A message from Executive Director Amber Mace delivered to the CCST community:
As an organization dedicated to the application of evidence to policy, we denounce the distortions of science and fact perpetuated around COVID-19, which have injected new hatred into longstanding prejudices and scapegoating.
We condemn the racist and misogynistic violence perpetrated against members of the Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities and stand with them against the rise in anti-Asian violence throughout our country. We mourn the lives lost in California and Georgia.
As expressed by national scientific societies in their letter to Congress last year in support of resolutions denouncing anti-Asian discrimination, defeating this pandemic requires a global effort and an embrace of our global diversity for a virus that knows no borders.
We must not let hatred impede progress toward dismantling the barriers of systemic racism. CCST reaffirms our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which are foundational to our values and priorities as we meet our mission to strengthen California’s policies with science and technology.
About the California Council on Science and Technology
The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature — making California’s policies stronger with science since 1988. We engage leading experts in science and technology to advise State policymakers — ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.