LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board voted unanimously to approve her motion to immediately identify funding to expand the County’s Anti-Hate program in an effort to combat hate against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders:

“The alarming surge in hate incidents, particularly aimed at our Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, demonstrates the urgent need to expand the County’s Anti-Hate program,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis, who represents large portions of the San Gabriel Valley, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, and Historic Filipinotown.

“This program, called “LA vs. Hate,” was established in 2019 through my motion. Since then, the County’s Human Relations Commission has worked to set up the 211 hotline to more easily report and track hate incidents; established a Rapid Response Network with nonprofit organizations to provide services and counseling to victims of hate; and launched a massive publicity and educational campaign called LA versus Hate. It has been praised nationally as a successful model to provide support to survivors of hate and to advocate for systemic changes needed to prevent more hate acts from happening.

Here in Los Angeles County, attacks have ranged from verbal insults to physical violence, with more than 800 incidents reported through the 211 hotline alone. In the First District, a Chinese man was beaten with his own cane at a bus stop in Rosemead, losing his finger because of the attack. A temple in Little Tokyo was vandalized. In Koreatown, a 27-year-old Korean American man was assaulted. These hate acts are happening across the country, in big and small cities. And we know that these numbers are just the tip of the iceberg.

In addition to public solidarity and support, our AAPI communities need action and intervention from government agencies. The LA vs. Hate program is a critical tool to combat hate in Los Angeles County, where our diversity is our strength.

Finally, I encourage those who have experienced or witnessed an act of hate to consider reporting your story through the 211 hotline or the website StopAAPIHate.org.”

The passage of this motion directs the Chief Executive Officer, in collaboration with the Executive Director of the Human Relations Commission and the Acting Director of the Department of Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services, to immediately identify funding, including but not limited to one-time departmental, state and federal resources, to expand the Human Relations Commission’s LA vs. Hate program, particularly the Rapid Response Network, for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

It also supports the identification of ongoing funding for the LA vs. Hate Program, including the 211 hotline contract, the Rapid Response Network, and public education and outreach efforts, and report back to the Board during budget deliberations for fiscal year 2021-2022.

To view the motion, click here.

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov