Passing along this announcement from the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise…
WHEREAS , there has been a documented regional and nationwide trend of increased discrimination, hate and violence against Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander individuals of all ages, businesses, organizations and communities of faith exacerbated by false narratives and xenophobia around the coronavirus; and
WHEREAS , these ongoing and reprehensible displays of hate have often gone unnoticed and unreported, perpetuating a myth that AAPI persons will be complacent and stay silent, even when being targeted and harmed; and
WHEREAS , hate, violence and bias are not acceptable in our community especially when targeting or scapegoating individuals based on their race and identity; and
WHEREAS , the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise looks forward to recognizing and celebrating our AAPI community during national Heritage Month in May, we are acutely reminded that our diversity is a key strength for the club and our community, and that we are a community where everyone should feel safe and welcome; and
WHEREAS, each of us has a personal responsibility to prevent the spread of misinformation, condemn violent acts in any form, support all fellow community members, and reject stigma, hate and bias in all its forms; and
WHEREAS , there is an urgent need for the community at large to support the AAPI community, stand together against anti-Asian violence, and report incidents of hate and bias, especially as we continue to recover together from the impacts of COVID-19;
NOW THEREFORE , We, the members of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise support the Proclamation issued by the Sebastopol City Council, strongly condemn any violence and hate towards the AAPI community, and do hereby proclaim our renewed and ongoing commitment to be a diverse community free from racism so all those in Sebastopol and West County feel safe and welcomed, and urge everyone to interrupt instances of racism and intolerance by speaking up in support of equity, justice and inclusion.