On Wednesday, March 16th, 2022, members of the metro Atlanta community gathered at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot for the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally marking the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta Asian spa shootings that killed eight people, six of them being Asian American women.
A volunteer lays out white roses on the seats at a rally in Atlanta commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Asian spa shootings, when eight people—including six Asian American women—were killed by a lone gunman.
Signs, roses and the agenda were laid out for community members in attendance of the "Break the Silence" rally that took place March 16th, 2002, the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta Asian spa shootings.
JT Wu adjusts his tie as community leaders prepare to lead participants into the "Break the Silence" rally that took place March 16th, 2002, the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta Asian spa shootings.
A large crowd marched into the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot chanting: "Break the silence justice for Asian women!"
Representative Carolyn Bourdeaux carries in a banner along with other community leaders.
Hundreds gathered to remember the lives of the 8 victims:
 
Daoyou Feng
Paul Michels
Xiaojie "Emily" Tan
Delaina Yaun
Suncha Kim
Soon Chung Park
Hyun Jung Grant
Yong Ae Yue
Gwinnett County Commissioner Ben Ku stands with other community leaders for the interfaith invocation that opens the rally. 
JT Wu, Gwinnett Commissioner Ben Ku and Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux observe a moment of silence.
a community member observing the moment of silence, holding a sign and rose.
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens arrives at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally marking the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta Asian spa shootings that killed eight people, six of them being Asian American women.
Georgia State Representative Sam Park (Left) and Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams (Right) arriving at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally marking the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta Asian spa shootings that killed eight people, six of them being Asian American women.
Georgia State Representative Sam Park (Left) and Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams (Right) arriving at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally marking the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta Asian spa shootings that killed eight people, six of them being Asian American women.
Georgia State Senator Dr. Michelle Au speaks at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally.
"Because even when it’s uncomfortable—maybe especially when it’s uncomfortable—awareness about race matters. Awareness about sexism and gender matters. Understanding how those things interplay, and understanding context, matters." —Senator Dr. Michelle Au
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens speaks at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
“In that very moment, we were no longer 'The City Too Busy to Hate,' But I'm here today as a reminder that the City of Atlanta rejects hate and racism and sexism in all of its forms.”— Mayor Andre Dickens
State Representatives Sam Park (left) and Bee Nguyen (center) smile while sitting with Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams (Right) at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
State Representative Bee Nguyen of Georgia House District 89 in Atlanta, speaks at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
“For many of us it hit home, because the women who were killed could have easily been our grandmothers, our aunties or our mothers, and these women were exactly that— somebody’s grandmother, auntie, mother, sister.” —Rep. Bee Nguyen

State Representative Bee Nguyen of Georgia House District 89 in Atlanta, speaks at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
"We know that hate crimes over the last year—339%—targeting people who look like my grandmothers—or who look like me." —Rep. Bee Nguyen
State Representative Bee Nguyen of Georgia House District 89 in Atlanta, speaks at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
“Tragically, for these women, America did not safely harbor them. To die so brutally in the land of the free, to die so tragically at the hands of racism, xenophobia and gender-based violence — that is not the American dream.” — Rep. Bee Nguyen

State Representative Sam Park of Georgia House District 101, speaks at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
"One year ago, we stood our ground in the face of terror and fear. We stood united against hate and discrimination. Together we demanded justice for our communities and together we moved our nation to take action." — Rep. Sam Park
JT Wu, affixes a sign that fell off the podium during the rally. 
Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
“My father grew up in the Jim Crow South. What happened here was an echo of that. We are all here because we must remember. We must tell Asian stories because those are the stories of America.” —Stacey Abrams, Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate.
Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams (Left) is greeted by Representative Sam Park (Center) after speaking at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams (Left) and State Representative Bee Nguyen (Right) at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
From left to right: State Representative Sam Park, Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, State Representative Bee Nguyen, Julius Thomas and State Senator Dr. Michelle Au
Michael Webb, the former husband of Xiaojie Tan speaks at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
"This is the insidious danger of racism, seeing groups of people as others and that bias can so easily can turn into hate and bloodshed because of this so many innocent people must live in fear. That is barbaric." —Michael Webb 
Robert Peterson, son of Yong Ae Yue, speaks at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.
"As we stand together, in this shared responsibility against hate, it sends a message that this is unacceptable. It cannot be tolerated and this type of violence tears at the fabric of who we are. She would want us to not only fight for her and the other victims but fight for our collective values—for the safety of our communities and families." —Robert Peterson
Robert Peterson, son of Yong Ae Yue, speaks at the "Break the Silence" Atlanta Asian Justice Rally on March 16th, 2022.

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