Community, Organizations Unite in A Worldwide Vigil In Remembrance of Atlanta Shooting Victims

Philadelphia Asian leaders held a candlelit vigil on March 17, 2021, to honor victims of the Atlanta shooting and to speak against hate. on March 17, 2021.

Asian American community leaders organized a Worldwide Vigil on March 26th to unite the global community in paying respects to the eight victims killed in the Atlanta shooting.

The Worldwide Vigil also helped the community find communal healing and hope in the face of the recent Asian violence that has impacted the Asian American community. The event calls for solidarity for anti-racism.

The Atlanta shooting took place on March 16 during a sharp spike in anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

According to a Stop AAPI Hate research, there has been nearly 3,800 incidents against Asian Americans since March 2020.

“My heart goes out to all who are joining the Asian American community to remember the victims of the horrific shootings in Atlanta that claimed the lives of eight people. President Biden has made clear that he condemns the distrusting rise in anti-Asian violence and that hate can have no safe harbor in America,” Congressman Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor to the President and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, said in a statement.

“Our prayers are with the families of the victims and everyone gathered today to grieve and try to find solace together. We will stand together against hate, against racism, against sexism, against violence, including gender-based violence—and stand up for justice, for love, for healing.”

For the view the recording of the Worldwide Vigil, visit 326vigil.org.


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