Statement by NYC CLC President Vincent Alvarez and and Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) NY Chapter President Steven Moy on Anti-Asian Pacific Harassment and Violence
“The New York City Labor Movement is horrified and outraged by this week’s fatal attack on mostly female workers of Asian Pacific descent in Georgia. No one should have to fear for their lives at their jobs. We send our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones.
Our movement again strongly condemns the continuing racist and xenophobic attacks against people of Asian Pacific heritage across our country. Asian Pacific American workers have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other medical and health care workers on the front lines of the fight to save lives and provide comfort to the ill, and others doing essential work have kept New York running so that we all had access to the goods and services we rely upon. At the same time, Asian Pacific workers, their families and communities have suffered high rates of unemployment due to the economic crisis caused by both the pandemic and discriminatory immigration policies.
The NYC Labor Movement will not stand by while members of the Asian Pacific community are targeted, harassed, and even physically attacked in our own city or anywhere in our nation—we must all take responsibility for ending these attacks and ensuring the unity of all working people.”