Issue 14: June 12, 2020
Staying Strong, Standing in Solidarity

In these turbulent times, it is completely normal to be overwhelmed with a range of mixed emotions.  We encourage everyone to be kind and compassionate with ourselves and one another as we will all respond differently and all emotions need to be accepted.  We entered the new year with the underlying recognition that COVID-19 was creeping its way to the U.S., becoming a full global pandemic and causing the fear of being infected by an invisible enemy.  We have had the full weight of the impact of the pandemic on our global community. Many of us have experienced being ill and/or know someone who was ill or died due to COVID-19. We've experienced love and loss in tandem.  Grieving not only the loss of our loved ones, but loss of the normal cadence of our lives, coupled with an anti-Asian sentiment (verbal, physical assaults and hate crimes). Whilst recognizing the racial injustices becoming salient, as COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low-income neighborhoods.

Then we had to quickly pivot and bare witness to the horrific death of George Floyd at the hands of the police. Leaving us with the remembrance of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time the police officer's knee was on Mr. Floyd's neck.  Black Lives Matter. George Floyd's death and the other victims of violence and hate crimes who preceded him have changed our race relations. We now demand reforms to ensure safety for all within our communities and to ensure accountability in our social systems. It's time to engage, reflect and talk about the journey between awareness and action.

Asian Women Leadership Network stands in solidarity with the Black community and AWLN's sisters in the multicultural community. Anti-blackness and racism must be eradicated from all aspects of society - employment, healthcare, education, housing, policing and economic opportunities.

As a small business owner in Los Angeles said, "it will take all of us to do something" to create a fair and equitable world. Hate has no place in our world. Consider what each of us will commit to starting and how we will collaborate with others, to leave a better world for the generations that follow.

Let us know your thoughts, experiences and what support you need during these unprecedented times by joining and posting on Asian Women Leadership Network's group on LinkedIn.

Stay well, stay safe and stay strong.

Asian Women Leadership Network  
About Asian Women Leadership Network (AWLN)

The Asian Women Leadership Network was conceived in New York City in July 2004 by a group of Asian women attending the Working Mother Media 2004 Women of Color Conference.  AWLN held its first official launch event on October 13, 2004, in New York City. Its mission is to promote the career development and advancement of Asian women professionals, in order to help Asian women reach influential and leadership positions in the workplace.