Asian Americans cheer passage of Calif.’s $156 million fund to combat AAPI racism

Asian Americans cheered the July 12 passage of California’s API Equity Budget, a three-year $156 million initiative, which seeks to equip the AAPI community with resources to combat hate crimes. “This is historic and unprecedented. It is the outcome of many community-based organizations who rallied to get this support to find the best ways we […]

Calif. hate crime up 31% in 2020, led by anti-Black bias

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Hate crime in California surged 31% in 2020, fueled mainly by a big jump in crimes targeting Black people during a year that saw the worst racial strife in decades, according to an annual report released June 30 by the state’s attorney general. Overall hate crimes increased from 1,015 to 1,330 last […]

FBI releases ads asking hate crime victims to come forward

SAN FRANCISCO — The FBI’s San Francisco office launched a publicity campaign to encourage the victims of hate crimes to come forward, federal officials announced May 6. The bureau placed an ad on a city train that reads “Speak Up, Be Heard, Report Now. Report Hate Crimes to the FBI.” The ad also lists a […]

Pelosi, Asian American community leaders highlight passage of federal COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and leaders in San Francisco’s Asian American community held an event in Portsmouth Square on May 27 to highlight recently passed legislation intended to make it easier to report hate crimes against the Asian community. Rep. Grace Meng, D-New York, and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawai‘i, introduced the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act […]

California lawmakers seek $200 million to fight hate crimes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers said May 12 that they are seeking $200 million over the next three years to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans that have increased since the coronavirus entered the U.S. after originating in China. More than half of the money would go for grants to nonprofit and community groups that […]

Prosecutor plans to seek death penalty in spa shootings

ATLANTA  — A man accused of killing eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was indicted May 11 on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed notice that she’ll also seek hate crime charges and the death penalty. A Fulton County grand jury indicted Robert Aaron Long, […]

Senate OKs bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans

WASHINGTON — The Senate on April 22 overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step toward legislating in a chamber where most of President Joe Biden’s agenda has stalled. The […]

TV’s ‘New Amsterdam’ tackles Asian hate

Over the past year and especially during the last couple of months, videos on various social media platforms have showed Asian people being brutally attacked on a daily basis. Incidents like this have become all too familiar: “When COVID was at its worst, a man stopped me in the street, he grabbed my arm, and […]

Police unresponsive, say Asian American victims of hate crimes

On Feb. 25 evening, a man scaled the wall of the 117-year-old Higashi Honganji Buddist Temple temple in Los Angeles County’s ‘Little Tokyo’ neighborhood and set fire to two wooden lanterns at the entrance to the temple, then knocked two metal lanterns off their stands, and finally threw a rock that shattered a plate glass […]

Ethnic communities unite to combat anti-Asian violence

In the midst of an epidemic of brutal attacks hate crimes against Asian Americans, ethnic communities are coming together to attack the virus of racism. A family celebrating a birthday at a restaurant is yelled at with racist remarks by a tech executive: “F–k you Asians. Trump is going to F–k you … f–king Asian […]

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