- President Joe Biden met several hate crime survivors and the relatives of mass shooting victims during the United We Stand Summit at the White House on Thursday.
- Among those invited was Vilma Kari, the 66-year-old victim of a violent attack in New York City on March 29, 2021.
- Kari's daughter, Elizabeth, founded AAP(I belong) following the incident. The nonprofit organization was established as a “place to share stories and words of encouragement from those who have encountered anti-Asian hatred.”
- “As President Biden and his administration are calling for an end to hate fueled violence in our country, they had asked my mom to join a panel to share her story as a survivor and her thoughts of how we can overcome hate,” Elizabeth wrote in AAP(I belong)’s recent Instagram post.
President Joe Biden recently met several hate crime survivors – including Vilma Kari, the 66-year-old victim of a violent incident in New York City – during the United We Stand Summit at the White House on Thursday.
The recent summit was hosted to “counter the corrosive effects of hate-fueled violence on our democracy and public safety” and honor “the resilience of communities who are healing from hateful attacks, including mass shootings, from Oak Creek to Orlando, Charleston, Pittsburgh, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, and beyond,” the White House said.
- A Washington state man who stole $20,000 worth of Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering cards returned a month later to try and sell the stolen goods.
- The cards were stolen from a card store located in Whatcom County, Washington, where the suspect smashed the glass door and entered around midnight on Aug. 9.
- On Sep. 3, the suspect allegedly returned to the same store and attempted to sell the cards that he had stolen a month ago.
- After an employee recognized the man and confronted him, the suspect reportedly became belligerent and declared that he would return to rob the store again.
- The man was hit with several charges; however, he was released on Sep. 4 on personal recognizance.
After stealing around $20,000 worth of Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering cards from a store in Washington state, the man returned almost a month later in an attempt to sell back the stolen goods.
On Aug. 9 around midnight, the suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Myles Vaughn Pajnogac, smashed the glass door of the Cosmic Games store located in Whatcom County, Washington and stole many items, including Pokémon TCG packs and Magic: The Gathering cards, reported The Bellingham Herald.
A Washington state park dedicated to Chinese goddess Mazu is finally in progress after years of effort
- The effort to build a Washington state park dedicated to the Chinese Goddess of the Sea, Mazu, took a step forward on Aug. 30 when King County and the North American Mazu Cultural Exchange Association signed an agreement for the plan.
- Describing Mazu as a “compassionate mother figure,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said the agreement would “explore the feasibility of creating” the park in King County.
- “As new Chinese immigrants traveled to new lands, they would erect structures to honor Mazu for bringing them across the sea safely,” Constantine said. “And many now appeal to Mazu for other blessings.”
- Before becoming the Goddess of the Sea, Mazu was believed to be born Lin Mo Naing. Described as a very intelligent child with a photographic memory, Lin Naing learned the art of healing before her training as a Buddhist and later a Taoist monk.
- She was reportedly known for saving fishermen and died in the process of rescuing people.
The Asian community in King County, Washington, recently celebrated the proclamation of Mazu Day in King County on Sept. 9 and the moving forward of the plan to build a park dedicated to the Chinese goddess in the county.
Addressing a crowd of 110 people, mostly consisting of groups affiliated with China and Taiwan with strong ties to China, at the China Harbor Restaurant in Seattle on Aug. 30, Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce Director Felicity Wang described the Chinese Goddess of the Sea as someone like Jesus.
- A recent major homeless shelter expansion in three Seattle neighborhoods – Chinatown-International District, SODO and Pioneer Square – has attracted backlash from Chinatown-International District community members who feel “left in the dark” about the policies of King County in Washington state.
- Business owner Tanya Woo told KING 5 that she is frustrated by the lack of communication between King County and the Chinatown-International District community.
- Woo and other community members reportedly heard about the project in July, but the King County council approved the expansion back in May.
- Woo believes that leaving out the community from conversations about the recent expansion is a symptom of deeply rooted prejudice, saying, “The fact that we speak several different languages, that we don't want to make waves, that we are Asian – they are taking advantage of all those aspects to just bring this to the community without engaging us and I find that very racist.”
- Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, who has also expressed his frustration with the King County Regional Homeless Authority, believes the agency is “working against” his efforts to combat homelessness.
A recent major homeless shelter expansion in three Seattle neighborhoods has attracted backlash from Chinatown-International District community members who feel “left in the dark” about the policies of King County in Washington state.
The expansion in Chinatown-International District, SODO and Pioneer Square has reportedly prompted community members to declare that there is a “lack of transparency” within King County.
- More than 100 people gathered on the 1700 block of 132nd St. in South Everett, Washington, on Sunday night to mourn the death of Irah Sok, a Filipino photographer shot and killed inside her home on Aug. 19.
- “We’re good people, why us?" Sok’s husband, Makara, said at the gathering. “I lost my wife, the love of my life. My best friend. My everything. My son doesn’t have a mom anymore.”
- Sok, an award-winning photographer who owned the photography studio Irah Sok Images in Mill Creek, Washington, was in her home with her son and husband when three masked men forced their way inside and shot her to death, according to reports.
- Her son was reportedly unharmed while her husband was injured during the incident.
- The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident. No arrests have been made so far.
- A GoFundMe has been set up to support Sok’s family.
Over 100 people attended a vigil over the weekend to honor the life of a Filipino mother killed in her home in South Everett, Washington, earlier this month.
Community members, friends and family gathered on the 1700 block of 132nd St. in South Everett on Sunday to mourn the death of Irah Sok, a Filipino photographer who was reportedly shot and killed by three masked men inside her home on Aug. 19.
- Washington couple Steve and Mina Shulz were shot to death by 40-year-old Shaun David Rose, according to investigators.
- The victims’ bodies were found discarded in a garbage can outside of their home in Olalla on Aug. 18.
- Rose, who was arrested by Tacoma police on Aug. 21, has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and was held without bail. He pleaded not guilty.
- Investigators said several items were missing from the master bedroom’s drawers, including a handgun and Mina Shulz’s wallet.
A couple was shot to death before their bodies were discarded in a garbage can outside of their home in Olalla, Washington.
Kitsap County Patrol officers responded to a home in Shady Glen Avenue Southeast at around 5 p.m. on Aug. 18. They found blood around the house and two bodies in a garbage can on the property close to the deck outside the master bedroom.
- Irah Sok, a Filipino photographer who was in her mid-30s, was fatally shot during a home invasion in South Everett, Washington, on Aug. 19.
- Her husband, Maharak, was injured in the incident. Their son was reportedly unharmed.
- Soh opened her photography studio in Mill Creek in January 2021. Her cousin Aileen Lapuz noted that she was an award-winning photographer and wondered if it was her success that made her a target in the crime.
- The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office is searching for three armed men in connection to the shooting. No arrests have been made.
A Filipino photographer was fatally shot during a home invasion in South Everett, Washington.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are searching for three armed men who invaded a family’s home in South Everett and fatally shot Irah Sok, a mother and wife who was in her mid-30s, early in the morning on Aug. 19.
- The 48-year-old armed man who allegedly threatened to kill the U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) outside her Seattle home was released from jail after prosecutors failed to file the hate crime charges in time.
- The man was previously arrested on July 9 and detained in the King County Jail.
- Jayapal told the dispatcher that her husband may have heard a pellet gun fired. One of her neighbors also told police she heard the man yell, “Go back to India, I’m going to kill you.”
- However, police do not have evidence that the man had certainly threatened to kill Jayapal and told her to go back to India, according to King County prosecutors.
- The investigation is currently ongoing. Prosecutors have not declined to file a case against the man. While the man was released from holding, he could still face charges.
The man who allegedly threatened to kill the U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) outside her Seattle home was released from jail.
Seattle police previously arrested the man at 11:25 p.m. on July 9 after Jayapal reported unknown individuals in a vehicle yelling obscenities outside her house in the Arbor Heights neighborhood.
- Seattle police arrested a 48-year-old armed man who appeared outside the house of U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) and threatened to kill her.
- A neighbor told police she heard the man yell, “Go back to India, I’m going to kill you.”
- The man, who reportedly lives about half a mile from Jayapal, was ordered by a judge on Monday to be jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.
- He is currently detained in the King County Jail awaiting the prosecutor’s criminal charges on Wednesday. There is probable cause for the man to be charged with a hate crime.
Seattle police arrested an armed man suspected of a hate crime for appearing outside the house of U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) and threatening to kill her.
The 56-year-old congresswoman called the police at 11:25 p.m. to report individuals in a vehicle yelling obscenities outside her home.
Woman, 72, agrees to sell home after alleged anti-Asian hate crime, flashing her Vietnamese neighbor
An elderly woman in Washington who was accused of a hate crime against her Vietnamese neighbor last year has agreed to sell her home to pay the victim $45,000.
Jan Myers, 72, was charged with a hate crime on Thursday for harassing her neighbor Thi Pham in April 2021.
Teen gets children’s books about Japanese American incarceration into Seattle-area elementary schools
- Kai Vanderlip, a 17-year-old high school student from Redmond, Washington, organized a project to teach children about the incarceration of Japanese Americans brought about by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066.
- The order forced over 100,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II.
- In remembrance of the 80th anniversary of the order, Vanderlip finalized a list of six children’s books and managed to secure funding from the Lake Washington Schools Foundation and the City of Kirkland to buy six books each for 33 elementary schools.
- “I didn’t learn much about this in elementary school, it was all my own research. Especially in 2020, it seemed super relevant,” he told The Seattle Times. “They could speak out and grow up to be more knowledgeable individuals who can speak out against intolerance of all forms.”
A 17-year-old high school student organized for six children’s books about the history of Japanese American incarceration to be made available in 33 elementary schools in Washington.
Kai Vanderlip, of Tesla STEM High School, developed his pandemic project, “The Day of Remembrance Japanese Incarceration Literature for Libraries,” to help teach children about the unjust incarceration of over 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II that was brought about by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066.
- Former Afghanistan Finance Minister Khalid Payenda, who served under Afghan President Ashraf Ghani before the Taliban took over in August last year, is now making ends meet as an Uber driver in Washington.
- Payenda resigned from his post a week before the Taliban captured Kabul and moved to the U.S. to be with his family.
- “Right now, I don’t have any place. I don’t belong here and I don’t belong there,” said Payenda. “It’s a very empty feeling.”
After leaving Afghanistan when the Taliban took over the U.S.-supported government last August, former Finance Minister Khalid Payenda is now an Uber driver in Washington D.C.
The 40-year-old former official served under Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who was reportedly accused of taking $169 million worth of state funds after fleeing to the United Arab Emirates.