LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement condemning the vandalization of two murals by local artist MariNaomi which were created as part of LA vs. Hate, Los Angeles County’s anti-hate initiative. The murals were installed throughout the region last year as part of an effort to elevate awareness about Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) history and contributions, COVID-19 driven racism and violence, the journey to healing, and the need for continued advocacy for equality and inclusion.

“It breaks my heart to learn that during the AAPI Heritage Month, the County-commissioned MariNaomi’s Anti-Asian Hate murals, which were installed at the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse office in Alhambra and at the Don Knabe Community Regional Park in Cerritos last year, were vandalized—the former with a hateful slur. Thankfully, our ally at AAPI Equity Alliance alerted the County’s Commission on Human Relations’ team to remove the slur, which was done promptly.

Last March, I authored a motion, which expanded Los Angeles County’s ‘LA vs Hate’ initiative to fight against hate perpetuated against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The murals depicts through a comic strip, notable Asian-Americans like Grace Lee Boggs, George Takei, Margaret Cho, Yuri Kochiyama, and others, who have made an impact on and contributed to American history and culture.

This month alone, our nation has dealt with a slew of hate-filled acts perpetuated by gun violence like in the cities of Buffalo, Laguna Woods, Los Angeles, and recently in Uvalde. It is apparent that the fight against hate is a continuous fight and one that I and the County of LA will not back down. Hate will not be tolerated here. Hate will be removed when seen and replaced with education and respect for all. I am confident that with our collective perseverance, the goal of eradicating hate will be achieved in Los Angeles County.”

If you are a witness or a victim of hate and wish to report it, please call the County’s 2-1-1 hotline, which connects residents to resources, assistance, and services provided by community-based organizations.