Washington, D.C. – The following is a statement from Jody Levison-Johnson, president and CEO of the newly merged Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Council on Accreditation:
“As an organization rooted in the historic cause of advancing equity for all people, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Council on Accreditation (COA) condemn the growing incidence of hate crimes directed against the Asian American community. At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on violence and discrimination against Asian Americans this week, Congressional leaders highlighted a report from Stop AAPI Hate that tracked a significant increase in hate incidents targeting Asian Americans. The center received nearly 3,800 reports of hate incidents in the period March 19, 2020 to Feb. 28, 2021. Racially motivated hate crimes have no place in our society. As Rep. Young Kim noted at the hearing: ‘No American of any race or ethnic group is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus does not discriminate. It affects everyone.’ The Alliance and COA call on all Americans to stand together against hate speech that fuels these crimes and to speak out against discrimination. We all have a role to play in standing up for the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. Our communities and our nation as a whole will be the better for it.”
About the Newly Merged Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Council on Accreditation (COA)
The merged Alliance and COA and resulting new organization will convene and catalyze a dynamic, inclusive, multifaceted network of human/social services organizations that leverages the collective experience of the field and research to spark a current in the sector and drive continuous evolution and improvement. Our goal is to activate the power of the social sector and create a unified, intrepid, just, and purposeful network that propels our field forward so all people can thrive. The new organization will provide a range of offerings and learnings to actively shape the future of the sector through policy, advocacy, knowledge exchange, certification, accreditation, connection, and ongoing iterative and reflective interactions.