During Wednesday night’s Hoboken City Council meeting, a resolution unanimously condemning abuse and attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders was approved.
Councilwoman At Large Emily Jabbour and 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen issued the following joint statement after the council vote:
“Tonight the Hoboken City Council stood shoulder-to-shoulder with members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (“AAPI”) community in our city, state, and nation. We are proud the City Council unanimously passed the resolution we co-sponsored condemning any discrimination, harassment, or violence against Asian members of our community and recognizing the significant contributions that the AAPI community makes to our community and our nation. We thank Mayor Ravi Bhalla for strongly supporting this resolution and for his strong statement of support in the wake of the horrific acts of violence committed against AAPI individuals over the course of the last several months.
Violence and hatred against Asians have no place in this world. As community leaders, we denounce racism in all forms and stand in solidarity with Hoboken’s AAPI community. As Mayor Bhalla declared by Executive Order on his first day in office, Hoboken is a Fair and Welcoming City – one that values all of our residents and we must continue to do the work to realize equality, respect, and dignity for every member of our community.
Hoboken’s valued and beloved businesses owned by members of the AAPI community add much to our City. The restaurants, coffee shops, beauty parlors, fitness and health establishments, medical offices, florists, dog groomers, dry cleaners, and more are owned by members of the AAPI community that serve all Hobokenites and are an essential part of the rich fabric of our community.
Members of the AAPI community not only contribute to the richness, diversity, and economy of the City, but also serve as elected leaders within the government, including as Trustees on the Hoboken Board of Education and the Mayor of our City.”
A link to the Resolution appears below:
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