Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP) joins the Asian American and Pacific Islander and Atlanta communities in mourning the violent loss of eight lives, six of them women of Asian descent. We stand with our AAPI friends in condemning the racist, hateful anti-Asian attacks that have spiked alarmingly since the Covid pandemic began.
Along with others of faith and goodwill, ICUJP pledges to take part in the virtual #StandWithAsians to #StopAsianHate day of healing and action: www.standwithasians.com. We invite you to join us in learning about the issue of anti-Asian racism and what we can do at www.stopaapihate.org.
Since 2001, ICUJP''s mission has been that "Religious communities must stop blessing war and violence." And with yet another horrific shooting in Boulder, CO just days after the Atlanta killings, the U.S. is far past the crisis point. We urgently need to stop gun violence and fight hate and racism with love and understanding. We must demand that elected officials take immediate steps to curb gun violence and assist those affected by mental illness. And we must address the roots of bias and hate by creating safe and supportive ways for people to listen to one another and build understanding.