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Led by Not In Our Town and Not In Our Schools, the statement reads “We are a better and a stronger people when we celebrate the human gifts of every individual.”
“Our human fabric was torn again” in the fatal attacks on March 16 in Atlanta that resulted in the deaths of Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Hyun Jung Grant, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim and Yong Ae Yue.
Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz is also listed among the deceased victims in the NIOT/NIOS statement, though reports indicate he survived the attack.
“We say and celebrate their names. Too many people are dying of mass shootings in this nation. Daily we face stark headlines, a reminder to our nation and our world that tragedy strikes again and takes our innocent friends and neighbors. Our Asian-American neighbors have been targeted not just with this killing, but with numerous attacks in the past year. These are shameful and not who we are as a human family,” the statement says.
Those who signed “call for an end to violence, an end to discrimination based on age, race, national origin, gender or sexual identity.”
Several educators are named among the co-signers, including representatives from Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, Bloomington District 87, McLean County Unit 5 and the Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association.
Elected officials include state Rep. Dan Brady, Mayor Tari Renner, each member of the Bloomington City Council, Mayor Chris Koos, Town Councilmember Chemberly Cummings, McLean County Board member Sharon Chung and the Normal Human Rights Commission.
Police and some leaders of the African-American community in Bloomington-Normal stood side by side on Monday afternoon to jointly condemn police brutality, racism and police actions that resulted in the death of George Floyd.