LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved a motion authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District, and co-authored by Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Fifth District, on renewing the County’s commitment to stop hate during Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month.
Los Angeles County is proud to be home to more than 1.5 million AAPIs. They represent at least 10% of the population in each supervisorial district, according to the most recent Census data. AAPIs’ myriad contributions can be found in every aspect of society ─ from politics, entertainment, education, and much more. Yet, during the COVID-19 pandemic, fear-mongering, discrimination, and hate incidents and crimes against AAPIs increased significantly.
“As Supervisor for the First District, I’m honored to represent the largest number of AAPI residents,” said Supervisor Solis. “However, I am horrified at the rise of anti-AAPI hate in our communities. All people deserve to feel safe and move about freely without becoming targets of racism and harassment. This AAPI Heritage Month, I’m proud to renew my commitment to stop anti-AAPI hate by authoring this motion to support a state legislative package to address street harassment from a public health and civil rights framework.”
A recent survey indicated that more than a third of the residents in the San Gabriel Valley have witnessed or experienced an act of hate or harassment in recent years due to COVID-19 scapegoating. Nearly 11,000 AAPIs across the country reported hate incidents to the national tracker launched by Stop AAPI Hate between March 2020 and December 2021, including more than 4,100 reports in California and more than 1,000 reports in Los Angeles. The County’s LA vs. Hate initiative received 1,600 reports of hate through the 211-LA hotline. Nationwide, 63% of hate incidents reported described verbal harassment and 75% of hate incidents occurred in places open to the public, such as public streets, public transit, and businesses open to the public. Furthermore, 23% of non-binary AAPI people and 19% of AAPI women that reported hate incidents identified gender as one of the reasons they experienced the reported discrimination.
“I’m a proud co-author of this motion because I believe our County must do its part to recognize and honor our Asian American Pacific Islander residents,” said Supervisor Barger. “It’s important to take time out to recognize the immensely valuable contributions they make to our society in art, education, technology, government, and so much more. Hate crimes and discrimination against Asian American communities have skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic. Celebrating their heritage this month is one more way to stand up for our Asian American Pacific Islander neighbors and community members.”
Stop AAPI Hate has proposed the No Place for Hate California legislative package to address street harassment, which includes California State Assembly Bill No. 2549, introduced by Assemblymembers Mia Bonta, Al Muratsuchi, and Akilah Weber to prevent street harassment, and its corresponding budget request; County-supported California State Senate Bill No. 1161, introduced by Senator Dave Min to prevent street harassment on public transit, and its corresponding budget request; and California State Assembly Bill No. 2448, introduced by Assembly Member Phil Ting to prevent harassment in private businesses.
The motion approved today proclaims May 2022 as “Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month” in Los Angeles County and directs the County’s Chief Executive Office’s Legislative Affairs branch to send 5-signature letters to Governor Gavin Newsom and appropriate state legislators to support the Stop AAPI Hate’s No Place for Hate California legislative package.
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