March 17, 2021 — This morning we once again awoke to news and scenes of horrific violence against eight persons--of whom seven were women and six were Asian—all shot to death in Georgia last night. We grieve the loss experienced by their communities, and most importantly their family and friends. I cannot find words strong enough to condemn this senseless violence. While details are still emerging, and the true motivations for this violence may never fully be known, there is no doubt that the Asian community was the target once again, as they have been so often before. That this violence was also perpetrated mostly against women is yet another example of the massive wave of gender-based violence that has gripped almost every corner of the globe.