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Stop Asian Hate march and rally set for Sunday

Event also aims to encourage voter registration

Protesters condemning violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders listen to speakers during a rally outside Mountain View City Hall on April 11, 2021. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

UPDATE: Watch our video from the event.

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A march and rally in downtown Palo Alto this Sunday aims to raise awareness of the injustices facing Asian Americans and ramp up efforts to increase voter registration within this group.

The May 2 event is scheduled to start with a march at the city parking garage at 528 High St. at 2 p.m. It will end outside City Hall at 250 Hamilton Ave. for a 3 p.m. rally. The event is being organized by City Council members Greg Tanaka and Lydia Kou, who have been vocal in recent weeks about hate crimes that have targeted the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Tanaka, Kou and Mayor Tom DuBois authored a resolution approved by the council on March 23 that denounces xenophobia, racism and discrimination against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Tanaka is launching an "8 by 8" campaign, in which individuals are challenged to invite eight friends, family members or acquaintances to register to vote within eight days. The campaign is in response to concerns that although Asian residents make up 38% of the population in Silicon Valley, they represent only 15% of registered voters, according to a statement.

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Participants who post with the hashtags #StopAsianHate #8by8 to social media will benefit from giveaways of milk tea and baked goods while supplies last. Attendees also will be provided with yellow whistles, part of a national campaign called "The Yellow Whistle" to support self-protection and solidarity against anti-Asian violence and discrimination.

Scheduled guest speakers for the rally include Tanaka; Kou; former Rep. Mike Honda; state Treasurer Fiona Ma; Assembly member Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park; "Survivor" season 13 winner Yul Kwon; Old Navy co-founder Jenny Ming; Anna Mok, president of Ascend Foundation; and Gilbert Wong, trustee of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District and former Cupertino mayor.

After the remarks, booths will be set up by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, Palo Alto Chinese Parents' Club and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Peninsula Chapter. There also will be exhibits showing the Chinese rail workers in North America and the Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters projects at Stanford.

Participants are encouraged to register for the rally, which also helps organizers with contact tracing, at gregtanaka.org/8by8.

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Stop Asian Hate march and rally set for Sunday

Event also aims to encourage voter registration

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Apr 29, 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated: Mon, May 3, 2021, 7:41 pm

UPDATE: Watch our video from the event.

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A march and rally in downtown Palo Alto this Sunday aims to raise awareness of the injustices facing Asian Americans and ramp up efforts to increase voter registration within this group.

The May 2 event is scheduled to start with a march at the city parking garage at 528 High St. at 2 p.m. It will end outside City Hall at 250 Hamilton Ave. for a 3 p.m. rally. The event is being organized by City Council members Greg Tanaka and Lydia Kou, who have been vocal in recent weeks about hate crimes that have targeted the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Tanaka, Kou and Mayor Tom DuBois authored a resolution approved by the council on March 23 that denounces xenophobia, racism and discrimination against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Tanaka is launching an "8 by 8" campaign, in which individuals are challenged to invite eight friends, family members or acquaintances to register to vote within eight days. The campaign is in response to concerns that although Asian residents make up 38% of the population in Silicon Valley, they represent only 15% of registered voters, according to a statement.

Participants who post with the hashtags #StopAsianHate #8by8 to social media will benefit from giveaways of milk tea and baked goods while supplies last. Attendees also will be provided with yellow whistles, part of a national campaign called "The Yellow Whistle" to support self-protection and solidarity against anti-Asian violence and discrimination.

Scheduled guest speakers for the rally include Tanaka; Kou; former Rep. Mike Honda; state Treasurer Fiona Ma; Assembly member Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park; "Survivor" season 13 winner Yul Kwon; Old Navy co-founder Jenny Ming; Anna Mok, president of Ascend Foundation; and Gilbert Wong, trustee of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District and former Cupertino mayor.

After the remarks, booths will be set up by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, Palo Alto Chinese Parents' Club and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Peninsula Chapter. There also will be exhibits showing the Chinese rail workers in North America and the Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters projects at Stanford.

Participants are encouraged to register for the rally, which also helps organizers with contact tracing, at gregtanaka.org/8by8.

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Lucy Wong
Registered user
Mountain View
on Apr 30, 2021 at 7:34 am
Lucy Wong, Mountain View
Registered user
on Apr 30, 2021 at 7:34 am

• although Asian residents make up 38% of the population in Silicon Valley, they represent only 15% of registered voters, according to a statement.

^ A comprehensive voter registration program faces certain obstacles because many of the newly-arrived residents from mainland China are not U.S. citizens as of yet and their elder parents who now reside with them are either non-English speaking or have minimal interest in becoming naturalized citizens at their respective ages.

In reaching out and to encourage active participation and interest among the elders, I suggest there be speeches conducted in Mandarin or simultaneous interpreters to assist in translating the speeches via a text or conferencing app.

Lastly, it would be terrific to have a dynamic African American spokesperson with past experience in equal rights legislation or civil rights activism to really stir things up as black people in America have endured timeless economic inequalities, countless racial injustices and pervasive bigotry throughout the history of the United States.

Someone along the lines of the eloquent and dynamic Reverend Al Sharpton.

And while there is no need to fingerpoint, people of color are well aware of the perpetrators.


Lydia Kou
Registered user
Midtown
on Apr 30, 2021 at 4:26 pm
Lydia Kou, Midtown
Registered user
on Apr 30, 2021 at 4:26 pm

Ms. Bradshaw,

You missed stating one of our speakers on May 2nd's Palo Alto AAPI march and rally, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo will be speaking as well.

Thank you.


Game Over
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another community
on Apr 30, 2021 at 5:40 pm
Game Over, another community
Registered user
on Apr 30, 2021 at 5:40 pm
Annette
Registered user
College Terrace
on May 1, 2021 at 5:50 am
Annette, College Terrace
Registered user
on May 1, 2021 at 5:50 am

"America as a country dedicated to democracy and equality simply doesn''t exist. The 265 year experiment to promote such lofty ideals is officially over."

I think the above is more a description of where we are headed than where we are. There's no question that this nation is in troubled times with core values threatened, but I think that concerns the majority of us sufficiently that we will stand up against destructive forces. I will lose this optimism when people don't call for and show up at rallies and peaceful demonstrations against hate.

See you tomorrow. High Street 2:00. City Hall 3:00.


James Kawamoto
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 1, 2021 at 7:23 am
James Kawamoto, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on May 1, 2021 at 7:23 am
Keyshaun Johnson
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East Palo Alto
on May 1, 2021 at 9:49 am
Keyshaun Johnson, East Palo Alto
Registered user
on May 1, 2021 at 9:49 am

I attended the past MV rally with my girlfriend (who is Korean) and noticed that I was the only African American present at the time.

When I asked her why the black activist community wasn't more involved in this movement, she replied that there is a certain amount of animosity that still exists between some blacks and Asians emanating from inner city conflicts over the racial profiling of blacks by various Chinese and Korean shopkeepers protecting their retail businesses from alleged shoplifting and robbery.

And as a result, the NAACP and BLM organizations have distanced themselves from promoting and endorsing this anti-hate campaign against all Asians.

She also mentioned that the Chinese and Korean communities are more active in actively voicing their concerns about this problem than other Asian groups.

Sadly, we need even stronger bonds and participation in addressing this problem.

Kudos to all who attend tomorrow's rally.


John
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Adobe-Meadow
on May 1, 2021 at 12:02 pm
John, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on May 1, 2021 at 12:02 pm
malvina hopkins
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East Palo Alto
on May 1, 2021 at 12:09 pm
malvina hopkins, East Palo Alto
Registered user
on May 1, 2021 at 12:09 pm

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Betty Kwon
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Mountain View
on May 1, 2021 at 1:44 pm
Betty Kwon, Mountain View
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on May 1, 2021 at 1:44 pm
Jerry Underdal
Registered user
Barron Park
on May 1, 2021 at 3:38 pm
Jerry Underdal, Barron Park
Registered user
on May 1, 2021 at 3:38 pm

Here's a different perspective on the challenge of forming a unified front of people of color and their dominant-majority allies against lingering elements of slavery-related racial hatred and eugenics-related beliefs, masked as science, about racial hierarchy. Web Link


Ryan Heller
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another community
on May 1, 2021 at 4:25 pm
Ryan Heller, another community
Registered user
on May 1, 2021 at 4:25 pm

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No Loss
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Downtown North
on May 2, 2021 at 11:20 am
No Loss, Downtown North
Registered user
on May 2, 2021 at 11:20 am

Will be there in support of our Asian friends, colleagues and neighbors.

Whether this makes any difference remains to be seen.


Red Ink
Registered user
Greendell/Walnut Grove
on May 3, 2021 at 11:45 am
Red Ink, Greendell/Walnut Grove
Registered user
on May 3, 2021 at 11:45 am

I’d be interested to know if there is a listing somewhere of these expressions of anti-Asian hatred. I hear many references to the “escalating number” of such incidents, but very few descriptions with sufficient details to allow someone to arrive at an independent, data-driven opinion of the situation. And even when descriptions appear, the accounts are often second- or even third-hand. Without well-documented information, we can’t know how to approach the problem effectively.


Granny B
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Midtown
on May 3, 2021 at 3:45 pm
Granny B, Midtown
Registered user
on May 3, 2021 at 3:45 pm

In response to the person who wrote above that while "there is no need for finger pointing we all know who they are." From well sourced article in the Christian Science Monitor, "the notion that there are high levels of Black-on-Asian crime is false. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that, in 2020, 90% of perpetrators in reported anti-Asian incidents were white, and only 5% of perpetrators were Black. I'm responding to the person who wrote above that while there is no need for finger pointing we all know who they are.


Lester Woo
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Mountain View
on May 4, 2021 at 7:56 am
Lester Woo, Mountain View
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on May 4, 2021 at 7:56 am

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Michaela Johnson
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2021 at 8:25 am
Michaela Johnson, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on May 4, 2021 at 8:25 am

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