Recent acts of violence in our country against Asian Americans and those from Pacific Island nations has prompted Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla to issue the following statement:
“Since the pandemic’s onset over a year ago, we have witnessed increased violence against Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Just this week, though not an isolated incident, I’m heartbroken at the senseless acts of violence that sadly took the lives of six Asian American women in Georgia. These horrific acts come at a time when Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been subject to racism, discrimination, and xenophobia that has absolutely no place in our society.
Let me be clear: we in Hoboken condemn these abhorrent events and racism in all forms. Not only must we as citizens and leaders openly condemn these actions, but also reaffirm our commitment to anti-racism, and to truly acknowledge the enormous pain and suffering that Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and other historically marginalized communities experience daily.
Many have recently expressed concern and worry. Thank you for your willingness to share your personal experiences. I encourage all Hoboken residents to be mindful of your neighbors today and in the coming days, and support each other during these difficult times.
In Hoboken, a fair and welcoming City, we will continue to stand up for, protect and celebrate our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and small businesses. It is my sincere hope that cities across the country will join our Mile Square, and the many other cities that have stood firmly against bigotry and discrimination, of any kind.”