FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Emily Porter
Phone: (202) 828-8370
Washington, DC – In advance of a national day to speak out against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate on Friday, March 26, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization serving the interests of the Iranian American community, offered the following statement:
“Discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin and/or ethnicity has no place in this country and should never be endured. Hateful rhetoric directed at the Asian community in recent months and the deadly events that unfolded last week in Georgia do not reflect the values of the United States. As a community that has long endured discrimination and injustice, Iranian Americans stand in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander brothers and sisters. We pledge to work to end this intolerance in our nation and ensure that equal rights and civil liberties are extended to all Americans. It is on all of us to stop systemic racism and reject the hateful rhetoric that has led us to this point.”
PAAIA’s comments come on the heels of the deadly shooting of six Asian Americans in Atlanta, Georgia last week and an increase in racially motivated attacks against the Asian community. PAAIA is encouraging its community and all Americans to show their solidarity and support to #StopAsianHate.