Statement on Recent Mass Shootings

APA Florida and its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee are appalled by and denounce the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y, Laguna Woods, Calif., and Uvalde, Texas. Racially-motivated animosity and violence targeting African American, Taiwanese, and Hispanic  residents are intolerable.  

We stand with the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) residents of Buffalo, Laguna Woods, Uvalde, and BIPOC communities throughout America besieged by racially-motivated crimes. All residents have the right to live and prosper in their neighborhoods and communities safely.

APA Florida Opposes Any Legislation That Hinders an Honest Reassessment of Institutional Inequities

APA Florida, with support of our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, is opposed to legislation that fails to recognize and honor the dignity and freedoms of Floridians.

Our professional Code of Ethics calls on planners to urge the alteration of policies, institutions, and decisions that do not help meet their community's needs.

Today, APA Florida joined organizations throughout Florida in strongly urging state leaders to reject legislation that would hinder our ability to recognize and remedy institutional bias, exclusion, and inequity.

APA Florida & EDI Committee Statement Supporting the Jewish Community

APA Florida and its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee strongly condemn all acts of violence, hatred, and bigotry, including the disturbing rise of public acts of antisemitism in Florida communities. As stated in the AICP Code of Ethics, planners must seek social justice and shall work to achieve social and racial equity.

APA’s Righting the Wrongs of Racial Inequality Statement

APA Florida supports APA’s statement on Righting the Wrongs of Racial Inequality and its call “to stand in solidarity with communities of color nationwide at this painful time,” including Black planners and communities in Florida.