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Mar 23

ATU Condemns Atlanta Murders and All Attacks Against Asian Community

Silver Spring, MD – The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President John Costa released the following statement in response to the recent murders of Asian women in Georgia.

“The ATU is outraged and saddened by the recent attack killing six Asian women and two others in Atlanta and we stand with our sisters and brothers in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community as we collectively grieve the workers who were killed.

“We have seen a rise in Asian racism, blaming the pandemic on the AAPI community. In fact, since the pandemic began, there have been nearly 4,000 reported incidents of attacks against Asian Americans. This targeting of the AAPI community perpetuates and fosters an anti-Asian sentiment that has led to this uptick of attacks and the Atlanta murders. Words matter and create an environment of hate. We must call out and stop all forms of racism against the Asian community from racial slurs to physical violence.

“These murdered women also were targeted and killed in their workplace. This comes at a time when the global pandemic has revealed the vulnerability workers face on the job. AAPI ATU members, first responders, doctors, nurses and other essential workers have been frontline heroes since the beginning of this pandemic, and they need to be protected against hate and racist violence.

“The ATU mourns the lives that were lost and pray for their families and loved ones as we continue the fight against racism in all its forms.”