DAAV Joint Statement on Anti-Asian Racism

Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia
Press Contact:
Binh Ly, Political Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV), along with the undersigned organizations and individuals, denounce all forms of xenophobia, racism, and stigmatization of our communities. The increased use of anti-Asian rhetoric has resulted in Asian Americans being harassed, assaulted, and scapegoated for the COVID-19 pandemic.

DAAV thanks Senator Mark Warner for his attention to the need to prevent discrimination and harassment towards Asian Americans. We also thank Representatives Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, Donald McEachin, Abigail Spanberger, and Jennifer Wexton for cosponsoring H.Res. 908 to condemn all forms of anti-Asian racism and intolerance, and to call on federal officials to expeditiously investigate and document hate crimes and threats against the Asian-American community. H.Res. 908 recommits our government to prioritize the health and safety of all Americans no matter their background. We urge all members of the Virginia congressional delegation to sign on as cosponsors of H.Res. 908.

The virus does not recognize geography, nationality, race, or ethnicity. We must prevent and control the spread of the virus and not allow fear and misinformation to fuel racist and xenophobic behavior.

In Solidarity,

Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV)
Janet Howell, Senator, Virginia 32nd District
Jennifer Boysko, Senator, Virginia 33rd District
Ghazala Hashmi, Senator, Virginia 10th District
Dan Helmer, Delegate, Virginia 40th District
Danica Roem, Delegate, Virginia 13th District
Elizabeth Guzman, Delegate, Virginia 31st District
Hala Ayala, Delegate, Virginia 51st District
Ibraheem Samirah, Delegate, Virginia 86th District
Jennifer Carroll Foy, Delegate, Virginia 2nd District
Kathy Tran, Delegate, Virginia 42nd District
Karrie Delaney, Delegate, Virginia 67th District
Kaye Kory, Delegate, Virginia 38th District
Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia (DBCV)
Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (DLOV)
disAbility Caucus
Labor Caucus
LGBT Democrats of Virginia
Rural Caucus
Small Business Caucus
Virginia Young Democrats (VAYD)
Eighth Congressional District Democratic Committee
Falls Church City Democratic Committee
Loudoun County Democratic Committee
Madison County Democratic Committee
Montgomery County (VA) Democratic Committee

Kelly Convir-Fowler, Delegate, Virginia 21st District
Kenneth R. Plum, Delegate, Virginia 36th District
Mark Keam, Delegate, Virginia 35th District
Mark Levine, Delegate, Virginia 45th District
Mark Sickles, Delegate, Virginia 43rd District
Nancy Guy, Delegate, Virginia 83rd District
Patrick Hope, Delegate, Virginia 47th District
Paul Krizek, Delegate, Virginia 44th District
Suhas Subramanyam, Delegate, Virginia 87th District
Babur Lateef, Chair, Prince William County School Board
Ingrid Morroy, Commissioner of Revenue, Arlington County
Jeanette Rishell, Mayor, City of Manassas Park
Judy Le, School Board Member, Albemarle County
Letty Hardi, Councilmember, Falls Church City

Nottoway County Democratic Committee
Powhatan County Democratic Committee
Prince Edward Democratic Committee
Prince William County Democratic Committee
Roanoke County Democratic Committee
Waynesboro Democratic Committee
Arlington Young Democrats
Falls Church Young Dems
University Democrats at UVA
James Madison University College Democrats
South Lakes High School Young Democrats
Herndon Reston Indivisible
Margo Horner, Chair, Eighth Congressional District Democratic Committee
Bob Martin, Chair, Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee
Bryan Graham, Chair, Fairfax County Democratic Committee
Charles Stanton, Chair, Norfolks City Democratic Committee
Clarence Tong, Chair, Alexandria Democratic Committee, Virginia Association of Democratic Chairs
Colin Robinson, Chair, Prince William County Democratic Committee
Cyanne Yates, Chair, Essex/Richmond County Democrats
Cyliene Montgomery, Chairwoman, Brunswick County Democratic Committee
David Washington, Chair, Chesapeake County Democratic Committee
Eric Olson, Chairman, Warren County Democrats
Hallie Holmes, Chair, Middlesex Democratic Committee
Helen Kyle, Chair, City of Galax Democratic committee
Gene Zitver, Chair, Lexington County Democratic Committee
Jamie Nolan, Chair, Richmond City Democratic Committee
Jenni Gallagher, Chair, Montgomery County (VA) Democratic Committee
Jill Caiazzo, Chair, Arlington County Democratic Committee
John Hopkins, Chair, Floyd County Democratic Committee
Katherine Morrison, Chair, Shenandoah County Democratic Committee
Larry Stopper, Chairman, Nelson County Democratic Committee
Linda Allen, Director of Outreach, Shenandoah County Democratic Committee
Lisa Savaglio, Chair, Loudoun County Democratic Committee.
Lizzie Drucker-Basch, Chairwoman, Henrico County Democratic Committee
Makunda Abdul-Mbacke, Chair, Martinsville-Henry County Democratic Committee
Mike Asip, Chair, Powhatan County Democratic Committee
Peg Willingham, Chair, Falls Church City Democratic Committee
Roberta Thacker-Oliver, Chair, Lee County Democrats; Southwest Vice Chair, Virginia Association of Democratic Chairs
Suchada Langley, Former Chair, Fairfax County Democratic Committee

Taikein Cooper, Chair, Prince Edward Democratic Committee
Thomas Matthew Crews, Chairman, Nottoway County Democratic Committee

About Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV): The Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia is a caucus of the Democratic Party of Virginia. The caucus was formally recognized in 2013, one of the first of it’s
in the nation. DAAV works on promoting political participation in the Asian American Community, empower Asian Americans to seek and win political office, and to elect Democrats who are allies of the Asian American Community.