We survive by taking care of one another

After dropping off flowers, Jesus Estrella (left) and Shelby S. (right) stand in support of the Asian & Hispanic community outside Young’s Asian Massage where four people were killed on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Acworth, GA. At least eight people were found dead at three different spas in the Atlanta area Tuesday by suspected killer Robert Aaron Long. Photo by Curtis Compton, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 17, 2021.

“The only way to survive is by taking care of one another.” –Grace Lee Boggs

We continue to reel from the March 16 killing spree that devastated metropolitan Atlanta and called our nation’s focus to the unchecked escalation of violence against our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Today, as we hear about another mass shooting in Boulder, CO, we honor the people who lost their lives in the despicable, terroristic act in metropolitan Atlanta that was rooted in the centuries-old, overlapping narratives of misogyny and racial oppression, and nurtured within the ongoing structural disenfranchisement of the AAPI community.

We remember their names. We honor their lives.

  • Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33
  • Paul Andre Michels, 54
  • Xiaojie Tan, 49
  • Daoyou Feng, 44
  • Soon Chung Park, 74
  • Hyun Jung Grant, 51
  • Suncha Kim, 69
  • Yong Ae Yue, 63

We also lift up Elcias Hernandez Ortiz, who is fighting to recover from a life-threatening gunshot wound. 

We stand with the AAPI community. We stand in solidarity with women of color. We stand with the victims’ loved ones. 

And we continue to fight for racial equity. To thrive, we must stand together in multiracial solidarity against the inequitable systems in our society that perpetuate violence against the AAPI community. 

In the immortal words of Grace Lee Boggs, “the only way to survive is by taking care of one another.”

We encourage everyone who is committed to equity to stay engaged, learn deeply, and support the organizations and leaders who are doing this work. We are proud to stand with organizations that are doing organizing work in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the American South, as well as organizations that are fighting for equity for all women of color — and the well-being of their bodies — within our health and justice systems. 
Here’s what you can do:

Donate to the families of the victims via GoFundMe:

Invest in AAPI organizations:

Explore the issue through further reading, articles, and statements:

I continue to believe that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was right, “the arc of history bends towards justice.” We will continue to stand. We will continue to fight for racial equity. And we will continue to persevere.

Onward towards equity,
Nathaniel Q. Smith, Jr.
Founder and Chief Equity Officer