A “Stop Asian Hate” solidarity march was held Saturday in Koreatown in response to rising violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander community.
A youth troupe of drummers led hundreds of marchers westbound on Olympic Boulevard from Berendo Street at 11 a.m. The marchers carried signs with such phrases as “Stop Killing Asians,” “Keep My Grandma Safe!” “Enough is Enough” and “Hate is a Virus.”
The march concluded at Normandie Avenue, where what organizers billed as a “free speech rally” was held. Speakers included Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, the chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, and Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell.
CNN host Lisa Ling asked those in attendance to “find someone you don’t in this crowd and look them in the eyes and say, `I will protect you. Please protect me.”’
“There are some street vendors who are here along the side please say to them, `I will protect you.”’ Ling said. “If we maintain these threads and make sure they are unbroken we can get past all of this and really rise up together to stop Asian hate and to stop all hate.”
The march and rally were organized by the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles in partnership with 20 community-based organizations.
“Stop Anti-Asian Violence, Stop China-Bashing” rallies were also held at Los Angeles City Hall, the intersection of Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards in West Hollywood and Irvine City Hall as part of a “national day of action” organized by the ANSWER Coalition, which bills itself as an anti-war and social justice coalition. ANSWER in an acronym for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism.
What organizers describe as “a community vigil and healing space to grieve and denounce violence against Asian Americans, misogyny, classism, racism and white supremacy” was held Saturday night at Barnes Park in Monterey Park. It was organized SGV Progressive Action, which bills itself as a “grassroots collective in the San Gabriel Valley acting in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.”
A candlelight vigil to fight against AAPI hate at Chinatown Central Plaza included people holding signs saying, “Back the Blue” and “Asians Against Crime.”