Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 17, 2022
Among the giants of the civil rights movement, no figure looms larger than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His efforts in support of equal rights have been a model for subsequent movements around the world. We honor his monumental legacy.
Regarding the recent attack on Rev. Walden: A statement from the 37th LD Democrats Executive Board
On Thursday, November 18, Reverend Harriett Walden was assaulted on the street in downtown Seattle.
Reverend Walden, a legendary social justice icon, was walking in an intersection when she was confronted by a young white man in a vehicle. He began edging his car toward her, yelling racial slurs, before finally throwing a can of motor oil at her, hitting her in the back.
The Seattle Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
The 37th LD Democrats condemn this incident in the strongest possible terms. We deplore the vile offenses of anyone who would defile our city with racism and bigotry. We stand in alliance with Reverend Walden, her family, and all hate crime victims.
The cancer of anti-Blackness, alive across generations, continue to plague our community at this moment in history.
Forces of hatred must be confronted by all of us, individually and collectively. We must deny racism not only with our words, but through our actions. We must create safe spaces for members of our Black community. We must support movements for Black liberation and forge alliances with those who work to dismantle structural racism in our society.
We call for a full investigation into the assault on Reverend Walden, with the findings reported to the community in a timely fashion.
We will not tolerate inequality or injustice anywhere, especially King County, WA. The forces of hatred will not win.
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The 37th LD Democrats Host AAPI Panel
On November 8, 2021, the 37th LD Democrats were proud to host a panel discussion with representatives of the local Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos made opening remarks. Our panelists were Rahul Gupta of the Wing Luke Museum and Joseph Lachman of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service. The panel was moderated by Serene Chen of the 37th LD Democrats Executive Board.
Are you vaccinated?
As of April 15, all people in Washington age 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Check the King County website for the most current information on vaccines and appointments:
If you or someone you know is in need to transportation to a vaccination site, please see the COVID-19 Transportation Resources guide issued by the Washington State Department of Health. This document compiles transportation resources for communities and partners who have access barriers. This is a living document and may be updated as needed. Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have information about resources that maybe missing from the guide.
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A Statement in Condemnation of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes
Since January 2020, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community has seen a dramatic increase in reports of hate crimes and violence in the U.S.. According to Stop AAPI Hate, more than 3,000 documented anti-Asian hate incidents occurred over the past year. Unfortunately, many cases are misclassified, ignored, or unreported. Seattle Police received more than 10 reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the city in 2020, which is nine more than 2019 and six more than 2018. A recent example of this occurred during the week of February 15, 2021, in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. While walking through the neighborhood, an assailant attacked a young Asian woman and her partner, injuring both.
During the tumultuous Trump Administration, Donald J. Trump and his Republican allies continued using inflammatory and racist language to misrepresent COVID-19. Such rhetoric breeds divisiveness, inflames xenophobia, undermines the dignity and safety of Asian communities, and seeks to question the rights of all immigrants in our country.
The 37th LD Democrats proudly stand with the Asian American community as well as immigrant communities and communities of color in strongly condemning inflammatory, racist, and xenophobic rhetoric used to mischaracterize COVID-19 and disrespect the Asian community. Further, we strongly condemn violence of any kind. Advancing racial equity and economic inclusion for people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of everyone. President Biden’s Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States acknowledges the impact of hateful political rhetoric on our communities. However, much more must be done at both the local level and nationally to combat the vitriol unleashed by the Trump Administration, which continues to this day.
We encourage all members of the Puget Sound community to join us in promoting scientifically factual information about the virus, exhibiting cultural competence while discussing it, and creating an inclusive environment for everyone during this very difficult time.
The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs has resources for reporting hate incidents (https://capaa.wa.gov/resources/report-hate-discrimination/) and for bystanders (https://capaa.wa.gov/bystander-resources/). Locally, the Chinatown-International District Community Watch is seeking support and volunteers and can be reached at www.facebook.com/groups/cidcommunitywatch.