|Asian Americans Call on Biden Administration to |
Address Violence and Racism with Concrete Action
Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan Expresses Support
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
APRIL 5, 2021
Asian Americans Call on Biden Administration to Address Violence and Racism with Concrete Action; Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan Expresses Support
Bellevue, WA, and Industry, CA —April 5, 2021—A national coalition of Asian-American advocacy groups recently called on the Biden administration to take concrete action to combat anti-Asian racism and violence. Yumi Hogan, Maryland’s First Lady and the country’s first Korean-American first lady, today offered support for this significant undertaking. The leaders of the coalition will hold a virtual press conference on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. PDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT to discuss their recommendations.
Though President Joe Biden has repeatedly condemned anti-Asian hate and has proposed measures to address the problem, thus far his administration has failed to fully identify and properly address crucial issues of longstanding violence and racism against Asian Americans.
Spearheaded by Asian Industry B2B (in California) and Washington Asians for Equality (in Washington State), this national coalition urges President Biden to take the following steps:
1) Reinstate the U.S. Justice Department’s lawsuit against Yale University on grounds of discrimination against Asian-American applicants in undergraduate admissions, and denounce racial preferences and other racist practices commonly used to reduce the number of Asian-American students at educational institutions.
2) State forcefully that any perpetrator of a violent attack against an Asian American will be publicly condemned and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law—regardless of the perpetrator’s race. Far from beginning during the coronavirus pandemic, racist acts against Asians have occurred in America for decades. On too many occasions, for too many years, we as a country and a society have failed to fight these ongoing offenses with adequate vigor, commitment, and candor.
3) Appoint Vice President Kamala Harris, who is the former Attorney General of California, to work with local and state law enforcement, especially in urban areas, to strengthen police protection for Asian Americans in their communities.
“Stopping racism and violence against Asian Americans will require courage and moral clarity,” said Linda Yang, director of Washington Asians for Equality. “We hope the Biden administration will rise to the occasion by not only speaking honestly about anti-Asian hate crimes, even when it might be uncomfortable, but also taking real action to tackle problems that contribute to anti-Asian discrimination, whether in America’s higher education or on the streets in our local communities.”
“In recent months, far too many horrific, wanton attacks against Asian Americans have occurred in this country. They are grotesque and they must end,” said Marc Ang, president of Asian Industry B2B. “It is unconscionable that in multiple cities, the elderly rightfully feel they cannot walk down the street safely in broad daylight and ordinary people cannot ride the subway without being viciously beaten and left for dead. Law and order must be upheld to prevent further attacks on the most vulnerable and the law abiding, and we call on the Biden administration to defend law and order and help to protect Asian Americans.”
“I want to extend my gratitude to you all for establishing this influential and powerful coalition of Asian American advocacy groups to defeat hate crimes and discrimination against our community,” said First Lady Hogan in a letter to the coalition of Asian Americans.
“Actions of hate, discrimination, and bigotry should have no home anywhere. I appreciate your courageousness, and am proud to see your organization coming together to stand against injustice and violence,” Mrs. Hogan continued. Her letter can be read in its entirety here: https://waasians4equality.org/2021/04/05/letter-from-yumi-hogan-first-lady-of-maryland/
The national coalition of Asian-American individuals and organizations include:
American Recovery Center of Hope
Asian Industry B2B
Association for Fair Education
Better Communities Foundation
Betty Chu, former mayor and city council member of Monterey Park, California, and former candidate for U.S. Representative from California’s 32nd congressional district
California School Choice Foundation
Chinese American Citizens Alliance Las Vegas
Chinese American Citizens Alliance Orange County
Chinese American Citizens Alliance San Gabriel Valley Lodge
Chinese American Equalization Association
Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County
Chinese American Parent Association of Loudoun County
Chinese American Parents Association of Montgomery County
Chinese American Parents Association of Northern Virginia
Chinese-American Volunteers Association
Equal Rights for All PAC
Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce Southern California Chapter
Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Tri-County
George Li, former president, The Orange Club PAC
Maryland Chinese American Network
National Federation of Filipino American Associations Greater Los Angeles Region
National Federation of Filipino American Associations Northern California
People Encouraging People
Washington Asians for Equality
George Yang, former chair, Menlo Park Sister City Committee
To attend the virtual press conference on Tuesday, April 6, at 11:00 a.m. PDT / 2:00 p.m. EDT, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Details for joining the event are below.
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About Asian Industry B2B
Asian Industry B2B (AIB2B) is a southern California community organization bringing together business professionals for charitable and civic causes to improve local communities. AIB2B’s causes include fighting human trafficking, preserving the environment (beach cleanup), alleviating poverty, promoting quality education through school choice, saving animals, and supporting veterans and the military. These efforts are supported by strong partnerships with municipal governments and law enforcement. More information is available at http://aib2b.org/.
About Washington Asians for Equality
Washington Asians for Equality (WAFE) was founded in 2018 after a group of concerned Asian-American parents organized to stop the state legislature from repealing Washington State’s ban on racial preferences. Since then, WAFE has been active in advocating for Asian Americans’ equal rights in Washington State. For more information, please visit https://waasians4equality.org/.