CODEPINK, the ANSWER Coalition and Pivot to Peace stand in solidarity with the Asian community in the midst of the horrific, racist and misogynist massacre that took place in Atlanta on March 16th. Six Asian women were among the eight shot to death at point blank range.
The alarming rise in hate crimes over the past year correlates to an increasingly hostile U.S. foreign policy towards China. The opportunistic scapegoating of China during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the intensity by which China is deemed the enemy and adversary of the United States, has driven a widespread Sinophobic sentiment nationally. The Asian American community suffers the brunt of the hatred fomented as a weapon of war. To date, there have been 3,800 self-reported hate crimes against Asian Americans.
The mainstream media’s failure to label the Atlanta shooting as a hate crime demonstrates the gross disregard and injustice that our communities are facing. Racism is a sick symptom of a system that profits from war and violence. And to put insult to injury, the cop handling the case was found to be promoting anti-China paraphernalia.
11 AM - 12 PM - A Vigil/Memorial for the Atlanta victims and all victims of hate crimes at SF "Comfort Women" Memorial, St Mary's Square on California Street, and grant. Co-sponsored by CWJC, Jin Duck and Kyung Sik Kim Foundation, Chinese Consoliated Benevolent Association, and Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Speeches and Self-defense demonstration for the Seniors.
12:00pm - From St Mary's Square, ANSWER Coalition and Pivot to Peace will lead the National Demonstration Day walk to Union Square. Speeches and Martial Arts demonstration at Union Square"
Where: St Mary's Square, 651 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
When: March 27, 2021, 1 PM PT
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