Another API Councilwoman Attacked
Early yesterday morning I learned that Councilmember Richa Awasthi, my council colleague in Foster City was attacked in the same way I was. A rock was intentionally thrown through her window, nearly hitting her husband's head.
Her case (and mine) are still under investigation and the motives are unknown. There are striking similarities - both of us are API councilwoman in neighboring towns - and the only sitting women of color on our councils.
I am heartbroken for her as a mother, knowing the pain and infuriating powerlessness of not being able to protect our kids from violence and hatred even inside our own homes. I stand with Richa and her family denouncing this cowardly and hateful act. We will not be silent. The work to build safer and more inclusive communities in the face of racism and misogyny will continue undeterred - our hearts break, and our resolve strengthens.
With each violation, we have a chance to mend our community. Our words and actions can heal Richa, her family, and all of us: 1. Share this post, do not be silent. 2. Send Richa a note of support (City Hall, 610 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404) 3. Use this teaching moment San Mateo Union High School District & San Mateo-Foster City School District & San Mateo Elementary Teachers' Association & San Mateo Foster City Community Education Foundation
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