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TW: Anti-Asian violence, violence towards sex workers

Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates (PPPA) stands in solidarity with the Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in mourning the lives lost in Tuesday night’s attacks in Georgia, 6 of whom were Asian women.

This pattern of violence against Asian people in the United States is not new. Asian people, and Asian women in particular, have long been the target of racist, misogynistic violence rooted in sexual and reproductive control. Working class Asian women employed in the service industry in particular are frequently subject to vicious sexual harassment by men who fetishize and objectify them based on racist stereotypes.

The recent surge in anti-Asian violence has been fueled by the racist language from the Trump administration around the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Stop AAPI Hate, more than 68% of reported incidents of anti-Asian violence in the last year have been from women.

PPPA joins our friends and communities at VietLead, Asian Americans United, Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance and, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance in mourning the loss of these women, and the loss of countless others whose lives have been taken by anti-Asian violence. We stand in solidarity with them against white supremacy, criminalized sex work, gender oppression, and increased policing. 

We demand justice for the victims, their families, and the AAPI community after these horrific attacks and for all violence committed against Asian American communities.

We encourage our supporters across the state of Pennsylvania to donate to the following on the ground groups providing aid and support to the AAPI communities:

For a local resource on the ground in Atlanta: Asian Americans Advancing Justice:  Atlanta

For resources on rising anti-Asian hate incidents: AAPI COVID Project

To support a grassroots collective of Asian and migrant sex workers: Red Canary Song