Rallies calling for an end to the rising violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander community are planed for Sunday in Carson and Koreatown, a day after several similar events were held in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
A rally and vigil at Carson City Hall are set for noon. Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-San Pedro, Sen. Steve Bradford, D-Gardena, and Assemblyman Mike A. Gipson, D-Carson, are among the scheduled speakers.
Face masks and social distancing are required. The rally is organized by the Alliance Against Asian Hate.
The “Faith Leaders Solidarity Rally Against AAPI Hate” is set for 1 p.m. at Seoul International Park in Koreatown, part of a series of 14 prayer rallies across the nation where participants will process the pain, pray for healing, practice repentance and proclaim the dignity and sacredness of life, organizers said.
“Asian American Christians have a rich but seemingly forgotten history of social action and engagement,” said Raymond Chang, president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative, which is organizing the rallies.
“Most historic Asian American churches often focused on both proclaiming the message of the gospel and advocating for social justice. In response to all that has taken place, Asian American Christians are looking to find ways to put feet to their faith by gathering to stand for AAPI lives and dignity and to tell the world that Asian lives have value and worth.”
Saturday’s events included a “Stop Asian Hate” solidarity march in Koreatown, where hundreds marched carrying signs with such phrases as “Stop Killing Asians,” “Keep My Grandma Safe!” “Enough is Enough” and “Hate is a Virus.”
The march was led by a youth troupe of drummers, beginning at 11 a.m. at Olympic Boulevard and Berendo Street, heading west on Olympic Boulevard, concluding at Normandie Avenue, where what organizers billed as a “free speech rally” was held.
Speakers included 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 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 described 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 by 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.”
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