A Statement from GCDD
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities joins entities in our state and across the country in horror and mourning at the recent murders of people of Asian descent in Atlanta. This heartbreaking loss of life has occurred during an ongoing, widespread uptick in hate crimes and discrimination directed toward the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the wake of the spread of coronavirus in the United States. In fact, according to a recent report from #StopAAPIHate, nearly 4,000 hate incidents have been reported from AAPIs in all 50 states over the past year.
We continue to keep the victims, their loved ones and the entire AAPI community in our thoughts – and top of mind in our work. Central to this work is considering the intersection of identities among disability status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status and age. We remain committed to elevating inclusion and intersectionality as we advance social change, public policy and innovative practices for all Georgians.
We look forward to seeing a time when every person can thrive where they live, learn, work, play and worship in their chosen communities. And we are eager to join efforts to #StopAsianHate.