Here are the first two paragraphs from the letter:
In the wake of continued violent assaults of members in our community, we are sending radical love, healing, and courage to all of our Asian and Asian American community members. We acknowledge the pain, grief, and fear that many of us are living in now, compounded by the isolation and alienation brought on by racist rhetoric used by elected leaders in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. We stand in solidarity with you, and we fight alongside you for a better world that treats one another with care, compassion, and dignity.
We are hurting from seeing our elders and community members face racist and xenophobic violence. We want to acknowledge that we often feel an impulse to want accountability and even punishment for the people who have perpetrated harm against us. While police, prisons, and the carceral system may be the immediate systems of “accountability” that we think of, punishment, policing, and incarceration do not address the issues our communities face, prevent harm, or keep us safe. We need investment in our communities, space for healing, and transformative justice — not more police on our streets and more people in prisons.
Read the Full Letter Here: https://asians4abolition.medium.com/abolitionist-vision-on-anti-asian-violence-2b174c145b0a