nicole williams district 22 delegate

Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Neighbors and Friends –

Last week, a mass shooting in Atlanta, Georgia reminded the nation once again that white supremacy remains a force of violence. The attack that took place across three spas and claimed eight lives reflects the rising anti-Asian sentiment in America that has grown over the course of this very difficult past year. 

Amidst the collective grieving of the victims\’ families and communities, we cannot forget the names of those who were lost: Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; Yong Ae Yue, 63; Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33; Xiaojie Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; and Paul Andre Michels, 54. 

Violence against the Asian-American community has no place in this country. Without a doubt, the racist and divisive rhetoric of the last presidential administration contributed to this senseless act. We must continue to remind ourselves that we are a community built on inclusivity and acceptance, rather than exclusion and intolerance.

My heart goes out to the victims and those close to them who now have to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. As we try to begin the process of moving forward, we must share the collective work of rooting out hate in our neighborhoods, communities, and among family and friends. Now and always, I will stand with the Asian-American community in Prince George\’s County and across the nation. 

– Nicole

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