DiFiore: Stand Against Hate

By Brandon Vogel

DiFiore: Stand Against Hate

5.23.2022

By Brandon Vogel

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Chief Judge Janet DiFiore discussed the “senseless, racially-motivated act of violence that took the lives of 10 innocent community members who were simply going about their ordinary Saturday afternoon chores in the City of Buffalo on May 14.”

“We grieve for the victims of that deadly attack, and we pray for the families and loved ones who are left behind,” DiFiore said in her biweekly address. “And we also pray for our nation. We pray that we will come together and demonstrate the strength and decency to put an end to the evils of racism and gun violence.”

As we struggle with such a shocking act of evil, DiFiore noted, we continue to search for what each of us can do in our personal and professional lives to combat hatred and to foster safe, peaceful and just communities for our families, our children and grandchildren and future generations.

She concluded, “One thing must be clear: in the face of the toxic currents of hate and inhumanity that undeniably exist here, and across the country, not only must our leaders stand against hate, but every one of us must work at every level, personal and professional, to achieve equity, kinship and inclusion for all.”

She mentioned an upcoming program, ““Cultivating Leaders to Stand Against Hate,” scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 31, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

“This program, with its universal call for leadership against hate, was first conceived in response to the rise in violent attacks against Asian-Americans, and it comes at a time when we are yet again stunned by the murderous assault in Buffalo,” said DiFiore.

Grace Meng, the first and only Asian-American member of Congress from New York State, is the keynote speaker.

“I hope that you will consider tuning in and look upon this programming as an opportunity for you to become a more effective leader, and as a statement of solidarity and a demonstration that our court family proactively stands united in rejecting hate and intolerance,” concluded DiFiore.

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