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Multi-Racial Business Groups Denounce Violence in Charlottesville

New York, NY – August 18, 2017 – Today, a coalition of multiracial business and community organizations that include African Americans, Hispanic, and Asian Americans raised their collective voice condemning the violence perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. A joint statement issued by John Wang, the President & CEO of the Asian American Business Development Center, Michael J. Garner, President, Founding Chapter, 100 Black Men, New York and Jose Calderon, President of the Hispanic Federation affirmed the following:

“The promise and strength of our nation lies in its diversity and founding ideal that ‘all men (and women) are created equal.’ The hatred, violence and bigotry that took place over several days in Charlottesville convinces us that our communities do not, and cannot, make progress without cooperation and collaboration with each other.”

“We felt compelled to add our voice and to amplify our mission of ensuring that the interests and aspirations of our three vital communities are valued, respected and protected.”

“In a generation, our communities in the United States will emerge as the majority demographic or the “New Majority.” We think that working together across cultural lines is the most effective way to defeat the forces of division.”

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 About AABDC

The Asian American Business Development Center, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1994. It assists Asian American businesses in strengthening their capacity to compete in the mainstream market, to expand business opportunities and to promote recognition of Asian American businesses’ contributions to the general economy.  AABDC: www.aabdc.com

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About One Hundred Black Men, Inc.

One Hundred Black Men, Inc. began in New York City in 1963 as an organization of like minded business, political and community leaders who met to advocate for improvement in conditions in their communities.  These men envisioned an organization that would capitalize on the collective power of community to address issues of inequities and to empower African Americans to become agents of change in their communities.  These visionaries were business and industry leaders such as Robert Mangum, Cyril Tyson, J. Bruce Llewellyn, Livingston Wingate, Andrew Hatcher and David Dinkins.

About Hispanic Federation

Hispanic Federation (HF) is the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization. Founded in 1990, HF seeks to support Hispanic families and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of educationhealthimmigrationcivic engagementeconomic empowerment, & the environment.

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