The Newton Food Pantry’s Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence
Like many in our country, the Newton Food Pantry is saddened and outraged by the recent tragedy in Atlanta which killed 8 people, 6 being women of Asian descent. There is no place for violence in the world in which we live and yet, despicably, hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)-identified people have been rising.
The Newton Food Pantry condemns this violence and all racially motivated hate crimes. We stand unconditionally with the Asian American community of Newton and beyond. We cherish and value the dignity of everyone, and seek for Newton to become a truly inclusive community.
As part of our commitment to advocating for justice and equity for all, the Newton Food Pantry has recently established a DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Committee. As an organization, we are committed to doing the work to becoming anti-racist, and we will always prioritize the value of treating every person in our community and beyond with dignity and respect.
For further information and resources, please visit Stop AAPI Hate, a national group that addresses anti-Asian hate in the U.S. Additional resources include:
- Asian American Resource Workshop
- The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission
- Families Organizing for Racial Justice (Newton, MA)
- City of Newton, Human Rights Commission
Carol Berlin, Ron Joseph, Colleen Nolan, Megan Russel, Peter Shaevel, Cat Strahan & Regina Wu
NFP DEI Committee
Hossein Bayat, Sue Lowcock, Megan Russel, Manejah Terzi & Amy Yok-Ming Wong