S.F. Japantown gathering to address post-election climate of hate

To address the hateful rhetoric of the presidential election, and to show solidarity with segments of communities now being targeted nationwide by incidents of hate, the Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium and the San Francisco Japantown community will hold en event entitled “UNITED FOR COMPASSION: A Japantown Community Gathering” on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 6 p.m., at the Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan streets in San Francisco’s Japantown.

Since and before the elections, there has been a rise in incidences of hate throughout the country, which appear to be emboldened by the “misogynistic, xenophobic and racist” rhetoric of the Trump campaign. The Southern Poverty Law Center, to date, has documented more than 430 incidents since the elections alone, including physical assaults and racist vandalism.

Citing its firsthand knowledge of the effects of “wartime hysteria, racial prejudice and the failure of political leadership,” the community is responding to this rhetoric as a “stark reminder of the effects of the deprivation of civil liberties.” .

Event organizers aim to convey their  expression of unity with the targeted communities, which include Muslims, Arab Americans, immigrants, Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, LGBTQ people, Native Americans and women.

The public is invited to join in a show of unity and support. The event will feature a candlelight vigil, multicultural and youth speakers, resources to report incidents of hate, and a Wall of Compassion where people can post messages of support and affirmation.

The event is presented by the Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium and is sponsored by the San Francisco Japanese American Citizens League and the Nichi Bei Foundation.

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