The murders last week of eight people in Atlanta, most of whom were Asian American women, once again reveals a pattern of violence in this country directed at people of color. We are saddened and angry about these events, especially as they follow a growing and worrisome trend of violence targeting individuals and communities of Asian American and Pacific Islander decent.
Oak Park Township stands in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander colleagues, friends, and community members to condemn the abhorrent pattern of violence that has been directed against them.
The Township will continue to work as an organization to actively address issues of inequality, inequity, and racial division, and we will continue through our internal diversity, equity, and inclusion work to hold ourselves accountable and move our organization toward a more aware, just, respectful, and diverse culture and climate.
We will also continue to advocate for mental health resources and social supports as well, and we provide services and referrals to youth, seniors people with financial needs. For more information, please visit our website at www.oakparktownship.org. If you or someone you know needs free or reduced-cost services for healthcare, housing, food, and other social supports in the Oak Park or River Forest communities, please refer to the Health Connection Hub at https://healthconnectionhub.org/ operated by the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township.