The members of the Governor’s Advisory Commissions on African American Affairs, Asian Pacific American Affairs, Latino Affairs and the Pennsylvania Commission for Women stand with Governor Wolf in condemning the hateful actions against the Jewish Community in Pennsylvania last week.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn as a refuge for people who wanted to escape the oppression and with the vision of creating a society with the power vested in its people. We as common citizens want to use our collective power and voices to stand up against hate and bigotry.
The members of the Governor’s Advisory Commission’s and the Pennsylvania Commission for Women represent communities who know all too well the experience of oppression: from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, to Jim Crow laws, to women not having the right to own property or to vote, to Japanese internment, to our Muslim communities experiencing Islamophobia and discrimination. However, our differences are our strength as a country and a commonwealth, and have made Pennsylvania a desirable place for all walks of life. Our diverse views, cultures, religions, and lived experiences have contributed to the creation of this melting pot we call home, Pennsylvania.
We stand in solidarity with all faith communities, immigrants, refugees, the African American, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Latino, and LGBTQ communities to share Governor Wolf’s message that Pennsylvania should remain a place of welcome for all people, the way it was intended to be.
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