Hi TMBA Family,
As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we stand with AAPI communities to denounce racism and violence against them, even when such hatred and violence comes from within the AAPI community. On Sunday, church members of the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church were attacked at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods. The gunman killed one member and wounded five others. This hate crime came just one day after an 18-year old white man misguided by the white supremacist ideology known as replacement theory shot 13 people, fatally wounding 10 of them at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York. Both of these murderers traveled outside of their own communities to turn their evil thoughts and spirits into acts of brutality, leading to a loss of lives and peace to communities near and far.
During a month when we should be joyously celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month, we are reminded of the hatred and violence that continues to permeate our local OC community and our country. At a time when it is understandable to be at a loss for words and comforting to retreat, TMBA encourages its members and community to stay strong and continue to do the work to make the OC and our nation safer and more accepting.
As we close out May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, we are reminded that it is important to reflect on our mental health and emotional well-being, especially during the trying times of this past weekend. Click the link below for activities that might help improve overall psychological well-being.
I say to my brothers and sisters, if nothing else we do, let us be tolerant of each other – and share LOVE. ~ Dr. SebiIn Solidarity, Hollie
Hollie N. Washington, Esq.
Thurgood Marshall Bar Association President