President Biden Announces Actions to Anti-Asian Violence

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Sacramento, CA – Today, President Biden is announcing new actions to respond to the increase in acts of anti-Asian violence, and to advance safety, inclusion, and belonging for all Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. These actions build on the President’s Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, issued his first week in office. In his first 65 days, the President announced that it is the official policy of this Administration to condemn anti-Asian bias and violence, and visited AAPI leaders in Atlanta to denounce anti-Asian and gender-based violence with the Vice President. He also called on Congress to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act introduced by Senator Hirono and Congresswoman Meng, and created a historically diverse Administration in which 15 percent of all appointees identify as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

According to the LA Times,

“President Biden announced steps Tuesday to protect Asian Americans from discrimination and violent attacks, including establishing a Justice Department initiative to address a rising number of hate crimes. The announcement comes two weeks after shootings at Atlanta-area spas killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, and as Biden has faced pressure from Asian American members of Congress to take stronger action. Under Biden’s initiative, the Justice Department will track reports of anti-Asian hate crimes and expand its outreach to community organizations. Also, the FBI is planning to hold training sessions for state and local law enforcement, and other federal agencies are being directed to additional steps. The Department of Health and Human Services will spend $49.5 million on programs to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. And the National Science Foundation will spend $33 million to study bias and xenophobia.”

LA Times

APAPA acknowledges President Biden’s efforts to take the appropriate steps to stop Asian hate and will continue to support the AAPI community by standing against racism, sexism and hate crimes in our communities.

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