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'I want lasting change.' Following hate crimes, community members stand up for Asian Americans

Original post made on May 4, 2021

Around 250 people marched and rallied downtown Sunday to raise awareness about the recent attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to increase voter registration within this group.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 3, 2021, 7:27 PM

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Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on May 4, 2021 at 6:37 am

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This sounds like a campaign rally for Greg Tanaka than a rally to support Asians.


Posted by Derek McKennon
a resident of Stanford
on May 4, 2021 at 10:03 am

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Posted by resident
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on May 4, 2021 at 11:10 am

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This was NOT a campaign rally for Greg Tanaka, but thanks for pointing out that he was there, along with Rep Anna Eshoo, supporting young people who want to stop Asian hate crimes and encouraging community engagement.


Posted by Jim Colton
a resident of Green Acres
on May 4, 2021 at 2:11 pm

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This was BOTH a rally to stop Asian hate crimes AND a way for Greg to kick off his campaign.


Posted by Lorraine
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2021 at 3:12 pm

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"This sounds like a campaign rally for Greg Tanaka than a rally to support Asians."

"...a way for Greg to kick off his campaign."

^ If so, political ambitions are alive and well in Palo Alto.


Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 4, 2021 at 6:01 pm

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i always find it interesting that when there is an Asian hate crime that the victim's race is (obviously) reported but seldom the attackers, Hmmm wonder why ?? doesn't fit the progressives narrative I would think.


Posted by RealityBytes
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on May 4, 2021 at 7:19 pm

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on May 4, 2021 at 7:40 pm

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Posted by YP
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on May 4, 2021 at 7:42 pm

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Another point is that those on the far left are said to be "progressives" signaling moving forward, well those on the far right are "extremists". Just another sign how todays media , including Palo Alto Online are so biased. To say they are a source of "news' is laughable , rather a source of spin....


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on May 4, 2021 at 7:53 pm

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on May 4, 2021 at 8:04 pm

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on May 4, 2021 at 9:13 pm

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Posted by Paly02
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 4, 2021 at 10:03 pm

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I feel bad that almost none of these comments were about the actual event.

It was very well thought out, lots of people who aren't used to coming out to rallies made it there, and as a bonus there was live music and free food at the end. If attendees go home and get friends and families registered to vote, even better.


Posted by Granny B
a resident of Midtown
on May 5, 2021 at 1:28 am

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Only East Asian speakers, but other than that it was inspiring, well managed, and loud (appropriately so). "Black Asian Brown White, One Struggle, One Fight"


Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 5, 2021 at 6:32 am

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This issue is is real and terrible and Sunday’s march/rally is Palo Alto’s 2nd one - a good thing.

That said, most speakers seemed chosen by Tanaka for their endorsement and funding potential of his congressional campaign against Eshoo rather than connection to our community.

Not a single Pacific Islander spoke though this event was about those folks too. Astounding.

Voter registration - sure. But given he designed this event wholly or partially for personal political gain, it’s hard not to see registration as Tanaka just getting more voters signed up for him.



Posted by Jim Colton
a resident of Green Acres
on May 5, 2021 at 10:59 am

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I am a volunteer photographer for Pro Bono Photo. Our organizations documents activities of nonprofit groups including many events around social justice issues. Here's a link to my photos from the anti Asian Hate rally in Palo Alto:

Web Link


Posted by Christian Scientist
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on May 5, 2021 at 11:37 am

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Posted by Paly02
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 5, 2021 at 12:33 pm

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Thanks, Jim, for posting those photos!

@ Christian Scientist - As someone who was ACTUALLY there, I can attest that there were African Americans at the rally.


Posted by Err On The Side Of Caution
a resident of Professorville
on May 6, 2021 at 9:01 am

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# As someone who was ACTUALLY there, I can attest that there were African Americans at the rally.

I too attended the rally and yes, there were one or two African Americans who were in the company of their Asian friends but nowhere significant in any large numbers or outspoken advocacies.


Posted by Fr0hickey
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 6, 2021 at 11:21 am

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Seems to me like it was a political rally masquerading as a racial rally. I don't really much care about the race of the victim. I care more that the crimes occur and the culprits are not being brought to swift and righteous justice.


Posted by Seong Kim
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on May 6, 2021 at 11:41 am

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Posted by Accommodate The Homeless
a resident of Barron Park
on May 6, 2021 at 1:20 pm

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The only way to end this aggression is for Asian people to physically defend themselves against attackers attempting to do physical harm.

Verbal taunts are less important as the old 'sticks and stones' adage goes and those instances, just consider the source and move on.

It's time to strike back and retaliate if need be, but in self-defense only.


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on May 6, 2021 at 8:23 pm

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Posted by DANGER - Will Robinson!
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on May 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm

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on May 7, 2021 at 5:11 pm

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Posted by Jerry Underdal
a resident of Barron Park
on May 8, 2021 at 8:39 am

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Thanks to Jim Colton of Pro Bono Photo for making his photo album from the demonstration available free for non-commercial use. At my request, he used my iPhone to take a photo of a BLM supporter (myself) standing next to Allan Seid, founder of Asian Americans for Community Involvement, both of us supporting the anti-AAPI hate movement. I can make this photo available for inclusion in Jim Colton's album.

I wouldn't mention this if comments here didn't argue, incorrectly, that the absence of photos showing BLM support at the demonstration proves is doesn't exist. This is perversely incorrect. On Thursday, April 15, an East Palo Alto group staged a demonstration at the corner of University and Bay again racist hate as allies of the movement against anti-AAPI Hate. I have provided photos of that demonstration to the Weekly.


Posted by Not So Fast
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on May 8, 2021 at 10:08 am

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Posted by Concerned Asian Youth
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on May 8, 2021 at 7:25 pm

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Posted by Paly02
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 8, 2021 at 7:58 pm

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Wow, this comment section is the worst. At least I finally know that many of the hateful comments have been written by the same person from multiple accounts.

Let's remember that Asian Lives Matter AND Black Lives Matter. It's not a zero sum game. Please let's stop casting aspersions on folks.


Posted by Then Show Some Support
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2021 at 9:09 pm

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- Let's remember that Asian Lives Matter AND Black Lives Matter. It's not a zero sum game. Please let's stop casting aspersions on folks.

So true and the best way to show your support for BLM advocacy is to open your wallets and contribute to the cause.

We must end racist police brutality and the unwarranted killing of young black men.

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on May 9, 2021 at 9:12 am

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on May 10, 2021 at 3:16 pm

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on May 10, 2021 at 3:42 pm

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Posted by James Wong
a resident of Downtown North
on May 10, 2021 at 5:15 pm

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>>"the best way to show your support for BLM advocacy is to open your wallets and contribute to the cause."

° Does the Palo Alto Weekly endorse and support fundraising endeavors on behalf of outside parties?

If so, there should be a separate section devoted to various advocacies including those of various church groups, environmental concerns, and political activism.

Promoting solicitations and fundraising efforts on a discussion forum is a questionable call.


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on May 10, 2021 at 5:45 pm

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