CA Stands in Solidarity, Supports Rally for AAPI Community
The following is a statement from Columbia Association (CA) Board of Directors Chair Andy Stack and CA President/CEO Milton W. Matthews regarding the recent attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the U.S. and a vigil taking place at the Columbia Lakefront:
The Columbia community was founded on the values of inclusion, established as a place where people of all backgrounds are welcome to come, to grow and to thrive. The greater Howard County community is home to a kaleidoscopic population, representing individuals and families from many different ethnics groups, national origins and other heterogeneous traits. These residents contribute immensely to the vitality and vibrancy of this region.
Every person of every background has the right to feel safe in their community. That includes Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members who have been unjustly targeted by recent acts of hate.
CA stands in solidarity with all people who are a part of the Columbia community, whether they visit, work here or call this place home. We strongly condemn any action that targets individuals based on their race, ethnicity, gender or any other discriminatory reason.
While CA is not directly involved in the organization of the event, we strongly support the Stop Asian Hate Solidarity Rally, which will take place at 5:30pm on Wednesday, March 24. We encourage everyone to come out to the Columbia Lakefront to honor the lives lost to hateful acts of violence. This space is meant for peaceful gathering and meaningful conversations. CA looks forward to future events that celebrate our neighbors whose unique experiences and contributions make Columbia such a wonderful place.