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Mayor Bowser's Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Backlash Related to Coronavirus

In recognition of AAPI Heritage Month, Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued the following statement condemning anti-Asian backlash related to coronavirus:


"Racial discrimination or discrimination in any form has no place in the District of Columbia, especially during the global pandemic that we are currently in. From the beginning of this pandemic's impact on our community, I made it clear that we need to counter stigma and racial bias with facts and accurate information. Viruses don't discriminate against anyone based on race, ethnic group, country of origin, or immigration status, and neither should we. My Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs is monitoring incidents of harassment and discrimination, and they continue to be an important resource for our residents who need support. The use of hateful and xenophobic rhetoric stokes fear and incites violence in our country and communities, such rhetoric undermines our DC Values. I stand with my Asian American and Pacific Islander neighbors to denounce it and ask our 704,000 DC residents to do the same."


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Please join us virtually to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Mayor Muriel Bowser through WebEx on Wednesday, 5/27, at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST) as we honor the stories of our AAPI community, highlighting its resilience and contributions to the District!


RSVP: Please register with a valid email address to participate at DC-AAPIHM2020.EVENTBRITE.COM

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

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For more information, please call (202) 727-3120.