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Racism is real. Silence is acceptance.

The escalation of violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States has resulted in 3,800 reported cases of anti-Asian hate crimes since March 2020. Tragically, that hate devolved into the recent killings in Atlanta of Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon C. Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong A. Yue. We mourn their loss and share in the grief of their family and friends.

This is an outrage on many levels. Innocent lives were once again lost because of hate — with victims targeted simply because of their race. The response to recent events remains woefully insufficient. Where is the outcry? We should all question whether enough is being done to address the issues at the root of what is fueling this surge in violence. Silence is acceptance.

As lawyers, we swear an oath to defend the rule of law, and we condemn in the strongest terms possible this grave threat to democracy, equality, and social justice. When acts of violence or hate are aimed at any group, we are all impacted, as hate and violence threaten the fabric of humanity.

Stand against race jokes. Stand against hate. Stand against violence. We challenge our members, supporters, and you to stand up, speak out, and actively lend your support of our AAPI colleagues, neighbors, families, and friends traumatized by the ongoing escalation of these senseless acts of violence.  

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) stands in solidarity with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the AAPI communities to decry and denounce these series of attacks in the United States and around the world.  

To learn more about what you can do to make a difference and stand for tolerance, diversity, inclusion, and equity, the resources from NAPABA are a great place to start.


WEBCASTS

SHRM — ACC Alliance for Change

SHRM and ACC are partnering together to bring Chief Human Resource Officers (CHROs) and Chief Legal Officers (CLOs) together as allies for change. Listen to a recording of the first webinar, "A New Understanding of Workplace Diversity and Inclusion,” which is a conversation about how CHROs and CLOs can work together.

On Thursday, June 25, SHRM and ACC will offer a second webinar to share and discuss new research from CHROs and CLOs on the state of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Understanding the Journey to Equity and Inclusion: What the Data Tells Us – REGISTER NOW

Courageous Conversations

This important conversation will feature black attorneys sharing their personal experiences with biases and racial discrimination, as well as the challenges they have encountered in their careers due to the color of their skin. A leading diversity consultant will facilitate the conversation, offering resources and recommendations for how to better support black colleagues in the office, as well as in our communities. The goal of this dialogue is to raise awareness, encourage empathy, and to prompt support, understanding, allyship, and action. Tuesday, June 23, at 11 AM EDT – REGISTER NOW

Disrupting the Silence

Conversations designed to discuss and disrupt systemic, institutional racial inequality are difficult to have. However, such discussions are necessary in order to stem the disparate treatment that African Americans continue to face. Often, people of color and those who want to support them feel intimidated to speak up — afraid that their words may be misinterpreted, trigger misperceptions, or worse. As a result, many sit silent. Silence will not bring about understanding or change. Thus, we must disrupt the silence and bridge our ability to communicate openly, honestly, and with mutual respect.

Tuesday, June 30, at Noon EDT – REGISTER NOW

Stand for Change

We will feature effective approaches others can implement when responding to social injustice, and we will spotlight both individual and organizational efforts. Speakers will discuss how being a part of the leadership team positively impacts their ability to foster change in their organizations and communities and how they are using their positions and influence to make a difference. Tuesday, July 14, at 11 AM EDT REGISTER NOW

RESOURCES

Diversity & Inclusion Resources  

The ACC team is hard at work gathering content that we believe may be particularly suited for your needs and is organizing it on the ACC Foundation I.D.E.A.L. site. We also ask for your help: As you find useful information, guidelines, policy statements, and more, please forward the materials to memberservices@acc.com.

ACC St. Louis Diversity Initiatives (details attached)

  • Two Day Leadership Training
  • Diversity Summer Internship Program
  • Bridges Across Racial Polarization®
  • Fireside Chats

Street Law - Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs

Street Law’s Legal Diversity Pipeline Programs partner law firms and corporate legal departments with nearby, diverse high school classes. Through classroom visits and a field trip to the law firm or legal department, volunteers teach lessons and lead activities designed to increase students' knowledge and interest in the law and legal careers.

Participating Chapters: Baltimore, Central Florida, Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Georgia, Greater Philadelphia, Houston, National Capital Region, Southern California, St. Louis, Tampa Bay

Chapter Diversity Internships

If you haven't done so already, please consider filling out this short form so we can keep you informed about what ACC is doing. Thank you for your dedication to respond to ACC's call for change.

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