WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) mourned the one year anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings. Rep. Bourdeaux joined local leaders at the Georgia State Capitol to call for an end to the violence plaguing AAPI communities. Additionally, the Congresswoman joined Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and introduced a resolution to commemorate the anniversary of the March 16th Atlanta spa shootings. The resolution was cosponsored by 73 Members of the House of Representatives.
Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux said, “One year ago, a gunman stole eight lives from my community in a vile and racist attack. I stand with my Asian American constituents today as we mourn. My heart remains with those lost, their loved ones, and the millions of Asian Americans traumatized by this violence amidst a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes across the nation. As an Atlanta community and as a nation, we must move forward together to put a stop to the hate that fueled this tragedy and to achieve justice.”
Background: One year ago, a gunman murdered eight Georgia residents at three seperate spas in the Atlanta-metro area. Yong Ae Yue, who was one of the eight murdered was a resident of Peachtree Corners and a constituent of Congresswoman Bourdeaux.
As the only Georgia congressional member in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux led a Congressional Delegation to Atlanta to meet with the victims’ family members and leaders in the Atlanta AAPI community.
Since the shooting, Congresswoman Bourdeaux has worked closely with the Georgia AAPI community to condemn violence against Asian Americans. She also cosponsored a resolution condemning violence against Asian-Americans and supported the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act when it passed the House and was signed into law last year.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.