Category: News

News related to Anti-Asian Violence, the Asian-American community, seniors, AAPI society, and solidarity actions. This is an umbrella category for timely events that intersect with more specific categories.

Biden Signs COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act Into Law

Congresswoman Grace Meng

The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act provides $30 million to community groups for engagement, empowerment and education in order to address the rise in hate and violence https://meng.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/meng-secures-millions-to-help-implement-her-hate-crimes-act-recently Community-based organizations and civil rights groups can use the funds for:   Implementing and facilitating educational classes and community services for defendants convicted of hate crimes (directly related… Read more »

KtownForAll Releases 2021 Los Angeles City Council Report Card

KtownForAll-Report Card

https://ktownforall.org/reportcard/ Presenting the first annual Ktown For All Councilmember Report Card. “Our goal in evaluating the performance of city councilmembers is to educate the public and provide useful information about how LA city government works (or doesn’t). We hope to continue this project, tracking councilmembers’ records over time, and using the data to hold politicians… Read more »

Demand NYC MTA to build safety barriers to prevent people being pushed onto the subway tracks

Michelle Go Change.org Petition for Safety Barriers

https://www.change.org/p/new-yorkers-demand-mta-to-build-safety-barriers-to-prevent-people-being-pushed-onto-the-tracks At least 4 Asians have been shoved towards the tracks in about 6 months. At least 50 people have lost their lives  in just  the first 8 months of 2021 (as reported by NY Post using MTA records)having been hit by a train and others have narrowly escaped death. THAT IS OVER 6 PEOPLE… Read more »

Nationwide, Anti-Asian Hate Crimes More Than Tripled in 2021

NBC NewsKimmy YamMon, January 31, 2022 New research released Monday finds that hate crimes targeting the Asian American community have reached some unprecedented levels. The compilation of hate crime data, published by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, revealed that anti-Asian hate crime increased by 339 percent last year compared to the… Read more »

Asian Justice Rally: A National Day of Remembrance & Action

In honor of Asian America victims of racist violence, and marking one year from the day Vicha Ratanapakdee died after being attacked in San Francisco, “Asian Justice Rallies” were held on Sunday, January 30 in multiple cities across the U.S. Asian Americans continue to stand up against the tide of violent attacks. More coverage here:… Read more »

Bystanders intervene in attack on Asian Am man in San Francisco

Bystanders Intervene in SF Attack

https://asamnews.com/2022/01/31/san-francisco-thai-and-chinese-man-attacked-for-the-second-time-in-recent-years/ AsAmNewsPosted By RandallJanuary 31, 2022 A celebratory occasion turned to tragedy for a Thai and Chinese American man attacked near San Francisco City Hall. It could have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for a group of up to six bystanders who attempted to intervene and shield him from his attacker. A man… Read more »

SF police data shows 567% increase in reports of hate crimes against Asian Americans

567% Increase in Hate Crimes Against Asians in SF

The figures are probably an undercount because hate crime incidents are underreported. The new data comes as several high-profile attacks and killings have placed renewed attention on violence affecting Asian Americans across the US. In March 2021, a gunman opened fire at several Atlanta massage parlors, killing eight people, including six Asian women. Reports of… Read more »

The LA Artist Behind The Viral #StopAsianHate Portraits Wishes He Never Needed To Draw Another One

AAV Victims Art on NYC Billboard

LAist By  Josie Huang Published Jan 24, 2022 2:08 PM https://laist.com/news/stopasianhate-artist-viral-la-jonathan-chang-pandemic-attacks-asians Jonathan Chang has drawn enough portraits of Asians attacked during the pandemic that he has a whole system down. As soon as he decides to spotlight a case, he fires up Photoshop and studies the image of the victim used in news reports. Within a… Read more »