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Statement on recent violence in Boulder and Atlanta

March 23, 2021
Press Release
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The following is a statement from Lisa Durán, Executive Director of Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition:

“The unthinkable happened yesterday – again – in Colorado. A Boulder supermarket became the latest in a string of Colorado shootings. 10 people were killed as they went about their daily lives. There are almost no words. To the families of those who lost their lives in Boulder yesterday, to our members who have been affected – one of whose mother was across the street as the shooting unfolded – we grieve with you.

We have not even begun to emerge from mourning the Asian women who were murdered last week in Atlanta in a clear hate crime. Now under the weight of fresh violence, we seek to respond to the dehumanization of Asian women there and across the U.S. by reaffirming our commitment to lifting the voices and leadership of immigrants in Colorado. The history of hate and white supremacy that this country carries continues to show up every day.

We offer our solidarity to our Asian community members who have borne the burden of race-based attacks for over 200 years. We turn to the work of lifting each other up and strengthening community and caring, as happened in Boulder yesterday, when people living near the shooting opened their homes to survivors fleeing the violence. We open ourselves up to new ways of collaborating across communities to change this culture of violence.”