- New York City Council members convened on Tuesday for a hearing to address ongoing local anti-Asian hate issues.
- The hearing was conducted by the Council’s Committee on Civil and Human Rights and the Committee on Public Safety.
- According to Christopher Marte, a member who represents Chinatown and sits on the Council’s Committee on Civil and Human Rights, the hearing questioned New York City Police Department officials and members of the city’s Commission on Human Rights.
- Councilmember Julie Won used her time during the hearing to ask about reports that the NYPD Hate Crimes Bureau downplayed incidents of anti-Asian hate brought to them.
New York City Council members met Tuesday at a hearing to address the continuous local anti-Asian hate crimes.
The hearing, jointly conducted by the Council’s Committee on Civil and Human Rights and the Committee on Public Safety, aimed to address “what progress, if any, has been made in regards to the city’s response to the widespread hate, and where there is room for improvement,” an email announcement said.
- The San Diego City Council officially unveiled Honorary Tom Hom Avenue, named after the city’s first person of color elected to the City Council in 1963.
- Hom, who will turn 95 on Tuesday, was born to immigrant parents and was the only Asian City Councilmember before Mayor Todd Gloria and Filipino American Councilmember Chris Cate were elected.
- After serving his community, Hom turned to real estate and became the founding president of the Gaslamp Quarter Association in 1982.
- Gloria also announced that Feb. 15, 2022 will officially be “Tom Hom Day” in San Diego.
San Diego City officials recently unveiled Honorary Tom Hom Avenue, a street named after the first person of color elected to the San Diego City Council.
The unveiling ceremony, attended by several hundred people, including San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and members of the local Chinese community, was held on Saturday in the city’s Chinese Historic District ahead of Hom’s 95th birthday on Tuesday, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
A city in Michigan made history last week after it elected the U.S.’ first-ever all-Muslim city council led by a Muslim mayor.
Who they are: Adam Albarmaki, Amanda Jaczkowski and Khalil Refai won Hamtramck’s City Council election on Nov. 2. They will join current council members Nayeem Choudhury, Mohammed Hassan and Mohammed Alsomiri. All six individuals identify as Muslims. Amer Ghalib, who was elected mayor, is also Muslim.
NYC Council better reflects city’s Asian population after 5 first-time Asian American candidates win seats
Five new Asian American candidates won seats on the 51-member New York City Council on Tuesday — evidence of a new wave of AAPI activists getting involved in local politics.
Shahana Hanif: Hanif, 30, will be one of the first two South Asian American council members on the New York City Council.
Election posters for an Asian Australian council candidate have been spray-painted with racist graffiti.
Asian Australian Yongbei Tang, a current candidate for city council in Hobart, is apparently being targeted with racial abuse by still unidentified perpetrators, ABC reports.