Statement Condemning Anti-Semitism and Hate

We must fight all forms of oppression and fight for all human rights including the violence and oppression the Israeli state has forced upon Palestinians, including the hate and violence that Jewish people are experiencing here in the United States, and including the small but vocal faction of persons engaged in unacceptable threatening and violent behavior about the political situation in the Middle East. Such threats, harassment, and violence have no place in this or any country. They are an affront to our founding principles and should not be tolerated.

The Berkeley JACL supports the Anti-Defamation League’s ongoing efforts to identify and root out the scourge of anti-Semitism, and urges anyone who witnesses such an incident, either online or in person, to contact the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) at www.ADL.org. Since May 10, 2021, there has been a rise in anti-Semitic incidents reported to ADL by about 75% according to ADL’s preliminary research. This includes violence towards, physical assaults on, and unspeakable slurs shouted at or sent via email to synagogues and Jewish people.

During these times of hate and injustice, our communities need to come together to support each other. As Japanese Americans, we know first hand the deep injury caused when our fellow Americans cast judgment upon us for actions taken in other countries, in which we had no role, and over which we have no control. In recent years, such as post 9/11, we have seen the same injury experienced by the Muslim community. All of these communities have faced harassment, violence, and discrimination in the United States. This hate is misplaced and we must realize that people are not their government. We cannot generalize an entire ethnic, religious, racial or any type of group, based on a few people or based on the actions of a government.

That is one reason of many, why the Berkeley Chapter of the JACL, the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization, strongly condemns the recent surge in anti-Semitic violence. This is why we must continue to stand together, support each other and stop all hate, violence and injustices.

Japanese American Citizens’ League
Berkeley Chapter

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Statement Condemning Atlanta Shootings and Hate Crimes

The Berkeley chapter of the Japanese American Citizens’ League (JACL) grieves the loss of the people who were killed in the Atlanta shootings on March 16, 2021 and all those who have been impacted by the violence and hatred targeting Asian Americans and other marginalized communities. In 2020, there was a nearly 150% increase in hate speech and hate crimes against Asian Americans, fueled by false statements and anti-Asian sentiments expressed by the previous administration. We recognize that this hate and violence towards the Asian American and all marginalized communities is not new and it is important for us to continue to work together and speak up against the hate and violence.
We stand with the Asian American community and all marginalized communities in solidarity against these hateful crimes. We deeply appreciate our allies for reaching out and supporting the Asian American community during these troubling times. We all need to stand together, tell our stories of who we are, and support each other in healing from the hate and violent attacks we have experienced and witnessed over the past year. We continue to call upon our local and national elected officials to investigate these acts of hatred. We also call on the media to continue to illuminate and publicize the Asian American perspective and recent hate crime incidents.
Some ways you can help:
• Check in with yourself and how you are feeling
• Check in with friends and family – ask if they want support and how you can support
• Actively listen to others impacted by the violence
• Report Hate Incidents at Stop AAPI Hate: stopaapihate.org
• Bystander Intervention Training by Hollaback and Asian Americans Advancing Justice
• Contact your representative to see what they are doing to ensure safety in the Asian American community: https://www.house.gov/representa…/find-your-representative
• Volunteer and donate
o Compassion in Oakland: compassioninoakland.org
o Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta: www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org
o Hate is a Virus: https://hateisavirus.org/
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Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

The Berkeley chapter of the Japanese American Citizens’ League (JACL), condemns the recent rise in Anti-Asian hate crimes throughout the country and in our nearby Oakland Chinatown, San Francisco, and San Leandro. We applaud the actions of Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in the creation of a response unit focusing on the hate and violence targeting our Asian American communities. We stand with our fellow Asian American communities in solidarity against these hateful crimes and thank our allies for their support. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a significant increase in hate speech and hate crimes against Asian Americans, bolstered by comments made by the previous administration. We call on the media to bring attention to these horrific events and call on our elected leaders to implement solutions to address the increasing racism and attacks against Asian Americans in our community.
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) is organizing 2 events to address the violence towards the Asian American community in Oakland and San Francisco. Our goals are to rally support for Asian and Pacific Islander communities, to demand immediate and long-term action to address the violence, and to emphasize solutions that empower all communities of color with resources, support, and education.
Oakland Chinatown Day of Action on Saturday, February 13 at 3:00 pm =-5:00 pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/239931484389254/?ti=ls
San Francisco Day of Action at Civic Center Plaza on Sunday, February 14 at 11:00 am-1:00 pm: https://caasf.org/…/san-francisco-day-of-action-love…/
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that these events may not be safe for everyone and if people do decide to go, understanding the risks, to wear masks and practice physical distancing from others. CAA is offering other virtual ways to participate in this weekend’s Day of Actions.