Trellis Stands with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community

As an organization that was built by, and in service of, individuals representing different races, ethnicities, genders, creeds, and beliefs, Trellis for Tomorrow stands by our friends, neighbors, family, and community members of Asian-American and Pacific Islander descent. The violence, racism and xenophobia we are seeing against AAPI individuals — which increased again during COVID-19 but has long been present under the surface of American life — is destructive to our collective humanity.

Like many of you, we are feeling sad, anxious, traumatized, and stressed by these acts. For those who have been on the receiving end of these crimes, acts or hateful words, we want you to know: we see you, we believe you, and we stand with you. In our work, we aspire to foster compassion and resilience in the communities we serve. The Trellis staff and board is working hard to address the root causes of anger and fear that lead people to hurt one another. We will also be an ally to, and advocate for, anyone who is a victim of, or witness to, acts of violence or discrimination.

Our service to the community is focused on mentorship, empowerment, personal growth, and all forms of justice.  Acts of violence and racism are in direct contrast to our mission and values. It is clear to us that the antidote to violence is love, and that recognizing our inherent connection to one another is requisite to ridding the world of hate. These acts embolden and further motivate us in our effort to spread seeds of hope and compassion as we partner with friends and neighbors to see this vision of a unified world become a reality.

In solidarity and service,
The Board and Staff of Trellis for Tomorrow