Statement Condemning Violence Toward Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

Message from Chief Executive Officer Kristin Spanos

As an agency, First 5 Alameda County condemns the increasing acts of violence toward Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the Bay Area.

Alameda County is the fourth most diverse county in the nation, with more than 60% of births to mothers of color. As we outlined in our Resolution on Equity and Justice, passed unanimously by the First 5 Alameda County Commission in June 2020, we are committed to supporting and safeguarding the life-long potential of children and families through equity-centered and anti-racist practices, programs, and policy advocacy.

As our community is in the midst of Lunar New Year celebrations, I am deeply troubled that fellow residents of our county are afraid for their safety, their families, and loved ones, including members of our First 5 team. I also share concerns with many about news coverage inflaming bigotries and anti-Black racism. However, I remain encouraged despite these dynamics to see diverse communities coming together to build on connections and support each other through these challenges to combat divisive, racist narratives. "I am because you are." –Ubuntu

We are truly fortunate to live in a diverse part of the world and country. Alameda County has a rich cultural heritage, and our agency will continue to stand in solidarity with communities of all backgrounds. We are committed to work that centers and advances racial, social, and economic justice to support the health and well-being of families and caregivers and help every child in our county reach their full potential.

In  solidarity,