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ICYMI: Strickland Condemns Anti-AAPI Violence (Videos Included)

March 24, 2021

Olympia, WA— Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) was interviewed on multiple national news outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Cheddar TV, and NBCLX, where she spoke out against the brutal shooting in Atlanta, GA which took eight lives, including six Asian women, four of whom were of Korean descent, and drew attention to the meteoric rise in anti-Asian violence. (Please find Strickland’s March 17th floor speech at this link, and additional footage and clips below.)

Rep.  Strickland on Anderson Cooper 360: "Hate crimes against Asian Americans have increased about 150% in most cities," says Rep. Marilyn Strickland. "I have friends who tell me stories of standing in line at the grocery store and having people say, you know, 'you're responsible for this.' I have friends who work in health care and they've told me stories of patients not wanting them to touch them because they're afraid to get COVID." Watch the full interview here.

Rep. Strickland on Cheddar TV: Watch the full interview here.

Rep. Strickland on MSNBC: Watch the full interview here.

Rep. Strickland on NBC LX: Watch the full interview here.

Rep. Strickland on KIRO7: Western Washington Gets Real: Crimes Against Asians. Watch the full panel interview here.

Rep. Strickland, CAPAC, and Speaker Pelosi Press Conference: Watch the press conference here.

HuffPost: First Korean American Congresswoman Urges People to Call Racist Anti-Asian Violence What It Is “Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-Wash.) condemned the mass-shooting deaths of six Asian women in Georgia, saying Wednesday that “racially motivated violence must be called out for exactly what it is.”

New York Times: Lawmakers react: ‘We must stop making excuses’ for racial violence.“Racially motivated violence should be called out for exactly what it is — and we must stop making excuses or rebranding it as economic anxiety or sexual addiction,” said Marilyn Strickland, a Korean-American Democrat from Washington, in a speech on the House floor.”

Bloomberg: The Latest on Atlanta-Area Killings of 8 People at Massage Parlors “In a floor speech, U.S. Rep. Marilyn Strickland said the shooting has elements she is trying to address in Congress such as gun violence, violence against women and the rise of of violence against people of Asian descent. Strickland is the first Korean American woman elected to Congress.”

KOMO News: BIPOC women leaders in Puget Sound denounce hate, push for change “Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma is Black and Korean American. She became the second ever female Korean American mayor in the country. Both women have recently stood up and publicly denounced the deadly shooting spree in Atlanta, Georgia. Six Asian women were killed there. Four of them were Korean American...“As a woman who is Black and Korean, I am acutely aware of how it feels to be erased or ignored. How the default position when violence is committed against people of color or women is to defer from confronting hate that is often the motivation. Words matter. Leadership matters. We must loudly condemn actions and language rooted in fear and bigotry that harms all of us,” said Rep. Marilyn Strickland, (D) WA 10th Congressional District.

NPR: Rep. Marylin Strickland On Anti-Asian Violence And Renewing Violence Against Women Act “On the House floor this week, Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, one of the first three Korean American women elected to Congress and the first African American and Korean woman, made the point that the attacks in Atlanta highlighted the importance of reauthorizing this law.”

PEOPLE: 'We Must Do Better': Heartbroken but Determined Asian Lawmakers on What Comes Next After Atlanta Shootings "We must do better as leaders. We can't or nothing will change," Rep. Marilyn Strickland — among the first of three Korean-American women to come to Congress — says when asked about the steps available to lawmakers. In the wake of the spa shootings, Strickland delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives in which she focused on three things that she said needed to be addressed legislatively to ensure incidents like the one in Atlanta didn't happen again: "Gun violence, violence against women and the meteoric rise in racially motivated violence."

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland serves as a Member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She is one of the first Korean-American women elected to Congress and the first African-American to represent the Pacific Northwest at the federal level.