Statement in Support of the AAPI Community Stand against racism and hate

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Stand against racism and hate

We, the MAPE Board of Directors, believe in a Minnesota where every person feels safe, living lives of dignity and joy, and we will work to make this a reality in our union, our State government, and in turn, the entire state.  

In the wake of horrific violence committed against the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Community in Atlanta, and the incidents of violence and hate here in Minnesota, the MAPE Board of Directors stands in solidarity with our AAPI members and our AAPI communities, condemning hate and violence aimed at people based on race. We call for action, starting with the support of the language within HF 1691/SF 2003, and HF 794/SF 1272. 

This legislation improves our state’s Hate Crime laws by closing loopholes in the definition of a hate crime, increasing training for law enforcement to identify hate crime, and providing a direct channel from community groups to the Department of Human Rights to report hate crimes. 

Currently, if a school or public building was defaced with hate speech, it would not be considered a hate crime because the owner is not a member of a protected group. This legislation would close that loophole by adding content to the criteria qualifying as a hate crime. Hate crimes can be hard to identify in the immediate aftermath of a crime. This legislation provides instruction for law enforcement to be more aptly trained to identify hate crimes. Often a victim of a hate crime will report that crime to community groups rather than law enforcement. This legislation will allow community groups to have a direct channel to the Department of Human Rights to ensure crime rates are properly tracked. 

We ask every MAPE member to call their legislators and ask them to support this bill. This step is one act we can all do to build our union solidarity. 

Beyond this important legislation, MAPE’s Board of Directors supports daily efforts by members and staff to address the racism, hate, and violence that prevent us from achieving a more just Minnesota. Among these efforts is:

  • the creation of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and their work to begin trainings for our membership, listening sessions, 
  • highlighting the work of members like Ellena Schoop who are strong voices in the statewide Equity and Justice Black Caucus,
  • committing to advance equity in state service through the proposals crafted by our Negotiations Committee. 

Much has been done within MAPE in the last year to build on the work of many that came before. 

There is still much work to do. It is up to us to hold each other accountable in moving justice forward. Today, all of us, Black, white, brown, and Indigenous stand with MAPE members from AAPI Communities. Tomorrow, we continue the work to create the world we know we can achieve; where every person, no matter their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, immigration status, ethnicity, or disability is able to live safely and freely. 

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