Funding to Fight Hate Crime is a Start, but Actions Matter Too

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By C.C. Yin

C.C. Yin is co-founder of Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to advancing Asian Pacific Islander communities through increased leadership and civic engagement.

In Case You Missed It — CalMatters.org published APAPA’s Op-ed: Funding to fight hate crime is a start, but actions matter too.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that includes more than $157 million for Asian Pacific Islander equity in the 2021-22 California budget. This is a historic three-year investment for California’s growing Asian Pacific Islander community. Nearly $10 million will go toward better data collection.

With this critical funding as a first step, we look forward to action by the Legislature. When state lawmakers reconvene in January, we urge them to consider legislation that can help track anti-Asian Pacific Islander hate crimes, including setting up a multilingual hate crimes hotline. …

A critical component for our Asian Pacific Islander community is to ensure that victims can easily report hate crimes by phone or online and that accurate data is collected. Such efforts are needed.

In April, a strong supporter and outspoken voice for the Asian Pacific Island community in Northern California became the target of an anti-Asian hate crime. Ironically, Carl Chan, chair of the nonprofit Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Oakland chapter and president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber, was on his way to visit a victim of a separate hate crime incident when he was attacked from behind by an assailant making racial slurs. The quick-thinking Chan whipped out his cellphone and took a photo of the assailant, which led to the swift arrest of 25-year-old James Lee Ramsey, who was on parole for criminal threats. Chan will be able to face his suspect and provide a victim impact statement.…

… We must continue to amplify our voices, including implementing educational prevention programs in the community and school system to deter racism, outreach to address COVID-19 and higher levels of pollution in certain Asian Pacific Islander communities, and engagement with elected and regulatory officials to continue this momentum for reform and positive change.…

Read the entire Op-ed as published in CalMatters https://calmatters.org/…/funding-to-fight-hate-crime…/

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