals, and Asian women are the most disproportionately targeted (70% of reported incidents in BC). (https://www.project1907.org/reportingcentre). Our communities are understandably fearful right now for the safety of our family members and loved ones.
During this difficult time of grief and ongoing anti-Asian racism, we offer this list of resources to support our community members who are impacted: