President Biden Signs the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

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Sacramento, CA The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) expresses its gratitude to President Biden for signing the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act on Thursday, in response to the rise in hate attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) during the coronavirus pandemic.

The legislation spearheaded by Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Congresswoman Grace Meng of New York passed with overwhelming bipartisan support: 364-62 in the House; and  94-1 in the Senate last month.

“Violence against one group is violence against all Americans,” said Ken Fujimoto, APAPA national executive director. “Hate crimes are tearing apart our great nation. This has to stop. We are calling people of all colors and gender to come together in unity against hate.”

APAPA was the driving force behind the nationwide Unity Against Hate rally on Saturday, May 15, to amplify support for the legislation and call for an end to anti-Asian hate. Thousands gathered at 20 locations around the country including Washington, DC, New York, Boston, Dallas, Houston, the Bay Area, Southern California, Sacramento, and multiple sites in Ohio. Rallies were also held in Canada and Australia, as well as virtually.

In addition, more than 120 community organizations joined the rallies including the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, NAACP, League of Women Voters, Japanese American Citizens League, Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Equality California.

“We’re here to denounce hate attacks happening against our Asian brothers and sisters,” said Tecoy Porter Sr., a Sacramento pastor and chapter president of the National Action Network, at the Unity Against Hate rally held on the State Capitol steps in Sacramento. “We are living in a new civil rights movement.”

Added Fujimoto: “We must end the violence, and we must stand together in unity against hate.”

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APAPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and grassroots organization. Its mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education, leadership, and active participation in civic and public affairs.

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