Has anti-Asian hate crime really decreased?

A new report from the California Department of Justice notes that hate crimes against Asian Americans have dramatically dropped since last year. But civil rights advocates say the data does not accurately reflect the threats the community continues to face. Hate crimes against Asian Americans dropped by 43% in 2022 in California, according to a […]

LAPD report shows 15% increase in hate crimes in 2022

LOS ANGELES — Hate crimes in Los Angeles rose by 15% in 2022, according to a report shared by the Los Angeles Police Department July 25, which attributed the increase to expanded outreach efforts that encourage the city’s most vulnerable communities to report such crimes. The department’s analysis revealed 701 hate crimes and hate incidents […]

Calif. State Library awards additional $8.1M in grants to ethnic media outlets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California State Library has awarded $8.1 million in grants to 62 ethnic media outlets and media collaboratives serving communities impacted by hate incidents and hate crimes. The library has allocated $100,000 for the Nichi Bei Foundation. “A joint venture with the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs, the […]

Report: Hate crime events rose by 20% between 2021-2022

LOS ANGELES (City News Service) — Reported hate crime events in California increased by 20.2% in 2022 compared to the previous year, with such crimes based on sexual orientation spiking up by 29% and those against Black residents increasing by 27.1%, according to a report released June 27 in Los Angeles by Attorney General Rob […]

S.F.: Muni officials double down on intolerance for crimes on public transit

Muni officials have one message to people thinking about committing a crime on San Francisco’s public transit system — “you will be caught.” On April 25, city transportation officials hosted a Muni safety roundtable after a man was arrested and charged for allegedly throwing eggs and yelling racial slurs while riding a Muni bus. “We’re […]

S.F.: Man arrested, charged for alleged hate crimes, battery on Muni bus

A man has been arrested and charged for alleged hate crimes on a Muni bus in San Francisco in February, police and prosecutors said. Joseph Benjamin, 44, was charged with four counts of battery on a transit employee or passenger as well as three counts of violations of individuals’ civil rights for the alleged attacks, […]

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 […]