On March 16, 2021, a 21-year-old man went into several different spas in Atlanta and shot several people, killing eight and injuring a few. Six of the people who died were of Asian descent, and two were white. Seven were women. On Friday, the authorities publicly identified four of the victims who hadn’t been named before. They were identified as Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant,, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; and Yong Yue, 63. These attacks brought anti-Asian hate sentiment into a bright spotlight and forced people to realize the amount of hate that Asians have received since the beginning of the pandemic. News coverage about anti -Asian sentiment had been very limited until the pandemic, when people started to blame the COVID-19 situation on Asian people. No problem this large can be blamed on a single group of people. To everyone that has been affected by this attack, we are sorry for the emotional and physical harm this has caused you.
On March 28, 2021 we held an Asian American Pacific Islander rally. We hung up a sign on the SF Bay pedestrian footbridge and had speakers from all different organizations say a speech. There were over 1,200 people at the rally supporting the cause. We had Simon Alejandrino, a teacher at Redwood Day School, Berkeley Council Members Robinson and Kesarwani, Harita Kalvai, a Teen Board Member if the non-profit Beyond Differences, Zhi Isabel Adeline Howes also from Beyond Differences, Stanly Pun co-director of AYPAL, Elaine Dang, board member of Act to Change, Lateefah Simon, President of Akonadi Foundation, Annie Wang – Community Relations Director of #HATEISAVIRUS, Jane Bahk, whose children’s book Juna’s Jar received the Asian-Pacific American Librarians Award for Literature, and Ashlyn So, a middle schooler and a passionate activist from the South Bay. We then had student speakers and marched to the bridge where we had lots if support from passing cars.
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