JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

ISAC Statement and Resources to Stop AAPI Hate

March 25, 2021

As an agency dedicated to improving opportunities for all Illinoisans, we will continue to speak out against discrimination and violence in our communities. We stand with our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in condemning and working to end the discrimination, hate and violence perpetrated against them – which have increased to deadly effect during this pandemic.

While we see perhaps a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for the COVID-19 virus, we have yet to address the centuries old disease of racism and the pain it continues to inflict. There is no vaccine for this. There is only each of us being willing to stand up and support and embrace all of who we are as a state and a nation. When we do that, we can change systems of institutionalized racism, help ensure equity and improve opportunities for all Illinoisans, and help to eliminate the hate and violence that bring only further tragedy and destruction.

Here are some of the ways you can help Stop AAPI Hate right now:

Finally, to our AAPI co-workers and their families, our partners, and the students and families we serve that are experiencing fear, anger, pain and grief:  ISAC stands with you and will continue to do our part in helping to eradicate discrimination and violence. We all deserve to live without fear and with equal opportunities to follow our dreams.