Atlanta, Georgia 2021-03-20 19:55:01 –
Chicago, March 20 (Xinhua)-A joint virtual conference call was held in Chicago on Saturday calling for an end to anti-Asian hate crimes.
1000 people from the Chicago metropolitan area and other parts of the country attended the conference. Local government representatives such as Attorney General Kwame Raoul of Illinois, Cook County Security Officer Thomas Dart, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and Chicago City Councilor Patrick Thompson also attended the event. ..
All speakers strongly condemned the killing of eight people, including six Asian women, at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area on Tuesday night.
“This is a country where people of color are constantly facing discrimination,” said Prekwinkle. “There is a long pattern of anti-Asia discrimination that needs to be addressed.”
“It’s a brutal act,” said Prekwinkle. “We cannot tolerate disrespecting anyone.”
Dart acknowledged that there was also a “dramatic increase in the level of hate crimes” against Asians in Japan and in Chicago.
“There’s a good reason people are afraid,” Dart said. “But we can sketch any plan we can help.”
Dart encouraged social media involvement, tolerance education, and a 24-hour hotline for reporting crimes.
“What happened in Atlanta last week is a terrible tragedy,” Thompson said. “But it’s also an opportunity for us to confront hate crimes.”
Chicago Police Department commander Don Jerome said there were three well-known murders in the Chinatown area last year. He admitted that hate crimes are now widespread in the country.
Jerome encouraged Asian Americans to speak up and report on the crime.
“It’s up to us to solidarity with the hate crimes,” said Raul, the Attorney General of Illinois.
“We have invited legislators at the federal, state, and city levels to the conference,” Yang Chen, chairman of the Chinese-American Association of Greater Chicago (CAAGC), told Xinhua. “We want legislators to hear our voices and regulations established to protect the interests of Asian Americans.”
The virtual conference, hosted by CAAGC, Cook County Security Office, the City of Chicago, and the Relationships Commission, was hosted by ABC7 television hostess Judy Hsu and aired live on ABC7.
According to Stop Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Hate, a California-based reporting center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, there have been 3,800 hate crimes against Asian Americans reported since March 2020. Of these, 42% are Chinese-American. ..
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