Dear OCCA partners and friends,
As a local organization, we know that how we present ourselves to the world matters and the increased violence targeting Asian communities have compelled us to reiterate our organizational beliefs:
We, the Otsego County Conservation Association, believe in a United States of America that is free from discrimination in regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation or ability, and where everyone is entitled to live without prejudice.
We remain committed to confronting issues of discrimination when they arise. We also believe that any actions of discrimination of any kind are wrong. We are guided by and uphold these beliefs in all we do.
The question becomes how do we confront this? We wanted to share information that we found helpful from Nonprofit New York: From Lisa Gold, Executive Director of the Asian American Arts Alliance:
Things we can all do:
Educate yourself on what is happening in New York and across the country;
Share what you are learning with your networks and retweet it at elected officials;
If you see something, then document it; and
Donate to Asian-led, Asian-focused organizations
From Ravi Redi, Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Asian American Federation: Things we should all be calling on New York elected officials to do:
- Support the efforts of trusted Asian-led, Asian serving organizations to centralize the reporting of incidents in order to connect victims to services they need;
- Invest in community-based safety measures to allow Asian organizations to coordinate a safety ambassador program to ensure more immediate safety in the streets;
- Provide recovery services in Asian languages to help victims heal from trauma; and
- Increase access to mental health services for all communities to reduce harm.