ASIS&T Statement Against Anti-Asian and Gun Violence
The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) condemns the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and gun violence, and mourns the eight lives lost in the senseless shootings in Georgia, of which six were Asian women. We stand in solidarity with our Asian-American and Pacific Islander community in combating hate and ignorance, especially the hostility related to the coronavirus outbreak.
As an information science and technology community, we are speaking up for justice as we did in our ASIS&T Statement on Injustice and Standing with George Floyd, in the US, and the world over, for communities facing systems of oppression. Recognizing information is power, it is imperative that our research, practice and teaching expose racism, discrimination, xenophobia and disinformation, and offer solutions that promote intercultural understanding and create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. ASIS&T is committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion through the work of our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and at this year’s annual meeting focused on “Information: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Relevance.”