Congressional resolution honors victims of shootings in Half Moon Bay, Monterey Park

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives on March 7 honoring the lives of the victims of two mass shootings in California in January, including ones that took the lives of seven farmworkers in Half Moon Bay. The resolution was introduced along with Rep. Judy Chu, whose district […]

Santa Clara Co.: Hate crime charges filed against suspect in necklace robberies

An East Palo Alto man suspected of stealing $35,000 worth of necklaces from more than a dozen South Asian women in recent months will also face hate crime charges, according to the the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Lathan O. Johnson, 37, is suspected of tearing necklaces away from at least 14 women in […]

Hate crimes alleged in robberies of Sacramento Asian women

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A man and a teenager arrested in connection with robberies that targeted Asian women in Sacramento are now facing hate crime allegations, police said. Sacramento County prosecutors this week added a hate crime enhancement to robbery charges filed against both suspects, who have been in custody since June, the Sacramento Police Department […]

California to launch new anti hate initiative with a focus on healing

Hate crimes and hate-related incidents have been on the rise in recent years, prompting fear and anger across communities. But according to experts and civil rights advocates more public engagement — not increased policing — is key to addressing the issue. And, they say, raising public awareness is a critical step toward individual and communal […]

S.F. Supervisor names man suspected of assaulting immigrant rights commissioner Gregory Chew

San Francisco Police arrested a man they believe attacked former city film, arts, and immigrant rights commissioner Gregory Chew, who was assaulted the evening of Aug. 2 near 3rd and Folsom streets. According to the office of Supervisor Matt Dorsey — in whose District 6 Chew resides — police arrested 34-year-old Derrick Yearby of San […]

Asian Americans call for multiracial solidarity at first-ever unity march

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Approximately 15,000 people gathered June 25 at the National Mall here for the first-ever Unity March, organized to draw attention to the dramatic spike in hate crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander Community. The enthusiastic young crowds gathered against the backdrop of the Capitol Building in the sweltering humidity of a […]

$30M to be distributed to organizations fighting AAPI hate

Assemblymember Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and others active in addressing hate against the Asian and Pacific Islander community on July 6 celebrated a victory after $30.3 million was approved for distribution by the California Department of Social Services to local nonprofits. The money, to be distributed in grants to organizations that are providing services to […]

Anti-Black, gay, Asian bias fuel California hate crime surge

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hate crimes driven by homophobia and racism resulted in a 33% surge in reported incidents in California last year, following a similar spike in hate-driven attacks the year prior and confirming what officials have been hearing anecdotally since the pandemic began, the state’s attorney general said June 28. Attorney General Rob […]

S.F. Mayor Breed proposes increasing services, funding to Asian victims of crime

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a proposal June 16 to increase funding by $500,000 for services to Asian victims of crime who are limited in their English proficiency. Breed said in a press release that while accountability and arrests are important in dealing with hate crimes, the victims also need mental health support, which […]

Assemblymember Matt Haney, community leaders respond to rise in anti-Asian hate crimes

Backed by community leaders, Assemblymember Matt Haney and representatives from California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s Office highlighted the 177.5 percent increase in reported anti-Asian hate crimes at a press conference July 1. Bonta released the 2021 Hate Crime in California Report on June 28, which revealed that reported hate crimes statewide increased by 32.6 percent […]

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