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CURE Statement on Murders of Asian Women in Atlanta and Rising Anti-Asian Racism and Violence

March 17, 2021

We are devastated by the horrendous events that occurred yesterday which ended in the death of eight people in Atlanta, including six Asian women. These senseless shootings add to the countless examples of how hate, whether in the form of racism, xenophobia, patriarchal violence, and sexism, produce unsafe environments for targeted communities. We are in solidarity with the families of the victims and Asian American colleagues and communities in the fight to stop racialized violence against people of Asian descent. 

From the start of the pandemic, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have been under attack, in large part due to toxic public discourse implicating Asian people for the spread of COVID-19. This racist rhetoric has fueled interpersonal and institutional violence nationwide. Since 2020, there have been 3,800 reports of anti-Asian incidents across the U.S., a vast majority (68%) being attacks on Asian women. The truth is glaring – Asian people, disportionately Asian women, are risking their lives by simply trying to live in America during this time. Historical policies like the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese Internment during World War II, post-9/11 legislation (like the Patriot Act and violent surveillance of several ethnic and religious groups, including South Asian communities), and most recently the exploitation of Asian immigrants through inflammatory rhetoric (ranging from recent bans and policies surrounding HB-1 visas) and raids by federal agencies against “human trafficking” –  have contributed to a long-standing assault on Asian communities. 

The increasing violence towards Asian women can be directly linked to patriarchal gender roles, sexism, and anti-sex worker and immigrant bias. This tragedy is a reflection for the intersections of racism and sexism that often target sex workers, migrants, women, femmes, and other vulnerable populations. 

Now is a time to listen to and support organizations focused on transformative justice, healing and community care among impacted communities, including: 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Asian American Feminist Collective

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

Asian American Advocacy Fund

Red Canary Song




Butterfly – Asian & Migrant Sex Workers Collective 

Equality Labs 

Judy Lubin

Dr. Judy is an applied sociologist, racial equity changemaker, yoga and mindfulness practitioner, author, auntie, bestie and beach lover. Judy’s elemental nature is water, and with her she brings calming, reflective energy to hold space for deep listening, inner work and transformative dialogue. 

The curator of the Embodied Justice program, she hosts the accompanying podcast and co-facilitates events and dialogues focused on the collective healing and sustainability of Black changemakers.

At CURE, Dr. Judy has built transformative racial equity frameworks and change management processes that have impacted thousands of lives. She began her career focused on health disparities, recognizing that stress from societal racism can become embodied and manifested through “weathering” that prematurely ages the body and shortens the lifespan of racially marginalized communities. 

She is unapologetically committed to centering Black people and the communities that have inspired her life’s work. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she grew up in South Florida surrounded by music, her grandmother’s herbal garden, and the struggle to make it in a country that saw her family as outsiders. 

In 2022, after experiencing multiple health emergencies coupled with burnout from the intensity of the “racial reckoning” that increased demand for CURE’s racial equity services, Judy began a process of listening to the wisdom of her body, healing old trauma wounds, and reclaiming rest and her love of mind-body healing. During this time she explored somatics, indigenous and and ancestral healing practices and earned certifications in multiple healing modalities including yoga and energy medicine.

Emerging from a place of rest and listening to what her soul wanted to share, she now weaves mindfulness, body-awareness and spiritual activism to support changemakers and organizations to regenerate their leadership and give to the world from a place of ease and wholeness. 

Long committed to promoting women’s health and wellness, she is the author of The Heart of Living Well: Six Principles for a Life of Health, Beauty and Balance.

Find Judy on instagram or linkedin at @drjudylubin, where she (occasionally) shares posts celebrating Black joy, healing and well-being.

Shawn J. Moore

Residing at the intersection of leadership and mindfulness, Shawn creates sacred spaces for stillness and self-inquiry to help social impact leaders align their strengths, intention, and impact. Through his integrative approach, he holds transformative containers for self-renewal, personal discovery, and capacity-building that ease clients on their journey towards peace, clarity, and freedom.

Shawn is committed to empower changemakers to become embodied leaders – unified in mind, body, and heart – with the tools to mindfully pause, reconnect to their inner knowing, make strengths-driven decisions, and lead the change they believe the world needs.  

Reckoning with his own contemplation of burnout, purpose, and alignment, Shawn transitioned out of his role as Associate Dean of Student Life & Leadership at Morehouse College in the fall of 2021 to focus more on mindfulness and stillness-based training programs and workshops. 

While leadership resonates with him deeply, it is his personal and spiritual practices that allows him to continue to show up for himself and others. He is a yoga teacher (E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®), sound and reiki practitioner, meditation teacher, Yoga Nidra facilitator, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, all focused through a Buddhist lens and 17 years of personal practice. He has contributed workshops, practices, and educational opportunities for celebrities like Questlove and Dyllón Burnside, and various yoga studios and colleges, Yoga International, Omstars, Melanin Moves Project, the Human Rights Campaign, Spotify and Lululemon. He currently serves as the Facilitation and Community Manager for BEAM (Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective).

Shawn hosts a podcast called The Mindful Rebel® Podcast that creates a platform to continually explore this unique intersection of leadership and mindfulness. Find him on instagram @shawnj_moore 

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