AAPI Equity Alliance (AAPI Equity) hosted a post-election debrief recently, with representatives from Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) joining them in discussing voter turnout and trends from the midterm elections in Los Angeles.
As elections officers and communities continue to process the results of the highly contentious 2022 midterm elections, one thing is clear: Asian American voters, especially those in Los Angeles County, have the potential to decide races.
The 1871 massacre wiped out close to 10 percent of the small Chinese population living in Los Angeles at the time. Historians estimated that nearly 1 in 10 of the roughly 5,700 residents in the city participated in the slaughter.
Two hate crimes bills backed by LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Californians are moving forward in the state Legislature. They come amid a yearslong rise in street harassment and attacks motivated by racial bias toward API individuals.
"I would just have to say that now is the time for our state legislative leaders to act. This is such an important opportunity for them to combat such a widespread circumstance for our API community members who continue to face hate and harassment," said Andy Wong, a gay Chinese American who is director of advocacy for Chinese for Affirmative Action.
“Even as people move on past the COVID-19 pandemic, AAPIs continue to be harassed because of their race,” said Manjusha Kulkarni, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and executive director of AAPI Equity Alliance
A New York man was indicted on several felony charges, including second-degree murder as a hate crime, in connection to an incident from March, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.