(WTVO) — Illinois leaders address a recent uptick in violence against Asian Americans. Gov. JB Pritzker and members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities stood in solidarity Monday afternoon.

Pritzker says acts of violence against those groups increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting also comes nearly a week after a gunman killed six Asian Americans at two Atlanta massage parlors.

“I want to emphasize that the killings in Atlanta are not random, nor a one-time event. Years of misogyny, oppression, and white supremacy have led to this atrocity and continues to happen every day,” said Eva Nip, the lead organizer for the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community.

“This is a moment when every American should take time to reflect on what they’ve done, and what more they can do to stand up against bigotry,” added Gov. Pritzker.

The governor encouraged residents to report any hate-motivated incidents or discriminations to the Illinois Attorney General’s Civil Rights Hotline at 1-877-581-3692.