Remembering March 16 and A Call for Reflection and Action

For Immediate Release

March 10, 2022 

Kevin Hsia, Advancing Justice Chicago,
Ellie Kleiman, Hana Center,
Felicia Jia, KAN-WIN,

March 16 will be the one-year anniversary of the murders of eight people, including six Asian women employees at spas in the metro Atlanta area. As the organization that led the rapid response efforts to directly support victims, survivors, and their families, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Atlanta is welcoming partner organizations and the public to join in a community remembrance day on Saturday, March 12 and observe Wednesday, March 16 as a sacred day for quiet reflection.  

In solidarity, Chicago will join Atlanta by organizing a local community remembrance day on March 12. Asian American community-based organizations are coming together to commemorate the anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings by gathering at Horner Park (2741 W Montrose Ave) on Saturday, March 12th, at 2pm to remember the victims, honor their memories, and come together as a community. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

The program for the remembrance event will be led by Asian American youth affiliated with HANA Center, KAN-WIN, and Advancing Justice | Chicago. The event will include a youth spoken word performance, a Collective Youth Statement, spiritual offerings, and a musical performance. We are requesting that all attendees wear masks and socially distance. The event is being organized by Advancing Justice | Chicago, HANA Center, and KAN-WIN and is being co-sponsored by Apna Ghar, Chinese American Service League, Healing to Action, Japanese American Citizens League Chicago, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), and South Asian American Policy and Research Institute (SAAPRI). 


Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity. Learn more at

HANA Center is a Chicago-area community-based organization working to meet the critical needs of Korean, Asian American, and multiethnic immigrant communities and build power toward systemic change. HANA Center has offices in Chicago and Prospect Heights, Illinois, and is a local affiliate of the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC). Learn more at

KAN-WIN’S mission is to eradicate gender-based violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault, especially for women and children across Asian American communities and beyond through culturally competent services, community engagement, and advocacy. Learn more at