US-Philippines Society Statement on Violence Against AAPI community
The US-Philippines Society condemns violence, harassment and bias in all its forms against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including Filipino-Americans. Since its founding, the US-Philippines Society has recognized that people-to-people exchanges represent an enduring and underlying strength in our bilateral relationship. Inherent in those exchanges is a commitment to support a welcoming, respectful and inclusive society, celebrating the richness of our diversity and providing equitable opportunity for all.
As an independent bi-national non-profit organization, we come together to deplore current and historical instances of bias, hate and violence against the AAPI community; and most recently, the tragic murders of six Asian American women and two others in Georgia. We are deeply concerned with the increase in hate crimes against the AAPI community since the start of the pandemic, and we strive for a return to the shared values of inclusivity and community support, known in Philippine traditions as Bayanihan.
We also take this occasion to salute with deepest appreciation the work of tens of thousands of Filipino and Filipino-American public health professionals risking their lives to protect Americans and so many others around the globe from Covid-19. We are confident that the vast majority of Americans understand that our Fil-Am neighbors are deserving of thanks and respect, not suspicion and harassment.
Join us in promoting acceptance, respect, and dignity throughout our communities. Moving forward together in this way will strengthen America, both at home and abroad as we build partnerships to meet the many challenges ahead.
US-Philippines Society Board of Directors
March 22, 2021