As members of AJC NY’s Community of Conscience, a diverse group of over 20 New York faith and ethnic leaders, we express our deep concern on the recent rise in attacks against Asian Americans in New York City. We all join in one voice speaking out against racism and hate, which has no place in our city, state, or country. Indeed, we are stronger united together as we build an integrated and more fair society whereby we each reap the collective benefits.

Specifically, we condemn the three separate physical assaults on Tuesday, February 16th against Asian American women – two in the subway and one outside a bakery, and urge that they be fully investigated by the NYPD as hate crimes.

The Asian American community has, especially, been the target of unfair blame, discrimination, and violence since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact on Asian Americans in New York City has been particularly distressing. According to a report by the Asian American Bar Association of New York, “there were more than 2,500 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents related to COVID-19 between March and September 2020, which is likely understated because most incidents are not reported.” As of December 31st, 2020, there were 259 anti-Asian incidents in New York reported to Stop AAPI Hate. New York City is second only to San Francisco in the number of reported hate incidents against Asian Americans in 2020.

As proud members that make up the mosaic and tapestry of New York City we express our support for the Asian American community:

• We come together to reaffirm our solidarity with our Asian brothers and sisters who have increasingly come under assault during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• We recognize that any attempt to defame, stereotype, or assault the Asian American community is unacceptable.

• We know that Asian Americans alone cannot confront this wave of xenophobic hate.

• All of us -- Asian-Americans, Latinos/Latinx, Black Americans, members of the LGBTQ community, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, and Muslims -- cannot alone confront racism, xenophobia, anti-Latinx discrimination, homophobia, antisemitism, and Islamophobia.

• An attack on one of us, is an attack on all of us. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Asian American community and will continue to be an ally and voice of support at this time of assault.


Michael Schmidt, Director, AJC New York

Marjorie Kuhn, President, AJC New York

Eddie Cuesta, Executive Director, Dominicanos USA

Reverend Jacques Andre DeGraff, Canaan Baptist Church Charles Yoon, President, Korean American Association of Greater New York

Hannah Kim, External Affairs, Korean American Association of Greater New York

Dr. Uma Mysorekar, President, Hindu Temple Society of North America

Reverend William Shillady, Methodist City Society

Father Brian McWeeney, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi, Holocaust, Director, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, Manhattan College

Swami Sarvapriyananda, Vedanta Society of New York

Dr. Isma Chaudhry, Islamic Center of Long Island

Nikki Singh, Policy & Advocacy Manager, Sikh Coalition

Imam Tahir Kukaj, Albanian Islamic Cultural Center

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