The Salem-Ota Club would like to state our support for the Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community here in the US and abroad. We reject racism, injustice, and violent acts against all in the AAPI Community. There is no place in our community for this hate. We empathize and stand with you! No one should feel unsafe, devalued, or alone in their community for any reason.
Salem’s friendship with Japan, Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands goes back hundreds of years. More recently, the Salem-Ota Club has supported the Sister City program between Ota-Ku, Tokyo, Japan and the City of Salem for the past 30 years. We have been fostering understanding, cultural and personal connections by hosting and exchanging students and adults in each other’s homes. We will continue to work harder to bring all of us together in peace and understanding.
When faced with racism, we need to look to the humanity in all of us. We encourage all to reach out to your friends, family, and community to help to bring the end of hate in America in all forms. Therefore, we challenge all of you to do at least one act of kindness to support our AAPI community. Moving forward, continue to focus on making our community safe for all.