April 18 2021 The first African-American mayor of San Francisco, London Bride, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and local community leaders launched a campaign on the 17th to unite local Asian-Americans, Pacific islanders, blacks and others to oppose racial discrimination against Asians and others.
“San Francisco will be stronger when we come together and work together,” Brid said in a statement. We must continue to unite to condemn all forms of hatred, racial prejudice and discrimination. Launched in San Francisco’s Civic Center Square, the event shared some successful anti-discrimination stories and explored why it’s important to stick together.
Participants gathered a number of “solidarity kits”, including children’s books, family passes from the Asian Art Gallery, mental health books and information on public and physical safety. The kits will be distributed to residents in places such as Chinatown. U.S. media say crime against Asian-Americans and Pacific islanders has increased since the outbreak began, and San Francisco has taken steps to reduce racial violence and crime.
“When we are united, we have strength,” Jun Okazaki, executive director of the Japan Community Youth Council, said in a statement. Now more than ever, we will not stand up and blame violence, we will be torn apart.