Philanos Statements of Unity
Declaration of Unity
We are stronger together!
In the wake of Tuesday night’s Atlanta shootings, our hearts go out to our sisters at Asian Women’s Giving Circle, and to the many members of our other affiliates who have themselves, along with family, colleagues and friends, been targeted by increased anti-Asian hate in the last year. Yet again, the divisions in our society translate into life and death matters: of the 8 murdered in Atlanta, 6 were Asian women. The 150% rise in anti-Asian incidents across our country is directly attributable to language that is racist, hateful and spews inaccurate information about the origin of Covid-19. This attitude is embedded in a long history of discrimination against Asians. Too often, violence and attacks toward and against Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) communities remain unrecognized and ignored, largely due to the racist “model minority” stigma attached to these populations.
Allyship matters. Language matters. And language evolves. In reviewing the DEI statement we made last summer after the extra-judicial murders of so many Black citizens, including George Floyd, we now realize that Philanos made no reference to Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Latinx or Indigenous people. We are profoundly sorry. While we work to broaden the statement, we wanted to assure our affiliates that we stand firmly in solidarity with all Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, firmly against hate speech or action in any form.
As a network, we will use our voice to help drive change and support the path to healing. See our latest anti-Asian hate resources on our Topics webpage.
*Thank you to members Clare O’Brien (Impact100 Cincinnati), Hali Lee (Asian American Giving Circle) and Philanos affiliates whose experiences and wisdom helped inform this statement.
Our hearts are broken by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and too many other Black Americans who have lost their lives, their loved ones, their innocence and their opportunity to live a full and abundant life as a result of prejudice and discrimination. Philanos stands in solidarity, actively affirming that Black lives always have and always will matter.
As a network, we will use our voice to help drive change and support the path to healing. The crisis borne of systemic racism demands our actions to create a more equitable and just society for every member in our communities. If we are not part of the solution -- as anti-racists -- we are part of the problem of racism, discrimination, and violence that has seriously hindered forward movement within our society.
Philanos supports affiliates that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their philanthropy. We are committed to equity, diversity, collaboration, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability because all people deserve to live full and abundant lives free of prejudice, discrimination and oppression.
Our work to educate and support women’s collective giving organizations in their anti-racist philanthropy is accomplished through resource sharing and open and honest discussion. Women understand the power of collaboration and that we are stronger when we advocate together. We will engage in this work with our affiliates, partner networks and fellow philanthropists.
*Thank you to our affiliate, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund for collaboration on our statement.