Perkins Coie LLP stands against hate, racism, xenophobia, and discrimination in any form and against any person or group.
In this statement, we specifically condemn the alarming rise in attacks against Jews, and we stand in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, clients, and friends as we denounce antisemitism in all its forms.
The ADL and various news outlets have reported a disturbing increase in the number of reported antisemitic attacks, including assault, vandalism, and harassment. In 2020 and, so far in 2021, there have been 7,528 reported cases of extremism or antisemitism in the United States. These attacks include many against teenagers, verbal abuse of rabbis, and hate-filled images and messages on social media, among others.
As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” In a time when so much can divide us, we must resist this divisiveness and find solidarity in our humanity, uniting around shared values, and speaking out against actions that are inconsistent with those values.