Nine Asian American and Pacific Islander advocacy groups sent a letter to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin asking for him to acknowledge hate crimes against AAPIs.
Letter: The California Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Cal-APABA) authored a letter, also co-signed by seven other local and national AAPI organizations, to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin asking him to address ongoing violence against members of the community.
A national advocacy group has created a new website to anonymously report anti-Asian hate crimes, attacks and assaults against elders amid the rise of violence against the AAPI community.
About the form: The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) launched an online form with three questions asking about the victim’s identity, details about the incident and the person submitting the report’s relation to the victim.
Aussie sports presenter files defamation suit against Daily Mail, denies Asian accent mimicry, racial jokes are racist
Australian television sports presenter Erin Molan defended her frequent use of Asian accents and racial jokes during Tuesday’s defamation trial against Daily Mail Australia.
The case: Molan is seeking aggravated damages over the publication of an article published in June 2020, which she alleges implied that she is “racist, callous and arrogant,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The Canadian province of British Columbia is launching its first-ever public inquiry on the surge of anti-Asian incidents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
What to know: The city of Vancouver reported more anti-Asian hate crimes than 10 of the most populous U.S. cities combined in 2020. For this reason, the city has been infamously dubbed the “Anti-Asian Hate Crime Capital of North America.”
A federal judge has junked the lawsuit that former San Francisco school board vice president Alison Collins filed in March against the school district and five of her colleagues who voted to strip her of her board position.
The case: Collins alleged that the school district and her colleagues violated her right to free speech when they voted to remove her from board committees and her vice presidency position over tweets she posted in 2016, reported the SF Chronicle.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess has apologized for using an anti-Asian slur during a media conference after a practice match at Lambeau Field on Saturday.
What happened: When asked by reporters if it is difficult to spot a smile under a mask, Funchess said, “I can tell you were smiling when I see your face. I can see your face. Everybody goes ch*nky and that’s when I know,” according to Packers News.
Thirty-seven percent of Asian American households that reported not having enough to eat amid the COVID-19 pandemic said it was because they were “afraid” or “did not want” to go out to buy food, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Key details: The figure comes from the agency’s Household Pulse Survey (HPS), which studies how the coronavirus is impacting U.S. households from a social and economic perspective.
A woman wanted for attacking the elderly Asian owners of a beauty store in Cleveland has been arrested and charged with a felony.
The allegation: Ebony Afzal, 25, is accused of beating the couple running Chic Beauty Supply on Lorain Road on July 23. The incident was caught on surveillance camera and is said to have sprung from a purchasing dispute.
The New York Police Department has identified the suspect in an attempted robbery that left a 58-year-old Asian woman with a fatal brain injury.
The incident: The attempted robbery, now reclassified as a homicide case, occurred on July 17 in Manhattan’s Canal Street subway station. Htwe Than and her son, Kyaw Zaw Hein, were exiting the station when the suspect tried to steal Hein’s backpack from behind.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors introduced a resolution on Tuesday to rename a street after Vicha Ratanapakdee, the elderly Asian man who was killed in an unprovoked attack in January.
The proposal: Supervisor Catherine Stefani proposed to rename Sonora Lane, located in the Anza Vista neighborhood, as Vicha Ratanapakdee Way, according to KTVU.
The U.S. Defense Secretary affirmed the country had “lapsed” when it came to the rise of anti-Asian hate while giving a lecture in Singapore.
Working towards a “more perfect union”: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke about the rise in anti-Asian attacks in the U.S. at the International Institute for Strategic Studies Fullerton Lecture on Tuesday.
A woman is wanted in Cleveland after going on a rampage at a local beauty store and attacking its elderly Asian owners over a failed purchase.
What happened: The incident, which was caught on surveillance video, occurred at Chic Plus Beauty Supply on Lorain Road around 5 p.m. on Friday. Police said the woman was trying to buy something using a prepaid debit card, which was declined at the counter.