Thousands across the United States rallied against hate and violence towards people of Asian descent today.
On Thursday, both the Michigan House and Senate passed resolutions condemning American hate crimes, and encouraged Michiganders to report hate crimes to the proper authorities, including local police and the Michigan Attorney General's office.
"Hi, my name is Sandra Oh", she said to crowd applause. "We are all connected, we are all human, and I think when we share human stories we realize the humanity in all of us", she said. Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition formed to address anti-Asian discrimination during the pandemic, has received reports of 3,800 anti-Asian hate incidents since last March.
"I just wanted to drop by to say to my Asian sisters and brothers, 'We see you, and, more importantly, we are going to stand with you, ' " Warnock said to loud cheers and against the backdrop of drivers in passing cars honking their horns in support.
Rising Voices of Asian American Families is a Michigan-based, nonprofit organization aimed at helping Asian American women and their families by creating a community to make sure they know they are not alone.
Others at the gathering spoke about calls to prosecute hate crimes and increase education about the role people of Asian descent have played in American history more vigorously.
Emily in Paris star Ashley Park shared an emotional message on Wednesday morning after eight Asian Americans were killed at three Atlanta-area massage parlors the night before. "Allies, thank you and please watch til end, this is societal programming that we can change".
John Oliver criticized President Biden for calling the horrific mass shootings in Atlanta against Asian-Americans "un-American" on a recent episode of Last Week Tonight.
"It is a reality that some people who work in massage businesses do engage in sex work. and obviously some people don't", she said.
"No matter how you want to spin it, the facts remain the same: This was an attack on the Asian community", said Nguyen, who has been a frequent advocate for women and communities of color. The historical fetishization of Asian women as exotic, hypersexual and submissive leads to staggering rates of physical and sexual violence. "And one way to kind of go through and get through our fear is to reach out to our communities", Oh said.
Almost 100 people participate in a Stop Asian Hate rally, marching along Harbor Drive in San Diego on Saturday.
I am not a virus, and there is really no evidence whatsoever that Asian-Americans somehow transmit this virus more than anybody else.
"I'm being cautious because I see headlines and interviews where the victims of these crimes are of Asian decent, and a lot of them are also women, and they look just like me".
People take part in a rally against hate at Columbus Park on Sunday, March 21, 2021, in NY.
"I want to be that person to help somebody that wants to act, in some shape or form, small or big", she said.