The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (MDFAWL) is dedicated to promoting the advancement of women lawyers in the legal profession and supporting women’s rights. But MDFAWL is also an organization committed to equality and the equitable treatment of all. As MDFAWL’s 40th President, on behalf of the organization, I want to make it very clear that we will not tolerate racism, prejudice, hatred, violence, or bigotry in any form.
I recognize and empathize with the immense anger, sadness, and fear felt by members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in the wake of the recent violence toward innocent Asian Americans in Georgia and San Francisco. MDFAWL is particularly disturbed given the intersection of racism and sexism that has been brought to light by these horrific murders and attacks.
“We are more vulnerable to attack precisely because of the intersection of racism and sexism. And to immediately remove racism from the equation neglects how racism has always intersected with sexism for Asian American women in this country.”
- Nancy Wang Yuen
I am listening to you. MDFAWL is listening to you. We stand in solidarity with our Asian American members, colleagues, family, and friends. And we recognize that in order to move forward, we need to do more than stand—we must take action. MDFAWL is committed to doing everything we can to help break the cycle of Asian American racism, injustice, and oppression. As President, I will ensure that MDFAWL provides the appropriate support to the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida (APABA) and its continued efforts towards civil rights reform, combatting anti-immigrant agendas and hate crimes, and combatting discrimination against not only Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders but against all minorities, and to promote diversity in the legal profession.
Please reach out to me if you would like to be part of this effort. I am listening. We have much work to do, but I am confident that if we work together, we can ensure that justice will prevail.