LOS ANGELES (Dec. 11, 2015) — Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) calls upon California’s political leaders at all levels – local, state and federal – to stand with Muslim communities and reject the intolerance and toxic rhetoric that leads to racism and violence.
AAAJ-LA is specifically criticizing Thursday’s Islamophobic comments of Congressmember Loretta Sanchez, who represents the diverse communities of Orange County, including many Muslim communities, and last week’s anti-Muslim comment by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, in response to the San Bernardino shootings.
“In the most diverse state in the nation, California’s political leaders must uphold our cherished principles of tolerance and diversity and strive for unity, not divisiveness,” said Karin Wang, Vice-President of Programs and Communications for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles.
“We call upon both Representative Sanchez and Supervisor Antonovich to apologize,” Wang added. “Their recent comments will serve only to jeopardize the safety of not just Muslim communities but also other South Asian and Middle Eastern communities, as we have already seen from the attack this past weekend against a Sikh temple in Buena Park.”
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice – LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice – LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI community while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.