ABAW Denounces the Use of Racial Language to Describe the Coronavirus & Racist Attacks on Asian Americans
The ABAW finds the use of racial terms to describe the Coronavirus/COVID-19, such as the “Chinese virus,” or the “Wuhan virus,” to be unacceptable, inaccurate, and racist. The virus does not discriminate, and racializing a disease results in promoting xenophobic sentiment and discrimination. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) both recognize the harm and inaccuracy in racializing the virus and naming new diseases after people or places; the damage of using such terms has a direct impact on ethnic and minority groups. Such discriminatory language promotes and provokes anti-Asian sentiment, xenophobia, and anti-Asian attacks, which have been occurring in Washington state and throughout the country. All Americans should be united during this unprecedented time to combat the Coronavirus and should be mindful and aware of how we are describing the virus for the health and safety of all.
Please visit the Center for Disease Control to further educate yourself and others on the pandemic and how to reference it.
To report incidents of hate due to the Coronavirus pandemic, please visit the following links:
Stand Against Hatred
The Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit investigative newsroom in Washington, D.C., is investigating instances of hate related to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
"The answers we get will help us delve deeper into how hate is affecting Asian American communities and identify solutions that will lead to more robust reporting. We won’t publish any submitted information or share it outside of our newsroom without explicit consent. I'd be happy to answer questions, and so would our audience engagement editor, Kristine Villanueva (firstname.lastname@example.org)."
To participate: https://publicintegrity.org/health/coronavirus-and-inequality/help-us-investigate-covid-19-related-hate-incidents/.
Friday, April 3rd
9 AM - 10 AM sharp
Zoom Meeting ID: 557 137 713
Click the link to join online: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/557137713
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• At-large member of the WSBA Board of Governors. The three-year term begins in late September 2020.
• WSBA president-elect for 2020–21, who will serve as president in 2021–22. The term begins in late September 2020.
The application deadline for both positions is 5 p.m. on April 20, 2020. The Board of Governors will interview candidates and elect these positions at its May 14-15 meeting in Bellingham.
Under WSBA’s Bylaws, the purpose of the at-large board position is to increase diversity and representation on the board, and the position is to be filled by a WSBA member who has “the experience and knowledge of the needs of those lawyers whose membership is or may be historically under-represented in governance, or who represents some of the diverse elements of the public of the State of Washington.” All active WSBA members are eligible, except for those who have previously served as a governor for more than 18 months. See the www.wsba.org/elections for more information and the application form.
To learn more about serving on the board, all interested WSBA members are invited to participate in a conference call with current at-large board Governor Alec Stephens. These calls give you an opportunity to ask questions and hear about the rewards and challenges of board service. If you would like to join one of the following calls, please email email@example.com call-in instructions.
• Monday, March 30, 5:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, March 31, 8:00 a.m.
The WSBA member selected for the president-elect position will have an opportunity to provide a significant contribution to the legal profession. Although prior experience on the WSBA Board of Governors may be helpful, there is no requirement that one must have been a member of the board or had previous experience in bar activities. The candidate must be willing to devote a substantial number of hours to WSBA affairs and be capable of being a positive representative for the legal profession. All active attorney members of WSBA are eligible. The position is unpaid. See www.wsba.org/elections for application instructions.
Webinar - March 31, 2020
Please join the WSBA for March’s installment of the Legal Lunchbox™ Series where civil rights practitioners will discuss legal strategies and responses to hate crimes in the Pacific Northwest. Faculty will provide a historic context and highlight current legal strategies to combat the surge of hate crimes and white nationalist activity in our region.
Aneelah Afzali - American Muslim Empowerment Network (A program of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound), Redmond
Alec Stephens - WSBA Board of Governors (At Large); WSBA Diversity Committee, Seattle
Bre Weider - Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Seattle
11:30 a.m. Webinar Login Opens
12:00 p.m. Webinar Begins
1:35 p.m. Adjourn
Register at: This Link
National Solidarity Letter to Chinese Americans - English.pdf
With the increase in reported cases of coronavirus (now named COVID-19) globally and in the United States, we are alarmed by recent incidents alleging racial discrimination and xenophobia in our Asian Pacific Islander (“API”) community. Several instances of misinformation about the virus has resulted in bias toward our API community. ABAW condemns these actions.
Recent news stories about the negative impact of COVID-19 on the API community are concerning to ABAW. For instance, local businesses in the International District are losing customers. https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/coronavirus-fears-impact-business-seattle-international-district/281-d0250731-41d5-4641-bf50-1be4a0f7ed95. Additionally, Asian and Asian American students at U.S. universities have been subject to mistreatment. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-03/fear-panic-around-the-coronavirus-fuels-racist-sentiment and https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-03/coronavirus-outbreak-narrative-xenophobia. This mistreatment expands to those beyond business owners and students.https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/16/us/coronavirus-american-mood.html?referringSource=articleShare andhttps://time.com/5775716/xenophobia-racism-stereotypes-coronavirus/. These alleged instances of reported discrimination and xenophobia are equally concerning to ABAW.
“These types of reactions have a negative impact on our API community and perpetuate racist sentiment and stereotypes,” said ABAW President Serin Ngai. “The spread of the virus is extremely concerning as are the misconceptions about who has the virus and how it is spread.”
ABAW encourages the community to become better informed about the virus and to stop the dissemination of misinformation and perceptions based on stereotypes.
Some resources to learn more about COVID-19 include the Center for Disease Control website, https://www.cdc.gov/, and the World Health Organization website, https://www.who.int/.
The Asian Bar Association of Washington (“ABAW”) is the professional association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students whose mission is to promote justice, equity and opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans.
Assist in the efforts to fundraise for the purchase of a commissioned portrait of Justice Mary I. Yu, which will be placed in the Washington Supreme Court Temple of Justice, with a replica print to be displayed in the Seattle University School of Law. SU Law is also seeking to establish a student scholarship in Justice Yu’s name at Seattle U Law. Washington Supreme Court Justices Steven Gonzalez and Charles Johnson, Professor Bob Chang, the Hon. Donald Horowitz (ret.), and Kellye Testy have all lent their names in support of this effort.
In 2014, Justice Mary I. Yu became the first Asian American, the first Latina, the first woman of color, and the first member of the LGBTQ+ community to serve as a justice on the Washington Supreme Court. In recognition of this singular accomplishment, a portrait by the artist Alfredo Arreguin was recently commissioned by Justice Gonzalez for the Temple of Justice.
In carrying out this project to fund the portrait and a student scholarship, we, of course, seek to honor Justice Yu, but more than that, we desire to honor and acknowledge all that she represents to individuals who never dreamed that someone like them could become a state supreme justice.
With the support of the leadership group referenced above, Dean Clark is raising funds to pay for Justice Yu’s portrait, as well as for a replica print that will be installed at the Seattle University School of Law, where Justice Yu has served for many years as a Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence. The initial goal is to raise $20,000 for the portrait, print, and a reception at the Temple of Justice. Once this goal is met, we will apply gifts to establish the Justice Mary I. Yu Endowed Scholarship Fund at Seattle University School of Law (minimum of $50,000), which will assist women of color to pursue their legal education. The law school will select the student scholarship recipient(s) once the fund is established.
Gifts can be made through the Seattle U Law website: https://connect.seattleu.edu/law/deans-club. Donors should make sure to click on the “Other” designation in the drop-down box and add a Comment on the web form noting that the contribution is for the “Law School Art Fund—Justice Yu Portrait.” In the alternative, donors can send a check to Dean Annette Clark’s attention at Seattle University School of Law, again with the notation that the gift is for the portrait of Justice Yu. In order to avoid any appearance of undue influence, we do ask that sitting judges in lower courts and any trial or appellate lawyers who could have a case go up on appeal to the Washington Supreme Court designate on either the web form or check that their gift is to go to the Seattle U Law scholarship fund in Justice Yu’s name rather than toward the purchase of the portrait.
Thank you for considering joining in honoring Justice Yu and all that she represents, as together we work toward achieving a justice system that reflects and mirrors the beautiful diversity of our citizenry.
The King County Superior Court, in partnership with the Washington State Superior Court Judges’ Association, is pleased to announce the presentation of the National Association of Women Judges’ Color of Justice program. This one-day event seeks to encourage 7th graders from diverse backgrounds to consider a career in the law and judiciary. The program will be held at the Maleng Regional Justice Center and the Kent Commons on Friday, May 15, 2020 from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Volunteers are welcome to attend all or part of the event.
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, they are seeking judicial officers and attorney volunteers for assistance with the following tasks: (1) escorting the children to various locations; (2) preparation and presentation of character roles during the mock trial; (3) lunchtime mentor sessions and (4) speed/bingo mentor sessions. If you are available and willing to help, please respond by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). In your email response, please provide your need your name, contact information and availability for the day.
Enjoy an evening of food and drinks with practitioners across diverse practices and get matched with attorney mentors who share your professional interests.
Location: Ryan Swanson & Cleveland. PLLC 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3400, Seattle
RSVP by March 24: email@example.com