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.
Links to Vaccine Locator website:
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.