Resources to promote a community where hate does not exist
As often and as needed, California Lawyers Association curates resources and publishes comments as needed to ensure that our members and legal community can thrive and support an Anti-Hate Community. Statements issued by California Lawyers Association are issued in alignment with our Public Comment Policy. To view the policy, click here. CLA stands united in unequivocally condemning antisemitism and Islamophobia.
CLA stands united in unequivocally condemning antisemitism and Islamophobia (November 7, 2023)
The policy of California Lawyers Association (CLA) is to promote excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law. CLA is alarmed by the recent, significant increase in antisemitic and anti-Muslim incidents in California and throughout the United States.* Principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, fairness, and the rule of law are undermined when individuals in our society are targeted by such incidents and live in fear of being attacked because of who they are.
Denouncing antisemitic and anti-Muslim hate crimes and other incidents has a heightened significance for California’s legal community, as California has one of the largest Jewish and Muslim populations in the United States. CLA stands united in unequivocally condemning antisemitism and Islamophobia. But condemnation of injustice is not enough. We challenge our entire membership and the entire bar in the State of California to halt such injustice whenever and wherever we encounter it. We must speak up and stand up for justice.
Absent imminent danger and the need to contact law enforcement immediately, we also urge our members and others to take advantage of the resources available at CA vs Hate, including a non-emergency, multilingual hate crime and incident reporting hotline and online portal. Reports can be made anonymously by calling (833) 866-4283, or 833-8-NO-HATE, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT or online at any time. Hate acts can be reported in 15 different languages through the online portal and in over 200 languages when calling the hotline.
* The Anti-Defamation League has reported a significant increase in antisemitic incidents since October 7, 2023. The Council on American Islamic Relations has reported a significant increase in complaints and reported bias incidents since October 7, 2023.
- Webinar Replay: Conversation in the Wake of Violence: Xenophobia and Understanding the Trauma
According to the “Stop AAPI Hate” report, since March 2020, approximately 4000 anti-Asian hate incidents have been reported across the nation. Out of which, Californians account for 44%of such incidents. The act of violence in Atlanta is not one isolated incident but contributes to the continuing rise of violence and hate crime against the AAPI community across the nation. The intention of this conversation is to engage in the national dialogue of protecting minority communities and responding to hate crime and the intergenerational trauma around it. Read more
- Statement on Anti-Semitism
One of the oldest, most pernicious and persistent forms of prejudice is anti-Semitism, which has increased exponentially in recent history. The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Community, the Jewish Federations of North America, and the Orthodox Union have all sounded the alarm regarding heightened anti-Semitic violence. Read more
- No One Is Free Until We Are All Free: A Discussion On AAPI-Black Solidarity In Fighting Racial Injustice
In recognition of Black History Month, the Asian American Bar Association in collaboration with the Charles Houston Bar Association presents “No One is Free Until We Are All Free: A discussion on AAPI-Black Solidarity in Fighting Racial Injustice”. Read more