More than 400 organizations unite for a Worldwide Vigil to remember the victims of the Atlanta Shooting
Thousands of people gathered virtually for a worldwide vigil that took place at 7:30pm ET on Friday, March 26th–to unite as a global community as we pay respects to the deceased, find communal healing and hope in the face of heightened violence that has traumatized the entire Asian American community, and call for solidarity under a banner of anti-racism.
The intersectional program included statements from the White House, South Korean Ambassador and four Korean American Members of Congress, Andy Kim (D-NJ), Young Kim (R-CA), Michelle Steel (R-CA), and Marilyn Strickland (D-WA)—with prayers by religious leaders: Imam Abdullah Jaber (CAIR-Georgia), Venerable Seok-Maya (Jun Dung Sa Temple), Mike Tai (4Pointes Church); poetry reading by Jessie Lian; singing by Adelaide Tai; and remarks by Community Leaders: Sarah Park (President, KAC Metro-Atlanta), Georgia Rep. Sam Park, Soyoung Yun, LPC, Nsé Ufot (Chief Executive Officer, New Georgia Project), Martha Revelo, (Outreach Director, Office of U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock), and Julie Katz (Assistant Director of American Jewish Committee (AJC) Atlanta).
This vigil was part of numerous events taking place on March 26th, which has been promoted as the #StopAsianHate National Day of Action and Healing by Asian American Congressional leaders and civic organizations. March 26th is significant, as it is when the first U.S. law on naturalization, the Naturalization Act of 1790, was enacted to limit citizenship to only “free, White persons.”
Anti-racism is a goal that can only be achieved with the support of any and all communities that call this country home. We invite all communities, people, and allies to join our collective efforts to promote #StopAsianHate and end racism for all.